Meditation for fidgety skeptics

“When you can have some distance from your repetitive grim thought patterns, your inner neurotic programs, then they don’t control you as much. That’s all that meditation is — a systematic waking up to this reality so that you can surf it rather than be drowned by it.” – Dan Harris

A friend just loaned me Dan Harris’ most recent book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics and I am loving it. Light, full of humour and humility — it’s a wonderfully accessible book for those interested in starting a daily meditation practice.

In the video below, Dan has a long and wide-ranging conversation with Rich Roll, on the power of meditation to live and be a little bit happier, tailored to the skeptics and those who mistakenly believe they can’t or don’t need to meditate.

 

Dan is the co-anchor of ABC News Nightline as well as the co-anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is the author of the NYT bestseller 10% Happier and his newest book is 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.

Plus, there’s a 10% Happier Meditation app. Maybe it will be just the thing to get you sitting!

(via Rich Roll and Dan Harris)

Sitting at home

Do this! Quick and dirty instructions for starting a daily meditation practice at home — notes from last week’s whiteboard:

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Just Sit! at home:
1. Decide to practice daily
2. Create a space
3. Minimize distractions and interruptions
4. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes
5. Sit
6. Do not get up until the timer goes off

As to the details of #5, what to do when you’re sitting: breathe. Follow the breath with gentle, firm attention. Breathe in, breathe out. (Um, that link’s just a song I like, not further instructions.)

We’re sitting again Tuesday, 7-8pm.

Cute improves concentration

File this under S for SWEET!

In addition to making the heart all warm and fuzzy, have you heard that exposure to cute things has been studied and shown to improve concentration? This means if you’re looking to hone your attention, study for an exam, even engage in some practice that requires manual dexterity, you ought to warm up with exposure to sweetness!