Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus

Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus

by Jesse Itzler

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Entrepreneur and bestselling author, Jesse Itzler's next adventure takes him to a monastery where he learns to unplug, pray, and live like a monk.Thinking all monasteries were like the ones he saw in the movies, Jesse Itzler arrived at the New Skete religious community in remote Cambridge, 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 dog breeders and authors of dog-training books that have sold in the millions.Wait, what? Jesse Itzler living with monks? And dogs? How could that happen? Between his entrepreneurial endeavors, motivational speaking engagements, charities, and FOUR KIDS, plus running ultra-marathons and other assorted involvements and activities, Jesse doesn't have a lot of free time on his hands. In his downtime, he's more likely to be in a water balloon fight with his eight-year-old son than in anything close to quiet contemplation. But his daily turbo-tasking was catching up to him, and he found himself overwhelmed and underperforming. When he challenged his wife to a game of rock-paper-scissors during a friend's wedding ceremony he realized he needed an adult time-out. Most people would take a short vacation, cut back on some daily activities, or get a massage. Not Jesse. He came up with his unique answer to the building stress and dwindling time in his life. In LIVING WITH THE MONKS, the hilarious follow-up to his New York Times bestselling Living with a SEAL, Jesse takes us on a spiritual journey like no other. Isolated in a snowbound mountain monastery surrounded by German shepherds, an intern who walked right off a page from a Stephen King novel, and an odd but lovable bunch of monks who are a cross between Tony Robbins and Cesar Millan, Jesse finds the key to unlocking a life with less stress, more self-reflection (gulp), and greater happiness. (And, as he learns, the key to happiness isn't running. Say what?)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781549199042
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,225,430
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

JESSE ITZLER only eats fruit 'til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life "out of the box." In fact, he doesn't even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, cofounded Marquis Jet, the world's largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company. He's a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA's Emmy Award-winning "I Love This Game" music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem "Go NY Go." When he's not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA's Atlanta Hawks games, where he's an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.

Table of Contents

Part I In the Beginning

Ding-beep-buzz 3

I'm in Big Trouble 15

The Visibility from Mount Washington 19

Here I Come 37

No Sleep Till New Skete 45

Off the Grid 51

The Tour 63

What's My Why? 67

Part II The Diary

Day 1 An Adult Time-Out 73

Day 2 Learning the Ropes 85

Day 3 The Distractor 101

Day 4 Murder, He Wrote 113

Day 5 The Retreat 125

Day 6 Mr. Sara Blakely 137

Day 7 I Didn't Learn This in College 151

Day 8 Off Campus 161

Day 9 Broken or Breakthrough 173

Day 10 Honest Moments 179

Day 11 Lunch with the Nuns 187

Day 12 Fitting In 199

Day 13 35,000 Decisions 207

Day 14 & 15 Reentry: Back to the Madness 213

Day 16 I'm Going Home Mother Monker 225

Back at Kate's Office 231

Part III Ten Real-World Benefits

1 #ltsNotJustaHose 235

2 #28470Days 239

3 #TheBestHaveaProcess 241

4 #HappinessTest 245

5 #DodgetheArrows 249

6 #GoWhereYouThinkBest 253

7 #Monotask 257

8 #MakeaContractwithYourself 261

9 #ExperiencelsOverrated 263

10 #BuildYourEdge 267

Part IV The New Beginning

Adding to My Life Résumé 273

A Final Thought 285

Acknowledgments 287

About the Author 289

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Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
oldwarden More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! The author is a great storyteller, and pulls you into his world easily. In this book, he goes to upstate New York to live in a monastery, in order to "unplug" and find some peace in his life. The author writes with a great deal of humor, yet manages to describe his discoveries quite well. He finds several lessons that he can apply to his life (and yours), and that you do not have to go live in a monastery to enact them into your own life. I burned through this book fast, as I found it to be very interesting. I surprised myself, taking notes throughout the book with things that I want to try myself.