Waking Up: Beyond Meditation

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About this app

Don’t think of Waking Up as a conventional meditation app—think of it as a new operating system for your mind, and a guide to living a better life.

We aim to offer a far deeper approach to mindfulness than you’ll find elsewhere—one that fundamentally transforms how you see yourself, and the world around you.

But you’ll also discover life-changing, secular wisdom from top scholars and experts, on everything from sleep and doing good in the world to time management and happiness.

Waking Up is free for anyone who can’t afford it. We never want money to be the reason why someone can’t benefit from what we’ve built.

**Created by Sam Harris
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and best-selling author, built Waking Up to be the resource he wished he’d had when he began exploring meditation over 30 years ago.

Sam only includes those practices and insights he’s found to be utterly life-changing. The same is true for the many teachers, scholars, and experts you’ll meet throughout the app.

**A step-by-step approach to mindfulness
We’ve heard from thousands of members who say they never really understood meditation until they took our 28-part Introductory Course.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced practitioner, you’ll dive straight into the deep end of real mindfulness, so you don’t waste any time on the surface.

**Learn the true purpose of meditation
Meditation is about more than just relieving stress, sleeping better, or improving your focus. While it can help you do all of that, our goal is ultimately to help you open the door to a deeper understanding of yourself.

Here, you won’t just uncover simple relaxation techniques —and you won’t find any New Age fluff or religious dogma.

**A place for serious seekers
Explore some of life’s most important questions, on topics like neuroscience, psychedelics, enlightenment, ethics, and Stoicism—from renowned authors and professors like Oliver Burkeman, Michael Pollan, Laurie Santos, Arthur C. Brooks, James Clear, and others.

**In-depth theory and practice
Waking Up explains both the theory and the practice of meditation —so you don’t just learn the “how” of mindfulness, but also the “why.”

You’ll be guided by prominent figures like Joseph Goldstein, Diana Winston, Adyashanti, Jayasāra, and Henry Shukman, who teach a wide range of contemplative practices, including Vipassana, Zen, Dzogchen, Advaita Vedanta, and more.

**Timeless insights, modern lens
Within Waking Up, you’ll find some of the most profound spiritual teachings from throughout history—those that have stood the test of time. And you’ll hear from historic voices like Alan Watts.

But we also pressure-test ancient wisdom against modern science, so you won’t find outlandish claims or anything we haven’t found to be empirically true.

**A comprehensive guide
Waking Up supports your growth and development in a number of different ways. You’ll find an abundance of useful features, like meditation timers, in-app support messages, an ever-growing audio library, and daily reminders to help bring your mindfulness practice into your life.

“Waking Up is, hands down, the most important meditation guide I’ve ever used.” Physician Peter Attia

“If you’ve had trouble getting into meditation, this app is your answer!” -Susan Cain, best-selling author

“Waking Up is not an app, it’s a path. It is equal parts a meditation guide, a philosophy master-class and a highly-focused TED Conference.” -Eric Hirschberg, former CEO of ACTIVISION

Subscriptions automatically renew, unless auto-renew is disabled at least 24 hours before the current period ends. Manage your subscription from your Google Play account settings. Payment will be charged to your Google account.

Terms of service: https://wakingup.com/terms-of-service/
Privacy policy: https://wakingup.com/privacy-policy/
Satisfaction guarantee: If you don’t find the app valuable, email us at support@wakingup.com for a full refund.
Updated on
Nov 15, 2023

Data safety

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Personal info, Financial info and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
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Ratings and reviews

38.7K reviews
Kevin palena
October 25, 2023
Was amazing. Regular meditation with this app probably saved my life. there is a new problem though. The daily meditations pause randomly and without a reason. makes it impossible to relax into a meditation if the guidance stops. please fix this. Edit: UPDATE. singular issue with my phone. Force close and restart phone seems to have fixed it.
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Waking Up LLC
October 24, 2023
Please email us at support@wakingup.com and we will help you out.
Skyler Reese
October 15, 2023
Completely life-changing. This is not at all an understatement. I've meditated on and off for a number of years, but downloaded this app after hurting my back and not having much else to do. I've unlocked a new lens through which to see the world, one which was actually always there in the first place. The approach Sam and colleagues bring to meditation intentionally precipitates this lens in a way other apps do not. I wouldn't recommend anything more strongly.
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Logan Vierstra
October 13, 2023
The introductory course is awesome. What im frustrated with is Sam's relentless focus in the daily meditation on having 'no looker' or what he calls headlessness. I'm not opposed to the exercise, but its not helpful for me as a daily exercise. I just result in being frustrated and I go down a rabbithole trying to figure out if I'm just not getting it or if he's wrong. If it wasn't for the Alan Watts archive I'd have probably started using a different app already because of the no looker emphasis
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What's new

- Daily Quote. Receive brief, text-based contemplations from the Waking Up and beyond, available via push notification and widgets.
- We’re updating how we present your time spent in the app. To see how much time you’ve spent overall, look at Total Minutes; if you’d like to see only your time spent in meditation, look at Practice Minutes.
- We’ve also introduced a new selection of widget options.