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!