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10% Happier with Dan Harris

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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He wrote the bestselling book, "10% Happier," started an app -- "10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" -- and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there's anything beyond 10%. Basically, here's what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?

Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He wrote the bestselling book, "10% Happier," started an app -- "10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" -- and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there's anything beyond 10%. Basically, here's what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?
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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He wrote the bestselling book, "10% Happier," started an app -- "10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" -- and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there's anything beyond 10%. Basically, here's what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?

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Episodes

#152: Scott Rogers, Embracing Your Adversary

9/12/2018
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While working on an "unbelievably difficult case with unbelievably difficult opposing council," Scott Rogers said he had a moment during a TM sit when he realized, "The way I was dealing with the matter of litigation... I wasn't reducing that quality of dissatisfaction with that experience, I was contributing to it." Rogers, who has written several books, now serves as the director of the Mindfulness in Law program at the University of Miami School of Law, working with law students and...

Duration:00:59:52

#151: Dan St. Germain, 'Takes a Village to Keep Me Going'

9/5/2018
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Comedian and writer Dan St. Germain has earned laughs on "The Break with Michelle Wolf," "Superior Donuts," The White House Correspondents Dinner, his stand-up routines and many more, but behind it all, he has struggled with substance abuse, anxiety and panic attacks, and uses meditation to ground himself. "I had an old sponsor who would say this to me, 'the one reason I drank was I just wanted that five minutes of peace and quiet,' and that’s kind of what I wanted with meditation," said...

Duration:00:56:51

#150: Mallika Chopra, Introducing Middle Schoolers to Meditation

8/29/2018
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Mallika Chopra calls meditation "a great gift" to her life, not only because she said it causes a dramatically positive change in her father, Deepak Chopra, but also because it has helped her through her own parenting journey of raising two daughters with her husband. Chopra has written several books but her latest one, "Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement and More," she wrote for kids ages 8 to 12 as a way "to empower kids to discover meditation for themselves." - Nightline...

Duration:00:55:38

#149: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, 'Potential of Tswea Is in Everyone'

8/22/2018
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Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, whose most recent book is "Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tswea, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World," believes it's possible for all humans to develop compassion towards each other, but it starts with realizing the motivation behind one’s own desires. "Inside, everyone is identical," he said. “There [are] no real differences between one’s self and others -- all these differences are just a façade. In essence, there [are] no...

Duration:01:11:45

#148: Thomas McConkie, The Mormon Meditator

8/15/2018
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Having been raised in the Mormon faith, Thomas McConkie was feeling a little lost after he had a falling out with the Church of Latter Day Saints, his family and his faith-based community. When he started going to a Zen meditation center in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daily practice became "a lifeline," McConkie said, and it eventually helped him make his was back to Mormonism, start a meditation center called Lower Lights School of Wisdom and launch his "Mindfulness+" podcast. - Shinzen...

Duration:00:52:16

#147: Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle Co-Founder

8/8/2018
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After having two kids, Elizabeth Cutler had a friend suggest she try spin classes as a way to lose weight and less than a year later, she and her business partner Julie Rice launched SoulCycle. After the pair sold the multimillion-dollar company in 2016, Cutler decided to take her family on sabbatical, pulling her kids out of school so they could take classes online as they traveled all over the world, and all the while she tried to keep a regular morning meditation routine, saying, "I...

Duration:01:02:42

#146: Culture Abuse, Finding Peace in Punk Rock

8/1/2018
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For a long time, Culture Abuse's 31-year-old frontman David Kelling didn't want to perform in public. As all five members of the San Francisco-based punk band opened up about things they've tried to work through, Kelling, who has Cerebral palsy, said he felt that "[the frontman] is supposed to be good looking, in shape and this and that ... and so it is hard" when he "didn’t really have any examples" of lead singer/songwriters who played with disabilities, and now that the band goes on...

Duration:01:14:00

#145: Light Watkins, 'Simplify the Approach'

7/25/2018
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"There was more snowstorms than meditators in Alabama when I was growing up," said Light Watkins, who started a career as a working model before switching gears to become a yoga teacher and then dove into the world of Vedic meditation. With his newest book, "Bliss More, How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying," Watkins, who is now a meditation teacher and lives as a nomad, said his mission is to "simplify the approach" to meditation "and help people start something that they can...

Duration:01:03:19

#144: Spring Washam, 'What Was Creating All This Suffering?'

7/18/2018
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Spring Washam was on a meditation retreat when she felt herself falling apart, so much so that she picked up "the red phone," screamed out "HELP." That moment launched Washam onto a "whole other journey" to work through her past and find sources of her suffering, which she details in her book, "A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Wisdom, and Courage in Any Moment." - Spring's Website: http://www.springwasham.com/ - Spring's first appearance, 10% Happier, Ep. #36 - East Bay Meditation Center:...

Duration:01:09:33

#143: Scott Edelstein, When Spiritual Leaders 'Stray'

7/11/2018
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Spiritual leaders often have great influence over their followers but there are times, author Scott Edelstein says, when some leaders will use their position of power to manipulate, shame and abuse others. Edelstein discusses how spiritual leaders can "stray," even become predatory, and suggests ways for a healthy student-teacher relationships, which he lays out in his book, "Sex and the Spiritual Teacher." Website: https://www.scottedelstein.com/ - Steve Hagen, "Buddhism Plain and...

Duration:01:06:59

#142: Jeremy Richman, 'There Is Hope in Helping'

7/4/2018
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Jeremy Richman remembers his daughter Avielle as a fun spirit with "this unbelievable smile that she would just give out to anybody," who was as happy playing dress-up as a fairy at a ball as she was practicing Kung Fu and shooting a bow and arrow outside. Avielle was killed with 19 of her classmates and six educators in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and in her memory, the Richmans started The Avielle Foundation, which funds research on brain...

Duration:01:05:05

#141: Alison Wright, World-Traveling Photographer

6/27/2018
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Her body badly broken in a horrific bus crash in Laos, Alison Wright was still trying to breathe as she realized that she may not make it out alive. But not only did she survive, the award-winning National Geographic photographer called upon her years of meditation practice to keep breathing as she re-learned how to walk, overcame months of debilitating pain, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and even got back on a bus in Laos, all of which she details in her memoir, "Learning to Breathe: One...

Duration:01:09:26

#140: Scott Norton, The Condiments Guy Who Meditates

6/20/2018
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Since invading the condiments market with Sir Kensington's, a line of ketchup, mustard and other spreads, company co-founder Scott Norton said meditation has helped him slow down and have better self-assessment under the stress of managing a start-up. Sir Kensington's is now nationally distributed in grocery stores, restaurants and meal kits, and was acquired by Unilever last year, but Norton said, "People look at entrepreneurs and they look at start-ups and they look at successful...

Duration:00:53:10

#139: Diana Butler Bass, 100 Days of Gratitude

6/13/2018
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Author and religion scholar Diana Butler Bass has tried on many forms of Christianity, from growing up Methodist to becoming an Evangelical Christian for years and then joining the Episcopal Church, where she started exploring Centering Prayer and eventually meditation. Though her 10 books span a range of facets on Christianity, Bass says writing her most recent book, "Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks," saved her life. The Plug Zone: Website - http://dianabutlerbass.com/...

Duration:01:05:27

#138: Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Meditating While Having ADHD

6/6/2018
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Stephanie Sarkis, an author and expert in ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder and chronic pain, brings a unique perspective to her work because she herself struggles with ADHD and anxiety. Working mostly with adults, from college-age on up, Sarkis said she began recommending mindfulness meditation to her clients and then began a practice herself when she read about the possible benefits and saw positive changes in those she treated. Referenced: - Jeff Warren, 10% Happier Eps....

Duration:00:57:36

#137: Roshi Joan Halifax, 'Turning Towards the Suffering'

5/30/2018
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Roshi Joan Halifax came to New York City by way of New Orleans in the '60s with a thirst to engage in social justice, protesting "everything related to discrimination," she said, and the Vietnam War. Halifax, whose latest book is called "Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet," went on to become a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist and a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care who has brought her work into psychiatric programs, penitentiaries and...

Duration:01:09:07

#136: Sally Kohn, 'We Need to Fix Hate'

5/23/2018
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It was around the time she decided to go on her second meditation retreat that Sally Kohn, a gay, Jewish, community organizer turned political commentator, took a job as a commentator for Fox News. In her TV career -- she's now a commentator for CNN -- Kohn has experienced hateful personal attacks from online trolls and recently faced some backlash over her first book, "The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide To Repairing Our Humanity," but with her book she has lead a conversation around...

Duration:01:16:52

#135: Paul Gilmartin, The Battles in Our Heads, Uncensored

5/16/2018
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Comedian Paul Gilmartin was the host of TV's "Dinner and a Movie" for 16 years, but smiling and acting happy on-screen often "felt like lifting 500 pounds," he said, as he struggled behind the scenes with depression and even contemplated suicide. When the show ended, Gilmartin launched "The Mental Illness Happy Hour" podcast, which he said has been a valuable outlet that allowed him to work through his claims of being sexually abused by his mother and helping others with their own personal...

Duration:00:59:35

#134: Thupten Jinpa, The Importance of Compassion - LIVE!

5/9/2018
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Dan Harris leads a conversation with Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama's longtime English-language translator and a monk for over 25 years, about the uses for compassion meditation in today's culture in front of a live audience at the Asia Society in New York City. Their conversation was recorded on Feb. 15, 2018, one day after 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Referenced: - Thupten Jinpa, 10% Happier, Ep. #12 The Plug...

Duration:01:28:12

#133: Catherine Price, Redefining Your Relationship with Your Phone

5/2/2018
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* Check out the new ABC News podcast 'Start Here' on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2E09m6K) or wherever you're listening right now. * It was an "out of body moment," Catherine Price said, when she realized her newborn daughter had been looking up at her but she had been looking down on her phone, scrolling through antique door knobs on eBay. It led the "How To Break Up With Your Phone" author to redefine her connection to her device and she now offers her advice on how we can go from an...

Duration:00:55:24