Recently, many of us have developed an interest in the old spiritual traditions of the East, which has piqued our curiosity. To be honest, however, we all have jobs to perform, bills to pay, and families to take care of that we must prioritize. Once a week yoga lesson is difficult for us; much alone a month-long meditation retreat is out of the question. We have absolutely no intention of traveling to the Himalayas and establishing a monastery. Nevertheless, without that degree of commitment, how can we hope to achieve the inner serenity that those monks who live in the mountains have achieved? Being an urban monk means integrating ancient knowledge with the modern-day urban – or suburban – lives that the vast majority of us now inhabit, according to this definition. And there is no one better to learn from than Pedram Shojai on how to accomplish this successfully.