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

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Teach Us to Sit Still is the visceral, thought-provoking, and inexplicably entertaining story of how Tim Parks found himself in serious pain, how doctors failed to help, and the quest he took to find his own way out. Overwhelmed by a crippling condition which nobody could explain or relieve, Parks follows a fruitless

journey through the conventional medical system only to find relief in the most unexpected place: a

breathing exercise that eventually leads him to take up meditation. This was the very last place Parks

anticipated finding answers; he was about as far from New Age as you can get.

As everything that he once held true is called into question, Parks confronts the relationship between

his mind and body, the hectic modern world that seems to demand all our focus, and his chosen life as

an intellectual and writer. He is drawn to consider the effects of illness on the work of other writers, the role of religion in shaping our sense of self, and the influence of sports and art on our attitudes toward 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.

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Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks
 
“Riveting . . . Parks discoveries will fascinate not only writers but all citizens of an information age steeped in and propelled by language.”
—The New Yorker

“[Tim Parks] prose is mordantly funny, self-conscious but never self-pitying, worldly but introspective, attuned to the needs of a soul that he considers thoroughly material and mortal. The result is an absorbing, at times inspiring, narrative of spiritual growth.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

TIM PARKS is the author of novels, nonfiction, and essays. He has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask, and Llewellyn Rhys awards and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His works include Destiny, Europa, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, Italian Neighbors, An Italian Education, and A Season with Verona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609614485
Author:
Parks, Tim
Publisher:
Rodale Press
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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Biography » General
Cooking and Food » Diet and Nutrition » Natural Healing
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Alternative
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Chronic Illness
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Mens Health
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Pain
Metaphysics » Healing

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Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks
 
“Riveting . . . Parks discoveries will fascinate not only writers but all citizens of an information age steeped in and propelled by language.”
—The New Yorker

“[Tim Parks] prose is mordantly funny, self-conscious but never self-pitying, worldly but introspective, attuned to the needs of a soul that he considers thoroughly material and mortal. The result is an absorbing, at times inspiring, narrative of spiritual growth.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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