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