Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness

Pico Iyer is one of my favorite writers. If you have not checked him out, his Video Night in Kathmandu is a stunning travel memoir/narrative non-fiction, East meets West globalizations explorations. Perhaps I will explore this more fully in another blog post, but do check it out.

Pico is also a wonderful commentator on the importance of meditation, self-reflection, and the need to go within. I just watched an excellent Ted Talks video, in which he explores this need for writers, creatives, and frankly, all humans.

In my coaching practice, I frequently am called upon to help clients quiet their internal critic: a more noxious and nefarious manifestation of our general tendency toward internal chatter. Meditation, contemplation, mindfulness, and other reflective practices are valuable tools (although calling them tools may dismiss their importance) toward helping writers and scholars meet their goals. During "psychosocial summer" I present several other tools as well to help you control your self-downing and other difficult internal dialogues.

Please watch this wonderful video by a wonderfully thoughtful writer and human being.

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