The Art of Stillness
The Art of Stillness, Adventures of Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer is a great read that focuses on taking a moment to sit still.
In a generation that's moving so fast and is constantly looking for the next best thing, it's no wonder that some people feel a lack of purpose. People these days aren't really present or attentive in enjoying the actual moment. Life itself is becoming a bit... lifeless.
Ever notice how all the daily excitement and rush to get to the next thing somewhat feels so quick, fast and lacking gratitude. You never really get a chance to see what's going on, whether you are truly happy, or just searching for contentment.
Taking the time to just relax and do nothing gives you the chance to see where you are going. Sitting still helps you see through the idea of pushing forward, and makes you appreciate what you have more.
Life can be more of an adventure if we pull back, slow down and discover the simple pleasure and benefits of stillness and meditation.
Pico Iyer does a great job in reminding us the importance of going nowhere.
This book isn't a meditation guide or a New-Age tract but rather a celebration of the age-old practice of sitting with no goal in mind... Readers will likely slow down to meet its pace and might continue carrying it around as a reminder.
At some point, all the horizontal trips in the world stop compensating for the need to go deep, into somewhere challenging and unexpected; movement makes most sense when grounded in stillness.
In an age of speed, I begin to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.
You can visit www.ted.com to watch the trailer of the TED book - The Art of Stillness.
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