I know it seems ironic that I’m posting this through the internet, but I want to help spread Pico Iyer’s message! Also, check out one of my favorite essays, also written by Pico Iyer (http://www.utne.com/mind-and-body/where-silence-is-sacred-chapels.aspx?PageId=1) which I previously blogged about (https://breathsperminute.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/travel-updates/).
As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to slow down. One seductive solution: A secular sabbath. Pico Iyer makes the case, in this meditative excerpt from his new TED Book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
The idea of going nowhere is as universal as the law of gravity; that’s why wise souls from every tradition have spoken of it. “All the unhappiness of men,” the seventeenth-century French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal famously noted, “arises from one simple fact: that they cannot sit quietly in their chamber.” After Admiral Richard E. Byrd spent nearly five months alone in a shack in the Antarctic, in temperatures that sank to 70 degrees below zero, he emerged convinced that “Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.” Or, as they sometimes say around Kyoto, “Don’t just do something. Sit…
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