ZEN FLIGHT

Prep for your get­away by do­ing a lit­tle bit of noth­ing.

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EDI­TOR’S POV The next time you fly, travel writer Pico Iyer rec­om­mends that you try what Zen monk Matthieu Ri­card calls “a retreat in the sky.” Iyer turns off the seat screen and lets his mind “go for­ag­ing—or lie down—like a dog on a wide, empty beach.” If he thinks of some­thing im­por­tant, he just jots it down in a note­book. He was in­spired to do this af­ter ob­serv­ing a young woman, a seat­mate, sit silently through a 12-hour flight. It was her way of de-stress­ing and de­tach­ing from her hec­tic job ahead of a much-needed va­cay. He ex­plains that she wanted to land “in as clear a state as pos­si­ble, ready to en­joy her days of rest.” Sounds like a true mo­ment of Zen. CHRISTINA REYNOLDS

READ­ING JOUR­NEY

Pico Iyer’s The Art of Still­ness: Ad­ven­tures

in Go­ing Nowhere is based on a TED Talk by the same name that he gave last sum­mer; Five-Mile Beach on Koh Rong Is­land (left), near Song Saa Pri­vate Is­land in Cam­bo­dia (page 174), is the per­fect place to read the short tome, which can eas­ily be done in one sit­ting.

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