Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and New York Times best-selling author—on a meditation course for beginners and experienced meditators alike.

There are hundreds of meditation apps on the market, and several do a fine job of teaching the basic principles of mindfulness. But most present the practice as though it were an ancient version of an executive stress ball—whereas it’s more like the Hubble Space Telescope.

The purpose of meditation isn’t merely to reduce stress or to make you feel better in the moment—it’s to make fundamental discoveries in the laboratory of your own mind.

“I’ve been incredibly impressed with this app. Whether you want to sharpen your mind or experience more peace, this can help in dramatic fashion. The power of its progression is hard to overstate.”
— Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is an early-stage investor in technology companies and the author of five #1 New York Times best-sellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans. He hosts the popular podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show.

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 received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He 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.

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What’s New

Version 1.3.1

“This app goes much deeper than other mindfulness apps.”
What makes Waking Up different? Read our reviews. Our users will tell you.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Niall4444 ,

Enlighten yourself!

The venerable and generous Sam Harris has condensed years of research into this app. Lend yourself a few minutes for a better outlook on life. 15minutes on a lesson or meditation will give you so much.

Thank you Sam.

Corms13 ,

Best and most useful app I have ever downloaded

Great meditation app with guided meditations and excellent lessons to go along with them.

Would recommend this to all of my friends.

Petrvsco ,

Overpriced - should not be subscription based

Should you do it? YES
Annual subscription? NO, unless you see the app as a way to sponsor Sam’s work.

I am a big fan of Sam Harris. I have many of his books, listen regularly to his podcast and first found him on YouTube. I think the work he is doing is very important but I also think this app is not for a subscription based model.

I have some experience meditating and have used (and continue to use) some.excellent free apps that combine timers and guided meditations.

Sam’s course is good. It gave me a new perspective on the approach and purpose of my practice. However, the course is better suited for a flat-fee model. In my opinion there is not enough value in it for a yearly subscription or for a subscription beyond the time it takes to complete the 50 lessons. The monologs are great but once you complete the course and listen to the monologs there is little (if any) new content to justify a subscription based model. I hope Sam recognize this and drops the subscription model. It seems just the right thing to do. It would be aligned with a “right intention, right action”
perspective. The current model seems to be driven by greed...


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