New edition. A visceral, thought-provoking and improbably entertaining story of the author's quest to overcome ill health. Bedevilled by a crippling condition which nobody could explain or relieve, he confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his life as a writer. Following a fruitless journey through the conditional medical system he finds solace in an improbable prescription of breathing exercises that eventually leads him to take up meditation. This was the very last place Parks expected or wanted to find answers; anything New Age simply wasn't his scene.
Captivating and inspiring, Teach Us to Sit Still is an intensely personal - and brutally honest - story of our times.
"Just when the medical profession had given up on me and I on it, just when I seemed to be walled up in a life sentence of chronic pain, someone proposed a bizarre way out: sit still, they said, and breathe...
"It made me laugh, it made me cry; and it made me seriously think about taking up Vipassana meditation." The Times.
"Tim Parks is a cool, sceptical observer of the human condition and Teach Us to Sit Still - a quest for relief from chronic pain that begins with relearning how to breathe and ends in something close to spiritual transformation - deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness." J.M.Coetzee.
"In a world dominated by cheap self-revelation and quack self-help, I suspect that Teach Us to Sit Still may be the real thing: a work of genuine consolation that shows the way out of the dark wood in which everyone, at some time or another, will inevitably find themselves lost." Will Self, The Times.