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10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced by Dan Harris

By Dan Harris

Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unforeseen, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey in the course of the unusual worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers how to get happier that's really achievable.

After having a nationally televised panic assault on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he needed to make a few adjustments. A lifelong nonbeliever, he stumbled on himself on a weird and wonderful experience, related to a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a bunch of mind scientists. ultimately, Harris discovered that the resource of his difficulties used to be the very factor he regularly notion was once his maximum asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had either propelled him in the course of the ranks of a hyper-competitive enterprise and likewise led him to make the profoundly silly judgements that provoked his on-air freak-out.

We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us wasting our mood unnecessarily, checking our e-mail compulsively, consuming while we’re no longer hungry, and fixating at the previous and the longer term on the cost of the current. so much people may think we’re caught with this voice – that there’s not anything we will be able to do to rein it in – yet Harris stumbled upon a good way to do exactly that. It’s a miles cry from the miracle remedies peddled by way of the self-help swamis he met; as an alternative, it’s whatever he continually assumed to be both most unlikely or lifeless: meditation. After studying approximately examine that means meditation can do every little thing from decrease your blood strain to actually rewire your mind, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported international of CEOs, scientists, or even marines who're now utilizing it for elevated calm, concentration, and happiness.

10% Happier takes readers on a experience from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the internal sanctum of community information to the unusual fringes of America’s non secular scene, and leaves them with a takeaway which can really swap their lives.

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Chapter One:  the traditional artwork of Meditation
bankruptcy Two:  Why Meditate?
bankruptcy Three:  some great benefits of Meditation perform
bankruptcy Four:  Meditation 1:  Connecting with the Breath
bankruptcy Five:  Meditation 2:  operating With Sensations within the physique
bankruptcy Six:  Meditation 3:  operating With emotions and Emotion
bankruptcy Seven:  Meditation 4:  Witnessing Your suggestions
bankruptcy Eight:  Meditation 5:  Forgiveness Meditation
bankruptcy Nine:  Meditation 6:  Loving Kindness Meditation
bankruptcy Ten:  Meditation 7:  An consuming Meditation
bankruptcy Eleven:  Meditation 8:  A jogging Meditation
bankruptcy Twelve:  Meditation and Social accountability
bankruptcy Thirteen:  tips on how to domesticate a regular Meditation Practice

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Meditation for newbies deals the valuable trainings and teachings present in the simplest Buddhist monasteries translated for Western society.   In Meditation for Beginnings, you can find a few of the least difficult and so much common of the practices of meditation—in specific, the practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness.  

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Psychotherapy seemed like a reasonable route. This is what people like me did when things got rough, right? I mean, even Tony Soprano had a therapist. So I agreed: I would come back twice a week. The sessions were held in Brotman’s ground-floor office in a cavernous hospital located in an extremely inconvenient part of Manhattan. Initially, the principal topic of our biweekly sessions was, of course, drugs. While I may not have been physically addicted, I was certainly psychologically hooked. I missed getting high so badly that it was the first thing I thought about in the morning and the last thing I fantasized about before I drifted off to sleep.

He also suggested that I come back to see him twice a week. As I sat there in Dr. Brotman’s office, the sheer enormity of my mindlessness started to sink in. All of it: from maniacally pursuing airtime, to cavalierly going into war zones without considering the psychological impact, to using cocaine and ecstasy for a synthetic squirt of replacement adrenaline. It was as if I had been sleepwalking through the entire cascade of moronic behavior. It was now thunderously clear to me that I needed to make changes—beyond just giving up drugs.

It was partly because of the severity of the hangover—cocaine, too, left me cracked-out and colicky for at least twenty-four hours—that I was meticulous about never doing drugs when I had to work the next day. Not only did I largely quarantine my substance abuse to weekends, but there were also long stretches of time when I was traveling for work and completely abstinent—covering the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries, for example. The pull of drugs was powerful, but the tug of airtime was even more so.

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