The Lost Arts of Stillness and Silence

As I was reading this announcement below, I heard on the radio the popular old tune – Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. I had to laugh. I was reading about the Art of Stillness while hearing about the Sounds of Silence. Sound familiar? Those desirable qualities nowadays that are brought forth through our yoga practice and our InterPlay practice. I remember being a teenager and being taught a dance to this very same Sounds of Silence. The dance included really cool arm movements to the words of the chorus  “…and touched the sounds of silence”. The arms went from being spread wide open to coming together above the head and then down closely to the heart – and paused there. It was my favorite part. Obviously, since I remember it decades later. Giving ourselves what we “really” want and need nourishes our body, mind and spirit.

TED Books is proud to announce the release of their second hardcover book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere.

In this gorgeouslyThe Terrorist's Son book cover lyrical book, Iyer reveals that the people who create our technology are often the same ones at the forefront of the call for unplugging and stillness. But seeking inner peace is far from a New Age idea, and Iyer draws on the lives of everyone from Emily Dickinson to Ghandi to Leonard Cohen to show how this age-old practice is more relevant than ever before.

 You can read an excerpt of the book.

I think you will find The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere an important read—hopefully one you’ll return to again and again—as a reminder to bring stillness into your own life.

“In the end, all our journeys have to bring us home.”

Recall and reclaim the lost arts of stillness and silence!