In this solo podcast, Sam Harris reads from his book, Waking Up, and tells stories about experiences that led him to meditation.
On the goal-setting nature of our society he says “We’re trying to find good enough reasons to be satisfied now” by believing the lie that when we accomplish something we will have finally earned fulfillment.
Obviously, this has no end.
Similarly, when it comes to meditation, he claims that in many traditions, the focus is on a gradual sense of progress eventually leading the meditator to an epiphany that consciousness is everywhere. While there is purpose in pursuing this realization, there’s nothing stopping you from embracing it right now.
I write more about this line of thinking with some rough instructions on how to explore the feeling in this blog post called Consciousness
Side note: In Tim Ferriss fashion, he seems to have outsourced his podcast to the point where he isn’t even doing the interviews. On this episode, Sam Harris is essentially given Tim Ferriss’s audience and 90 minutes to talk about his new app, also called Waking Up.
While there are more interesting things to say about the approach of Tim Ferriss building an audience, then curating content for that audience, the podcast itself was fascinating.