10% Happier | Thoughts & Review
Dan Harris is a tv reporter from shows such as Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20 and more. He's a self-proclaimed jerk and skeptic. This is the journey he took to change his life.
I recently read the book "The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle" about meditation (somewhat) and found that the book was quite hard to get through. I found myself skipping pages or sections, then I would read a paragraph that I thoroughly enjoyed.
In 10% Happier, Dan met Eckhart Tolle in the very beginning. It's pretty much what kickstarted this whole dive into the world of meditation.
He mentions his interview with Tolle and what he was saying was exactly how I was feeling trying to get through The Power of Now.
"Sometimes in the course of a single sentence, he would say something lucid and compelling, and then veer straight into crazy town. I honestly couldn't figure out if he was a genius or a lunatic."
With meditation and mindfulness, one of the things that you could learn would be to "respond. don't react." This makes so much sense. You can only control the way we respond to certain situations. If you're in a situation that maybe isn't going the way you had planned, try to calm yourself down and not act only out of emotion. This is something most people have heard since they were young children but doesn't become clear until we are older (or until we meditate?).
"What mindfulness does is create some space in your head so you can, as the
buddhists say, 'respond' rather than 'react'. In the Buddhist view, you can't control what comes into your head; it all arises out of a mysterious void... The only thing we can control is how you handle it."
There are actually a lot more helpful things in things in this book than I had originally thought there would be. I could honestly post quote after quote of advice that I love but what would be the point of you reading it then? Go out and read this one for yourself. He talked to many inspiring people and it was nice to see so much of their different beliefs all together in one book.
I'm definitely glad that I stumbled onto this in the used bookstore. It was nice to read a "normal" person's journey to meditation. Someone who has plenty of struggles, and self-doubt, like the rest of us do. If you have any interest at all in mediation or are looking for a way to battle depression, anxiety, or any other mental struggle you may be going through, this is a great start.