Still Together is a guide to connecting with ourselves and others through meditation.
Manoj Dias talks about his path to learning mediation as a way to quell his low-level anxiety and understand his suffering. It taught him to observe his thoughts without necessarily accepting them as facts.
The chapters cover The Age of Disconnection, Reimagining Life Through Connection, Mindfulness (not stillness), Start Where You Are, Mindfulness in Daily Life and Still Together in Challenging Times. The book concludes with a powerful and honest epilogue about reflecting on the past year.
The book contains exercises that you can use as starting points for a mediation session or journal prompts. He discusses the idea of using social media and addiction to technology as a way to fill a void. There are some interesting references to research on being healthy and the importance of having deep connections with friends and communities.
There is a small introduction to Buddhist philosophy focused on the four noble truths, the eightfold path and papanca. These are helpful ideas even if you aren’t a Buddhist.
The book contains beautiful illustrations by French design duo Sacree Frangine.
Still Together would make a lovely gift for anyone who is interested in meditating, or being more mindful and compassionate. #stilltogetherbook
Publisher: Hardie Grant
About Manoj Dias
Since first being introduced to the magic of meditation decades ago and embarking on his own journey to become a teacher, Manoj Dias has helped thousands of people to embrace stillness of mind and body, enabling them to live fearlessly on the path to a happier and more meaningful life. His teaching and practice is informed by Buddhist philosophy, psychology and social justice principles, with an emphasis on creating accessibility for everyone.
After training under renowned teachers Dr Miles Neale, Channa Dassanayaka and Joe Loizzo, Manoj has based himself between the US and Australia for the past five years, teaching meditation and mindfulness across both continents.
In 2015 he founded A-SPACE, Australia’s first drop-in meditation studio, in Melbourne, and in 2020 he became the co-founder of Open, a California-based wellness platform incorporating meditation, movement, music, sound healing and breathwork. He is also the co-founder of the Australian/New Zealand arm of EVRYMAN, a men’s emotional intelligence movement; Australia’s first global ambassador for international wellness apparel company Lululemon; and is among the most sought-after teachers and public speakers in the world.