Paladin just absorbs much more damage...all the time. Monk has to actually use every proc to survive. Shield of the Righteous is way easier to use and not necessarily as heavily reliant as blackout kick...
I mean, it just sucks trying to gain chi, only to always use it on blackout kick, it's just annoying. I can hardly get off breath of fire just because of this reason.
You want easy? Don't play a monk.
You want an experience which rewards careful timing and an active mindset that requires constant usage of abilities? Keep leveling.
1) Don't use Breath of Fire, unless you have it glyphed. Keg Smash should be the only AoE threat ability you should be using, simply because it's effective for both damage and threat.
2) You will soon get Elusive Brew. This is one of the best forms of mitigation you get, and it rewards you for stacking DPS stats. Nothing's more satisfying that pissing off that !@#$%^- rogue who keeps trying to pull before you.
3) Guard. Guard Guard Guard Guard Guard. Don't lead with Guard, wait till you get some Vengeance stacked, then Guard and make a massive absorb shield. Make sure you Tiger Palm beforehand, it's free!
4) Expel Harm is your best friend, and if you're not using it, you should be. Keep it off of cooldown if you're not at full health.
Bear in mind that you're starting to enter territory where mobs hit very hard, which will test your ability to mitigate. Stratholme is a nightmare in this aspect, but if you keep a clear head you can do it relatively easy and leave all your DPS in the dust.