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Discover daily mindfulness and meditation with Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author—and explore the theory behind the practice. Daily guided meditation sessions, on-demand mindfulness lessons as well as a practical timer will build your understanding 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 teachers and scholars.

3 reasons to download Waking Up:

- Real meditation practice: Go beyond mere stress reduction to make profound discoveries inside the laboratory of your own mind.
- Rational theory: Ground your meditation experience in practical wisdom and a rational understanding of the world.
- Fair Pricing: As with all of Sam Harris’s digital content, if you would like to use this app but truly cannot afford it, please email us at so that we can give you a free account. While we operate a business, we believe that money should never be the reason why someone can’t gain access to Waking Up.

2020 presented some challenges, and highlighted the importance of meditation in a healthy routine, as well as taking care of our mental health with mindfulness and effective stress-reducing strategies. In 2021, add elements of mental self-care to your everyday life by following one of Waking Up many courses, from our introductory course to meditation sessions, updated daily.


- 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.
- Conversations: Long-form conversations with a wide range of teachers and scholars.
- Guided meditations and talks by other talented teachers
- Meditation timer and tracking to monitor progress.
- A guarantee of satisfaction. If you don’t find the app valuable, email us at and we will give you a full refund.

Optimized to offer the best mobile experience:
- Integration with Apple Health app, adding Mindful Minutes in the Mindfulness category.
- Support for Dark Mode and for users with vision impairments, VoiceOver.

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.

This pricing is for our customers in the United States. Pricing in other countries may vary. Your subscription to Waking Up will automatically renew, unless you disable auto-renew at least 24 hours before the current period ends. You can turn off auto-renew or manage your subscription from your Apple account settings. Payment will be charged to your Apple account. You can read more about our terms of service here: and our privacy policy here:

What’s New

Version 1.6.56

- To easily review or pick up where you left off, we’ve added “Recently Played” content to the home screen.

- Numerous other small improvements.

Fair Pricing: As always, Waking Up is risk-free. If you don't find it valuable, we will give you a full refund. No questions asked. If you would like to use the app but truly cannot afford it, please email so that we can give you a free account. While we operate a business, we believe that money should never be the reason why someone can't gain access to Waking Up.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Ali G. ,

Truly life changing

I heard about this app through Sam Harris’s podcast and was very excited about the idea but skeptical that it had any added value to offer considering I’ve been using Headspace for almost a year now.
I am now on day 13 and have listened to most of the lessons and feel that the Waking Up app is absolutely contributing immensely to my mediation practice and understanding of my own mind and experience.
Sam is truly an incredible teacher who presents his teachings a precise and eloquent manner.
For anyone wanting to starting learning meditation as well as anyone looking to take their practice to the next level, I can’t recommend this app highly enough.

andy347 ,

Thank you

It is difficult to put into words my gratitude for this ap. I am a beginner in meditation. Before this ap, I was trying what I believed was mediation, on and off for 6 months. Thankfully I listen to Sam Harris's podcast and learnt about his ap! It has completely changed my understanding of meditation. When I do the exercises provided, I feel as if I have a personal teacher. Thank you to Sam and his team for allowing me to access this incredible knowledge. I look forward to my journey ahead.


The best path to Mediation, really teaching the basis, the logic, the clean clear process.

I found the app to be the first time that someone explained the real background and value of meditating. Not trying to convince with supernatural explanations but by putting the brain, the Mind and consciousness as the center of our life experience and change. From the lessons to theory sessions and conversations I found the app the most holistic package to take me forward to a better life, putting thinking in its place.


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