No TV, no cell phone, no social media, no family or friends. Just alone in silence for sixty days. Written from a small cabin in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California, Bok's diary recounts his retreat into solitude and his search for a return to the simplicity of pure being. Without distraction, he has no choice but to face whatever comes - whether it's the incessant chatter of the mind, the arising of overwhelming emotions, or the simple observations of running water and birdsong. We say it's Bok's diary, but he draws us in so intimately that these sixty days become our own. Through this intense and immersive process, both for Bok and the reader, a deeper place is found within, a place of stillness and wellbeing. You may be surprised what Bok finds, or more importantly, what he doesn't find.
Alexandra Burda’s illustrations are a perfect complement to the sparseness, sensitivity and beauty of the text.
"Words out of Silence: 60 Days in Solitude" is a profound journey into the mysterious heart of consciousness. It is beautifully written, with a spare detail that describes the wanderings of the writer's mind, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds him in his two months of solitude. The beautiful etchings that accompany each page work to subtly put the reader in the experience. In the footsteps of Thoreau and reminding me of the Tao Te Ching, the book reads like poetry – lovely mystic poetry – the result of truth acquired by direct experience. Read it all at once or read a page a day for 60 days. Either way, the book's wisdom and beauty will lodge in you long after you put it down, mysteriously helping to create a refreshing silence in this reader.
Arthur Jeon, author of City Dharma and Sex, Love and Dharma
146 pages. 5.5" x 8.5" paperback format.