Should I try the Waking Up Course?

It took about a year to finally start Sam Harris’s ‘Waking Up Course’ but I’ve just finished the 50-day introduction. I’ve written several times before about Sam Harris and the course and even recommended the course to people before I started. So now, I’m doubling down!

Within the course you get a fine balance of practical content (guided meditations and a timer for independent sessions) and theoretical content (lessons). There’s also in depth interviews that follow a similar long-form format to the ‘Making Sense’ podcast but with topics relevant to meditation, mindfulness and psychology. There’s a synergy between the material here and it’s all within an easy to use app:

A big part of the course is the guided meditations. After years of meditating independently, I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with these. After even the first few sessions I found that having a guide helped with focus and often led to discoveries I might not have made in quite the same way on my own. I found Sam’s timing and direction to be impeccable throughout and his own practical experience gave his commentary considerable insight into what are potentially inscrutable topics.

The ‘Waking Up’ Course is a unique offering. The core concepts are delivered with such clarity that I can’t imagine anyone not benefiting in some way. You can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude as having access to these materials—they really are a superb supplement to the examined life.

The course has some free content when you download the app and a money back refund. Try it and see whether it might be a good fit — and please let me know if you give it a go!

6 thoughts on “Should I try the Waking Up Course?

  1. Hi Jeremy, this was on my radar after your post here. I downloaded it today and Im giving it a go. As someone who has made some genuine attempts at meditation but got nowhere, but read loads of books on it, I hope to stick to it. First impressions – the app and content and his guidance are top class. 😁 Thank you so much for the recommend.

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    1. Wonderful news! I really hope you like it as much as I do. One thing: doing the 50 day intro course I only listened to 4 or 5 of the lessons. Think doing more might be better. Anyway it’s all self paced so there’s lots of room to rest/reflect/repeat and sort of tailor to your interests

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      1. I guess it will be easy to forget about it sometimes. He even says that in a lot of his talks so far, that distraction is a constant battle and that’s even more reason why we should come back to it. I’ve set a reminder to myself each morning to do it and so far it’s worked. Thanks again for this because I have a feeling it is going to be life-changing for me 🙂

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      1. I saw a post from him on Twitter about how its free from now until the end of the year, that’s what prompted me to give it a go. It is definitely worth paying for, I will probably pay after the free period finishes

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