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Meditation for fidgety skeptics : a 10% happier how-to book

Author: Dan Harris
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]
Series: 10% happier how-to book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First edition
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Self-help publications
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Harris
ISBN: 9780399588945 0399588949 9780399588969 0399588965
OCLC Number: 983821847
Description: xi, 286 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: How to use this book --
The case for meditation --
Concentration 101 --
Catching thinking in the act --
Ten good breaths --
Free-range meditations --
Enjoying the body --
Investigating patterns --
Giving a shit about yourself meditation --
Taking back lazy --
Smart compassion --
Rain --
Welcome to the party --
Surf the urge --
Training the mind --
Walking meditation --
Do nothing meditation --
Appendix: Resources to help you keep meditating.
Series Title: 10% happier how-to book.
Responsibility: Dan Harris and Jeff Warren, with Carlye Adler.

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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. Millions of people want to meditate but aren't actually practicing. What's holding them back? Harris and his friend Jeff Warren, a "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 (whose previous occupants were Parliament Funkadelic) and travel across eighteen states, talking to scores of would-be meditators, including parents, military cadets, 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. 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.

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