Book blurb: "In Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Dan Harris and his friend Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and “Meditation MacGyver,” embark on a cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that stop people from meditating." Click to read book's marketing description, plus my commentary.
My guide to all the weird permutations of waking and sleeping consciousness – the UK’s Independent called it “exhilarating,” The New York Times’s Sandra Blakeslee called it “audacious, enchanting, and often hilarious." My Mom called it "long."
A collection of academic essays edited by Alex Kohav that explores personal, theoretical, and historical dimensions of mystical experience. Alex contacted me about including my New York Times piece “The Anxiety of the Long-Distance Meditator” - all about striving to get to “initial enlightenment” via advanced meditation. It didn’t really work.
Anthologized in here is a piece I wrote about the fashionable jungle psychedelic ayahuasca. Does nature have an interior aspect - as we do - and if so, what is the relationship between that "mind" and ours? Do you have to be on drugs to wonder about this?