Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing Book

Teach Us to Sit Still A story of the author's quest to overcome ill health. It confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his life as a writer. Full descriptionRead More

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  • TheBookPeople

    'Just when the medical profession had given up on me and I on it, just when I seemed to be walled up in a life sentence of chronic pain, someone proposed a bizarre way out: sit still, they said, and breathe'. Teach Us to Sit Still is the visceral, thought-provoking and improbably entertaining story of Tim Parks' quest to overcome ill health. Bedevilled by a crippling condition which nobody could explain or relieve, he confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his life as a writer. Following a fruitless journey through the conventional medical system he finds solace in an improbable prescription of breathing exercises that eventually leads him to take up meditation. This was the very last place Parks expected or wanted to find answers; anything New Age simply wasn't his scene. Meantime, he is drawn to consider the effects of illness on the work of other writers, the role of religions in shaping our sense of self, and the influence of sport and art in our attitudes to health and well-being. Most of us will fall ill at some point; few will describe that journey with the same verve, insight and radiant intelligence as Tim Parks. Captivating and inspiring, Teach Us to Sit Still is an intensely personal - and brutally honest - story for our times.

  • BookDepository

    Teach Us to Sit Still : Paperback : Vintage Publishing : 9780099548881 : 0099548887 : 07 Jul 2011 : A revelatory read with delightful cultural and literary references, Teach us to Sit Still by Booker-shortlisted author Tim Parks examines how the philosophy of 'sit still, relax and stop worrying' can be profoundly life-altering. 'Teach us to Sit Still made me laugh;

  • Blackwell

    A story of the author's quest to overcome ill health. It confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his life as a writer. Bedevilled by a crippling condition which nobody could explain...

  • Foyles

    A story of the authors quest to overcome ill health. It confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his ...

  • 0099548887
  • 9780099548881
  • Tim Parks
  • 7 July 2011
  • Vintage
  • Paperback (Book)
  • 352

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