The Waking Up Course is for anyone who wants to begin the practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as for those with an established practice.


*Daily meditations led by Sam Harris (5-15 minutes in length).

*A series of short talks by Sam Harris on a wide range of topics—including consciousness, negative and positive emotions, free will, the self, moral philosophy, the neuroscience of meditation, and more.

*A self timer for silent meditation.

*Subscribe in-app to unlock an expanding curriculum of guided meditations and short lessons.

“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 bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans. He hosts the popular podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show.

“The Waking Up Course 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, M.D.

Peter Attia is a physician who focuses on the applied science of longevity. He trained at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the National Cancer Institute. He is also a former McKinsey consultant who holds B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics.


Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, and the host of the Waking Up Podcast.

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 Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.


Waking Up offers two introductory auto-renewing subscriptions:
$7.99 per month
$59.99 per year

Your subscription to Waking Up will automatically renew, unless you disable auto-renew at least 24 hours before the current period ends. You can turn off auto-renew or manage your subscription from your iTunes Store account settings. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account.

Waking Up integrates with the Apple Health app. To activate go to your Profile by tapping the button at the top right of the Home screen. Scroll to the bottom to find the Apple Health toggle.

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What’s New

Version 1.1

Introducing Waking Up for the Apple Watch! The self timer on your watch tracks your heart rate, gives you a summary when you're done, and even tracks your meditation in the Waking Up app as well as Apple Health Kit.

Ratings and Reviews

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Jenn_269 ,

Well thought out and structured step by step course on meditation

I have tried meditating for the last 3-4 years, never being able to stick to it for longer than 2 weeks at a time, harvesting initial peace and calm and then digressing to the old ways by stumbling on different mental obstacles, getting hanged on too much or too little narration, focusing on, forcing or anticipating my breath and so on, so i would quit it and restart practice after a while. I tried apps and various teachers , monks guided meditations with the same results. I am a big fan of Sam’s work in general , his books and podcast, and feel that he brought an immense level of detail to this course. It is well thought out and structured, he gradually introduces you to various concepts and ways of thinking/perceiving the meditation. he is filing in blindness spots, that you are not yet aware of, along the way. No day is the same in the app, and each lesson challenges you in a different way. You can also deepen your experience through additional provided exercises. I’m on day 24 so far, which is the longest streak for me, and while many concepts still seem hard to grasp , i look forward to coming lessons. And it does feel incredible already to sense the time slower and your own nature and reactions differently. This is by far the most structured and easy to follow course on meditation I’ve found.

naknoodle ,

Something real out of this virtual

It appears that many of us are beginning to notice that we increasingly are absent from our lives, even more so than we have been in the past. And this is saying a lot, considering the knee jerk reactions to daily life which nearly all of us consistently trip over, time and time again. This increase in absense mostly takes the form of our phone hypnosis, even amongst those of us who have noticed that putting our phone away while eating, or spending time with family, or friends, is “polite”, and necessary to being present. Despite this, how useful, really, is our time spent staring into the screen? And how often do we do this?
I have found this meditation course one of increasing utility, wisdom, and sense making, amazingly packaged within the very device which blankets and obscures these positive aforementioned qualities. One of the few times in my day when picking up my phone increases the quality of my life, truly. And it’s quite likely because as soon as I pick my phone up, and start the next lesson, I just as quickly put it down, close my eyes, and begin browsing, or becoming mindful of the unceasing browsing in the one actual reality that actually matters most. Thanks Sam. Though I love podcasts, and opinions, and moral and political and psychological debate; talk, really, is cheap. Silence is golden.

JDF585 ,

One of the best

I have been a Harris fan and supporter for some time and I have been waiting for this app for a long time. It is very good. I like the way Sam expands the practice and includes lessons to contemplate outside of mediation. He explains things in a way that makes the ideas easy to grasp. I find him to be the most thorough instructor amongst there apps I have used. That being said I will wait with anticipation for improvements to the app. More material, maybe guest instruction, daily sayings and reminders perhaps? I am sure whatever Sam adds will be just as good as what is already there. I have used Headspace for some time and have been waiting for a different app for awhile. It is ok and I like the daily reminders to get you thinking throughout the day but I find the instruction a bit basic and it doesn’t really seem to expand much even though there are tons of “different” meditations you can do. I also started using 10% happier mainly to get instruction from Joseph Goldstein whom I hope Sam will add to his app along with other collaborators. I like the idea of hearing different viewpoints as well as instruction styles. I usually use Sam’s app and follow with 10% happier each night. I am hoping Sam adds some features from the others so I can just have and use a single app. For a new release though this app is outstanding. Thank you Sam.


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