Waking Up

Guided meditation with Sam Harris

Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author—on a course that will teach you to meditate, reason more effectively, and deepen your understanding of yourself and others.

The Waking Up Course is for anyone who wants to begin the practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as for those with an established practice.


  • Erich Lehmann
    Erich LehmannVenture Architect

    Just the perfect way to get into meditation and understanding why it matters


    None. Just took a whole while to get out ;)

    The why it matters part ist the most important one... Without Sam I still would've been constantly lost in my thoughts and very likely would have missed most of my life. Sounds very dramatic, but it's just true.

    So.. for anyone who is trying to figure out what the hell is going on in your mind - just download the app and take it from there. It will make thing much clearer.

    Erich Lehmann has used this product for one month.
  • Bryan Maniotakis
    Bryan ManiotakisDesign Director — Toy Rockets

    Easy to listen to from someone with a unique perspective in the same


    Having some login issues as a previous patreon (content isn't showing up as unlocked, but was earlier)

    I've been waiting to see what this app is like after using 10% happier and Headspace for the last few years. I like the inclusion of the lessons, which offers a little more insight compared to the competition.

    Bryan Maniotakis has used this product for one day.


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Sam Harris
Sam HarrisMaker@samharrisofficial · Creator of Waking Up
Hi All— If I knew how painful it would be to build a meditation app, I might not have tried. It only took 1189 days! (That is literally true.) But it's here, and I'm happy with it. And I'll be building out the curriculum over the next year—which will be the fun part. Looking forward to discussing it with you from 1-2 pm PT.
Jijo Sunny
Jijo SunnyPro@jijosunny · founder, Brew.com & BuyMeACoffee.com
@samharrisofficial This is awesome Sam. I just received your Patron email for lifetime subscription access. As a super user of Calm and Headspace, so excited to give this a whirl
Sam Harris
Sam HarrisMaker@samharrisofficial · Creator of Waking Up
@jijosunny Hope you enjoy it. And thanks for supporting the podcast!
Josh James
Josh James@josh_james · Public radio reporter
@samharrisofficial Any advice for hypochondriacs who find meditation difficult because focusing on our body is exactly what makes us nervous?
Yevgeny Simkin
Yevgeny Simkin@yevgeny_simkin · Founder @ The Russian Mob
@samharrisofficial I'm unclear on where this Live Q&A takes place on this page... am I overlooking some widget? (I'm sorry - I'm new to technology having only spent the last 20 years in the field, so all this is still quite new to me)
Mars Cheung
Mars Cheung@mars_cheung · Programmer, budding philosopher
@samharrisofficial Hello Mr. Harris. Big fan and supporter of your work. I'm enormously excited to begin exploration of meditation under the guidance of your app. Having been a practitioner of martial arts, do you see any parallels between the meditative practices advocated and the 'moving meditation' espoused by some Japanese martial arts traditions? A Zen Priest and Aikido practitioner I once studied under stated something along the lines of one practice having influenced the other. Asian traditions, I think, would state this influence as a state of 'no-mind'. Could you comment on this?
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Interesting to see this launch and surprised more authors/podcasters with large followings don't expand their reach in this way. What's the backstory, @samharrisofficial? Curious how long it's been in the works and what you think about the competitive meditation app space today.
Jason@sixside · Founder, Plug.dj
@samharrisofficial @rrhoover "competitive meditation" that's such a hilarious phrase! 😉
Sam Harris
Sam HarrisMaker@samharrisofficial · Creator of Waking Up
@rrhoover I think I can guess why more don't do it—building an app is hard! I naively thought it was analogous to building a website. After a very protracted and expensive false start, I finally found a team that I could trust to do it. The current version was build by the great people at Metalab, and we've now put a full-time team in place to maintain and develop it.
Michael Jones
Michael Jones@mjonesist · White middle-aged male.
@samharrisofficial @rrhoover @sixside I predict Sam's offering will fare well in the cutthroat, competitive meditation app space.
Emily Hodgins
Emily HodginsPro@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi @samharrisofficial thanks for joining us! In this busy world we live in, how do you recommend people find time for mindfulness? What are you top tips for getting into a positive routine?
Sam Harris
Sam HarrisMaker@samharrisofficial · Creator of Waking Up
@ems_hodge You just have to prioritize it and do it. Apps make it easy, because you're only committing in increments of 10 minutes. Commit to 10 minutes a day for 30 days and see what happens. If you don't think you have 10 minutes to spare, you should probably do 20 minutes...😄
Mike Fiorillo
Mike Fiorillo@mikefiorillo · Product @InVision
Excited to give this app a whirl @samharrisofficial. I'm a fan of your podcast, and also a regular user of @get_headspace and @choosemuse. I don't see the meditation app space as a winner take all market, so I absolutely think there's space for new apps with unique styles / approaches.
Sam Harris
Sam HarrisMaker@samharrisofficial · Creator of Waking Up
@get_headspace @choosemuse @mikefiorillo Definitely not winner take all. There are very different approached to teaching meditation—and even very different approaches to teaching mindfulness. I think @get_headspace is great!
Cam Lindsay
Cam Lindsay@cam_lindsay1 · Small animal veterinarian
Thanks for your efforts Sam. I’ve enjoyed the beta immensely, can’t wait to see what new content brings. On a side note, your thoughts about free will, and your books (particularly lying, the moral landscape, and waking up) have been profoundly life changing for me over the last few years. I know you take a lot of heat for some of your opinions, but please keep up the good work.
Sam Harris
Sam HarrisMaker@samharrisofficial · Creator of Waking Up
@cam_lindsay1 So glad you have found my work useful. And many thanks for participating in the the app beta.