My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The science is in. The medical evidence for meditation as a tool for improving a person's life, a person's performance, one's emotional well-being, is becoming incontrovertible. The medical evidence gets both stronger and and more detailed every year, that our brains are elastic and trainable throughout one's life. We are not "stuck" with the mind we were born with...or even the mind we have now.
So, Dan Harris' first book is a good starter book for meditation skeptics and proof that you don't have to buy into the wu of crystals, sandals with socks, and orange robes to reap the self-improvement benefits of disciplining and improving your mind as you do your own body. (BTW, all the religious and ritual aspects associated with meditation practices, especially from the Buddhist side, were layered on long after the practice took off).
Unlike many starter personal journey narratives about meditation that he complains about, Harris offers actual instructions and tips and techniques in his writings, how-to's so to speak. You will walk away from this book with a basic meditation tool kit you can carry with you anywhere, practice anywhere, and in almost any circumstance: 5 minutes on the train, 10 minutes in a waiting room, between meetings, on short walking breaks.
Even a modest, but regular, meditative practice can result in person being, as the title suggests, maybe 10% Happier. That's a result that's nothing to sneeze at for so little effort and time.
View all my reviews