07 Jan '12, 2pm

Quote of the Day: Pico Iyer on the Joy of Quiet

Quote of the Day: Pico Iyer on the Joy of Quiet

Jess Root/via Home sweet home. My parent's cozy country cottage, where my cell and laptop get spotty-to-zero service. Nothing makes me feel better — calmer, clearer and happier — than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music. It’s actually something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as “that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” I've been sharing this quote with my yoga classes, loving my literary crush and travel writer, Pico Iyer's, drawn contrast of happiness to joy. Happiness being a fleeting state effected by external circumstances versus joy, that long-lasting inner cultivation that can prevail even through loss, sadness and change. Quiet, as Iyer sums up in his beautifully serene New York Times editorial , is a commodity gaining greater ground in this LinkedIn age of Fa...

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