The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer

Just completed Pico Iyer’s new book. Simple and insightful. If you would like to just read one book this year, then this should be your choice.

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Pico Iyer talks about his adventures in going nowhere. The power of being still and embracing life just as is. In doing so you will then discover the very essence of being. It’s a short read, about 100 pages and is published by Ted. Manage to purchase it online at the Kobo Online Store for my e-reader. Many things in this book just ring a bell. In one part he talks about taking a break from technology,

As I travel the world, one of the greatest surprises I have encountered has been that the people who seem wisest about the necessity of placing limits on the newest technologies are, often, precisely the ones who helped develop those technologies, which have bulldozed over so many of the limits of old. The very people, in short, who have worked to speed up the world are the same ones most sensitive to the virtue of slowing down.

This is true for me. Being involved with technology and creating many things online and digitally related, the biggest motivation for me to leave my job was to actually take a step back, slow down and go within.

You can actually watch the Ted Talk that is related to this book here:

In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow.
In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention.
And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.
– Pico Iyer

Kugan Kumar

V.Kugantharan is the founder of Joy With Music, where he teaches adults and kids the joys of playing the piano. He also runs a web design agency, 504 Studios. A father of a very "opinionated" four-year-old, he divides his time between his passions -- blogging, reading, music, design and books.

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