Too busy to meditate? Can’t turn off your brain? Curious about mindfulness but more comfortable in the gym? This book is for you.
You’ll also get access to guided audio meditations on the 10% Happier app, to jumpstart your practice from day one.
ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word “namaste” without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation’s most vocal public proponents.
Harris found that meditation made him more focused and less yanked around by his emotions. According to his wife, it also made him less annoying. Science suggests that the practice can lower your blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain. So what’s holding you back?
In Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Harris and Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and “Meditation MacGyver,” embark on a gonzo cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that keep people from meditating. It is filled with game-changing and deeply practical meditation instructions—all of which are also available (for free) on the 10% Happier app. This book is a trip worth taking.
Praise for Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
“If you’re intrigued by meditation but don’t know how to begin—or you’ve benefited from meditation in the past but need help to get started again—Dan Harris has written the book for you. Well researched, practical, and crammed with expert advice, it’s also an irreverent, hilarious page-turner.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“The ABC News anchor, a ‘defender of worrying’ who once had an anxiety attack on air, offers a hilarious and stirring account of his two-steps-forward-one-step-back campaign to sort ‘useless rumination’ from ‘constructive anguish’ via mindfulness, along with invaluable suggestions for following in his footsteps.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
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About the Author
Jeff Warren is a writer, a meditation instructor, and the founder of the Consciousness Explorers Club, a meditation adventure group in Toronto.
Carlye Adler is a journalist and co-author of many books, including three New York Times bestsellers.
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Table of Contents
How to Use This Book xi
1 The Case for Meditation 3
2 "I Can't Do This" 28
Concentration 101 38
Catching Thinking in the Act 48
3 "I Don't Have Time for This" 63
Ten Good Breaths 79
Free-Range Meditations 82
Enjoying the Body 95
4 "People Might Think I'm Weird" 102
Investigating Patterns 118
5 "Meditation Is Self-Indulgent" 135
Giving a Shit About Yourself Meditation 142
Taking Back Lazy 150
Smart Compassion 161
6 Pandora's Box 166
Welcome to the Party 184
7 "If I Get Too Happy, I'll Lose My Edge" 188
Surf the Urge 200
Training the Mind 208
8 "_____ Is My Meditation" 213
Walking Meditation 226
9 "I Can't Keep It Going" 230
Do Nothing Meditation 252
Appendix: Resources to Help You Keep Meditating 273
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book did something I didn't anticipate from the outset, it changed my view on meditation. The "fidgety skeptics" in the title fits me perfectly: I'm very skeptical but I also know that when things are not right, then things need to change or at least be reconsidered. The book made me willing to do both. I have seen the recommendations of the health benefits of meditation and even had colleagues and friends swear by it. Yet, I wasn't moved to try it. I am now. The book is funny, has an easy tone and you can easily imagine the authors, the journalist from ABC and his meditation guide tell the reader how to go about it. The concept of starting with one minute rather than committing to half an hour or so appeals to me. It seems manageable. Now, of course, I just have to get started and be consistent with it.. That start is today. I want not only to be 10% happier, but also have more inner peace and joy as well as enjoying the health benefits of meditation.
This is definitely the book for anyone who wants to learn to meditate, but doesn't believe they can do it. This new book by bestselling author Dan Harris, with Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, share their experiences on a cross-country trip teaching meditation techniques to anyone who wants to learn, especially skeptics. It's written in a conversational, sometimes self-deprecating manner with a hefty dose of humor, but reminds us seriously that our minds are trainable. Harris insists that beginning with as little as 5 or 10 minutes per day is just fine, and that problems staying focused are common to all of us. Focus comes with time. The book has lots of FAQs, and plenty of easy to follow instructions. This is a fun book that I really enjoyed. I think you will, too.
Like many of us meditate, I began reading book and then set it aside to focus on other duties and obligations. Fans of Dan Harris' media presence (especially those of us who invite him into our homes each weekend) will enjoy his thoughts and efforts to encourage others to give meditation a try. I enjoyed this book better than his first one. It did take a team to write this book. There are many examples of ways to meditate and how it is benefited an assortment of persons and personalities. The book covers medical benefits, reduction in worries, lowered anxiety, increased happiness and gratitude plus more. It tackles the question of usefulness. I enjoyed hearing about the promotional bus tour and stops made to teach audiences (and unsuspecting passers by) about meditation and Dan's book. Jeff is the guru, Dan the word scholar (geek.) The book has amusing, entertaining moments and passages. And honesty. I would have liked to read the acknowledgements and mentions but they were nearly as long as the book. Do not take offense over what Dan says about Schnauzers. We can appreciate he is a cat fancier. Clowder of cats, colony of bats, murder of crows, richness of ravens, tidings of magpies... just remind yourself that when you catch your mind wandering, return it to its upright position and begin again.
Wonderfully informative and humorous guide to Meditation. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to read and review Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren. I chuckled at the Table of Contents and how accurate the section and chapter titles were when applied to human nature. Some of the headings are “I Don’t Have Time for This”, “If I Get Too Happy, I’ll Lose My Edge” and “People Might Think I’m Weird”. So great and opens up the path for humor in its pages. I was excited to discover the app that accompanies the instructional meditation given in this book. The commentary is full of humor and deals with thoughts that swirl through our minds as we try to relax and meditate. Short and easily doable meditations are introduced along with helpful, concise cheat sheets. I love the “RAIN”, “Walking Through Sound” and “Ten Good Breaths”! This quote captures the true essence of this practical and useful book, “Meditation is basically the end of boredom.” I was surprised and disturbed by the results of the study “Pandora’s Box” where people were left alone in a room with no stimulus, except a button that produced an electric shock. Many of the participants chose to give themselves electric shocks because of their discomfort of being quietly alone. Wonderfully informative instructional guide on meditation for anyone who wants to try but is skeptical of meditating, 5 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris Book Review by Dawn Thomas 288 Pages Publisher: Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House Release Date: December 26, 2017 Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Meditation, Happiness When I first saw this book, I was very intrigued. This book is more than meditation. It is a road trip in a bus across the country explaining the benefits of meditation to people. There were many skeptics in the bunch, especially the police officers. Dan explains how meditation can help you become 10% happier by meditation even a few minutes a day. I have always had difficulty meditating. It seems I have monkey mind and have a hard time shutting it off. Reading Dan’s tips along with Jeff’s meditations was the trick. The book also has an app associated with it 10% Happier. I downloaded it from the Google Play store, and it is now my go-to app for meditations. The meditations from the book are listed as lessons along with other meditations based on activity or time. The writing is easy to read and will make anyone struggling with meditation feel better about themselves. There is no intimidation or statement that you have to meditate this way for it to be effective. I have recommended the book and the app to many of my friends. I am lax in writing posting this Dan explains how meditation can help you become 10% happier by meditation even a few minutes a day. I read the book about a year ago and have been using it ever since. With the beginning of the New Year, the 10% Happier app held a 21-day meditation challenge. I am proud to say I completed the challenge meditating all 21 days.