Waking Up

A new operating system for your mind.

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“Utterly life changing. Continues to be one of the best investments of my life and has probably saved my life.”

“The single most important app I have ever downloaded.”

“I’ve been using Waking up since 2018, and it’s the most important thing I’ve done in my life.”

“I’m a beginner and this app has changed my entire perception of meditation.”

“I’ve tried them all. I’ve had more insight just doing the intro course.”

“Utterly life changing. Continues to be one of the best investments of my life and has probably saved my life.”

“The single most important app I have ever downloaded.”

Over 50,000 5-star reviews

Discover the true purpose of meditation.

Go beyond simple relaxation techniques and experience the freedom of real mindfulness—without any New Age fluff.

Understand why you’re practicing.

Don’t just meditate. Understand the theory of mindfulness, with the best of ancient wisdom pressure-tested by modern science.

Live an examined, fulfilling life.

Listen to lessons and conversations on Stoicism, effective altruism, sleep, psychedelics research, and more.

Understand Your Mind, Step-by-Step

Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness from Sam Harris—neuroscientist, author, and creator of Waking Up—as he also guides you into the deep end of meditation.

Practice with Top Teachers

Our highly curated library of guided meditations means you’ll only ever hear from practitioners we trust.

A Place for Serious Seekers

Explore thought-provoking conversations and lessons on life’s most important questions—free from religious dogma.

Daily Mindfulness Reminder

Every day, receive a short audio message designed to help bring your meditation practice into your life.

World-Renowned Teachers and Scholars

The Waking Up app has helped me see the reality of my mind much more clearly. Sam’s meditations leave me feeling more grounded, calm, and with a greater appreciation of my life and the present moment. There’s no other meditation app quite like it.

Scott Barry Kaufman

Author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization.

Sam Harris has created the easiest way to return to the present moment.

Marc Benioff

Founder, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.

Waking Up is, hands down, the most important meditation guide I’ve ever used. And having Sam lead these sessions is what makes them so effective for me.

Peter Attia

A physician who focuses on the applied science of longevity. He trained at Stanford University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

If you've had trouble getting into meditation, this app is your answer! Sam's thoughtful approach, calm voice, and depth of knowledge are extraordinary. The app will also launch you quite quickly into your own meditation practice. Thank you so much for creating this, Sam.

Susan Cain

A lecturer, bestselling author, and co-founder of Quiet Revolution. Her TED talk on the "power of introverts" has been watched over 20 million times.

“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

Investor, #1 New York Times best selling author, & The Tim Ferriss Show postcast.

Waking up is significantly different from the multitude of meditation apps available. It not only gives us Sam’s incredible insights as a neuroscientist but it also offers extraordinary individuals who share their knowledge of different meditation practices and techniques that can benefit each of us living in the modern world to calm our minds and decrease our stress.

James R. Doty, M.D.

M.D. Founder and Director, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) Stanford University School of Medicine.

Even with more than a decade of prior mindfulness practice and devoted daily meditation, I have found Waking Up not merely useful but transformative. There is something singular and powerful about the integration of philosophy (which trains us to think more deeply and question our thinking-instrument more closely) and poetry (which trains us to feel more widely and be more awake to life) into a meditation practice.

Maria Popova

Reader, writer. Creator of TheMarginalian.org (formerly Brain Pickings). Maker of The Universe in Verse.

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. Sam Harris is a one-of-a-kind master of ceremonies. I know of no one else who combines his deep knowledge of neuroscience and philosophy with his natural gift as a guide and healer. It is very hard to find all of this in one person, let alone in one app.

Eric Hirschberg

Former CEO of ACTIVISION and Deutsch. He is now an early-stage investor/advisor for world-positive companies.

I use Waking Up every morning to get me out of my head and into the clarity and creativity of the present moment. Sam Harris has a unique understanding of the science of the mind, and is able to translate that into one of the easiest ways for us to activate our own inner strength and peace through awareness.

Brian Grazer

Co-founder of Imagine Entertainment. His films and TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards and 198 Emmys.

When I was a young man in the 1970’s, discussing life’s various twists and turns and existential angsts, one of the popular topics was how important it is to know one’s self. I never had a clue. Thanks to Sam and his excellent guided meditations some progress is being made.

Ed O’Neill

Actor, Modern Family, West Wing, Married With Children.

The Waking Up app has helped me see the reality of my mind much more clearly. Sam’s meditations leave me feeling more grounded, calm, and with a greater appreciation of my life and the present moment. There’s no other meditation app quite like it.

Scott Barry Kaufman

Author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization.

Sam Harris has created the easiest way to return to the present moment.

Marc Benioff

Founder, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.

See the world in a new way.

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