How do you find stillness? We asked TED speakers—as well as you—and the conclusions were very surprising

We need to slow down and find balance in our lives; a work/out of work life balance. We need to de-stress and relax. What does this mean to you? What do you do to relax and refocus?

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We all lead lives that move 1,000 miles per minute. In his TED Book, The Art of Stillness, Pico Iyer posits a bold idea: that in our chaotic time, the greatest luxury is actually the ability to go nowhere and do nothing. To Iyer, it’s this time for quiet, inward, still reflection that snaps all of our experiences into focus.

This got us curious: how do members of the TED community find time for stillness and reflection? Turns out that people had very different answers.

“I hike,” said our curator Chris Anderson. “Water, pine trees, cliffs, meadows… doesn’t matter. All nature will do. Walk a little, dream a little.”

Brené Brown (watch her TED Talk on the power of vulnerability) has a similar approach. “One of the most important practices in my life is swimming. It’s exercise, meditation, and therapy in one. It’s quiet and I’m completely…

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2 thoughts on “How do you find stillness? We asked TED speakers—as well as you—and the conclusions were very surprising”

  1. On a daily basis, I look for and seize those moments when I know the time is mine and it’s quiet. So there’s 5:00a.m – 6:00a.m. when I’m only up, and from 7:30a.m – 7:45a.m. at work when I’m the only one in the building. Those are mine and they are quiet moments before others arrive and the day starts to hum.

    1. Good for you Kelly! I also enjoy the 45 minutes to hour in the early morning to focus on what I want while everyone else is asleep!
      Walks in nature and listening to music are other ‘me’ moments which are relaxing.

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