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The Art of Stillness by Stéphanie

02 March 2017

Adventure in going nowhere In Art of Stillness lies the science of well-being ever so wanting in our fast paced life. Stillness here refers to lack of both physical exertion and mental  unrest. The ability to be still is latent in us but not mastered as we are conditioned to believe in the power of mobility and dynamism, which are all averse to the state of being still. More profoundly stillness here means acceptance. Letting be and leaving with our natural thoughts that arises in minds versus inundating our senses with too much information and experience. Pico  Iyer right said, being still enough to hear your body talk, to get in touch with who you are, and finding out what you really like. Siddharth Pico Raghavan Iyer (born 11 February 1957), known as Pico Iyer, is a British-born essayist and novelist of Indian origin, best known for his travel writing. He is the author of numerous books on crossing cultures including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk and The Global Soul. An essayist for Time since 1986, Iyer was born Siddharth Pico Raghavan Iyer in Oxford, England, the son of Indian parents. His father was Raghavan N. Iyer, an Oxford philosopher and political theorist. His mother is the religious scholar Nandini Nanak Mehta. His unusual name is a combination of the Buddha’s name, Siddhartha, that of the Florentine neo-Platonist Pico della Mirandola and his father’s name.  He studied at Eton, Oxford University and Harvard. Career He taught writing and literature at Harvard before joining Time in 1982 as a writer on world affairs. Since then he has traveled widely, from North Korea to Easter Island, and fromParaguay to Ethiopia, while writing He is also a frequent speaker at literary festivals and universities around the world, who delivered popular TED talks in 2013 and 2014 (ref ted.com ref) and has twice been a Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He appeared in a commercial for “Incredible India” in 2007. Personal life He has been based in Japan since 1992, where he lives with his Japanese wife, Hiroko Takeuchi,the “Lady” of his second book, and her two children from an earlier marriage. In discussions about his spirituality, Iyer has mentioned not having a formal meditation practice, but practicing regular solitude, visiting a remote Benedictine hermitage several times a year. Writings  He writes often of his delight in living between the cracks […]

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