Cutting Edge

Learn Mindfulness Meditation without Mysticism

The Mindful GeekThe Mindful Geek tells you how to derive the real world benefits of hardcore mindfulness meditation without having to drink anyone’s metaphysical Kool-Aid. In the book, Michael Taft gives you step-by-step instructions in the powerful and reliable techniques of mindfulness meditation, and outlines the psychological and neuroscientific research underpinning these practices — all without you having to believe in reincarnation, karma, or other sacred cows.

By treating mindfulness as a scientifically-based, psychological technique, you can keep your atheistic or agnostic secular skepticism and still maintain a powerful, regular, and deeply effective meditation practice. That’s because meditation doesn’t require you to believe in it to work. Like any good technology, if you use it correctly, it will do the job reliably whether you believe in it or not. And—make no mistake—meditation is a kind of technology; a technology for hacking the human wetware in order to improve your life. This book is a practical, hands-on manual about how to make the most of that technology for yourself.

If you are smart, skeptical, technically-inclined, and have a desire to see what meditation is really all about, this book is for you. Michael teaches a lot of meditation programs at tech corporations like Google, so this material has been field-tested on some world-class geeks. And all the meditation material is supplemented with flow charts, diagrams, and Star Wars references.

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Secular & Science-based

You shouldn't have to join a religion to meditate. My teaching is completely secular.

Michael W. Taft

I have over 30 years of meditation experience, am a consultant for the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab, and teach individuals, groups, and corporations.

Endorsements from Experts

"Michael Taft is a gifted teacher of mindfulness with an impressive track record of helping people get results. As one of my senior facilitators with over 30 years of practice experience, he has a comprehensive understanding of meditative traditions and practices, and is able to translate that into science-friendly, secular language. I recommend him wholeheartedly."

      ~ Shinzen Young, meditation teacher and author of The Science of Enlightenment

"Michael is steeped in practice and deeply trained in multiple traditions. He is extremely articulate about subtle states of mind and important distinctions in meditation, for both beginners and long-time practitioners. He's also very open, warm, and supportive - plus deeply wise."

      ~ Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, and Just One Thing

"Michael has a deep understanding of meditation practice and its underpinnings, and manifests the wisdom and compassion that comes from this. He is also a skilled listener which is an important complement to these other critical components."

      ~ Judson Brewer, MD,PhD, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and an associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School

"I have known Michael Taft for fifteen years and have seen him teach various meditation classes as well as academic classes in the Department of Religion and Asian Studies at Vassar College. Michael is a truly accomplished teacher with a skill set that spans and integrates Asian Buddhist and Hindu tradition with Western Neuroscience and contemporary practices of Mindfulness in corporate as well as personal contexts."

      ~ Rick Jarow, PhD, Professor of Religion at Vassar College and author of The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide.

"Meditators and especially would-be meditators who are looking for the personal benefits and global ramifications of developing or deepening your practice, Michael Taft is as real as it gets. With thirty years of seriously deep and varied practice, extensive scholarly work with a range of masters, a grounding in neuroscience, and devotion that grows out of a lifetime of experiencing meditation's gifts, Michael is a truly masterful teacher."

      ~ Peggy LaCerra, Research Associate at the Stanford Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation, author of The Origin of Minds


What People Are Saying

Michael is one of my favorite meditation teachers. His concise and clear teaching style makes for an easy to follow meditation class.


Michael is one of those rare gems among teachers: someone whose head and heart are both equally engaged for every moment of interaction with his students.


Michael has always approached every question I’ve had from an authentic place pulling from years of experience and practice. He truly has a gift and understands how to deliver guidance and lead one to a place of insight no matter where one is at in their practice. I’ve always left our conversations with a fresh perspective and feeling of inspiration to implement mindfulness into everything I do.


I met Michael in the mid-2000’s and was immediately taken by his intelligence, straightforwardness, and warmth. Although I had recently started a master’s program in counseling psychology and it made sense to add mindfulness into the mix, it was more Michael’s personality that drew me in. I thought, if this guy’s teaching something, you need to listen. The investment that I made in the practice has had a priceless return. I am so profoundly changed by what Michael taught me that I offer similar teachings to anyone that wants to learn. I often find myself full of gratitude for Michael’s teachings and my luck for our paths having crossed.