Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

A 10% Happier How-to Book

eBook - 2018
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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
Publisher: New York : Spiegel and Grau, 2018.
ISBN: 9780399588952
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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LPL_MollyW Nov 11, 2019

Finally a meditation book I can get behind! This book really addressed a lot of topics I haven't found in many other books on the subject; losing your edge, finding the time, feeling awkward, and a lot more realistic issues that have kept me from sticking with practicing mindfulness.

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lilypad_1
Jun 01, 2019

I have been an on and off meditator for many years. I actually enjoy it when I do it and notice moments of clarity and insight aftwords. This book did answer many questions and turns out I have been too hard on myself and that just noticing the "monkey mind" is success. He gives many suggestions on how to fine a moment or two to meditate, get into the habit and notes all the benefits. Definitely recommend this book. He is funny too.

DPLSaraQT Feb 27, 2019

I loved this audiobook! It's funny, down-to-earth, and listening to the two authors play off of each other was wonderful. It's a great balance of practical meditations and road-trip storytelling.

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Dlbrownlow
Sep 25, 2018

Helpful book! Really enjoyed it.

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taroutley
Sep 07, 2018

I really enjoyed the book on CD. Many good meditation tips and Jeff Warren has a wonderful voice!

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nhcarpenter
May 28, 2018

This book pulls you into the ugly head space of the main author, Dan Harris. I can't get it back to the library fast enough.

LPL_KateG Mar 21, 2018

I am a fidgety skeptic, so this book popped out while I was shelving. Like Dan, I often roll my eyes at a lot of New Age things (like Westerners saying "Namaste" without irony), but like Dan I also wrestle with mental health issues. His book has been immensely helpful so far -- it's teaching me mindfulness while being HILARIOUS at the same time. If you find yourself intrigued by meditation but unable to sit still or take it too seriously, do yourself a favor and read this.

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mitchelclay
Jan 04, 2018

If you're like me, you've been hesitant to jump aboard the "mindfulness bandwagon" of our modern era. It's not that I don't believe it could be helpful. I've done some preliminary research and it all points to exceptional physical and mental health benefits. Where I get lost in the weeds is where to start. That's why I'm SO glad I picked this book up.

"Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" by Dan Harris is the follow-up book to his 2014 best seller "10% Happier". I read his first book a few months ago and it left me ultimately unsatisfied. I came to the book looking for realistic and practical advice on meditation. Instead, the book was more of a memoir about Harris learning how to meditate.

"Fidgety Skeptics" corrects this in some very monumental ways. The book follows the journey of Harris and meditation expert Jeff Warren on a 2 week road tour peddling meditation to the masses. Sprinkled throughout the book are specific guided meditations and practical advice.

The biggest thing I picked up in this book is to not take the practice of meditation and turn it into a mountain. The reputation of "1 minute counts" and emphasis on getting distracted and noticing it is the practice itself disillusioned the mystical aspects for me. The "Ten Good Breaths" meditation has already been a huge help to me personally. As a father of 3 littles under 3 years old, I don't always have a ton of time. It also means my wife and I are often overwhelmed and stressed out. Having a 3 minute mental shift has been so helpful.

"Fidgety Skeptics" is everything I was hoping "10% Happier" to be, and more. It's humorous, approachable, realistic, and creates an easy entry point to meditation.

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