From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 10% Happier—this book will get you to meditate! With the same humor, candor, and practical advice that made him one of the freshest, most inspiring voices to come along in years, ABC News anchor Dan Harris now debunks all the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that keep you from meditating so you’ll quit procrastinating and get your butt on the cushion.
Interested in meditation, but allergic to woo-woo? Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who drank kombucha, played ultimate frisbee, listened to Enya, and used the word “namaste” without irony. Then he had a full-blown panic attack on live television (five million views on YouTube!) and on his way to sanity, discovered meditation for himself and became a convert. His memoir about this experience, 10% Happier, became a #1 bestseller and made readers (fidgety skeptics like himself) curious about meditating. But then . . . in his travels, Dan encountered a lot of people who said they wanted to meditate, but couldn’t quiet their mind, didn’t have time, felt weird and culty doing it, etc. So he set out on a cross-country trek with Jeffrey Warren, a master meditation teacher (a “Meditation MacGyver”), to get to the root of the problem. The result is a book that, with irony and insight, confronts and dismantles all the reasons you’re not meditating—and provides a range of meditation practices that meet you where you are in your life and offer you the chance to become 10% happier, for real.
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About the Author
Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is the bestselling author of 10% Happier.
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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 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.
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.
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.