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What Really Matters?: Searching for Wisdom in America
     

What Really Matters?: Searching for Wisdom in America

by Tony Schwartz
 
At the height of his career as a journalist, Tony Schwartz hit an unexpected wall. Why did success suddenly feel so empty? How could he add richer meaning to his everyday life? What guides could he trust on the road to wisdom?

During the next five years his search for answers took him from a meditation retreat in the mountains of Utah to a biofeedback laboratory

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At the height of his career as a journalist, Tony Schwartz hit an unexpected wall. Why did success suddenly feel so empty? How could he add richer meaning to his everyday life? What guides could he trust on the road to wisdom?

During the next five years his search for answers took him from a meditation retreat in the mountains of Utah to a biofeedback laboratory in Kansas, from a peak-performance workshop at a tennis academy in Florida to a right-brain drawing course in Boston. Blending the hunger of a seeker with a journalist's hard-headed inquiry, he discovered the best teachers and techniques for inner development—and identified the potential pitfalls and false gurus he met along the way. What he found dramatically changed his life. It may change yours as well.

"A 1990s Odyssey ... and a guide for a generation pros- pecting for inner peace."—Diane Sawyer, ABC News

"A spellbinding spiritual walkabout that contains an even larger lesson: Wisdom is found not only in the heartland, but in the heart."—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schwartz's account of the four years he spent exploring different aspects of the human potential movement. (Apr.)
Ilene Cooper
Schwartz, a reporter for the "New York Times", has a nice wife, good kids, plenty of money. So why does he feel so bummed? In attempting to answer that question, the author set off on what turned out to be a four-year journey in search of the contemporary Holy Grail--peace of mind. As he crisscrossed the U.S., he encountered all aspects of the consciousness movement, from meditation and dream therapy through personality analysis and Eastern spirituality. Naturally, he met a few gurus along the way, including Baba Ram Dass and others less well known to the general public but just as revered among their followers. This is not just the story of a whiner holding out his bowl and asking for more. Schwartz offers a serious, analytical look at the whole phenomenon of self-discovery, appraising what he finds as both a reporter and a searcher. In addition, he brings to the process a liberal dose of humanizing humor. Schwartz's final chapter, in which he ties together what works and what doesn't, will certainly touch readers on their own spiritual journeys. His bottom line is hardly new news, but it bears repeating: "To live a complete life requires drawing deeply on all of one's potentials--mind, body, heart, soul, and spirit."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553093988
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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