There are a number of reasons why some people do not meditate. Some are personal reasons, whilst others are as a result of myths and misconceptions associated with meditation.
Meditation has a number of benefits but some people just wont practise it despite all it has to offer healthwise among other benefits.
This is what this book am about to review tackles. It aims to help people who are fidgety and sceptical about meditation embrace it and include it in their daily routine.
In this review i will take you through what the book is,what it talks about,its costs and also my thoughts about the book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .
Lets then,get started on this book’s review:
Name : Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book
Author: Dan Harris
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre : Self Help Book
Publisher : Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date : December 26, 2017
Book length: 304
What It Is
This is a book that tackles the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that stop people from meditating.
The book is filled with game-changing and deeply practical meditation instructions.
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.
Daniel B. “Dan” Harris (born July 26, 1971) is a correspondent for ABC News , an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America .
He is a 1993 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine , Harris began his career as an anchor for WLBZ in Bangor, Maine .
Harris joined ABC News in 2000. He anchored World News Sunday from 2006 to 2011 and frequently anchors World News , ABC World News Tonight weekend editions and Nightline.
He is also a frequent contributor to World News . He also anchored ABC’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
In October 2010, he was named the new co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America , succeeding Bill Weir .
In October 2013, he was named a co-anchor for Nightline, succeeding Bill Weir .
Harris has reported on a series of events such as the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona, and has covered various natural disasters from the earthquake in Haiti to Myanmar to New Orleans.
He has also reported on combat in Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, and has made six visits to Iraq.
Domestically, Harris has led ABC News’ coverage of faith, with a particular focus on the evangelical movement.
He scored one of the first interviews with former pastor
Ted Haggard after his sex and drugs scandal.
In 2013, he covered the papal conclave at Vatican City , which elected Pope Francis .
In 2012, Harris anchored ABC News Digital’s debate coverage for the presidential election .
In 2014, he covered the shootings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and the opening of One World Trade Center in New York.
In addition to those events, Harris has also covered stories on exotic animals such as
tigers , lions , clouded leopards and various types of lemurs .
Harris has been honored several times for his journalistic contributions.
He received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on a young Iraqi man who received the help he needed in order to move to America, and in 2009 won an Emmy Award for his “Nightline” report, “How to Buy a Child in Ten Hours.”
A graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Harris also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Colby and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
What The Book Talks About
Few Lessons from the book:
The goal of meditation is not to clear your mind but to focus your mind for a few nanoseconds at a time and whenever you become distracted, just start again. Getting lost and starting over is not failing at meditation, it is succeeding.
Meditation forces you into a direct collision with a fundamental fact of life that is not often pointed out to us: we all have a voice in our heads.
It’s often fixated on the past and future, at the expense of whatever is happening right now. The voice loves to plan, plot, and scheme. It’s always making lists or rehearsing arguments or drafting tweets. One moment it has you fantasizing about some halcyon past or Elysian future. Another moment you’re ruing old mistakes or catastrophizing about some not-yet-arrived events.
The voice is insatiable. The default mental condition for too many human beings is dissatisfaction. Under the sway of the ego, nothing is good enough.
We’re always on the hunt for the next dopamine hit. We hurl ourselves headlong from one cookie, one promotion, one party to the next, and yet a great many of us are never fully sated.
The voice is unrelievedly self-involved. We are all the stars of our own movies, whether we cast ourselves as hero, victim, black hat, or all three. True, we can get temporarily sucked into other people’s stories, but often as a means of comparing ourselves to them. Everything ultimately gets subordinated to the one plotline that matters: the story of you.
Every time you catch yourself wandering and escort your attention back to the breath, it is like a biceps curl for the brain. It is also a radical act: you’re breaking a lifetime’s habit of walking around in a fog of rumination and projection, and you are actually focusing on what’s happening right now.
Lets now look at reasons why people dont meditate:
1. They Believe it’s a Hoax
People are scared of getting roped into an alternate healing method where the benefits of consistent practice are not scientifically backed (false).
First impressions or perceptions are a strong influencer of whether an individual believes in something. And once we are skeptical, it’s tough to change our thought pattern.
2. Religious or Spiritual Connection
Monks meditate. Monks are generally buddhist. Buddhism is a religion. Therefore meditation is a religious practice. The thought process makes sense if you think about it.
If you asked me to close my eyes the images conjured up do have a religious feel with a hint voodoo or fantasy thrown in. On the contrary, meditation and mindfulness can be practiced in an entirely secular way without any conflict of current religious beliefs.
3. It’s Hard (To Think of Nothing)
If you’ve gotten over the above two hurdles, this one is next. It’s hard! Undoubtedly, especially initially, it will be almost impossible to sit for more than a few minutes without getting frustrated.
Not too different from being unable to serve in tennis, takes a while. A common misconception is that your mind needs to be blank. That no thoughts should enter while in the meditative state. This is simply not true.
The aim is to observe your thoughts as your awareness moves from one thought to the next, but not be pulled in.
The aim is to be as objective as possible, notice when attention drifts and attempt to pull it back to an anchor point, usually the breath .
Thoughts will come and go, there’s no stopping that, and you shouldn’t be trying to. With continued and consistent practice, it becomes easier, like every skill in life. And this is a skill you’ll have for life.
4. Because People Close To Them Aren’t Doing It
This is a big one. Once your roommate, or colleague, or close friend starts incorporating meditation into normal life, the impact is much larger.
For now, it still feels like a celebrity thing, something trendy, something up and coming.
The gist is, something doesn’t feel right. All humans buy into things based on ‘feel’. The industry needs to do a better job of positioning meditation the way that exercise is positioned.
Something that is difficult, takes time, but necessary to maintain a healthy body and mind. If we can break some of the fuzziness barriers down, it doesn’t have to be that complex to incorporate into our daily lives.
Best Place to Buy The Book
The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.
This is a great book for those who are sceptical about meditation and are getting started on it.
My thoughts are ,however, despite trying to convince people of the importance of meditation, and why it should be part of our routine ,there are those people that generally want nothing to do with meditation and nothing can be done to convince them otherwise. They have just made the decision to not do it.
Feel free to leave in your comments as well as your questions.
I hope you found this review useful to you.