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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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.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tim Parks was a reasonably healthy guy, when he started having severe pains and trouble going to the bathroom. The first half of this book documents how his condition gradually took over his life. Doctors ran every kind of test on him ¿ they all came back normal. Even so, many of them recommended surgery. Well, Tim was terrified of the surgery.Even though he considers himself a huge skeptic, Parks tried other methods of healing. Part Two of this book discusses his journey to health again. The methods that helped him the most were meditation, shiatsu massage, and essentially learning to calm down and relax his tension. He realized his body had been tense his entire life, which no doubt contributed to his severe pain. He was sensitive to noise and needed quiet time to heal.Part One of this book was difficult reading for me, but I enjoyed Part Two more, as Parks began to heal. However, the author is very intelligent and includes lots of references to artists and writers I haven¿t heard of, so I have a feeling many things were over my head.However, I would recommend this to anyone who is battling an unknown illness, and anyone who suspects that it would benefit their health to learn to relax and sit still.(I received this book through Amazon's Vine Program.)