Jesse Itzler’s book Living with the Monks follows a similar approach to his first book Living With a SEAL. Both were about journeys - one spiritual and the other physical. He took a pause from the busy life that he and most of us have. The subtitle was What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus. He turned off his phone and had a friend drop him (and his suitcase of fruit) off at a monastery in upstate New York. Through working with the monks (and the dogs they raise) and spending time alone in his mind and walks, he increased his happiness, gratitude, focus, and more!
The next book that I will be reading because of listening to Living with the Monks is Harvey Diamond’s Fit for Life. Jesse says after reading Fit for Life that he began his long tradition of only eating fruit before noon. He says “Fruit, if eaten correctly, digests super efficiently.” After reading Jessie‘s book, I plan to do the following -
1. Eat more fruit between the time I wake up at noon.
2. Spend a few minutes each day meditating and thinking about my thinking.
3. Work to increase my patience with everyone and everything.
4. Ignore resistance or as Itzler calls it “Billy the Bully.”
5. Embrace minimalism or the non-attachment of things.
6. Remember tomorrow.
The best quote from the book was “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Looking forward to seeing what book three of the “Itzler Trilogy” will be!
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