Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

A 10% Happier How-to Book

Book - 2017
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Dan Harris and Jeff Warren set out on a cross-country trip across eighteen states to figure out what stops people from meditating. Meditation exercises are also included.
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780399588945
0399588949
Characteristics: x, 286 pages :,illustrations
Additional Contributors: Warren, Jeff 1971-
Adler, Carlye

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Dlbrownlow
Sep 25, 2018

Helpful book! Really enjoyed it.

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taroutley
Sep 07, 2018

I really enjoyed the book on CD. Many good meditation tips and Jeff Warren has a wonderful voice!

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nhcarpenter
May 28, 2018

This book pulls you into the ugly head space of the main author, Dan Harris. I can't get it back to the library fast enough.

LPL_KateG Mar 21, 2018

I am a fidgety skeptic, so this book popped out while I was shelving. Like Dan, I often roll my eyes at a lot of New Age things (like Westerners saying "Namaste" without irony), but like Dan I also wrestle with mental health issues. His book has been immensely helpful so far -- it's teaching me mindfulness while being HILARIOUS at the same time. If you find yourself intrigued by meditation but unable to sit still or take it too seriously, do yourself a favor and read this.

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mitchelclay
Jan 04, 2018

If you're like me, you've been hesitant to jump aboard the "mindfulness bandwagon" of our modern era. It's not that I don't believe it could be helpful. I've done some preliminary research and it all points to exceptional physical and mental health benefits. Where I get lost in the weeds is where to start. That's why I'm SO glad I picked this book up.

"Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" by Dan Harris is the follow-up book to his 2014 best seller "10% Happier". I read his first book a few months ago and it left me ultimately unsatisfied. I came to the book looking for realistic and practical advice on meditation. Instead, the book was more of a memoir about Harris learning how to meditate.

"Fidgety Skeptics" corrects this in some very monumental ways. The book follows the journey of Harris and meditation expert Jeff Warren on a 2 week road tour peddling meditation to the masses. Sprinkled throughout the book are specific guided meditations and practical advice.

The biggest thing I picked up in this book is to not take the practice of meditation and turn it into a mountain. The reputation of "1 minute counts" and emphasis on getting distracted and noticing it is the practice itself disillusioned the mystical aspects for me. The "Ten Good Breaths" meditation has already been a huge help to me personally. As a father of 3 littles under 3 years old, I don't always have a ton of time. It also means my wife and I are often overwhelmed and stressed out. Having a 3 minute mental shift has been so helpful.

"Fidgety Skeptics" is everything I was hoping "10% Happier" to be, and more. It's humorous, approachable, realistic, and creates an easy entry point to meditation.

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