Waking Up is a guide to understanding the mind, for the purpose of living a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and New York Times best-selling author—as he explores the practice of meditation and examines the theory behind it.
There are hundreds of meditation apps on the market, and several do a fine job of teaching the basic principles of mindfulness. But most present the practice as though it were an ancient version of an executive stress ball—whereas it’s more like the Hubble Space Telescope.
The purpose of meditation isn’t merely to reduce stress or to make you feel better in the moment—it’s to make fundamental discoveries in the laboratory of your own mind.
“I’ve been incredibly impressed with this app. Whether you want to sharpen your mind or experience more peace, this can help in dramatic fashion. The power of its progression is hard to overstate.”
“Waking Up is, hands down, the most important meditation guide I've ever used. And having Sam lead these sessions is what makes them so effective for me.”
“If you've had trouble getting into meditation, this app is your answer! Sam's thoughtful approach, calm voice, and depth of knowledge are extraordinary. The app will also launch you quite quickly into your own meditation practice. Thank you so much for creating this, Sam.”
Waking Up is structured around its two core principles:
You can PRACTICE meditation, and you can learn the THEORY behind the practice.
Go beyond mere stress reduction to make profound discoveries about the nature of your own mind.
Ground your meditation experience in practical wisdom, ethical insights, and a rational understanding of the world.
On-going access to the app requires a subscription. The annual price is US$99.99 (other markets may vary). Subscribing to Waking Up is risk-free: If you don’t find it valuable, we will give you a full refund. No questions asked.
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Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times best sellers, including Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, meditation, moral philosophy, religion, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.
Sam received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He has practiced meditation for over 30 years and has studied with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad.