This is another great book about meditation and the importance of slowing down and finding the peace even in a few second intervals. Even if we can bring peace to our souls a few times a day, it will transform our lives completely.
Dan Harris knows what it means to feel overwhelmed. Being an ABC News anchor, he used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word namaste without irony. However, he soon realized that this is not true at all!
After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to embrace a practice he’d long considered ridiculous. Harris discovered that meditation made him more focused and less yanked around by his emotions.
Even his wife saw a difference in Dan. Meditation made him less annoying. He wrote about his experiences in the bracingly candid and extremely funny memoir 10% Happier which became a #1 New York Times bestseller and landed Harris in the entirely unexpected position of being one of meditation’s most vocal public proponents.
Here’s what he is onto now. Science suggests that meditation can lower blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain, among numerous other benefits. And yet there are millions of people who want to meditate but aren’t actually practising. What’s holding them back?
In this book, Harris and his friend Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and Meditation MacGyver embark on a cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that stop people from meditating. They rent a rock-star tour bus and travel across eighteen states, talking to scores of would be meditators, such as parents, military cadets, police officers, and even a few celebrities. They create a taxonomy of the most common issues and offer up science-based life hacks to help people overcome them.
This book is filled with practical tips for all of us change our lives and to take a few minutes a day for peace and head space. We can all fit in this time into our busy schedules. In fact, our health and well-being depend on it.