The Art of Stillness

The Art of Stillness

Adventures in Going Nowhere

Book - 2014
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The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counter-intuitive truth: The more ways people have to connect, the more they seem desperate to unplug. There is even a growing trend toward observing an 'Internet sabbath' every week, turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning and reviving those ancient customs known as family meals and conversation.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781476784724
Characteristics: 74 pages :,colour illustrations ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Eydís Einarsd́óttir - Photographer


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Jul 23, 2018

"The Art of Stillness"" by Pico Iyer is a TED book. A TED book is defined as a book long enough to explore a powerful idea but short enough to read in a single setting.Iyer's book is exactly that. I not only finished the book in one sitting but also wanted more.Following the lives of French scientist turned monk, Matthieu Ricard and Leonard Cohen, Iyer makes a strong case for meditation, stillness and going nowhere. The book was full of good advice but my favorite was, "Don't just do something, sit there."(Yes, without and exclamation point.)This is a book to own, read, and reread. The photographs at the end of each chapter are just astounding.

May 13, 2018

A slight book. Interesting ideas.

Aug 28, 2016

Based on the TED talk- a beautiful and simply written book about the fullness of stillness. Full of wisdom on being present in your current life, letting go of anxieties and stressors, and learning to be comfortable with being still.

Oct 18, 2015

This small book is an homage to stillness – to the value of stepping outside the hustle and hassle of daily life to stay, in silence, where you are. A respite of doing nothing and going nowhere clears the mind and clarifies values, improving the quality of the rest of life.

I saw Mr. Iyer’s TED Talk of the same name a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is interesting, is well written and makes its point well but somehow doesn’t live up to the expectation created by the TED Talk. Somehow, the brevity and conciseness of the 15-minute talk, delivered in Mr. Iyer’s soft voice, gentle English accent and relaxed manner, makes the point most effectively.

The lessons taught by both the talk and the book are highly relevant in today’s complex and hectic world.

WVMLlibrarianLynn Jun 09, 2015

As a travel writer, Pico Iyer lives a nomadic life. Despite all the joy he gets from being in the world, he discovers that disconnecting and being still is ultimately more rewarding.

lasmith55 Dec 20, 2014

This very small book, with only 74 pages, offers positive insights to living well in society's relentless technological pursuits.

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