Discover daily mindfulness and meditation with Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author—and explore the theory behind meditation practice. Daily guided meditation sessions, lessons on zen, the stoic path, on-demand mindfulness sessions, as well as a practice timer will build your understanding, balance your mind, make your practice shine, and help turn meditation into a new habit. For inquiring and curious minds, learn the related science, philosophy, and ethics in short audio lessons with Sam and through his extended conversations with other influential meditation teachers, scientists, and scholars.


- Guided meditation practice to take you deeper: You can reduce stress, sleep better, and improve your relationships, but the real purpose of meditation is to understand yourself and realize you are not your thoughts.

- Theory to help you understand mindfulness: Explore the theory behind meditation practice, including over 400 lessons and conversations on nonduality, enlightenment, zen, stoicism, Dzogchen, Advaita, and more.

- Daily mindfulness reminders: Listen to short audio reflections from Sam Harris to help you stay present in your daily life.

- Free meditation trial for 7 days: Learn how to meditate, listen to lessons and conversations with mindfulness teachers, and build your meditation habit.


- Guided meditation: Practice sessions for morning, day, or evening meditation. Suitable for beginners, intermediate, and advanced meditators alike.

- Introductory Course: A progressive, introductory course that will teach you the basic principles of mindfulness meditation, along with more advanced practices.

- Daily meditations: After completing the Introductory Course, you will continue your practice with our growing catalog of daily meditations.

- Lessons: Listen to short talks on science, philosophy, and the nature of mind.

- Guided Conversations: With a wide range of teachers, scholars, and scientists.

- Meditation timer so you can track and monitor your progress.

- Support for Family Sharing. The primary account holder can add up to 5 family members.

- Integration with Apple Health app, adding Mindful Minutes in the Mindfulness category.


Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times best sellers, including Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, meditation, moral philosophy, religion, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. Sam has practiced meditation for over 30 years and has studied with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.


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What’s New

Version 2.0.2

Waking Up is not just another meditation app—and now our bold new look and feel informs that reality. We’re excited to announce the app has been fully reimagined and redesigned.

First of all, we’ve collaborated with dozens of artists—known and unknown—from around the world. They were chosen because they reflect the depth, thoughtfulness, and quality of our content (think modern art meets legendary album covers). We’ve also created a new logo that will give us a better frame for our Daily Heads—and, as you’ll see, this will allow for some very cool collaborations with outside artists in the future.

Next, we’ve continued to feature even more meditation teachers, scientists, and scholars. They’re helping us pressure-test the ancient wisdom we’re committed to decoding and sharing. As always, our goal is to invoke a radical shift in perspective using the best minds in the world to do it. This includes more series and lessons on a diverse range of philosophies and practices—from Stoicism, Zen, walking meditations, and a brand-new “SOS” practice series that features emergency meditations for life’s crisis moments. Also, we’ve added new conversations and sessions with such luminaries as Joseph Goldstein on the Buddhist meditation path, James Fadiman on psychedelics and the self, the incandescent poetry of David Whyte, and the compassionate wisdom of Tara Brach. We have many new series in development.

Finally, we’ve refined our navigation for a cleaner and more intuitive way to explore our library. This includes descriptions of every meditation, lesson, and conversation in the app, so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re a beginning or advanced meditator, Waking Up opens the door to a deeper understanding of yourself—and a new way of being in the world.

Thank you for your practice, and enjoy the app.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28.1K Ratings

28.1K Ratings

Alana Herlands ,

I could cry at how much Sam Harris and this app has changed my life

I first discovered Sam Harris through his podcast, Making Sense, which is still my favorite podcast of all time. And I remember when he announced he’d be coming out with this app and at first, I didn’t use it. I was already using Headspace for over a year and didn’t feel the need. Then I tried it once and felt this immediate click, this light: “This is the kind of practice I’ve been looking for.” I’ve been using Waking Up ever since. I remember trying the first-offered longer introductory course and after each session, I swear I said “whoa.” Not because I felt like I was in another state, but I felt closer to “myself” and others, bit by bit, each session. I felt less insecure, less anxious, less angry, less anticipatory, less critical, bit by bit, each session. And this continues to be true. Sam, I wish I could look you in the eyes and tell you this in person: This app and your podcast have made me a better person. My interactions feel lighter. I am less self critical. I am less reactive. I am a better critical thinker. Your work pushes those who listen over and through the walls we put up, the walls created by childhood, by fear, by habit, by politics, by culture. I don’t know how to thank you and don’t think I ever will. I will end with this: This app is for everyone. Even if this way of thinking and practicing is totally new to you, try it. Just try it. Give it a shot. You won’t regret it.

Skeetertheman ,

Low experience user review

Sam, this is great. I’ve done maybe a few dozen hours of pure meditation over all. Ranging from 5 minute sessions to upwards of 2 hours at a time. I’ve read probably more than the average amount of material on meditation in general with no specific method at the forefront and the way you explain the experience and how to get there is identical to the lane I found best as I was figuring it out on my own. You’ve both reassured my current understanding of at least the begging stages of meditation and it’s always comforting to hear that we’re not trying to stop our thoughts more so recognize them and experiences them while not losing track of ourselves. I have some thoughts and questions on the breath being the forefront of meditation but ultimately have my doubts that it’s the perfect tool that most practicing meditators use. I think we can do better and I have to assume you take us there in this corse because if I have to spend one more second concentrating on my breath I’m going to phyciclyy implode. Again, thank you.

Just a special note: I’ve followed your career and your work over the years, I’ve read your books, and listen to your podcast religiously. I can’t help but consider you a friend in spirit. And I’d like to offer my thanks to you for being a source of reason in the times of my life that I could find none face to face. You’ve helped me tremendously...just in case you needed reminding that you are helping people.

Billpit ,

Thank you! This is not a meditation App.

We live in despondent times, or so it seems. In these times more than any, there is an tendency to look inwards and when this inward seeking is constantly interrupted by our small self, which assures us there is no there-there and to get on with your life. A lot of my forays in to this enquiry had this character, leaving me more jaded for the effort.
Many have wondered and tried to come up with a way of illuminating this path. There seems to me a fundamental problem with using traditional communication, for what it communicated is not for the conceptual mind. Hence when we grasp these ideas through this small mind, there is just exasperation. The aim of true teaching is to awaken the teacher in each one of us. Plant a seed of curiosity in one’ mind and be there to help guide with the subsequent unraveling. If someone suggested this can be achieved with a digital medium in the form of a smart phone app, literally everyone in the world will find it silly. Sam Harris thankfully is not one of them and for that I Thank him(I wish there is a way to express the amplitude behind that Thanks, but my grasp of English is sadly inadequate).
My hope for writing this review is to see it can help to make this tool available for few or at least one other explorer, who has the character of not willing to surrender his/her intellect, but still willing to explore the idea of non-dualism which rings true to him/her.

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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