It is sometimes good to stop reading a book midway or even after the first few pages. Life is much too short to spend precious time reading a book you don’t enjoy. But when I love a book, I really love it, and I read it cover to cover taking note of every little thing.
I read, The Art of Stillness — Adventures in Going Nowhere, by Pico Iyer in a single sitting. I was hooked by page 13, when I read this paragraph.
"So much of our lives takes place in our heads—in memory or imagination, in speculation or interpretation—that sometimes I feel that I can best change my life by changing the way I look at it . . . It’s the perspective we choose—not the places we visit—that ultimately tells us where we stand."
Reading to the very last page, I read about the photography. I studied the Artist’s Statement by the photographer who made the pictures for the book.
"As soon as I take out my camera I find that stillness within, that deep sense of peace that I crave every day. I get lost in such a beautiful way that it’s hard to describe; it’s as though I find a piece of me that I had lost without really knowing that I lost it. As I sit quietly looking through the viewfinder, my senses become heightened . . . this is what is like to be in the Now, which is really just to be still in mind and body. My photographs come from a place of emotion. They are not an attempt to capture the perfect image, but to capture the feeling I experience as I witness the things in front of me." Eydis S. Luna Einarsdottir,
There is truth and beauty that can only be seen when we pay attention.
Worth watching: The Ted Talk. go.ted.com/stillness