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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF 10% HAPPIER

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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“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
 
“If your mind has a mind of its own, this is the book for you! With humor, generosity, and devastating candor, Dan Harris makes meditation make sense. This is news we can all use.” —Mark Epstein, MD, author of Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart
 
“A gold mine of wise guidance for fidgety skeptics and experienced meditators alike . . .With Dan’s humorous, self-revelatory style and incisive questioning and Jeff’s down-to-earth, transforming wisdom, this book addresses the common obstacles people face as they begin and deepen their meditation practice. . . . Highly recommended.” —Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
 
“Part romp, part travelogue, part meditation manual, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics takes us along for the journey as Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren traverse the country. We discover meditating police officers, moms, media figures, and the meditator on the street (literally, as they open a pop-up meditation booth). Dan discovers some things about himself as well. This book is fun, instructive, timely, and immensely helpful.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love

About the Author

Dan Harris is the co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He wrote 10% Happier, a #1 New York Times bestseller, then launched the 10% Happier podcast and an app called 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. He lives in New York City.
 
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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1

The Case for Meditation

If you had told me as recently as a few years ago that I would someday become a traveling evangelist for meditation, I would have coughed my beer up through my nose.

In 2004, I had a panic attack while delivering the news, live, on ABC’s Good Morning America. Being a masochist, I asked our research department to tell me exactly how many people were watching. They came back with the vastly reassuring number of 5.019 million. (If you are in the mood for a nice dose of schadenfreude, you can readily find the whole clip on YouTube. Just search for “panic attack on live TV,” and it will pop right up. Which is awesome for me.)

In the wake of my nationally televised freak-out, I learned something even more embarrassing: the entire episode had been caused by some phenomenally stupid behavior in my personal life. After spending years covering war zones for ABC News as an ambitious and idealistic young reporter, I had developed an undiagnosed depression. For months I was having trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and felt as if I had a permanent, low-grade fever. Out of desperation, I began self-medicating with recreational drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy. My drug use was short-lived and intermittent. If you’ve ever seen the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which the characters are pounding Quaaludes every five minutes—it was nothing like that. However, my consumption was enough, according to the doctor I consulted after the panic attack, to artificially raise the level of adrenaline in my brain, exacerbating my baseline anxiety and priming me to have my very public meltdown.

Through a strange and circuitous series of events, the panic attack ultimately led me to embrace a practice I had always dismissed as ridiculous. For most of my life, to the extent that I’d ever even considered meditation, I ranked it right alongside aura readings, Enya, and the unironic use of the word “namaste.” Further, I figured my racing, type-A mind was way too busy to ever be able to commune with the cosmos. And anyway, if I got too happy, it would probably render me completely ineffective at my hypercompetitive job.

Two things changed my mind.

The first was the science.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of research into meditation, which has been shown to

•Reduce blood pressure

•Boost recovery after the release of the stress hormone cortisol

•Improve immune system functioning and response

•Slow age-related atrophy of the brain

•Mitigate the symptoms of depression and anxiety

Studies also show meditation can reduce violence in prisons, boost productivity in the workplace, and improve both behavior and grades for school children.

Things really get interesting when you look at the neuroscience. In recent years, neuroscientists have been peering into the heads of meditators, and they’ve found that the practice can rewire key parts of the brain involved with self-awareness, compassion, and resiliency. One study from the Harvard Gazette found that just eight weeks of meditation resulted in measurable decreases in gray matter density in the area of the brain associated with stress.

The science is still in its early stages and the findings are preliminary. I worry that it has provoked a certain amount of irrational exuberance in the media. (“Meditation can cure halitosis and enable you to dunk on a regulation hoop!”) However, when you aggregate the most rigorous studies, they strongly suggest that daily meditation can deliver a long list of health benefits.

The research has catalyzed a fascinating public health revolution, with the ancient practice of meditation catching on among corporate executives, athletes, U.S. marines, and entertainers, including the rapper 50 Cent. That man got shot nine times; I believe he deserves some peace of mind.

The second thing I learned that changed my mind about meditation is that it does not necessarily entail a lot of the weird stuff I feared it might.

Contrary to popular belief, meditation does not involve folding yourself into a pretzel, joining a group, or wearing special outfits. The word “meditation” is a little bit like the word “sports”; there are hundreds of varieties. The type of meditation we’ll be teaching here is called “mindfulness meditation,” which is derived from Buddhism but does not require adopting a belief system or declaring oneself to be a Buddhist. (In defense of Buddhism, by the way, it is often practiced not as a faith but as a set of tools to help people lead more fulfilled lives in a universe characterized by impermanence and entropy. One of my favorite quotes on the matter is “Buddhism is not something to believe in, but rather something to do.”)

In any event, what we’re teaching here is simple, secular exercise for your brain. To give you a sense of exactly how simple it is, here are the three-step instructions for beginning meditation. You don’t actually have to do this right now; I’ll bring in a ringer soon.

1. Sit comfortably. It’s best to have your spine reasonably straight, which may help prevent an involuntary nap. If you want to sit on the floor in the lotus position, go for it. If not, just sit in a chair, as I do. You can close your eyes or, if you prefer, you can leave them open and adjust your gaze to a neutral point on the ground.

2. Bring your full attention to the feeling of your breath coming in and out. Pick a spot where it’s most prominent: your chest, your belly, or your nostrils. You’re not thinking about your breath, you’re just feeling the raw data of the physical sensations. To help maintain focus, you can make a quiet mental note on the in-breath and out-breath, like in and out.

3. The third step is the key. As soon as you try to do this, your mind is almost certainly going to mutiny. You’ll start having all sorts of random thoughts, such as: What’s for lunch? Do I need a haircut? What was Casper the Friendly Ghost before he died? Who was the Susan after whom they named the lazy Susan, and how did she feel about it? No big deal. This is totally normal. The whole game is simply to notice when you are distracted, and begin again. And again. And again.

Every time you catch yourself wandering and escort your attention back to the breath, it is like a biceps curl for the brain. It is also a radical act: you’re breaking a lifetime’s habit of walking around in a fog of rumination and projection, and you are actually focusing on what’s happening right now.

I have heard from countless people who assume that they could never meditate because they can’t stop thinking. I cannot say this frequently enough: the goal is not to clear your mind but to focus your mind—for a few nanoseconds at a time—and whenever you become distracted, just start again. Getting lost and starting over is not failing at meditation, it is succeeding.

I think this pernicious clear-the-mind misconception stems in part from the fact that meditation has been the victim of the worst marketing campaign for anything ever. The traditional art depicting meditation, while often beautiful, can be badly misleading. It usually shows practitioners with beatific looks on their faces. Examples abound in Buddhist temples, airport spas, and in this picture of a man in a loincloth I found on the Internet.

Based on my own practice, this image better captures the experience of meditation:

Meditation can be difficult, especially at the beginning. It’s like going to the gym. If you work out and you’re not panting or sweating, you’re probably cheating. Likewise, if you start meditating and find yourself in a thought-free field of bliss, either you have rocketed to enlightenment or you have died.

The practice does get easier the longer you keep at it, but even after doing it for years, I get lost all the time. Here’s a random sample of my mental chatter during a typical meditation session:

In

Out

Man, I am feeling antsy. What’s the Yiddish term my grandmother used to use for that? Shpilkes. Right.

Words that always make me giggle: “ointment,” “pianist.”

Wait, what? Come on, man. Back to the breath.

In

Out

Likes: baked goods.

Dislikes: fedoras, dream sequences, that part in techno songs where the French accordion kicks in.

Dude. Come. On.

In

Out

In

Alternative jobs: papal nuncio, interpretive dancer, working double time on the seduction line . . .

You get the idea.

So why put yourself through this?

Meditation forces you into a direct collision with a fundamental fact of life that is not often pointed out to us: we all have a voice in our heads.

(The reason the above looks amateurish and slightly creepy is that I drew it, but bear with me.)

When I talk about the voice in your head, I’m not referring to schizophrenia or anything like that; I’m talking about your internal narrator. It’s sometimes called your “ego.” The Buddha had a cool name for it: “the monkey mind.”

Here are some key attributes of the voice in my head. I suspect they will sound familiar.

•It’s often fixated on the past and future, at the expense of whatever is happening right now. The voice loves to plan, plot, and scheme. It’s always making lists or rehearsing arguments or drafting tweets. One moment it has you fantasizing about some halcyon past or Elysian future. Another moment you’re ruing old mistakes or catastrophizing about some not-yet-arrived events. As Mark Twain is reputed to have said, “Some of the worst things in my life never even happened.”

•The voice is insatiable. The default mental condition for too many human beings is dissatisfaction. Under the sway of the ego, nothing is good enough. We’re always on the hunt for the next dopamine hit. We hurl ourselves headlong from one cookie, one promotion, one party to the next, and yet a great many of us are never fully sated. How many meals, movies, and vacations have you enjoyed? And are you done yet? Of course not.

•The voice is unrelievedly self-involved. We are all the stars of our own movies, whether we cast ourselves as hero, victim, black hat, or all three. True, we can get temporarily sucked into other people’s stories, but often as a means of comparing ourselves to them. Everything ultimately gets subordinated to the one plotline that matters: the Story of Me.

In short, the voice in my head—and perhaps also yours—can be an asshole.

To be fair, our internal narrator is not all bad. It is capable of brilliance, humor, and compassion. It is also extremely useful when designing irrigation systems and composing piano sonatas. Nevertheless, when I bother to listen, most of what I hear inside is rather obnoxious. I am not alone in this. I have a friend, a fellow meditator, who jokes that when he considers the voice in his head, he feels like he’s been kidnapped by the most boring person alive, who says the same baloney over and over, most of it negative, nearly all of it self-referential.

When you are unaware of this ceaseless inner talkfest, it can control and deceive you. The ego’s terrible suggestions often come to the party dressed up as common sense:

You should eat that entire sleeve of Oreos; you’ve had a hard day.

Go ahead, you have every right to make the wisecrack that will ruin the next forty-eight hours of your marriage.

You don’t need to meditate. You’ll never be able to do it anyway.

One of the things that most powerfully drew me to meditation was the realization—many years after the fact, sadly—that the voice in my head was responsible for the most mortifying moment of my life: my on-air panic attack. It was because of my ego that I went off to war zones without considering the psychological consequences, was insufficiently self-aware to recognize my subsequent depression, and then blindly self-medicated.

I began my meditation practice slowly, with just five to ten minutes a day, which is what I recommend everyone aim for at the start. (And, frankly, if you only find time for one minute a day, you can count that as a win. Much more on this soon.) For me, the first sign that meditation was not a waste of time came within weeks, when I started to overhear my wife, Bianca, at cocktail parties telling friends that I had become less of a jerk.

Internally, I pretty quickly began to notice three primary benefits, in ascending order of importance:

1. Calm

The act of stepping out of my daily busyness for a few minutes and simply breathing often injected a dose of sanity into my hectic day. It served to interrupt, if only briefly, the current of mindlessness that often carried me along. The issue of calmness is a bit tricky, though. Many people are drawn to meditation because they want to relax, but they end up disappointed because the ever-declaiming ego keeps butting in or because itches and knee pain arise. While meditation can often be calming, it’s best not to go into it expecting to feel a certain way. And, importantly, even if an individual meditation session isn’t mellow, I’ve found that the net effect of having a daily practice is that, overall, my emotional weather is significantly balmier.

2. Focus

We live in an era defined by what’s been called “omni-connectivity.” Many of us are beset by emails, texts, status updates, and push notifications. It can leave us feeling frayed and frazzled. In my job, I actually have other people’s voices piped directly into my head, and I have to get the facts straight, on short notice, in front of large audiences. I found that the daily exercise of trying to focus on one thing at a time—my breath—and then getting lost and starting again (and again, and again) helped me stay on task during the course of my day. Studies show the more you meditate, the better you are at activating the regions of the brain associated with attention and deactivating the regions associated with mind-wandering.

3. Mindfulness

This rather anodyne-sounding word has become quite buzzy of late. There are now countless books and articles on mindful eating, mindful parenting, mindful sex, mindful dishwashing, mindful yarn-bombing, mindful conjugation of verbs in Esperanto, and on and on. The media fuss has, at times, turned this down-to-earth, universally accessible concept into an impossibly precious thing, and provoked a not-entirely-unjustified backlash. And yet, if you can get past the breathless headlines and press releases, mindfulness is an enormously useful skill.

It is a rich, ancient term with lots of meanings, but here’s my personal definition:

Mindfulness is the ability to see what’s happening in your head at any given moment, so that you don’t get carried away by it.

As an example, imagine you’re driving down the road and someone cuts you off. How does that moment go for you, usually? If you’re like me, you may feel a big blast of anger, which is normal. But then you might automatically act on that anger, honking, and cursing, and so on. There’s no buffer between the stimulus and your reflexive reaction.

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DataDame
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Disappointed.
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2018
The blurb I received, which led me to buy the Kindle version of this book (I''ve been meditating for decades and have taught "meditation for beginners" classes, and this book looked like an interesting fresh take on it) said it included the free accompanying app. After... See more
The blurb I received, which led me to buy the Kindle version of this book (I''ve been meditating for decades and have taught "meditation for beginners" classes, and this book looked like an interesting fresh take on it) said it included the free accompanying app. After buying the book and opening the app, I found out 2 things you should know:
1) You have to sign into the app using Facebook, Google, or an email address. Now they have your user ID and password . You can change your password on your email or whatever source you use to sign in, but may have to change it every time you use the app, in order to keep it secure. (?) I don''t like things that require my login info on other platforms - transparent harvesting for marketing/spamming.
2) You only get a group of basic meditations for free. Otherwise, the app is only free for 7 days. If that time runs out and you haven''t canceled, you''ll be billed $99.99 for one year. It doesn''t say what happens after that year. It may well be worth that but it seems pretty steep.
Hope the book delivers more, and in a more straightforward manner, than the app.
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Randy Ballinger
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Kindle version flawed significantly.
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018
I am interested in the subject and appreciate the writing style. But the book is missing many pages at random intervals on Kindle, making it difficult to follow. My inner "black dog" distracts me by reminding me I paid $13.99, far too much for this frustrating... See more
I am interested in the subject and appreciate the writing style. But the book is missing many pages at random intervals on Kindle, making it difficult to follow. My inner "black dog" distracts me by reminding me I paid $13.99, far too much for this frustrating experience. I recommend forgoing the Kindle version.

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Gary Moreau, Author
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If you don''t meditate and you appreciate flippancy, this book might get you to try
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
Meditation has gone mainstream. And for good reason. It’s a great way to focus and energize the mind and body. I do it, and if you don’t, you should try. Simple as that. Perhaps more than anything else this book is a testament to just how mainstream it has gone.... See more
Meditation has gone mainstream. And for good reason. It’s a great way to focus and energize the mind and body. I do it, and if you don’t, you should try. Simple as that.

Perhaps more than anything else this book is a testament to just how mainstream it has gone. That’s not a criticism. But let’s face it, a bus tour is pretty mainstream. Wanting to be 10% happier is very mainstream. And putting it all together in a convenient app is the essence of mainstream in the 21st.

I don’t watch television, so I’ve never seen or heard the name, Dan Harris, the ABC news anchor and correspondent behind the book. He is obviously witty, bright, high energy, very enthusiastic, and clearly sincere in his hopes for this project. And in many ways that makes him perfect for this book. He is a very good pairing with Jeff Warren, the professional meditator who represents the “let’s hug” branch of meditation that the mainstream associates with the practice, who is every bit as sincere and earnest as Harris. It’s a bit like pairing Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in Twins, but I make the comparison in the most positive way.

Their strategy for taking meditation mainstream is to: 1. Make it effortless. (One minute a day will get you started.); 2. To expand mindfulness into a path to patience, compassion, generosity, and, ultimately, happiness. All while keeping it secular without offending the religiously inclined.

It’s a tall order. And they achieve it more successfully than I would have guessed if I had picked up the book with any preconceptions, which I didn’t.

The problem with both meditation and attempts to mainstream much of anything, however, is accepting that line on the horizon. Where does the ground end and the sky begin? There is, as a result, a tendency to overshoot the mark; to extrapolate meditation or whatever you are trying to mainstream into something more that it really is or can practically become.

That line on the horizon, however, is perceived differently by each of us. If you draw it at a level similar to where Dan and Jeff draw it, you will probably love this book. And since you are the one who is likely to be considering this book having read the summary, my rating is for you. I think you will enjoy the book.

I draw the horizon in a different place, however. That doesn’t make me better or worse, but the book, as a result, is much less of a fit for me. I found the book to be far too long and repetitive, too light on the philosophy, too heavy on both the hugging and the flippancy, and far too quick to reference the 10% initiative. While Dan and Jeff clearly come down on the meditative side of Buddhist meditation, to try to explain, I come down on the Buddhist side. While I practice meditation, I am much more interested in understanding what gives our lives meaning and purpose.

But that’s just me.
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Nicole
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the mindful sits (or meditation they call it) are so good..
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2018
bought the app and the other book too. Cancelled my head space subscription...the mindful sits (or meditation they call it) are so good...its like having a direct line to a meditation teacher! Very relevant and good secular sits.... I am training with mindful schools to be... See more
bought the app and the other book too. Cancelled my head space subscription...the mindful sits (or meditation they call it) are so good...its like having a direct line to a meditation teacher! Very relevant and good secular sits.... I am training with mindful schools to be a certified trainer...and I was longing for lessons and sits like the ones I guide my students through...also, I am learning many different techniques to guide my own sits! I love the "welcome to the party" idea for thoughts as they come when sitting... I have a million books on mindfulness and this is my favorite!
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Cecil Yount
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Harris and Warren Shed Important Light on Mindfulness and Meditation
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
Having read and recommended Harris''s early book 10% Happier, I was eager to read this one upon receiving notice it had been released. I was particularly interested in hearing the feedback from "the field" so to speak as to the barriers faced by those folks who... See more
Having read and recommended Harris''s early book 10% Happier, I was eager to read this one upon receiving notice it had been released. I was particularly interested in hearing the feedback from "the field" so to speak as to the barriers faced by those folks who struggle to establish a consistent meditation practice. I was also interested in hearing more from those who couldn''t even get started. The book did a fine job of clarifying issues and putting forth solutions. I found the access to the 10% Happier app to perhaps be the best aspect of the book as it not only recounts the book in video format but actually provides the meditations in audio format. I sometimes had to drop back and figure out whether I was reading the voice of Harris or the voice of Warren. I believe the font and typeface changed when it was Warren. Most of all, I appreciate the demystification of Mindfulness and meditation that Harris has taken upon himself. I also appreciated his recounting of how he falls short of his own goals at times. As an addictions counselor, I frequently attempt to get my consumers to add these Best Practices to their tool bags for recovery. I have recommended both books to my clientele. I''ve also been appreciative of the email follow-ups from the 10% Happier staff since registering on the site. The contacts have been sufficient and avoid feeling like spam.
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Michael L. Uyyek
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Perfect title for an amazing book
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2018
This book is perfect for people who have been curious about meditation , but, like the author, have an allergy to all things woo-woo and New Age-y. This book is approachable, it''s real, it''s common sense, and it gives you immediate access to trying these techniques and... See more
This book is perfect for people who have been curious about meditation , but, like the author, have an allergy to all things woo-woo and New Age-y. This book is approachable, it''s real, it''s common sense, and it gives you immediate access to trying these techniques and incorporating then into your life. I heartily recommend this book for anyone who wants to see if meditation can give them a little more peace, freedom, and calm in their life.
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In the AmaZone
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A great book for new or experienced meditators.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2017
As a fidgety, former skeptic of meditation, I found this to be a very easy to read introduction to meditation, that takes a very straight forward approach to getting someone to meditate. It took me years to get into meditation, then with a different approach and... See more
As a fidgety, former skeptic of meditation, I found this to be a very easy to read introduction to meditation, that takes a very straight forward approach to getting someone to meditate. It took me years to get into meditation, then with a different approach and perspective change, all of a sudden everything clicked for me. I am a believer now already, but I still look for different perspectives for myself and to help introduce others into mindful meditation, because it really does work. I appreciate Dan''s approach in this book, because I am fidgety and I was a skeptic. I wish I read this a decade ago or even more. It would have helped me so much at the time. This is definitely worth picking up for people who have trouble "getting it" or if you find your self "too busy" or too mentally active to get into meditation. Good for new and experienced alike.

I have read about Dan Harris before, and knew a bit of his background and journey into dealing with anxiety issues, which combined with my interest in meditation led me to pick up this book. I am glad I did. I will be picking up Dan''s 10% Happier book as well, based on my like for this book.
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edsetiadi
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Teaching meditation in a fun way
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
If you’re a subscriber to the 10 Percent app then the title of this book, “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics”, shouldn’t be unfamiliar for you. It is similar with that fun course in the app, “Meditation for Skeptics”, where Dan Harris and Jeff Warren drive around America on a... See more
If you’re a subscriber to the 10 Percent app then the title of this book, “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics”, shouldn’t be unfamiliar for you. It is similar with that fun course in the app, “Meditation for Skeptics”, where Dan Harris and Jeff Warren drive around America on a huge bus to teach meditation to various types of people or groups of people.

And that is exactly what this book is about, the extended analysis and diary for that particular journey across the country. It has all the similar level of fun narrative, jokes, and meaningful lessons that the course provide us. It also has the transcript of all the guided meditations for that course, complete with the hilarious commentaries.

Moreover, while Dan Harris’ first book, 10% Happier, was more about his journey from TV meltdown to searching for meaning to discovery of meditation (and meeting all the wonderful teachers along the way that become the teachers in the Ten Percent app), this 2nd book is also about the technicalities of meditation, that are detailed enough to teach us everything we need to know to start meditating like the pros, but clear and concise enough that it doesn’t dwell too much on the nonsense.

You may say, the book is perfect for anyone skeptical on this whole meditation mumbo jumbo, but curious enough to want to give it a good try. Always a good fun with these guys.
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Anna Banana
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Amazing!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2018
Best book on meditation. Easy to follow and an enjoyable read
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Lesley Hall
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Superb
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2019
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Jonathon Blakeley
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Saved my life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2019
Meditate every day for 10 mins, then build form there.
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Dorothy Lawrie
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Very American view point
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 11, 2018
Practical advice
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Jim S.
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I very much liked the book
Reviewed in Canada on June 14, 2018
I very much liked the book. Update: I originally took a point off because I couldn''t access the meditations that were free with purchase of the book on the 10% Happier App. Customer Service fixed this - the apps are free with purchase of the book. And I can happily raise my...See more
I very much liked the book. Update: I originally took a point off because I couldn''t access the meditations that were free with purchase of the book on the 10% Happier App. Customer Service fixed this - the apps are free with purchase of the book. And I can happily raise my rating from 4 stars to a full 5 stars.
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