In my quest for calm within my hectic days, I borrowed an audio copy of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics to consider during my commutes. In 2015, I had enjoyed our book club reading and discussion of his first book 10% Happier which led us to participating in a meditation class. Dan’s everyday approach to meditation and his honest account of his personal challenges is tailored to the busy mom, overwhelmed executive, health care provider or for anyone that needs to slow down and care for themselves.
If you had read my review of 10% Happier, you will know that he had experienced a very public panic attack, on Good Morning America which led to his reassessment of life and his approach to meditation. He studied the science, went on retreats and interviewed meditation experts. As a strong proponent for the scientifically proven benefits of mediation, he remains incredulous that others don’t adopt the practice. Even his own wife could not be converted despite her busy role as a mom, wife and physician.
In his effort to encourage individuals to avail themselves of the benefits of meditation, Dan and his friend Jeff Warren (co-author and Canadian meditator) embark on a journey on a tour bus, spreading their knowledge on meditation, myth busting and encouraging others to make meditation a part of their lives. This pilgrimage across the country and the lessons shared form the narrative of this book which is infused with Dan’s sarcasm and sense of humour. The audio version left me chuckling at times and also considering ways to find ways to insert more reflective moments into my own busy days.