HOW A MEDIA STAR FOUND MINDFULNESS AFTER A MELTDOWN IN FRONT OF 5 MILLION VIEWERS

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by The Mindfulness Movie

FROM MINDLESSNESS TO MINDFULNESS…

I AM LOVING THIS BOOK! Dan Harris, who was mentored by Peter Jennings takes a realistic look at his mindless life and dscovers mindfulness while on the religious beat for ABC News. Like The Mindfulness Movie, Dan shows us the way from mindlessness to mindfulness and how to live just a little happier and healthier. As Dan Harris says, we may be only 10% happier, but it’s worth it.

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BELOW BY CAMILLE SWEENEY AND JOSH GOSFIELD:

After Dan Harris, then an ambitious rising star at ABC’s news division, was left panting for breath during an on-air panic attack on Good Morning America in front of 5 million viewers, he realized that his life needed to change.

 

The occasional stage fright? That was routine. But this was something different. “I felt a bolt of fear rolling up my back, over my shoulders, and down my face, and I couldn’t do anything to stop it,” Harris told us.

 

Harris, now a Nightline co-anchor, wrote a memoir that happens to be one of the most accessible, sensible, and hilarious guides to meditation and mindfulness. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story, (which just came out in paperback) is an irreverent, painfully honest tale about Harris’s journey from being an ambitious, self-lacerating newsman with a recreational drug habit, to becoming an ambitious, self-lacerating newsman with a meditation habit … meditation struck Harris, a lifelong atheist/agnostic, as “the distillation of everything that sucked hardest about the granola lifestyle.”

 

Once he started practicing regularly, working his way up to 35 minutes of meditation a day, Harris found it was a value-add in three ways.

 

  1. IT GAVE HIM MORE FOCUS.
    “The practice of sitting down and trying to focus on my breath, getting lost, starting over and doing that over and over, every day really does build an ability to focus.”
  2. HE BECAME CALMER.
    “When you’re able to pull yourself out of the traffic for a few minutes every day by staying calm you can somewhat stop the crazy momentum of life.”
  3. IT OFFERED HIM MORE MINDFULNESS.
    What Harris calls “the biggie” and describes as a “superpower” is “the ability to know what’s in your head at any given moment without getting carried away by it.”

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