Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I chose this book because I’m becoming increasingly interested in meditation, and I thought that this might help me to understand more about the general domain.
We have to make space in our lives for stillness. Leaders make time for it. Jesus Christ, according to Scripture, spent 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. According to the most widely known story of his life, Siddhartha Gautama spent a fateful night in deep meditation under the Bodhi tree. During his meditation, he achieved full awareness, thereby becoming Buddha.
As we go through life, I think we spend our lives in two parts; in the first part, we create, and in the second part, we destroy what we do not need. For me, this is part of the destruction of things that I don’t need, while filling that vacuum with something I do need and cherish: stillness and space. Personally, I am being more careful of what – and who – is allowed into my space. Having fewer people and things, but having more meaningful connections and being more mindful with things, is helping me to lead a more peaceful life, free of distractions. Stillness allows us to be more careful of what has access to us, and also who has access to us.
I recommend this read because it helped me to think more clearly about meditation and the value of stillness. It’s also very readable with good examples of mindfulness. I’m going to follow this book up with Holiday’s other books.
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