I wrote a memoir about a fidgety, skeptical newsman who reluctantly becomes a meditator to deal with his issues – and in the process of publishing it, I occasionally, to my embarrassment, found myself failing to practice what I preach. I was kind of like a dog that soils the rug, and the universe kept shoving my face into it.
In 2014, Dan Harris published his memoir 10% Happier. The book—which describes his reluctant embrace of meditation after a drug problem, an on-air freak-out, and an unplanned "spiritual" journey—became an instant bestseller and Dan, to his own surprise, became a public evangelist for mindfulness. Hoist on My Own Petard is the story of what happens to Dan Harris after the runaway success of his memoir and the lessons he had to (re)learn in the process.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Remarkably practical and compulsively readable, 10% Happier is the result of ABC News reporter Dan Harris’ years-long quest for something approximating inner peace. Harris is a smart, exceptionally appealing guide—it’s a pleasure to accompany him on his journey, from probing interviews with mindfulness pioneers to his recurring doubts and, eventually, a hardcore meditation retreat. Harris’ willingness to lay bare his own weaknesses and battle scars makes this story about taming an unquiet mind all the more relatable.
Dan Harris Biography
I taught it was a detailed mindfulness guide based on the experience of a great American News Anchor Dan Harris, but I have read 132 pages so far and it seems more as Dan Harris Biography that happens to have some teaching. Great story, but you have to dig a lot in order to find some useful teaching.