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- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 11, 2014
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- Language: English
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10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works Audiobook – Unabridged
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I have been meditating for a long time while my wife is new to it. So I was aware of most of the gurus/experts Dan Harris talked about while they were pretty much new to her. This gave us different perspectives on the Dan's story but we were both engaged and intrigued by what he talked about. The honesty of his struggle, the insights into the workings of network news and the various players, his impressions of the icons of the meditation business and his perfect description of what goes on in your brain during an extended meditation retreat were wonderful. But his wit and and writing style makes this a great book to read even if the topic doesn't seem to interest you (though I don't know why it wouldn't). My wife and I and the eight people I have recommended the book to all agree.
This guy can write and the images he lays on the reader are wonderful. There was not a lull any place in his story and I think if his goals were to write a good book and to entice some folks to check out meditation because it seemed to work for him, I think he was successful on both counts.
1. Not only did I enjoy reading about Harris's path to meditation, but I found his journey to becoming a network journalist equally fascinating. I've always had an interest in what makes television happen; it's not the focus of this book, but the reader gets a clear idea of what TV journalism is like and what it takes to become a TV reporter or anchor.
2. I share Harris's skeptical views about religion in general and famous "gurus" in particular. So I found his analyses of these subjects and people resonated with my own ideas. Moreover he encounters several of the same characters I have run across in my own reading including Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Sam Harris (no relation to the author), not to mention the Dalai Lama. (Of course, as a TV reporter, he gets to meet them in person and ask them the hard questions, whereas I only have seen them on TV or read their work.)
3. I found Harris's writing style to be very witty and thoroughly entertaining. His willingness to reveal his own faults an pettiness, makes his story all the more genuine.
I agree with the reviewer who said this may not be the best "how to" book on meditation, but hey, there are plenty of those already. But if you're wondering if you should even try meditation, this book might just convince you. Besides reading a book on meditation is like reading a book on tennis: it might give you some ideas or techniques, but you have to get out and play the game if you want to get anywhere.
Even if it doesn't convince you to try meditation, I think you'll find this book a great read.
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