Waking Up: Guided Meditation

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

“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.

Read our reviews to see what users of the app are saying about Waking Up.

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.

Waking Up offers two auto-renewing subscriptions:
US $14.99 per month
US $119.99 per year

GUARANTEE: If you complete the 50-day Introductory course and don’t find it valuable, we want you to have your money back. Please email us at [email protected], and we will refund your money.

As with all Sam Harris’s digital media, if you would like to use this app but truly cannot afford it, please email us at [email protected], and we will provide you with a free account.

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Waking Up: Guided Meditation App Description & Overview

The applications Waking Up: Guided Meditation was published in the category Health & Fitness on 2018-09-21 and was developed by Waking Up Course, LLC. The file size is 57.48 MB. The current version is 1.2.3 and works well on 11.1 and high ios versions.

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 Large Hadron Collider.

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.

We have added a reminders feature to help you maintain your practice.

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Waking Up: Guided Meditation Reviews


This app is making me a better person  johncd13  5 star

By better understanding myself I’ve improved my decision making, patience, and empathy.

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Beginning Again  Off Road Biker  5 star

I’m not new to meditation. Many years ago in my hometown, Philadelphia, I was introduced to Transcendental Meditation and was immediately impressed. Somewhere along the way I forgot just how powerful a tool meditation can be. Thanks for reintroducing me to meditation and mindfulness.


Wonderful app  MrRyansan  5 star

Sam has a talent for expression and the ability to explain the difficult in crystal like clarity. I’ve listened to all his podcasts and read Waking Up. When he announced the app I had it a try and between the meditations and the lessons it is an absolute gem. This is a very personal project for him and it will just continue to grow and get better. Thank you Sam.

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Actually learn meditation  Anne Benven  5 star

I originally did Headspace for a few years when it first came out. And then I tried Calm for a while. Sam Harris’ Waking Up is on another level. It’s like taking a proper meditation course. He frames things simply and makes meditation accessible. I realized that just focusing on breathing for 15 minutes is only one sliver of what meditation is all about. Well worth the price tag if meditation is something you’d like to actually learn and integrate into your life for years to come.


Awesome App  MetaBlueSquirrel  5 star

I’ve done meditation on and off for years. Sam’s guidance has really helped me to hone my skills. Highly recommend this app.


Most Worthwhile App on the market  MaxFourmy  5 star

Can’t begin to express the skills which are developed here. Download the free version and try it out!


Take an epistemic journey...  Ithinkmynameiskevin  5 star

I love how Harris guides you into the depths of consciousness. He highlights the importance of what it means to be aware of your thoughts for the well-being of yourself and those around you. Through his lessons, he taught me that it is always okay to ”begin again” which is a principle that I am initiating in not just my practice but in other areas of life.


Great meditation app  RodsMind  5 star

Recommend !!!


Amazing  kdfjkdsjk22  5 star

This app with change your life and your view on life. If you stick with the process and follow the course you will receive benefits.


Phenomenal!  Lilvallely  5 star

I’ve only just started on the app, but I’ve followed Sam Harris via podcast and his books for a while. I can not praise enough how insightful and mind opening he and this app are! Thank you, Sam.


Love your work Sam  RichSoma  5 star

A massive fan. Use the app daily and love how it just keeps getting better. The benefit of daily use ( in what can be a difficult genre of meditation to access otherwise ) cannot be overstated.


Goes deeper than other meditation apps  Meltingw  5 star

I’ve tried Headspace and Calm and while I enjoyed them (particularly Headspace), this app is different - it goes directly to the point of meditation rather than just teaching you how to do it. The course builds up quite quickly and I feel it’s more advanced and direct than other courses. I like that the meditations are short and I enjoyed the lessons. Highly recommend for everyone.


The Best Meditation app in the market, period!  Adityagautam001  5 star

I have been meditating and trying out different meditation techniques and apps for years now, and this app is by far the best, the most effective, and the most profound app I have ever come across. Worth way more than what you will pay for it. It has something for everyone - even kids!


Best Meditation App  gossipgrant  5 star

This app has been a fantastic way to learn the practice of mediation. Such well guided content. I’ve used a bunch of other mediation apps and this is by far the most effective.

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Waking Up - Sam Harris  mindfully trying  5 star

Highly recommend this app if you are experiencing a challenging period in your life, or if you are simply seeking more balance and less angst. It’s content is both thought provoking and practical. The meditations are well structured and easy to follow. Importantly, Sam’s tone of voice is mellow and suits the purpose of content. The variety is also a great feature. The material isn’t repetitive and consolidates as you progress through it. I also approve of the design. Easy and appealing to use.


$18 per month - Please reduce the price  Jess1234567890xasdfg  5 star

I love this app I recommend it to everyone but so many people won’t try it because of the price. If you can afford to please reduce it. You’ll have so many more customers buying and you’ll help so many more people.


Fantastic app!!  ged_was_here  5 star

The first meditation app that actually delves deeper into *why* we meditate during the meditations. Fantastic lessons and meditations. Highly recommend!


Meditation +  Bhddeyh  5 star

Love this app, great quality content both on the meditation and life insight sides of things. 10/10

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Best meditation app I’ve used!  George Nellerman  5 star

This is the best meditation app I have found on the App Store. Sam’s guidance and lessons are great. The meditations are not long (about ten minutes) or difficult, and each day the practice progresses and changes slightly. It’s a great app and the best meditation tutor I’ve found in the App Store. If haven’t done so already, try this app! 🙏


Best app  Jayboner  5 star

This app is absolutely fantastic.


Best meditation app I’ve tried  _Hints_  5 star

Amazing approach with not only guided meditations but lessons to help you understand the benefits and things to think about while you develop your practice. Also has the huge benefit of Sam’s amazing book by the same name.


Incredible investment  dattar  5 star

The lessons contained in this app have helped enormously in my daily life. It’s not pretentious. It gets to the point. Highly recommended!


Great tool to explore benefits of meditation  Johno6468  5 star

Much is written today about the benefits and the ‘should’ of meditation and mindfulness. My experience of this support tool has been great. It has made it very easy to get started where I am, and stay started.


The Best Meditation App Out There  BenNeely  5 star

I’ve tried them all, Headspace, Calm, InsightTimer, Oak, Etc. Sams voice coupled with his instructions have allowed me to go deeper in my practice. The funny thing is I get more out of a 10 minute session with Waking Up than a 20-30 minute session with others.

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Mindfulness Made Easy  Tiffany's iTunes  5 star

One of the greatest minds of our time puts together an app that guides one through a series of meditatios, which build upon one another. One has only to dedicate 10 Minutes every morning to achieve a relatively competent level of proficiency in mindfulness. I am 52 and have attempted on numerous occasions to introduce meditation into my life (without success). With this app, I have finally been able to incorporate meditation as a regular practice. I cannot recommend this app more. P.S. If you like Sam Harris, his Making Sense app is an amazing opportunity to listen to conversations between, whom I consider, to be the brightest intellectual s of our time.


Tool kit...  samcreates  5 star

This app is there for when I need some tools to manage my anxiety and there when I need a thoughtful challenge on how to stay grounded in the emotional roller coaster of life.... or embrace the joy found in the ups and downs. Sam’s tone and substance make this app a five star experience. Well done.


Can’t thank you enough Sam!  Annunaki333  5 star

All you need to do is follow the daily meditations and your perception and thought patterns will drastically change for the better. Can’t recommend this app enough!


Ten well-spent minutes  Ivabelle  5 star

I’ve been practicing for about four months. I am frequently baffled - specifically by the invitations to “look for the one who is....”. But I think that’s the point. The benefits of this daily practice are beginning to manifest at random times during the day. I’ve tried meditation before but never stuck with it. When I look for the center I find my heart.

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Best meditation app!  Jonesh Shrestha  5 star

This is the best meditation app I’ve ever came across. It has helped shape up my entire life with a healthy mind and new perception to life.


Waking up  Kaymsy  5 star

Easy and simple. I’ve gotten out of practice and this course is allowing me to gently remind myself the importance of meditation, thank you


Absolutely Excellent  miafinn672  5 star

This app is absolutely superb. I was a fan of Sam Harris to begin with but I think this app stands alone as the perfect introduction to and ongoing tool for a successful meditation practice. I love Sam’s angle on it. He really makes me think about what the practice is all about, how our minds work and how we can all benefit from meditation. Highly, highly recommended!

John Duignan

Better than expected  John Duignan  5 star

Love this app. It’s by far the best meditation app and treats mindfulness with the gravity it deserves as opposed to just a stress fix or something of novelty. I use this app for myself and for people with intellectual disabilities that I work with, I use this app to try help them pay more attention to their inner lives. Though I do have to explain some of the language 😁 So yes, this is a strong recommend

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Highly recommend  Jordan O'C  5 star

I’ve tried meditation in the past but struggled to do it consistently. Using this app has made it so much easier. Especially if you know you won’t have wi-fi later, you can download as many meditation sessions as you want. Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in getting into meditation, especially if you haven’t tried it before.


Very well paced  Timbots  5 star

I’m a complete novice and was skeptical about my ability to meditate and the quality of an app. I’m only 12 days in but can feel the benefits already. I like his staged approach whereby he gradually explores new concepts and techniques and yet reassures you that if you don’t “get it” immediately, that it will be revisited in time (which I have seen already.) Would recommend


Extremely nuanced and valuable!  Stevemeditations  5 star

I had meditated for 3 months before I found this app. This app brought me to a much higher level and allowed me to sink into the meditation space immediately after I begin mediation sessions. It is much more intricate and brings me to a higher level of meditation than another big name app I used!


Thank You Sam  LiveLoúla  5 star

First contact with Sam was a YouTube video ‘It is always now’ in 2015. This clip left a profound impression. Since, have found Sam to be truth. And this App is my Daily Bread. Thank You Sam and Team!!


Meditation for the skeptics  Medstoodent  5 star

I’ve been trying to develop a meditation practice for the last 15 or so years but always failed for one reason or another. Maybe it was my own internal resistance or my aversion to the annoying mysticism meditation seemed to be associated with. But this app (and the book Waking Up) allowed me to see and practice meditation as both an examination of consciousness AND a vital therapeutic exercise in a world that seems, almost by design, to make us suffer needlessly. It’s not often an app makes you realise that your quality of mind is what the determines your quality of life so profoundly. Can’t speak highly enough of this app. Well worth the few dollars/euro per month for the impact it has on one’s life.


A 100% price increase? WOW  kucam12  1 star

Just one of the unlucky people that did not have the money at the time for a 50€/year subscription. I love you Sam, but regardless of how much I love you, I am not at a point in life where I could afford that. Sorry. The one time I really thought I would get into doing something related to mindfulness just because I trusted the person doing the guiding! Silly me...


Highly recommend  Karrieanne99  5 star

I have been using the Waking Up app for 30 days and I am already experiencing a real shift in how I’m feeling throughout each day, it’s giving me some new space and helping me to cope much more effectively with daily challenges, I feel much calmer and happier, I highly recommend this app


Worth the wait  willjryan  5 star

I’ve used an number of other meditation apps and had full annual subscriptions to both headspace and 10% happier. Both Of which I would highly recommend. But Waking up is by far my favourite. The lessons really good. Keep the content coming.

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