Waking Up with Sam Harris

Waking Up with Sam Harris

By Waking Up Course, LLC

Score: 5
From 3,627 Ratings


The Waking Up Course is for anyone who wants to begin the practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as for those with an established practice. WHAT YOU GET *Daily meditations led by Sam Harris (5-15 minutes in length). *A series of short talks by Sam Harris on a wide range of topics—including consciousness, negative and positive emotions, free will, the self, moral philosophy, the neuroscience of meditation, and more. *A self timer for silent meditation. *Subscribe in-app to unlock an expanding curriculum of guided meditations and short lessons. “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.” — Tim Ferriss Tim Ferriss is an early-stage investor in technology companies and the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans. He hosts the popular podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. “The Waking Up Course 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.” — Peter Attia, M.D. Peter Attia is a physician who focuses on the applied science of longevity. He trained at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the National Cancer Institute. He is also a former McKinsey consultant who holds B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. ABOUT SAM HARRIS Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, and the host of the Waking Up Podcast. 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 Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. WAKING UP SUBSCRIPTIONS AND TERMS Waking Up offers two introductory auto-renewing subscriptions: $7.99 per month $59.99 per year Your subscription to Waking Up will automatically renew, unless you disable auto-renew at least 24 hours before the current period ends. You can turn off auto-renew or manage your subscription from your iTunes Store account settings. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account. You can read more about our terms and conditions here: Terms of Service: https://wakingup.com/terms-of-service/ Privacy Policy: https://wakingup.com/privacy-policy/



  • Simple. Woo-free. Meditation teaching/techniques for practitioners of all levels/backgrounds.

    By BrandiHoo
    The Waking Up app features a myriad of meditation teachings/practical techniques that meditators of all levels will find helpful. It's secular and refreshingly straightforward. I've very much enjoyed this dogma-free, meditation/spiritual app.
  • This works for me

    By DPennSOBE
    Full disclosure. I have been a huge fan of Sam Harris for several years now. His podcasts, books You Tube videos never fall short of exceptional. I have meditated for years, studying various modalities, utilizing apps, guided meditation cd’s, attending mass gatherings with the Dalai Lama, using electronic gizmos to measure this or that while meditating, and I’ve enjoyed most of it. This course is different. Very different! Exceptional. I’m on day 16 and would encourage you to stop reading reviews and simply download this course. I find Sam’s brief lessons wonderfully fresh and enlightening. His meditations are simple, straightforward and don’t have any of the “wooo” I’ve personally found distracting in other guided meditations. Personal discovery: The environment in which I meditate is not all that important. So far, no incense, crystals or soothing background music to distract from the experience of the process - and no judgment toward any of the above. I’m a novice at meditation. There is nothing to fear here regardless of your past experience level. I know Sam Harris has devoted much of his amazing life to developing this course. Kudos. Lucky you who climb on board for the journey.
  • Waking up course

    By Christian AC
    Been a long time listener and reader of Sam. I find most of his work and thinking to be of sound reasoning and I especially appreciate how he treats his interlocutors arguments with care. I decided to try meditation with this course for the first time. The first two lessons have put me more at ease to a task that I viewed as quite daunting. I am still somewhat skeptical of meditation and my personal ability to meditate but this is a great resource to try it out.
  • Wow.

    By Steve the Nice Guy
    I have been meditating regularly for 5 years. The guided meditations here are shorter than what I like for my normal sitting practice but no matter. I make time to add them into my day at some point along with the lessons (as often as they come out) because Sam’s insights and questions are provoking some really wonderful adjustments to my perception of things. I’ve been a big fan of almost everything Sam Harris since “The End of Faith,” but this content is my favorite!
  • Essential Sam Harris

    By oddlerbenjamin
    Not usually a fan of guided meditations. They’re either too clinical or too new-age silly. Sam expertly walks that tightrope, but for him it’s not one; he has a vast realm of material that pulls to the rational and sober, but is tempered with a clear awareness of the sheer majesty and mystery of consciousness. If you have meditated off and on for years, but struggled with whether or not you were “doing it right” than this is the app you want. Harris generously gave the app content to podcast supporters, but i am already planning on buying a subscription for my wife. Who knows, possibly even my parents. Learning to meditate is life-changing, and this course might lead you to breakthroughs that would’ve taken years to piece together otherwise. If you’re unfamiliar with Sam, check out his longish guided meditation on youtube or his podcast, “Looking for the Self.” That will give you a good feel for his style and even the sound of his voice (which is comforting in the way a cold marble countertop is comforting) and ought to convince you to try this app. Thanks so much for sharing your mind with us, Sam. This app might be what you’ll be best remembered for. Edit 10/20/18 One feature that I’d love to see is the ability to make a playlist inside the app. Love all the content but there have already been a few meditations that I will want to come back to regularly, they’re just so good. I’d love to be able to listen to say, day 14 and then day 19 without having to touch my phone. Thanks!
  • Thank you Sam!

    By Amelia_Mi
    I feel extremely grateful for this course, it is such a gift to myself to subscribe to it. Thank you so much Sam. Gentle yet powerful.
  • Great app a long time coming; still room for improvement

    By THRYO14
    I wasn’t sure if I’d like Sam to guide my mediation since I so often hear his voice on podcasts talking about an array of topics, but turns out my concern was misplaced. I’m through 17 sessions and a few lessons and am thoroughly enjoying it. I have even sidelined my original mediation app for it. It’s not that the other apps I’ve used are bad... in fact they are quite good; but I value Sam’s dialog through out the sessions where I feel other apps merely start with something philosophical and then fall into a standard pattern of “breathe” and “come back to the breathe” type comments. Areas of improvement on app functionality: (1) history of sessions. It would be nice to see a timeline of when and how long I meditated for. A little gamification is fun and can help keep people using the app consistently, which is important for meditation to start proving its value. (2) back 15 seconds. This may seem illogical while meditating, but there are times I wish I could back up a few seconds to hear Sam again. (3) silence notifications. I have no idea if Apple allows this, but silencing calls, IMs, alarms, other apps, etc ... would be great. While I can incorporate some sounds into my meditation sessions, sometimes it gets ridiculous. (4) Featured Content vs Lessons. It’s not clear how these two sections are different. Redundancy here can add confusion.
  • Excellent

    By Rjsofn72947
    Hard to find a teacher who has gone the distance beyond mere attention exercises and into the non-dual experience. Sam’s daily meditations begin teaching from an open, non-dual perspective beginning around day 9, and then continue from that directionless direction.
  • Go ahead and give it a shot

    By EdSzumowski
    If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to meditate or wondered if it’d be useful for you, give this app a try. Waking Up with Sam Harris is very simple and instructive, he walks you thru day by day and cleverly anticipates what guidance you need.
  • Best mediation App

    By don07086
    Simple but profoundly deep. This is completely different than any other mediation apps I’ve used. I highly recommend it!