In this week’s podcast Ethan Nichtern sits down and talks with Dan Harris. Dan is a journalist for ABC News, meditator, and author of "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works — a True Story. In Part 1 Dan talks about what led him to start a meditation practice and why he decided to write a book about it. This is part 1 of a 2 part interview.
As a child I was often told that starving children in China would be happy to have the mushy peas I carefully picked out from the Campbell's vegetable soup and left in the bowl. I felt bad for the starving children, but that wasn't going to make me like the mushy peas -- or the occasional lima beans that kept them company after everything else was gone.
The 17thKarmapa, OgyenTrinleyDorje, arrived on the West Coast last week to begin his tour of the United States. He's scheduled to give many public talks as well as teachings throughout the country over the next few weeks. But he's also taking the time to meet with business leaders and employees, and last week spoke at the offices of both Facebook and Google.
Insurance companies aren't known for taking risks on unproven methods. So when Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini -- who had personal experience with the healing benefits of yoga and meditation -- wanted to spread the practices to Aetna's employees, he looked for data. As David Gelles describes in the New York Times' article, "At Aetna, A CEO's Management by Mantra," Aetna did its own research.
More than 13,000 Aetna employees -- just over a quarter of the company's 50,000 employees -- have taken the free yoga and meditation classes, and Aetna offers those programs to businesses that contract with it for health insurance.
Your life is terrible so you decide to do something about it. You try everything. You change jobs, you change partners, you exercise, you give your time to charity, maybe you numb it out a bit with drink or drugs, I don’t know, but you try and try and search and search. One day you run into meditation, and something starts to make sense, the veil begins to lift, this is what was missing.