Dean Sluyter (pronounced “slighter”) has taught natural methods of meditation and
awakening throughout the U.S. and beyond since 1970, from colleges and yoga studios to corporate
offices and maximum security prisons. He is known for his warm, funny, down-to-earth style, and for
making authentic, life-transforming teachings accessible and easy. A grateful student of sages in several
traditions, he has completed numerous retreats and pilgrimages in India, Tibet, Nepal, and the West.
Dean’s books include Natural Meditation, winner of the Nautilus Award for best book on body, mind,
and spirit practices. He has appeared frequently in national media, including The New York Times,
National Public Radio, Coast to Coast AM, and O, The Oprah Magazine. When not writing or teaching,
Dean plays the ukulele and happily rides his Vespa through the streets of Santa Monica. His website is
1. Fear is a natural survival response which, in the modern world, gets unnaturally overstimulated.
2. This chronic overstimulation typically manifests as free-floating anxiety, anger, a variety of stress-
related physical conditions, and addictive cravings.
3. Viewing life through the lens of fear exaggerates problems into overwhelming scary monsters, like
Macy’s Day balloons blown full of hot air.
4. Fortunately, it takes only a small pin to pop a big balloon. In Fear Less, I present a variety of methods —
pins — including breathing through your feet, singing descending fifths, dropping your thoughts, and