How meditation can help you in 2019

Dan Harris, author of "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics," shares his top meditation tips for starting the new year off right.
3:22 | 01/01/19

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:

{{nextVideo.title}}

{{nextVideo.description}}

Skip to this video now

Now Playing:

{{currentVideo.title}}

Comments
Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for How meditation can help you in 2019
Our resident meditation expert, weekend "Gma" anchor Dan Harris also with us. His new book "Meditation for fidgety skeptics." Mm-hmm. I named that for you. Thank you and I'll take that because it's true. It's a 10% happier how-to. It is that. 10% happier, your first book, we all loved and it opened my eyes certainly. No pun intended to how to close them and try to meditate at least. We're going to get into it right now. Yeah. I am a fidgety skeptic. You know this about me because we have talked about meditation before. My job is insane. It just never stops. You're covering the trump white house. So you have to hear this from people. I don't have the time. I can't fit this in. You're not alone. Not all of us cover the trump white house, but we all feel time-starved. In writing this book, we took a cross-country road trip and went all over the country in 12 days which I don't recommend doing, and we met -- the goal was to meet people who want to meditate, but aren't doing it and the number one issue we heard is I don't have time to do this. I believe one minute counts and we have a lot of one-minute meditations and this is not requiring two hours a day, moving into a monastery or anything. One minute is enough to derive the benefits. I can usually find 17 minutes. That's how long it takes to get from the train to my apartment. I'm so scattered so when I'm sitting in the subway, instead of looking at my phone, I a mantra. Does that count if I'm on the subway? Absolutely. As I said, you don't have to find a pristine, quiet place. You don't have to live in a monastery. Meditation is eminently portable. You can do it on the subway, you can do it on an airplane, in your office, in your car. As long as you're not actually driving. You can do it in the white house briefing room, probably not. Not everywhere is eligible. Is it okay if there are noise and distractions around you? Absolutely. We have this beautiful gift of headphones and you can pipe guided meditation into your ears. It's giving me anxiety listening to this. It's not the goal. I don't think a lot of us know how to do it. We were talking about this the other day. Another huge issue when I found this and when I did the cross-country tour is people said, I can't clear my mind. As I like to tell people, clearing your mind is impossible unless you're enlightened or you have died. The whole point of meditation is not to magically clear your mind. It's to focus your mind for just a few nanoseconds at a time, usually feeling your breath coming in and going out and when you get distracted, start again and again and again. What is the point of doing all that? The point is when you see owe distractible you are, and how crazy we are, the craziness has less of a chance of owning you and that is the point of meditating. You're not yanked around by your emotions. Dan's book is out on paperback. Check it out, and if you want to learn more, check out Dan's 10% happier app. You can do it. So excited.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"3:22","description":"Dan Harris, author of \"Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics,\" shares his top meditation tips for starting the new year off right. ","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/GMA","id":"60104062","title":"How meditation can help you in 2019 ","url":"/GMA/Wellness/video/meditation-2019-60104062"}