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How To Sit Quietly
In A Room Alone

 


 

 

 


Epigraph

Prologue

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

The Antics of a Fretful Two Year-Old

You Cannot Find Yourself 'Out There'

The Consciousness That Says 'I Am'

The Present Moment versus The Life Within

Feeling "Less" When Others Have "More"

Trying to Outrun the Sadness

Vincent Van Gogh: “When facing a flat landscape, I see nothing but eternity. Am I the only one to see it?”

Dr. Joseph Campbell: "You must have a room, a sacred place, a center of transformation."

How To Answer A Question

Sun Tzu and The Art Of War: highest-grade military strategy begins in a quiet small room

Thoreau’s Walden Pond as “Quiet Room” of Transformation

Eckhart Tolle: “You're in a room, you’re facing a wall, just sitting, and then you observe your mind, what it comes up with, and you learn to ‘just be with what is.’ This simple Zen meditation, some would say, is the most difficult meditation - just sitting and being with what is.”

How to Sit Quietly in a Room Alone

Conclusion: Kairissi and Elenchus, the "anthropic principle"

 
 

at night the stars put on a show for free, and darling you can share it all with me, up on the roof…

UP ON THE ROOF (1962)

when this old world starts a-getting me down, and people are just too much for me to face, I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs, and all my cares just drift right into space, on the roof, it's peaceful as can be, and there the world below don't bother me, no, no, so when I come home feeling tired and beat, I'll go up where the air is fresh and sweet, I'll get far away from the hustling crowd, and all that rat-race noise down in the street, up on the roof, that's the only place I know, where you just have to wish to make it so, and at night the stars, they put on a show for free, and, darling, you can share it all with me, that's what I said, keep on telling you, that right smack dab in the middle of town I found a paradise that's trouble-proof, and if this old world starts a-getting you down, there's room enough for two...

Editor’s note: The very best room for transformation, the sweetest place to be alone, is where you can be alone, together, with someone you love.

 

 

 

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