Waking Up: Guided Meditation 4+

Daily mindfulness and wisdom

Waking Up Course, LLC

    • 4.9 • 32.3K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


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.


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: https://wakingup.com/terms-of-service/ and our privacy policy here: https://wakingup.com/privacy-policy/.

What’s New

Version 2.3

Waking Up is not just another meditation app. Whether you’re a beginning or advanced meditator, Waking Up opens the door to a deeper understanding of yourself—and to a new way of being in the world.

Waking Up features world-renowned meditation teachers, scientists, and scholars to pressure test ancient wisdom. Our goal is to invoke a radical shift in perspective using the best minds in the world to do it. This includes series and lessons on a diverse range of philosophies and practices—from mindfulness, Stoicism, Zen, walking meditations, and an “SOS” practice series that features emergency meditations for life’s crisis moments. We continue to add new conversations and sessions with luminaries such 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.

We also set out to create a visually compelling app. That’s why we collaborate with dozens of talented artists—known and unknown—from around the world, chosen because they reflect the depth, thoughtfulness, and quality of our content (think modern art meets legendary album covers).

Thank you for your practice, and enjoy the app.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32.3K Ratings

32.3K 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.

Oak Strales ,

Transformative & Revelatory

I don’t have the proper capacity of language to fully capture how the information contained in this app has completely transformed my life. I have been living on the outer edges of my existence, as a passenger who felt she lacked any agency to change course. I’m filled with such profound gratitude for those of you who have kept a torch lit for all who are asleep. Awakening, like everything in the universe, is twofold. Characterized by joy and gratitude as you realize the power you wield with your discerning attention and overwhelmed with compassion, helplessness and sorrow for the suffering of so many around you. All I want to do is share what I know with everyone I meet, but I’ve learned that all I can do is continue to deepen my practice, live what I know and be ready when those around me are ready to listen. I just applied to UCB get my science teaching credential. The best thing I can do right now from my current vantage point is to help teach this generation how to effectively direct their attention and to inquire about the nature of their reality. They won’t find it in the virtual or augmented reality that they are becoming increasingly entrapped in. While I know there are many who make this app possible, I must offer special thanks to David Whyte, Joseph Goldstein and you Sam. It is important now more than ever to start waking up and I’m so humbled to have made it to the other side.

App Privacy

The developer, Waking Up Course, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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