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The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books) (edição 2014)

por Pico Iyer (Autor)

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"A follow up to Pico Iyer's essay 'The Joy of Quiet, ' The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug. Why would a man who seems able to go everywhere and do anything--like the international heartthrob and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen--choose to spend years sitting still and going nowhere? What can Nowhere offer that no Anywhere can match? And why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room and getting to know the seasons and landscapes of Nowhere might be the ultimate adventure? In The Art of Stillness, Iyer draws on the lives of well-known wanderer-monks like Cohen--as well as from his own experiences as a travel writer who chooses to spend most of his time in rural Japan--to explore why advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat. Iyer reflects that this is perhaps the reason why many people--even those with no religious commitment--seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or tai chi. These aren't New Age fads so much as ways to rediscover the wisdom of an earlier age. 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. In this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many have found richness in stillness and what--from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck--they've gained there."--Publisher's description.… (mais)
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Título:The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books)
Autores:Pico Iyer (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster/ TED (2014), Edition: Illustrated, 96 pages
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As a TED Talk, I'm sure this is compelling. Iyer has a way with words that makes old ideas seem fresh and exciting. However as a book this didn't leave much of an impact on me. I do believe in the power of quiet contemplation, whether through guided meditation or just sitting still for a few minutes on a regular basis. But I don't think anything in this book brought something new to that idea and I don't think it will inspire either the people who don't believe in it or re-energize the people who do. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
A travel writer talking about going nowhere? Based on a TED talk, this book talks about the power of staying still. Not lazing in front of the television or other sorts of distractions, but the value of taking the time to explore the territory that is you. Simply, short and powerful. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
Delicious little book.
"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." ( )
  lasvegasbookie | Aug 20, 2020 |
Any avid reader already knows the "art of stillness", and there is definitely something to it. That peaceful calmness of just 'being'. Ironically, I read this on a weekend (my work weekend) where I had a day of 29,000 steps, and a day where I was going from one thing to another and getting myself a head-cold in the process, and now laying in bed 'recovering' and reading.

I know personally, I have my greatest peace of mind when I'm out in the woods (walking though) or just taking a long, soothing shower. Their both (my) [a] form of meditation.

I always enjoy these little TED books whenever I find them at the library. Quick to read and digest, usually with a beautiful book design, and about something practical and interesting. This is a few short essays by Pico Iyer about Leonard Cohen being 'still' and Thomas Merton as well as the author himself and a few others. In this day and age of high paced action, it's definitely worth reading/considering. ( )
  BenKline | Jul 1, 2020 |
In this brief book, travel writer Pico Iyer discusses the value of not overplanning your life or overloading your senses. People who live breathlessly from day to day might buy this book, but I don't think it will change their schedule. I feel guilty — worthless, even — that my life is not as hectic and frantic as those lived by the people who tell me about their race-from-this-to-that lives, so this book made me feel a little less ashamed. ( )
  ReadMeAnother | Jun 18, 2019 |
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"A follow up to Pico Iyer's essay 'The Joy of Quiet, ' The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug. Why would a man who seems able to go everywhere and do anything--like the international heartthrob and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen--choose to spend years sitting still and going nowhere? What can Nowhere offer that no Anywhere can match? And why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room and getting to know the seasons and landscapes of Nowhere might be the ultimate adventure? In The Art of Stillness, Iyer draws on the lives of well-known wanderer-monks like Cohen--as well as from his own experiences as a travel writer who chooses to spend most of his time in rural Japan--to explore why advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat. Iyer reflects that this is perhaps the reason why many people--even those with no religious commitment--seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or tai chi. These aren't New Age fads so much as ways to rediscover the wisdom of an earlier age. 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. In this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many have found richness in stillness and what--from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck--they've gained there."--Publisher's description.

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