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Honest confession of a man who managed to save his life and career with meditation
on 13 March 2014
‘10% Happier’ written by Dan Harris is a story about all the things which happened to author, ABC News journalist and Good Morning America co-anchor, after he suffered panic attack while being nationally broadcasted.
His story explains the journey he embarked on that helped him (in his words) to tame the voice in his head, reduce stress without losing his edge and find self-help that actually works.
After this unfortunate event Harris realized that he must make drastic cuts in his thinking and behavior, if he wants to continue with his career and normal life. For the first time in his life, he delved deep into his personality searching for the right problem, trying to solve the causes, rather than, as hitherto the consequences. Therefore he learned lot about himself and find out that the cause for his problems was what he considered his greatest gift - a voice that he heard constantly in his head that helped him to survive the daily business struggle for survival, but also pushed him to the various follies and ultimately led to the unfortunate accident that marked his professional career.
In his confession, the author is fully open, telling in details about his life, his cocaine addiction, about his insatiable ambition which eventually became a huge weight around the neck and his self-obsession that was taking him gradually while he was becoming known person.
Dan Harris declares himself still skeptical about the Buddhism and new age spirituality, though he managed to find his peace and get rid of unpleasant cohabitant in his head by practicing meditation. Precisely that in his words helped him to react less impulsively, to think before he does something, and most important to find a balance in his life, that he was extremely lacking.
Hence ‘10% Happier’ by Dan Harris, interwoven with mischievous humor, is a good choice for those who do not find themselves fully in the spiritual world, or do not have time for it, but still realize that must do urgently something with their life if do not want to suffer the same fate as the author, or something much more serious.