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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book Paperback – December 31, 2018
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“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
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.
- Publisher : Harmony; Reprint edition (December 31, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399588965
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399588969
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.15 x 0.61 x 7.96 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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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.