Living with the Monks Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Equal parts memoir and road map to living a less stressful and more vibrant life, best-selling author Jesse Itzler offers an illuminating, entertaining, and unexpected trip for anyone looking to feel calmer and more controlled in our crazy, hectic world.
Entrepreneur, endurance athlete, and father of four Jesse Itzler only knows one speed: Full Blast. But when he felt like the world around him was getting too hectic, he didn't take a vacation or get a massage. Instead, Jesse moved into a monastery for a self-imposed time-out. In Living with the Monks, the follow-up to his New York Times best-selling Living with a SEAL, Jesse takes us on a spiritual journey like no other. Having only been exposed to monasteries on TV, Jesse arrives at the New Skete religious community in the isolated mountains of upstate New York with a shaved head and a suitcase filled with bananas.
To his surprise, New Skete monks have most of their hair. They're Russian Orthodox, not Buddhist, and they're also world-renowned German shepherd breeders and authors of dog-training books that have sold in the millions. As Jesse struggles to fit in amongst the odd but lovable monks, self-doubt begins to beat like a tribal drum. Questioning his motivation to embark on this adventure and missing his family (and phone), Jesse struggles to balance his desire for inner peace with his need to check Twitter.
But in the end, Jesse discovers the undeniable power of the monks and their wisdom, and the very real benefits of taking a well-deserved break as a means of self-preservation in our fast-paced world.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 23 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 15, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11,067 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Both books draw you in and make you feel like you're experiencing a life challenge together with the author. As Jesse leaves his fast-paced life to spend time living with monks, you find yourself rooting for him to make it through and also stopping to think how his experiences apply to your own life. I particularly loved the 10 real world benefits at the end - you can only fully appreciate them if you read the book, but they are set off in a separate ending chapter to make it easy to refer back to them in the coming months. Overall, I highly recommend this book!
Then the author mentioned the futility of reading about other people's experiences. Well, he sold me. I put the book down and focused on my own experiences. And now I wrote about this one.
In addition, Jesse’s transition from novice to someone who is enlightened by this experience is too extreme. It doesn’t happen that quickly in real life. Don’t get me wrong, because I like and respect Jesse, but he plays too much the fool in the beginning of this story and uses elementary language that offends me the reader or that’s the way I felt.
Here’s an example that shows he just doesn’t get it. He states: “As a going-away gift, Jesse gave all the monks Atlanta Hawks jerseys. They tried them on and pretended to shoot hoops. Hilarious. It looked nothing like a game of basketball. More like they were swatting flies.” He told us early in the story that none of these Monks knew who the Atlanta Hawks were and had absolutely no interest in sports, so is that an appropriate going away gift to give? I think not. It screams lack of maturity and poor taste.
I have visited and spent time at multiple monasteries myself through the years, and my experiences were very different. He did capture some wonderful guidance in this book, but with some polishing it could be so much more. I do appreciate what Jesse writes about, but I think he shouldn’t treat the readers as if they were fools. He needs to polish up his understanding of his audience.
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It was this book that changed my daily routine. No longer do I log on at 7.30am and go straight to work but I sit, have a coffee, read my book over looking the thames. Take a moment to take it all in, soak up the world, step back from the madness for a minute. I now do this twice a day religiously. That combined with a 20 minute sauna to finish the day and I feel like I have way more time to take it all in, embrace the journey of being a 24 year old working his way up the ladder.
This book gives you that sort of perspective. A chance to re-evaluate your life a little. I can only imagine how valuable this information would have been to Jesse at 24. So with his wisdom for me to read I plan to learn earlier. Find that balance now. Before it is to late.
Great book. Worth a read. Not a self help book in the slightest but a thought provoking memoire of Jesse's time with the monks
Always good to pick up few words of wisdom within novel/autobiography rather than reading it from usually quite dry self help, tip type books.
Obviously living with monks would include number of meditative type prose.
Living with Seal (where same author takes a Navy Seal into his home to get him super fit) has both meditative/mindfulness reflections and fitness approach making it doubly good;
You got go deep inside your self to become great .
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