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Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing [Format Kindle]

Tim Parks
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"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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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.

Teach Us To Sit Still is the visceral, thought-provoking and improbably entertaining story of Tim Parks' quest to overcome ill health.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 interesting 9 décembre 2010
I know now a little bit more of prostrates than I wanted to. But the process he went through was interesting to read and, as you might expect of Tim Parks, very well written. For people with complaints which modern medecine cannot explain, it's very recognisable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exploring Health and the Nature of Experience 20 juillet 2010
Par Dr. Nicholas Wood - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Tim Parks is a literary writer who beautifully explores the nature of health and our relationship to our bodies. The text is layered with meaningful literary connections but anchored in the painful experiences of his own body. This is no traditional 'misery memoir' however - when faced with the limits of mechanistic Western medicine to effectively manage his pain, he moves with reluctant and at times amusing reservation, towards investigating alternative methods. In the process, he explores not just a cure for his pain, but a better way of living in the world and - more immediately - within his own body. This is a book not just for people managing health difficulties, but for anyone who is interested in their relationship with themselves, the world and others. Throughout it all, the book is richly underpinned by a dissection of words and language as they impinge on experience. I, for one, am extremely glad Tim Parks has written this unusual but amusing and enlightening book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Page turner 3 mars 2011
Par Whomever - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I had and have no problems of the type he discusses, so I'm not at all sure why I even ordered it from the specialist agency and can't remember how I even found it, given that it was only available in the U.K. I have to say I was hooked when, flipping through to decide whether to read it or not, I came upon the chapter where he consults an Ayurvedic practitioner in New Delhi while in the city for a conference. I put aside all my other reading right then and read it straight through. A page turner.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting read 13 août 2010
Par Sam Pen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Well, I reread this book after finding the first reading somewhat obscure and difficult to understand in parts, with its literature analogies. But, on the second, more concentrated reading, I got into the theme of the book, which is best summed-up, in my opinion, by the following extract from the Foreward of the book: 'Above all it never occurred to me that an illness might challenge my deepest assumptions, oblige me to rethink the primacy I have always given to language and the life of the mind. Texting, mailing, chatting, blogging, our modern minds devour our flesh. That is the conclusion long illness brought me to. We have become cerebral vampires preying on our own life-blood. Even in the gym, or out running, our lives are all in the head, at the expense of our bodies.' All in all a good read about how mind and body becomes separate, causing all kinds of quirky, physical symptoms.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A blessing 29 septembre 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Tim writes with great honesty about his illness, his humanity, and his search for healing within the established medical system. Eventually he stumbles upon a cure which transforms his life via transforming his relationship to himself. At times his erudition threatens to overpower, but then you realise he is creating a beautiful and rich insight into what it means to be human.

A wonderful book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An honest biographical narrative 11 août 2012
Par Chris K.M. - Publié sur Amazon.com
I admit to skimming through some of the physical stuff in the first third of the book here and there, I just didn't want to delve that deeply into his symptoms. This section is long so we know that this was no humdrum inconvenience in his life, so we can see how desperate he was, but I think a little condensing could've helped.

Beyond that, I found the book a great read--engaging, honest, funny. Unlike those who say they found it slow-going, I read it in two days. I was interested to see where his journey was taking him and didn't find the writing dull at all. Perhaps I could identify with him more than some, because I'm also a head- and word-oriented type who suffers from migraines probably for some of the same reasons he's suffered from his pain.

I also appreciated the references to Beckett, Lawrence, etc. but I'm sure some would find them tiresome (but then what do you expect from a Cambridge/Harvard educated writer/teacher?).

I especially appreciate that the book wasn't written by one of the self-help gurus who write as if from on high, but by an ordinary man who learned some valuable lessons, finding relief from pain (mental, emotional and physical) and then sharing his journey with others. His own experience taught him there was value in meditation, that it wasn't new-agey hocus-pocus, that perhaps something that didn't come out of his own head might have value. I like that he wasn't instantly won over, too, that he kept questioning--one of his best and worst traits. I like his honesty. He's not trying to make himself look like some meditating hero but admits to struggling. A lot. He's honest about his resistance, his closed-mindedness, can even let himself look like a bit of an ass at times.

Some head-oriented types who don't think they need to change probably find the book irritating while those who don't have a tendency to be all-in-their-heads may find it tedious. I think my mind works a lot like Parks's which is why I could get into it and not find it odd or slow at all. He obsesses in much the same way I do and I, too have to work at getting out of my head.

There are real gems in this book, true insights that could only come from experience. They seem to mean more coming from someone who had to be won over.

Some tighter editing would've been a help. His overuse of some words (rigmarole, for one) gets a bit old. Even so, I give the book five stars because its merits outweigh by far the small drawbacks. I have found real help here.

The title is unfortunate. Some readers are disappointed because they feel misled. The book doesn't teach us to sit still, but is about one man's experience--one man who needed to learn how to sit still. I found it useful to read about his experience but if I had been hoping for help learning to sit still I would've been disappointed, too.

An aside: I was struck by his frequent need to get away from his family, and hope his wife gets the same opportunities. . . .
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