The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books)

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books)

Pico Iyer


A persist with as much as Pico Iyer’s essay “The pleasure of Quiet,” The artwork of Stillness considers the unforeseen experience of staying placed and divulges a counterintuitive fact: The extra methods we need to attach, the extra we appear eager to unplug.

Why may perhaps a lifelong vacationer like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, imagine that sitting quietly in a room should be the last word event? simply because in our madly accelerating global, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There’s by no means been a better have to decelerate, music out and provides ourselves permission to be still.

In The artwork of Stillness—a TED Books release—Iyer examine the lives of people that have made a lifestyles looking stillness: from Matthieu Ricard, a Frenchman with a PhD in molecular biology who left a promising clinical occupation to develop into a Tibetan monk, to respected singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who traded the pleasures of the senses for a number of years of residing the near-silent lifetime of meditation as a Zen monk. Iyer additionally attracts on his personal studies as a commute author to discover why advances in know-how are making us likely to retreat. He displays that this can be possibly reasons why many people—even people with no non secular commitment—seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or looking silent retreats. those aren't New Age fads loads as how you can rediscover the knowledge of an previous age. turning out to be tendencies like gazing an “Internet Sabbath”—turning off on-line connections from Friday evening to Monday morning—highlight how more and more determined many people are to unplug and produce stillness into our lives.

The artwork of Stillness paints an image of why so many—from Marcel Proust to Mahatma Gandhi to Emily Dickinson—have chanced on richness in stillness. finally, Iyer indicates that, during this age of continuing circulate and connectedness, maybe staying in a single position is a extra fascinating prospect, and a better necessity than ever before.

In 2013, Pico Iyer gave a blockbuster TED speak. This lyrical and encouraging ebook expands on a brand new suggestion, supplying a fashion ahead for all these feeling laid low with the frenetic speed of our glossy international.

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