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by Tim Parks

Free eBook Teach Us to Sit Still: A Skeptic's Search for Health and Healing download ISBN: 1609611586
Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: Rodale Books; First U.S. Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 336
Category: Proper Nutrition and Fitness
Subcategory: Alternative Medicine
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This book is a marvellous read. If you do not suffer from CPPS the book may not be immediately relevant. Still, it is an excellent story told by a master storyteller. 4 people found this helpful.

This book is a marvellous read. Not only has Tim Parks managed to write well about his struggles with chronic pelvis pain - he also manages to put the story into an exciting context based on his own work as a teacher and writer, as well as his roles as parent and husband. The story has numerous references to classic and modern books by famous writers. Parks weaves their stories into his own quest for answers and understanding.

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Originally published: London : Harvill Secker, 2010.

Stuart Jeffries joins the irrepressible Tim Parks on a quest for physical and spiritual health. He still hasn't learned to sit still. And so we are left with this wonderful, paradoxical book – one that wouldn't exist if Parks's spiritual journey were complete. In that sense, his loss is our gain. Stuart Jeffries's Mrs Slocombe's Pussy: Growing Up in Front of the Telly is published by Flamingo.

What can the simple act of sitting still teach us about ourselves? . A revelatory read with delightful cultural and literary references, Teach us to Sit Still by Booker-shortlisted author Tim Parks examines ho. .

A revelatory read with delightful cultural and literary references, Teach us to Sit Still by Booker-shortlisted author Tim Parks examines how the philosophy of 'sit still, relax and stop worrying' can be profoundly life-altering.

Captivating and inspiring Teach Us to Sit Still is an intensely personal-and brutally honest-story for our times

Captivating and inspiring Teach Us to Sit Still is an intensely personal-and brutally honest-story for our times. Prostate is the first body part to come under suspicion of course, but when he finally sees a doctor and has tests, that suspicion doesn't pan out.

Captivating and inspiring, TEACH US TO SIT STILL is an intensely personal - and brutally honest - story for our times. Shortlisted for the wellcome trust book prize for medicine in literature.

Description this book Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks"Riveting. €,The New Yorker " prose is mordantly funny, self-conscious but never self-pitying, worldly but introspective, attuned to the needs of a soul that he considers thoroughly material and mortal. The result is an absorbing, at times inspiring, narrative of spiritual growth

Tim Parks details his suffering from chronic pain and explains how he found relief from an.

Tim Parks details his suffering from chronic pain and explains how he found relief from an unexpected source. At the leader’s urging, Parks manages, after a struggle, to wish his dead father well.

Last year I wrote about discovering Tim Parks’s criticism, specifically his . Still, I was skeptical. From one angle, Teach Us to Sit Still is a disease story.

Still, I was skeptical. He tries it out of desperation. There are symptoms, which lead to a diagnosis, which lead to a treatment plan.

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 fruitlessjourney through the conventional medical system only to find relief in the most unexpected place: abreathing exercise that eventually leads him to take up meditation. This was the very last place Parksanticipated 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 betweenhis mind and body, the hectic modern world that seems to demand all our focus, and his chosen life asan 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. Captivating and inspiring, Teach Us to Sit Still is an intensely personal―and brutally honest―story for our times.

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Llanonte
Amazing book for frustrated men, which is nearly all of us. If you feel cranky, s***ty, trapped or bored with the way things are going, this book offers some really amazing insights, from a man who is going through a hellacious problem. The story of his resolve unfolds lessons for anyone willing to listen.
Mushicage
Tim Parks is amazingly candid about his nature, aspects of which are unpleasant and egocentric, but that is part of the magic of this engaging little book. It recounts a journey toward relief from pain that is as circuitous as, say, "The Odyssey" but certainly a good deal funnier. His evocation of some of the excruciating experiences of novice meditation is sharp as a razor, as his take-down of some of the delusional experiences common to those who go to their first few retreats. I wish, for the sake of Mr. Parks, that someone had pointed out earlier in the game that there are basic guides to Buddhist meditation that would have possibly spared him some confusion. But as everyone knows who has engaged this practice--or fallen into it!--nothing whatsoever can prepare you for it. As Natalie Goldberg said to me on my ride into my first retreat, "It will knock your head off", a more complex remark than initially meets the eye. The valuable core of this book is its revelation of the amazingly intricate relations of mind to body and body to mind through the story of one man's treatment of his own pain.
Ballagar
This book is a marvellous read. Not only has Tim Parks managed to write well about his struggles with chronic pelvis pain - he also manages to put the story into an exciting context based on his own work as a teacher and writer, as well as his roles as parent and husband.

The story has numerous references to classic and modern books by famous writers. Parks weaves their stories into his own quest for answers and understanding. For anyone with an interest in literature and reading, these reflections are both well written and highly relevant. This really is NOT a book on meditation, however Parks shows how meditation helped him get rid of many of the symptoms through a rather heroic undertaking where he left no stone unturned.

Being a fellow sufferer of CPPS (chronic pelvic pain syndrome), Tim Parks' book has given me many interesting ideas on how to continue the search for knowledge and insight. It is a difficult condition which has been largely ignored by doctors and researchers. Yet is is a crippling problem which cause a lot of agony for many people. Tim Parks argues, through exposure, that one reason why scientists struggle with identifying the underlying causes for CPPS is that it is mostly a symptomatic affliction which may be better understood if we look to our own way of handling life's many problems.

If you do not suffer from CPPS the book may not be immediately relevant. Still, it is an excellent story told by a master storyteller.
Muniath
I enjoyed reading it enormously. It's a patient's perspective told honestly,and usefully perceptively. He got across the idea - with imagery, literary examples - that pain doesn't need to be purely 'physical' in the traditional sense to be real. and debilitating. The mind body interaction was described so well. Interesting he had the hyperacusis / hypersensitivity to noise- from a young age. Hypersensitivity is thought to be a consequence of chronic pain -the central sensitization and not an antecedent. So perhaps the pain theories are not entirely right yet
mr.Mine
Four stars. Mr. Parks story is striking for those who have suffered with pelvic pain. It is demonstrative for those of us who are perfectionistic and need to connect the resultant suffering and the need to change - the need to back off and learn to sit still. Whether we get there with the Anderson-Wise protocol or meditation, or both, we have slow recoveries and the only alternatives are depression or misery. More physicians need to become aware of these sufferings and to help patients understand the cause and cure.
Puchock
This is an engaging testimonial to the power of meditation. It starts off slowly with a rather tedious recapitulation of the many ways in which the author sought to manage his illness. This includes a fair bit of self-indulgent story spinning, as the author tries to understand why this is happening to _him_. Fortunately for the reader, Parks is a published novelist and has the skills to keep his audience engaged, even when the material isn't all that interesting. It's not until the latter third that meditation begins and Parks discovers that his medical problems mostly fade away under the healing breath of awareness. More importantly, he finds that the stories he told about himself were just that, fantasies about a fantasy self.

I found much of myself in Parks - disgust with religion, ignorance (even disregard) of the body, an ego built on skepticism and the packaging of experience with words. Many of his insights were also my own. This is a wonderful book for anyone who might be suffering from a chronic illness or experiencing a midlife reevaluation. It demonstrates how even the most hardened critical mind can be softened and awakened by applied awareness.

Thank you, Mr Parks, for sharing your experience.

For those interested in a follow-up, you might enjoy The Quiet Mind, an account of the enlightenment experience of Tim Parks' meditation instructor. For an engaging film on meditation among the physically incarcerated, see Dhamma Brothers.

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Sirara
The book was superb. Witty and well written, the author provides a detailed account of his battle with chronic pelvic pain syndrome. As a suffer myself, I found his reflection on himself very profound. A must read if you are suffering from CPPS.
The first half or so is interesting but the author loses the thread and the rest is a boring self-indulgence in which the author demonstrates his oh-so-wonderful mastery of literature, stroking his own ego while claiming to have lost it.