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A comply with up to Pico Iyer's essay "The Happiness of Quiet," The Art of Stillness takes into consideration the unforeseen experience of sitting tight and also reveals a counterintuitive fact: The more means we need to attach, the much more we seem desperate to unplug.
Why might a long-lasting vacationer like Pico Iyer, that has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting silently in a room may be the ultimate experience? Due to the fact that in our crazily accelerating globe, our lives are crowded, chaotic and also noisy. There's never ever been a higher requirement to slow down, ignore and also offer ourselves approval to be still.
In The Art of Stillness– a TED Books release– Iyer examine the lives of people who have made a life looking for tranquility: from Matthieu Ricard, a Frenchman with a PhD in molecular biology who left an encouraging clinical profession to end up being a Tibetan monk, to prized singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, that traded the satisfaction of the senses for a number of years of living the near-silent life of meditation as a Zen monk. Iyer likewise makes use of his very own experiences as a travel author to discover why breakthroughs in innovation are making us more likely to retreat. He reflects that this is perhaps the reason why lots of people– also those with no spiritual dedication– seem to be relying on yoga, or meditation, or looking for silent resorts. These aren't New Age crazes so much as methods to rediscover the knowledge of an earlier age. Expanding fads like observing an "Internet Sabbath"– turning off on-line connections from Friday night to Monday early morning– emphasize exactly how significantly desperate a number of us are to disconnect and bring serenity into our lives.
The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why many– from Marcel Proust to Mahatma Gandhi to Emily Dickinson– have discovered splendor in tranquility. Eventually, Iyer reveals that, in this age of consistent movement as well as connectedness, perhaps remaining in one area is an extra interesting possibility, and a greater requirement than ever before.
In 2013, Pico Iyer offered a smash hit TED Talk. This lyrical as well as motivating publication increases on an originality, supplying a means forward for all those feeling impacted by the mad rate of our contemporary globe.
- Series: TED Books
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ TED; 1st. edition (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476784728
- ISBN-13: 978-1476784724
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces