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Teach Us to Sit Still

In 2006 I discovered I could breathe my way back to health. A chronic condition culminating in a close encounter with the medical profession had brought me to a state of despondency and confusion. But while pain is never welcome, it can open you up to new ideas. At a certain point I agreed to shut my eyes and concentrate on the air going in and out of my lungs. What follows is the story of two very different states of mind- a before and an after. For the first time it occurs to me that something I write might not only be entertaining, but, perhaps, helpful.' TEACH US TO SIT STILL is the visceral, thought-provoking and entertaining story of Tim Parks' quest to overcome ill health. The book charts Parks s experiences of a mystery illness which leads him to confront difficult truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the modern world and his life as a writer. It covers his journey through the conventional medical system in Italy to an unexpected cure through the discovery of meditation. Along the way, he is lead to consider such wide-ranging and fascinating subjects as the effects of illness on the work of Coleridge and D.H. Lawrence,conventional religion, sport,
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An inspiring and entertaining true story of a sceptic's journey into the world of meditation and alternative health.


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Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks moved permanently to Italy in 1980. Author of novels, non-fiction 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 Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona.


"His journey will open your mind to the possibilities of mindfulness" -- Polly Vernon * Sunday Telegraph * "Teach us to Sit Still made me laugh; it made me cry; and it made me seriously think about taking up Vispassana meditation" -- Will Self * The Times * "A searingly honest, viscerally vivid, darkly comic self-examination of the connections between writing personality and health. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to stop" -- David Lodge * Guardian * "This is a crazy, wince-inducing, uplifting book... Parks has done a service to the many people who would never look at a cheesy self-help book or try anything with a whiff of spirituality about it" * Financial Times * "A movingly honest book that is about a great deal more than breathing and meditation" -- Susan Hill * The Lady *

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