The Art Of Stillness: Adventures In Going Nowhere
  • The Art Of Stillness: Adventures In Going Nowhere
  • The Art Of Stillness: Adventures In Going Nowhere
  • The Art Of Stillness: Adventures In Going Nowhere
  • The Art Of Stillness: Adventures In Going Nowhere
  • The Art Of Stillness: Adventures In Going Nowhere
ISBN: 1476784728
EAN13: 9781476784724
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 0.79" H x 7.28" L x 5.39" W
Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A follow up to Pico Iyer's essay The Joy of Quiet, The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug.

Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There's never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still.

In The Art of Stillness--a TED Books release--Iyer investigate the lives of people who have made a life seeking stillness: from Matthieu Ricard, a Frenchman with a PhD in molecular biology who left a promising scientific career to become a Tibetan monk, to revered singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who traded the pleasures of the senses for several years of living the near-silent life of meditation as a Zen monk. Iyer also draws on his own experiences as a travel writer to explore why advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat. He reflects that this is perhaps the reason why many people--even those with no religious commitment--seem to be turning to yoga, or Read More chevron_right

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   Refreshing, quick read about finding the beauty in stillness
Inspired by Iyer's 2013 TED Talk, The Art of Stillness '' explores why stillness is so important in our lives. This short book, composed of really beautiful quotes, pictures and stories of those who have found stillness, gives a very powerful message about human nature to crave stillness the more we move in the world. It was a nice, quick read, but I did not find anything spectacular about it.
   A delight in every way
This is a beautiful book with beautiful photographs and an inspiring message. It is a pleasure to read and then continue.
   The Power of Going Nowhere
Ever thought about chucking it all and restarting your life? That is kind of what Pico Iyer did. He then headed for Japan. On the way he met the musician Leonard Cohen, who had become a contemplative monk, steeped in the wisdom of being alone. Cohen told Iyer that stepping away from your daily work is so that you could see it anew and “love it more ”. The ironic subtitle of this book, by a travel writer no less, also says it could have been called the journey inside '' or finding happiness without ever looking for it. '' So this is a book about experiencing the world within a “frame of stillness. ” It is also about being present. As the author says, “Heaven is the place where you think of nothing else ” and in a hyper-speed world full of distractions, finding respite within ourselves might be the best thing we can do every day.
   great book.
Great book... it's a little fanatic for Leonard Cohen and his journey, however, it is quite relevant to the author's points. I hope that reading this book will bring many others to the practice of stillness.
   A reflective, thoughtful and inspiring read.
While Beyond Belief is not about a particular belief ; I found it a thoughtful exploration of belief, not in doctrines, but in the world we live in. Pico Iyer reflects on the way he has lived and travelled his life place and people that have touched him deeply and influenced him. It is pensive without being pedantic. He is able to describe a feel, a meeting, a view... just being witness to life. The accompanying photos are very inspiring, especially the imagery. Although it can be a short and easy book to read, it is in a way that stays with you long after reading it. I can certainly read it again - probably many times. A book to keep for future replacements on your shelf.
   Affirms the Importance of Stillness in Life
Have the audio book version and listened to it three times to make sure I didn 't miss anything while driving in LA traffic. This book is more about the importance of stillness and its benefits in practicing the art of meditation. It does not provide any guidance on how to make it happen, because each person has to figure out what means stillness and how to achieve it for themselves. I know intuitively what the author says. I, however, appreciate the affirmation that stillness is essential for life. It is a purposefully written short book so that the reader does not spend too much time reading and gets to practice.
   a Mesmerizing read
I find myself again and again going back to Pico's insights. And of course, Leonard Cohen, the subject of his adulation, is also one of my personal gods.
A must read for the overwhelmed and overburdened 21st century digital cowboy cowgirl. This trip to Nowhere soon will be book.
   the art of stillness
However, Pico Iyer is known to be a world traveler, his books and essays dig much deeper about people's society... the smells, the lights, the food. When I begin to read his books, I start to believe that I am there. This book actually speaks for Stillness, as a means of removing stress and anxiety. I recommend this book highly to busy people.
   Take time to sit still and read this book
I love books that I can read in one or two sessions, and so when I found Pico's book and realized that I could read about stillness in just an hour or two, I was thrilled. This book was exactly what I needed to read, as I have been feeling deceived because of the Pandemic. I can 't wait to travel again someday! But reading Pico's book helped me realize that I don 't need to travel to relieve my restlessness and gain peace and serenity. I can now do this from the comfort of my home. When I can travel again, I can do so with a clearer mind and a more peaceful spirit.