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CBD 2019: Keynote—Meditation For Skeptics: Dan Harris, author, 10% Happier, in conversation and Q&A

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Dan Harris in conversation with the Rev. Dr. T.L. Steinwert

“We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we are not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us assume we’re stuck with this voice, that there is nothing we can do to rein it in – but [there is] an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by self-help gurus; instead it is something always assumed to be impossible or useless; meditation.” Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice in My Head, Reducing Stress Without Losing My Edge, And Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story

Convinced you can’t meditate? You don’t have time? Or people will think you have lost your edge? This event is for anyone who has thought about meditation and said, no way! Join acclaimed journalist, author and meditation teacher, Dan Harris in conversation with Stanford’s Dean for Religious Life, Tiffany Steinwert, as Harris shares how meditation transformed his life and perhaps yours too.

Harris has helped people around the world to discover that meditation can be done by anyone, at any time. Far from dulling your competitive edge, meditation can help you be more resilient, focused and attentive to the what matters most. Harris’ experience underscores the theme of Contemplation by Design, the power of the pause – the profound impact meditation can have on one’s life. His story invites us all to consider how meditation might not just make us happier but transform our lives through a consistent practice of cultivating calm.

Dan Harris, author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and 10% Happier, a #1 NYT bestseller, known for his simple, effective down-to-earth insights and instructions, believes the power and practicality of meditation will be “the next public health revolution.”  Harris is interested in teaching meditation to doubters and busy people.

With raw and charming candor, Harris shares his experience, discovering meditation after failing to find happiness through workaholism and substance abuse. Harris tells his story as only a reporter can: through deep research, tough questions, clear language, and a healthy dose of dry humor.

Harris is co-anchor for the weekend edition of ABC News' Good Morning America, and a reporter for Nightline. Harris has covered wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq, and produced investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. In June, he stepped down as Nightline's co-anchor after six years to focus on his 10% Happier podcast and company.                                                                                           

Rev. Dr. T.L. Steinwert, Stafnord's Dean for Religious Life, nurtures religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical education. She aims to build relationships amidst difference, and to cultivate healthy practices for the transformation of self and world. Trained as a practical theologian, her scholarly work explores emerging pedagogies for inter-religious education, chaplaincy in higher education, and contemplative studies.

Registration opens here September 10, 2019 at 9:00am. 


BeWell Berry is awarded for participation.

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BeWell, Office for Religious Life, Department of Medicine Stanford Prevention Research Center, Contemplation By Design
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