Author Dan Harris gives us a guided tour through modern self-help icons — as he describes it a mixture of brilliant ideas and dubious science– and ends up with a 2500 year old answer–meditation.
Ideally, a book like this makes sense and inspires me to reconsider my thinking. In this case, I found a sensible presentation that didn’t offer me anything unexpected. The author thinks the way I do, recognizing and separating the valuable from the rest by asking the question “is it useful?”
In his job as a reporter for CBS television, Harris met and interviewed religious leaders, media icons and others. Behind the scenes, the book reveals how and why he reacted to each, how and why meditation became a big part of his life, passing the challenge of his professional skepticism.
Both book and author take a deep dive into the culture of meditation. Toward the end, he offers his own insights as a list. The written version includes an appendix with the steps for trying meditation yourself.