In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, we spoke with Dan Harris, the ABC News anchor who discovered the power of meditation after he experienced a panic attack on live national television. He first tells us about what it’s like to be a Buddhist among skeptics. He then shares how he discovered Buddhism after he had spent time reporting in war zones and using drugs–experiences that led to his panic attack. We also hear the specific reasons that he thinks meditation is so helpful in our modern everyday lives. Dan then tells us about his current understanding of panic disorder, and how he deals with anxiety today. We then hear about his own practice, including what it is like being a student of insight teacher Joseph Goldstein and how he manages to fit meditation into his busy life. We also hear who, out of all the renowned spiritual people he has met, has impressed him the most. Dan then gives us his understanding of what awakening is and shares what motivates him to practice. He also tells us why for him Buddhism is not a religion. Dan then relates to us his thoughts regarding the Buddhist teachings of non-self and emptiness, and why he thinks non-self is an important and useful concept.
Dan Harris is co-anchor of “Nightline” and the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” on ABC News. He also regularly files reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio. Previously, he anchored “World News Sunday.”
In 2014, Harris published the book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works. It went to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and then became an app, designed to teach meditation to skeptics.
Both images courtesy of ABC News.