What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

For those readers who loved Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul and Bill Moyers' Healing and the Mind, Tony Schwartz offers a journalist's passionate, absorbing, and exhilarating five-year search for meaning in everyday life--and for wisdom in America.

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"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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schwartz's account of the four years he spent exploring different aspects of the human potential movement. Apr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553374926
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 977,988
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Longing in the Heart 1
I Ground: The Pioneers
1 Redefining Reality: Ram Dass, Psychedelics, and the Journey to the East 19
2 Nurturing the Human Potential: Michael Murphy and the Founding of Esalen 73
3 The Yoga of the West: Elmer Green, Biofeedback, and Self-control 117
II Path: Mind-Body Potentials
4 Seeing the Big Picture: Betty Edwards and the Right Side of the Brain 159
5 Connecting the Mind and Body: Can We Make Ourselves Sick - and Well? 193
6 The Ideal Performance State: Flow, Learned Optimism, and the Toughness Model 235
7 Waking Up: Montague Ullman, Jeremy Taylor, and the Wisdom of Dreams 269
III Fruition: The Integrators
8 Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: Where Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein Parted Ways 305
9 Putting Consciousness on the Map: How Ken Wilber Married Freud and the Buddha 339
10 Personality and Essence: Helen Palmer, the Enneagram, and Hameed Ali 375
Conclusion: The Point Is to Be Real 421
Acknowledgments 433
Bibliography 439
Notes 448
Index 463
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    This is a book that really matters!

    Whoa, this is an excellent book! By exploring a wide variety of alternative states on consciousness, the author tries make sense out of those experiences using various non-traditional (at least from western thinkers) perspectives. It is written in a way that is understandable to most lay readers. I would recommend it to people who are interested in the topic of consciousness and transpersonal experiences. If you want to learn more about these topics, I'd definitely recommend 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It is a fantastic book that explains various things about consciousness better than any other book I have read on the topic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    Outstanding!

    This is one of the most honestly written books I have ever read. Anyone interested in personal evolution will get clear, concise information on some of the best of what really works, and a wonderful explanation about why it works. Integrative and realistic, it is written from the perspective of someone willing to expose his own personal challenges and limitations. It is one of the most insightful and comforting pieces of work I have ever read. Having read over 300 works on this subject, it takes a lot to impress me - this work has gone beyond doing so!

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