Photo by Iwan Baan

On three tiny islands in central Japan, stunning natural beauty lives side by side with some of the world’s best contemporary art and architecture. See 10 photos by Iwan Baan.

The Art of Stillness in the Japanese Wilderness. Photo: Iwan Baan

A lyrical meditation on flying halfway across the world to stand still and find peace within.

Why we need a secular sabbath by Pico Iyer. Photo: Eydis Einarsdottir

As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to slow down. One seductive solution: A secular sabbath. Pico Iyer makes the case, in this meditative excerpt from his new TED Book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere