Todd Perelmuter, the face behind EastWesticism, has spent 9 years in over 35 countries living with and learning from 18 shamans, gurus, monks and priests. He studied 16 religions, spiritualities, and tribal beliefs and practices. He then went on to spend several months in caves, forests and deserts meditating in total solitude, all in an effort to discover the secrets to having a peaceful, calm, and stress-free mind.
In Path to Peace, you'll learn simple, easy and practical tips with the power to transform your life. Discover ancient wisdom and the modern science that backs it up. Come to know the secrets to less stress and anxiety, better sleep and health, greater success and relationships, and more joy and happiness. Learn how to apply meditation and mindfulness to your daily life and start creating the life of your dreams today.
Can Meditation Replace Sleep?
When we think of health, we often just think of diet and exercise. But, as important as what we eat and how much we move is sleep. We live in a world right now where not sleeping is almost seen as a badge of honor. Unfortunately, that badge of honor comes with higher rates of obesity, Alzheimer's disease, and so many other brain and body problems.
In this podcast, Todd responds to a common question about sleep and meditation. Meditation is incredibly restful and can make sleep feel less important. But can meditation replace sleep? Does meditation make us need less sleep? Can meditation help you sleep better? Find out the answer to all these questions and more in our latest episode of Path to Peace with Todd Perelmuter.
Todd gives tips on how to fall asleep quickly, sleep better, and stay asleep longer through the power of meditation. You'll also hear a short instruction on how to meditate before bed to help you get to sleep.
With so many distractions in our lives, sleep and meditation have never been more important. Go to Instagram or Twitter and let @ToddPerel know how meditation affects your sleep. If restless leg syndrome is one of the reasons that's keeping you up at night, here's a free guided meditation video on youtube that's just for you: https://youtu.be/-fVcwEdyDio
Peace and love.
My First Monastery — An Introduction to Buddhism
Without knowing hardly anything about Buddhism, Todd Perelmuter decided to jump in with both feet by going to live at a Buddhist monastery as a monk in the Himalayan mountains in India.
After months living in complete silence, without technology or a phone, and even without books except for Buddhist texts, Todd discovered a wisdom and philosophy that would totally change his life as it had for countless Buddhists for more than two and a half millenia.
In this podcast you'll learn about this time-tested, age-old, life-changing philosophy as Todd recounts his story there. As a Buddhist monk told Todd in his time there, "Buddhism is not a religion, it is a way of life." No matter what you believe, or don't believe, their psychological and spiritual techniques can surely help anyone get through anything.
To learn more about Buddhism and mindfulness, check out this great video that really gets to the heart of what mindfulness means and how to apply it to your daily life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTPCJgvRLl4
For other info and to ask us any questions you may have, reach out to @ToddPerel on Twitter or Instagram and we'll do our best to answer it in a blog, podcast or YouTube video.
Until next time, peace and love.
How to Teach Mindfulness to Kids
When is the right age to teach mindfulness to kids? How do you do it? Should you do it? In this podcast, Todd answers these questions and many more about teaching mindfulness to children.
While kids may not suffer from the same stresses as adults and may not need to get the same benefits as adults, mindfulness for kids comes with countless other benefits. Studies have shown that kids who learn mindfulness are less impulsive, more focused, have longer attention spans, are more patient, better behaved, have better relationships, and even their grades are better! From the child's perspective, they'll enjoy doing it for reasons like performing better at sports, just like how their hero Tom Brady meditates.
When it comes to learning mindfulness, the earlier the better. This helps set kids up for success throughout their whole life, both personally and professionally. These essential skills learned at an early age will do wonders for them and those around them. The habits they learn now will come easier at a young age and will last them a lifetime.
You can find more ways to teach mindfulness to kids at eastwesticism.org/explaining-mindfulness-to-children/ and we post lots of information on social media at @toddperel as well.
Peace and love.
The Most Expensive Ashram in India. Do You Get What You Pay For?
Ever thought of Eat Pray Love -ing your way around the world? Ever thought you might like to try following in the footsteps of the Beatles and going to Rishikesh, India to get your meditation on? Ever wondered what really goes on in these places and if the key to your happiness lies inside? Then you're going to want to hear this podcast. In this episode, Todd Perelmuter recounts his experience in India, traveling to Rishikesh and staying at one of the most expensive ashrams in India.
At this ashram, Todd splurged on all the bells and whistles. He got the custom package which included the most private sittings with the guru, he got the private deluxe room, he got the extra massages and the extra lessons in Ayurvedic wholistic medicine. Will it be true that you get what you pay for, or will the guru be laughing all the way to the bank? You'll find out!
Follow us on social media at @ToddPerel and find daily meditations on our EastWesticism youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJllZs2ALP_IRDmBclG4nlg/featured
Can Christians Meditate? Isn't Meditation a Sin?
As meditation ha exploded in popularity, many people – especially Christians – have been wondering if it's ok to meditate or if it's a sin. People of many different faiths have wondered if meditating in the styles of Eastern traditions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, go against their own religion. In Christianity, the Bible says that anything not mentioned in the Bible is under the influence of Satan in an effort to steer Christians away from Jesus. So, is it a sin? Will Christians go to hell if they meditate?
In this podcast, Todd explores what the Bible has to say about meditation, what meditation is, and whether it is in conflict with any religion's beliefs and practices. See what Jesus said and decide for yourself if you think meditation is a sin, or would have Jesus's blessing.
Go further in depth into this topic with this blog post at https://www.eastwesticism.org/can-christians-meditate/ and find some christian-approved meditations here at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJllZs2ALP_IRDmBclG4nlg/featured
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What I Learned Infiltrating a Secretive Ashram in India
This is the story of Todd's first experience in an ashram in India. Invited by his friend's family who has a house there, they got permission from the guru himself that I could come and stay there – something not usually done for outsiders.
What Todd found was beyond his wildest imagination. At this ashram – supposedly the largest one in India – devoted followers, a beloved leader, and an intoxicating atmosphere of joy and friendliness created an allure almost too strong to resist.
From 2.5 hours of daily meditation to hours and hours of unpaid, backbreaking, hand-blistering work breaking bricks into smaller pieces with a hammer so they could fill out the concrete that was to be poured for a new construction project, Todd learned the value of selfless-service and strong community.
But lurking just beyond the shadows were secrets and deceptions that made this magical place a little too good to be true. Hear the story and learn the meditation practice he was taught there in this fascinating podcast on this fascinating ashram.
Follow @ToddPerel on social media and you can see more of his meditations on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJllZs2ALP_IRDmBclG4nlg/featured
I went from no love life to TOO MUCH TUNA!
Todd explains how to make more time for yourself. Ever since I started listening I’ve had more time and confidence to approach my “way out of my League” girlfriend. She thinks I’m more attractive than ever now that I spend time on myself. Thanks Todd! Can’t wait to listen to the next episode. What are you going to teach me next? Hopefully a few tips on karma sutra.
Todd does a great job explaining meditation making it seem doable even for a beginner like me. I can’t wait to get started and learn more!
Helping me find my personal peace
I just started listening to this and following Todd’s advice. I already can feel an inner calm and happiness that I didn’t know was possible. Highly recommend!