People have all kinds of New Year’s Resolutions. I wonder, though, how many people have ever made a resolution to do nothing. That’s right, nothing. Well, doing nothing is exactly what author Pico Iyer encourages us to consider in his book, The Art of Stillness. Stillness is exactly what it sounds like – being still and doing nothing physically. This does not mean that nothing is happening mentally, but rather that your body is not running higgledy-piggledy all over creation.
To be honest, isn’t that what our lives are like? Don’t we spend almost every waking minute doing this and that, running here and there, trying to do more and to get more? Where has that gotten us? People are more stressed out and less satisfied than ever before. According to Mr. Iyer, stillness is the answer. Actually taking the time to just sit and be still will bring more happiness, meaning, and fulfillment than running the rat race ever could.
This lost art is nothing new, as the author points out. Many traditions have practiced it for millennia. One example is the Jewish Sabbath. Throughout this short, engaging, and readable book, Pico Iver gives many examples of the benefits of stillness, both from his own life and the lives of others. So give this book a read and maybe you will come up with a new resolution to try out come January 1st.