“The Sabbaths are our great cathedrals…”
— Abraham Joshua Heschel

“In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.”
— Pico Iyer

note: quoted fromThe Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer which I just finished reading.


photo: taken from the backyard of a friend who invited Mrs. Abstract and I to dinner at her house.(photo taken using a cell phone camera.)


4 thoughts on “stillness

    1. The Art of Stillness, Adventures in Going Nowhere, by Pico Iyer, relates the good effects of Stillness, being quiet, closing your eyes and doing nothing. He cited a transatlantic flight for 12 hours where his seat mate just closed her eyes, sat still, did nothing and used all that time to decompress all the stress she has. Someone calls it “retreat in the sky”.

      Sabbath, “cathedral in time rather than in space”.

      I experience the wonders of quiet. But I have not tried Internet Sabbath from Friday night to Monday morning.
      I was successful for 24 hours.

      I like the book. Pico Iyer writes in clear and succinct language.The book is 74 pages.


      1. Thank you, Edgar. I am trying to start a meditation practice. There seems to be much the same benefits.


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