Want to be happy? Slow down. | ideas.ted.com

In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about how to spend time meaningfully.

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