A good narrative but not a huge amount of actionable takeaways. Of course mediation is highly personal journey and the one taken by the author is authentically presented. It is testament to the author that he was prepared to share many intimate and raw experiences in his journey. That should be cause for many to consider the application of meditation for themselves.
However, this book is more a diary that a set of actionable steps to be followed. There is plenty of good advice but is spread between plenty of human experiences which everyone may not be looking for. The book is well written and flows well but to my mind, in places deviates from the core message. However, sharing the human experience is something that take courage and is not always easy to do.
If you treat this as a case of 'what happens' rather than 'how to' you'll certainly enjoy it.
I was pleasantly surprised how well written this book was. It had the information I sought, with an interesting story that kept me reading until the last page. It gave a real and unbiased view on how hard meditation can be. Other books in this genre tend to hype the benefits without addressing the hardships.
This book was nothing like I expected it to be. It was funny, I laughed out loud a few times and I rarely do that when reading a book. I don’t want to over play it, but I have been meditating for a couple of weeks now and to my surprise I’m really enjoying it. I think the affects of this book will be lasting.
Really great book - Dan is a credible and relatable voice, interesting and very easy to read. His story of chasing the elusive Zen of meditation is at times funny, very practical and by the end of the book I felt like I was definitely one nervous-but-enthusiastic step closer to meditating myself :)
I enjoyed this book. I laughed so much with the silent retreat part. It’s refreshing to read a book written by someone who has walked in your shoes. I personally took a lot away from this book and would recommend it. Thank you
I could not put this book down. It is very easy to relate to the content and then Dan Harris demystifies the benefits of meditation. The second read was much more enlightening than the first ! If you have tried meditation but failed, this may be the book to convince you to try again