A Skeptic Finds Meditation and The Power of a Walk in the Woods

News Anchor, Dan Harris: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

When Dan Harris, a correspondent and host at ABC News, mentioned he was thinking of writing a book about meditation, Barbara Walters advised: Don’t quit your day job. He did not quit his job, but he did write about his journey through Buddhist mediation–and his memoir shot to the Number 1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list. If an anxious, ambitious television star who worries about a theoretical receding hair-line can find some relief, the book suggests, maybe you can, too. Guest interviewer Barbara Bradley Hagerty finds out how he did it.  Dan Harris is the author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works — a True Story.

The Spiritual Lessons of the Wilderness

Miles from the trailhead, swallowed by the forest, the spiritual lessons of the wilderness come alive. After years of long solo hikes in the woods, with nothing more than the pack on his back and a few dog-eared copies of spiritual classics, Belden Lane says he has learned to tame his ego and enter an “interior wildnerness.” He spoke to producer Mallory Daily.  Belden Lane is the author of Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice.

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