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Teach us to sit still : a skeptic's search for health and healing

Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: New York : Rodale, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st US edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal Narratives
Named Person: Tim Parks; Tim Parks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Parks
ISBN: 9781609611583 1609611586 1609614488 9781609614485
OCLC Number: 679929235
Notes: Originally published: London : Harvill Secker, 2010.
Description: xiii, 322 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Tim Parks.

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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"--Provided by publisher.

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