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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

A 10% Happier How-To-Book

By Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler
15-minute read
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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To-Book by Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (2017) is a down-to-earth beginner’s guide to meditation – especially for those skeptics among us who think that meditation is a lot of new age hooey. Dan Harris presents readers with a firsthand account of how even people with restless minds and no time to spare can start experiencing the scientifically proven benefits of meditation.

  • Professionals seeking serenity
  • Anyone pursuing happiness
  • Amateur meditators

Dan Harris, a frequent contributor to Nightline and 20/20, is a longtime correspondent for ABC News, as well as the co-host for Good Morning America’s weekend edition. Based in New York City, he’s traveled the world to report from areas as diverse as Cambodia, Afghanistan and Haiti. He’s also the creator of the 10% Happier podcast and app, both of which strive to bring the benefits of meditation to busy urban professionals.

Jeff Warren is a writer and teacher who’s been called the “Meditation MacGyver.” He’s also the founder of Toronto’s Consciousness Explorers Club, a vibrant meeting place for adventurous meditators.

Carlye Adler is a journalist whose work has appeared in BusinessWeek, Forbes, Newsweek and Wired, just to mention a few. She’s also the co-author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller, Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship.

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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

A 10% Happier How-To-Book

By Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler
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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To-Book by Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler
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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (2017) is a down-to-earth beginner’s guide to meditation – especially for those skeptics among us who think that meditation is a lot of new age hooey. Dan Harris presents readers with a firsthand account of how even people with restless minds and no time to spare can start experiencing the scientifically proven benefits of meditation.

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Everyday life can be stressful, and the scientifically proven remedy is meditation.

There are still a lot of fast-paced, city-dwelling professionals who think that meditation is a lot of new age nonsense. The author, Dan Harris, understands this feeling rather well since, not long ago, he was one of those people. If someone had told him in his twenties that one day he’d be promoting the benefits of meditation, he’d have laughed so hard that beer would have shot out his nose.

But life is full of unexpected twists and turns, some of which can be brought on by times of extreme stress.

For Harris, a big change came in 2004, when he was working as an anchorman for ABC News. While live on air, with an audience of five million viewers, the author suddenly began to stutter and slur his words – he was in the grip of a panic attack.

Like most panic attacks, however, this incident wasn’t an isolated event. In Harris’s case, it was the result of years spent reporting from war zones, the horrors of which had led him to sink into a state of depression. Yet, being the busy man he was, he’d failed to recognize or appreciate the symptoms he’d been experiencing.

These included trouble getting out of bed in the morning and a feverish feeling that never fully went away. After a brief attempt at self-medicating with cocaine and ecstasy, the on-air meltdown was Harris’s personal rock bottom.

But this turned out to be a good thing. It was the wake-up call Harris needed to make some much-needed changes in his life. And it’s what led to him discovering the benefits of meditation.

Like a lot of people, Harris was what you’d call a “fidgety skeptic” about meditation. But after doing some research, he was surprised to find a wealth of solid, scientific evidence showing the practice to be a proven stress reducer. It’s benefits included lowering blood pressure and helping people recover from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Harris also found legitimate data indicating that meditation both strengthens the immune system and rewires the neurons in the brain to improve attributes like self-awareness, endurance and compassion.

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