The Art of Stillness : Adventures in Going Nowhere
by Pico Iyer
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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In this age of perpetual movement and connectivity, when many of us are all on the square, perhaps staying in one place, and locating everything we need peace and happiness, it is more exciting prospects, and a greater need than ever.Through his many interviews with the creative geniuses of today, as well as historical documents and his own life experience, acclaimed author Pico Iyer paints a portrait of why so many people have found wealth in the calm and quiet and make – from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Philippe Starck – that they have collected, rare and exhilarating fruits.It explores the counter-intuitive of truth: the more ways we have to connect you, the more we seem desperate to disconnect it.In both The Art of Stillnessand’s captivating TED conference Where is the House?Iyer reflects that this may be the reason why more and more people, even those without religious commitment – seem to be in the midst of yoga or meditation, or Tai Chi.These are not new ages dcp so many ways to connect with what might be called the wisdom of a younger age.There is even a growing trend towards observing a weekly “Sabbath Internet”, deactivating online connections from Friday evening to Monday morning, in an attempt to revive these ancient customs known as family meals and conversation.
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