100 episodes

How can we live our modern lives with balance? How do we find happiness in all the noise? Where can we find meaning and live an awesome life filled with purpose and adventure? Enter the Urban Monk.

Pedram Shojai is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a Taoist Priest, a Qi Gong Master, a film maker, an author, and a Kung Fu world traveler. He invites you to join in on this free-flowing conversation exploring what it means to live with balance in the 21st century.

The Urban Monk Podcast Pedram Shojai

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 167 Ratings

How can we live our modern lives with balance? How do we find happiness in all the noise? Where can we find meaning and live an awesome life filled with purpose and adventure? Enter the Urban Monk.

Pedram Shojai is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a Taoist Priest, a Qi Gong Master, a film maker, an author, and a Kung Fu world traveler. He invites you to join in on this free-flowing conversation exploring what it means to live with balance in the 21st century.

    The Great Resignation: Nobody is One Thing... But We Might Be Three

    The Great Resignation: Nobody is One Thing... But We Might Be Three

    What has been the crisis here in the West, where articles are constantly written about the dogmatic American work ethic? We don’t know why we’re doing what we’re doing. We’re just responding to our basest impulses – gotta eat, gotta pay bills, gotta avoid bad feelings, gotta up the dopamine. And until we know why we’re doing what we’re doing – chasing jobs or quitting them – nothing’s going to change.  Jonathan Fields is obsessed with this problem. As a writer, his primary curiosity is what gets people up in the morning… and what makes them keep getting up when times get hard. Tune in and learn about your own sparketype so you can change your entire relationship to work. 

    • 43 min
    Leverage Neuroscience to Calm Your Mind and Achieve Focus

    Leverage Neuroscience to Calm Your Mind and Achieve Focus

    What does your brain have in common with a fungal network? Well, have you ever seen both? They look quite a bit alike... Often, neurologists frustrated at the stalemate we've reached as regards healing people are the first to research alternative methods – anything from psychedelics to bio feedback and even the physiological power of soothing. Listen to Dr. David Rabin tell me what he discovered about diverting resources away from survival and straight into recovery... 

    • 50 min
    Karlee Holden on What's Missing from Trauma Healing

    Karlee Holden on What's Missing from Trauma Healing

    Trying to get whole after a traumatic experience can feel like a lesson in acronyms – NLP, EMDR, CBT, etc. One method deserves to be better understood. You’ve likely seen videos of powerful physical reactions as people release the trauma their nervous systems have been holding onto. This is somatic experiencing. And Karlee Holden is a dedicated practitioner. She grew up well-versed in NLP and the language of healing. But later in life, it simply wasn’t enough to heal her. So she searched, and she foun

    • 46 min
    Radical Longevity: Practical Lessons on Sustaining Vitality

    Radical Longevity: Practical Lessons on Sustaining Vitality

    Ann Louise Gittleman, who is 71 years young (though you’d never know it to hear about how she spends her days), fell into the world of detoxifying 40 years ago. The woman who became her mentor was 84 when they met; she lived to be 106. She taught Ann everything she knew about longevity and sparked in her a powerful urge to grow stronger as the years advance. Now, her life is lived in the service of unearthing cutting-edge resources that dismantle the myth of aging. We’re living longer, but we’re not necessarily living healthier. That’s where the term radical longevity comes from. The future is here, and Ann’s at the helm.

    • 39 min
    The Ancient Kingdom Ruling your Gut

    The Ancient Kingdom Ruling your Gut

    Imagine if “joining the family business” meant partnering with your father to make groundbreaking microbiome research and gut solutions available to the masses twenty years before mainstream medicine gets hold of them. For Afif Ghannoum, that’s exactly what happened.  His dad, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, was one of the first major medical minds to study the microbiology of the oral biome… and then, in time, the GI biome. His discoveries have led to breakthrough after breakthrough, especially as regards a very important consideration: The presence of fungi in the gut and its interaction with the bacterial community.

    • 46 min
    A Rabbi and a Monk Walk Into a Clubhouse

    A Rabbi and a Monk Walk Into a Clubhouse

    There's no punchline here – just a frank, honest, and loving discussion about the unconventional paths Rabbi Doniel Katz and I took to achieve and sustain enlightenment. Across disciplines, religions, practices, and ideologies, there’s something we all have in common that makes us more alike than it makes us different. We build and rebuild our spiritual hygiene every single day. The work and the discipline and the years of studying create an energy field around all of us that binds us to a shared purpose – to find true integration, and train the muscles that got us there to remember how to do it again and again and again.

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
167 Ratings

167 Ratings

Blondie4671 ,

I’m in!

Haven’t listened to a single one yet, but judging by some hateful reviews from snow flakes I’m going to subscribe😉

Washington63 ,

Superb

Soo glad you’re back!! Thank you.

TJRoar ,

COVID is NOT THE FLU!

Ok I came here to listen to a monk talk about some good peaceful stuff and I was so excited.
Instead, I listen to the June 23 episode and all I hear is misinformation about the pandemic.

Ok. So, I’ve decided to pause this BS and write a trash review. If they have anything better in the podcast I’ll come back and update this.

Anyways. So let’s get some facts straight.

COVID 19 is NOT THE FLU! It is not like the flu. And the death rate is actually way different. Every year, in the US hundreds of people die cause of the flu. That’s true.

BUT, As of today the US has 152,000 people dead. And this virus has only been a threat in the US for 6 months. So let’s do a comparison here. Is 900 < 152,000 people? Yes! It is!

I dunno where you got your medical education. But, I think you might need to go back to school, and hopefully an accredited one this time.

To the creators of this podcast I implore you to do your research and release updated information. Pease wear a mask, wash your hands and stay safe. Thanks.

P.S. please remove Doctor from your description. You’re not a doctor if you can’t even discern the pandemic to be a threat.

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