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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Narrated by: Dan Harris, Jeffrey Warren
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word ""namaste"" without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation's most vocal public proponents.

Here's what he's fixated on 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 guide to mindfulness and meditation for beginners and experienced meditators alike, Harris and his friend Jeff Warren, 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, including parents, police officers, and even a few celebrities. They create a taxonomy of the most common issues (""I suck at this,"" ""I don't have the time,"" etc.) and offer up science-based life hacks to help people overcome them.

The book is filled with game-changing and deeply practical meditation instructions. Amid it all unspools the strange and hilarious story of what happens when a congenitally sarcastic, type-A journalist and a groovy Canadian mystic embark on an epic road trip into America's neurotic underbelly, as well as their own.

©2018 Dan Harris (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"'Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics is well researched, practical, and crammed with expert advice and it's also an irreverent, hilarious page-turner.'

- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project

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  • Janet Jones
  • 04-10-19

Absolutely brilliant book

I can now meditate were before I struggled. Thank you so much Dan and Jeff.

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  • Dean
  • 03-08-19

Meditation beginner

great listen for someone thinking of getting into meditation. easy to follow, lots of pro tips, ends on a guided meditation, I thought they would be of no use to me, oh I was wrong!

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  • MR G A ROLLO
  • 03-04-19

Seminal work on introducing mindfulness meditation

Originally discovered this book on the introduction to meditation Audible podcast, which Can can be found on episode 6.Admittedly i was a fidgety sceptic with a couple of audio books under my belt. If anyone is intrigued by the genre or wants to listen to a feel good book then look no further. Whilst the message is not totally original the delivery and clever wit is. The result, dispelling myths of meditation and reinforces it's importance in modern society. It's a genuine enjoyable approach on how to start your own practice/routine. Jeff Warren is the star of the show and both narrators make listening a pleasurable experience. Highly recommend and now looking forward to following Dan and Jeff to learn more.

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  • Ronan
  • 01-11-19

Motivation to meditate

This book answers the fears many have about starting to meditate, explaining the basics quickly and with everyday language. I was able to integrate the techniques into my routine immediately to start a practice. I’ll experiment with some of the more advanced meditations now that I’ve completed the book.

This book is suitable for everyone. I want to try to teach my children the techniques. That was maybe the only missing element. The content can be applied anywhere but not sure the arguments work with pre teens.

This book shows that meditation should be a part of our education system.

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  • Kristie McCarthy
  • 04-06-19

Life changing

This book came to me at a time I really needed to read it. I had tried meditation many times before, but it never stuck and I always felt like I was doing it wrong. This book changed my perspective and I have been able to maintain three months of daily practice using the techniques I learned in the book.

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  • Holly Priddis
  • 11-06-18

Alright but not as good as 10% happier

I really enjoyed the authors first book so was excited to see this book released. Whilst it has good sections in it, I was overall disappointed. Dan reads this well but while it seems like there are sections that are meant to be humorous, they aren't really funny, and it really is just written like a friends trip away as they talk about their travelling meditation road show.


I took one or two things away from it, and did finish the book, but more because I was waiting for it to improve then anything else.

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  • MichelleN
  • 10-25-18

How to fidgit mindfully

Loved it! Lots of things to try and practice and try again. Great book Dan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-18

Way too excited, never let's up

It's a book about meditation delivered in the style of an infomercial. It's ok at first but it grinds after an hour or so.
The material is good though, get the book, not the audio book.

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  • Starbuck
  • 08-02-18

A great listen

This book is exactly what I needed to hear. I have been trying to get into meditation for years but could never get my head around it. Now I realise that it just does not have to be that hard.

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  • Melinda - YarnderWoman
  • 07-08-19

Excellent

A very easy-to-understand, practical guide to mindfulness and the benefits. I would definitely recommend it.