Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics : A Bite-sized Book Review:

Author tidbit

When you google his name, you’ll read something like ‘Dan Harris is an American journalist and correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America.’ But they fail to mention that he’s an author of several Best-sellers including 10% Happier which could be considered prequel to this book. As expected for his line of work he’s funny, articulate and presents facts in an interesting way.

Who’s it written for?

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics The title says it all folks, it’s written for anyone that has heard of meditation, but remains skeptical about trying it… also for those that don’t believe in their ability to sit still for any length of time outside of slumber.

What’s it about?

This book is about Meditation, it’s a practical guide that gets you to try it out while guiding you in often, very humorous ways. Dan Harris is definitely not a buddhist monk, he presents meditation the way only a good journalist would, through the objective use of facts. You follow Dan Harris & his co-author, Jeff Warren as they tour across the U.S. to help different groups meditate. They do a good job presenting it from different perspectives, Jeff touches on the spiritual part, and Dan Harris brings him down to earth with his enough-of-that-you-hippy kind of sense of humor. It works.

3 Takeaways

  1. That’s not what meditation is : Most of us have stereotypical images in our heads about what meditation looks like. Harris and Warren help debunk the mysticism around meditation.
  2. Meditation can improve your health : Be it psychological or physical, meditation has been scientifically-proven to be profoundly beneficial if practiced daily.
  3. It’s Not about Thinking of Nothing: It’s not about clearing your mind of it’s thoughts, that’s nearly-impossible actually. This book offers a step-by-step guide through meditation which reaches you what to focus on.

1 Pro

The book does a great job making meditation less intimidating and strange, more practical and advantageous.

The word ‘meditation’ is a little bit like the word ‘sports’; there are hundreds of varieties.

Dan Harris

1 Con

Dan’s aversion to all things spiritual can come off a bit douche-y. He sometimes dismisses his co-authors’ take on meditation in patronizing ways making you feel kind of sorry for him.

Cop it or Drop it?

Definitely cop it, you’ll be better for it. Everyone should meditate, it should be considered self-care. This book has opened my eyes to the world of meditation and I haven’t looked back.

Thank you Dan Harris & Jeff Warren for getting me started. You’ve inspired my new mantra “Respond, don’t react”. I’m a better mom for it.

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