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THE ART OF GOiNG NOWHERE... No, Where... Now, Here... The art of stillness By Siddhartha Roy In an age characterized by aggressive haste and information overload, Pico Iyer's talk on the art of stillness points us to "one of our greatest [and mostly forgotten] luxuries" -- the empty space one arrives at by being still. This empty space, I believe, is partly the answer to THE grand challenge of our era: countering the growing assault on our attention and the consequent lack of mindfulness in work, relationships and, most importantly, our inner lives. If one is constantly distracted by pings, tweets and emails and only superficially engaged, we risk becoming cogs in the distraction economy, possibly even losing the capacity for compassion, contemplation and deep engagement. Pico talks about taking a vacation "in time," by "simply sitting still and going nowhere." This should not be confused with discursive thought (or even passive rumination), which is often a primary source of human