If you're like me, you've been hesitant to jump aboard the "mindfulness bandwagon" of our modern era. It's not that I don't believe it could be helpful. I've done some preliminary research and it all points to exceptional physical and mental health benefits. Where I get lost in the weeds is where to start. That's why I'm SO glad I picked this book up.
"Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" by Dan Harris is the follow-up book to his 2014 best seller "10% Happier". I read his first book a few months ago and it left me ultimately unsatisfied. I came to the book looking for realistic and practical advice on meditation. Instead, the book was more of a memoir about Harris learning how to meditate.
"Fidgety Skeptics" corrects this in some very monumental ways. The book follows the journey of Harris and meditation expert Jeff Warren on a 2 week road tour peddling meditation to the masses. Sprinkled throughout the book are specific guided meditations and practical advice.
The biggest thing I picked up in this book is to not take the practice of meditation and turn it into a mountain. The reputation of "1 minute counts" and emphasis on getting distracted and noticing it is the practice itself disillusioned the mystical aspects for me. The "Ten Good Breaths" meditation has already been a huge help to me personally. As a father of 3 littles under 3 years old, I don't always have a ton of time. It also means my wife and I are often overwhelmed and stressed out. Having a 3 minute mental shift has been so helpful.
"Fidgety Skeptics" is everything I was hoping "10% Happier" to be, and more. It's humorous, approachable, realistic, and creates an easy entry point to meditation.