Clear Mind, Wild Heart

Clear Mind, Wild Heart

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by David Whyte
     
 

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"In the middle of the road of my life, I awoke in a dark wood, where the true way was wholly lost." When you find yourself without bearings, as Dante Alighieri voiced so well centuries ago, where will you look for guidance?

Throughout the ages, teaches David Whyte, the language of poetry has held the power to lend us courage, to give us the vision of those who

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"In the middle of the road of my life, I awoke in a dark wood, where the true way was wholly lost." When you find yourself without bearings, as Dante Alighieri voiced so well centuries ago, where will you look for guidance?

Throughout the ages, teaches David Whyte, the language of poetry has held the power to lend us courage, to give us the vision of those who endured, and to hazard ourselves boldly at the fierce edges of our lives. On Clear Mind, Wild Heart you will join this acclaimed poet and teacher to engage with the poetic imagination as your companion and guide for the difficult terrain we are all traversing.

Poetry, teaches Whyte, offers immediate and powerful tools unique from any other tradition. It can help us to see beyond the fragile surfaces of our lives, open us to the universal cycles and patterns that shape our lives, and awaken our conversation with what has been called the Untouchable, the Numinous, or the Eternal.

Clear Mind, Wild Heart guides you into the wellspring of this living poetic tradition through six hours of exploration and poetry with David Whyte, including the verses of such inspired voices as Emily Dickinson, William Blake, W.B. Yeats, Marina Tsvetayeva, Rainer Maria Rilke, Antonio Machado, and others. Through their words, you will discover how to apprentice yourself to beauty and find a place of belonging where you can hold loss and grief, the challenges of change, and the wonder of new discovery and adventure.

The language of poetry takes us outside of our small selves and calls us to look at ourselves and the world with open eyes, teaches David Whyte. Whether you are a lifelong poetry lover or new to its insights and pleasures, Clear Mind, Wild Heart is an inspiring guide to answering that call.

Learn More About:

  • Finding the courage to hazard yourself in the world
  • Emily Dickinson on the alive-ness of words
  • Conversing with the unknowable
  • The harvest of your attention
  • How the language of poetry teaches us a relationship with silence
  • Goethe's Holy Longing
  • Apprenticing yourself to beauty
  • Blake's reflections on innocence and experience
  • Creating a house of belonging through speech and imagination
  • Work, the pilgrimage into identity
  • Who are you? How presence shrives you of your old identity
  • Encountering the visitations of loss, grief, and defeat
  • The poetic spirit in marriage, parenting, and friendship
  • Six hours of exploration, as taught in David Whyte's acclaimed seminars and retreats

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564559951
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,218,510
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Whyte

David Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. A captivating speaker with a compelling blend of poetry and insightful commentary, David Whyte is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with a diverse international clientele. An associate fellow of the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he holds a degree in marine zoology and is the recipient of an honorary degree from Neumann College in Pennsylvania. He has traveled extensively including working as a naturalist guide and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Galapagos, the Andes, and the Himalayas. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, his lectures, and his workshops.

Whyte is the author of six volumes of poetry and three books of prose.

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Clear Mind, Wild Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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David Whyte warm voice echoes words from a 'Clear Mind', and a 'Wild Heart', his VOice vibrates and raisonates into the soul of many. No matter which audience he has faced, he has an immediate impact on people, David might greet you with this word 'Namaste' which as several meaning yet Davis has choosen this meaning 'I salute the Almighty within you.', Namaste David. He is a true poet, since he has the understanding that every individual is unique and therefore is capable of making his own interpration of what David has to say, nevertheless He is so commited to his craft that he takes the time to dissect His poems or all other poems written by unique poets like Neruda, Rilke, Kavanaugh, Mary Oliver and many more... I wish to meet him again somehow, and being able to introduce to him to some French poets as well that he could add to his repertoire, David knows that Poetry has no bounderies. With 'Clear Mind, Wild heart', I believe that he is ready to take the task to introduce Poetry and the preservation of the Soul to all the people of our planet. One might hope to be able to follow his foot steps like one that did followed the foot steps of Moises, As David says 'The thread of the eternal is run through your all life'.