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Clear Mind, Wild Heart

Finding Courage and Clarity through Poetry
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
April, 2002
ISBN:
9781564559951
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Throughout the ages, teaches David Whyte, the language of poetry has held a special 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 poet and teacher to engage with poetic imagination as it was meant to be experienced: as your companion and guide for the difficult terrain we are all traversing “in the middle of the road of our lives, in a dark wood, where the true way is wholly lost.”

Poetry offers immediate and powerful tools to help us see beyond the fragile surfaces of our lives—as “executives,” “parents,” or “lovers”—and to open ourselves to the difficult and extreme events that we will all eventually face. On this “frontier of the unknown,” the voices of the poetic imagination—and our own poet’s sense of attention and possibility—come to our aid, helping to place us on the universal cycles and patterns that shape our lives, and to awaken our conversation with what has been called the Untouchable, the Numinous, the Eternal.

Clear Mind, Wild Heart offers six hours of exploration and poetry with David Whyte, including the verses of such inspired voices as Emily Dickinson, William Blake, W.B. Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, Antonio Machado, and a number of others. Through their words, you can explore how to “apprentice yourself to beauty” and to find a place of belonging where you can hold loss and grief, the difficulties of change, and the wonder of new discovery and adventure in your life.

Themes include looking the world in the eye; beginning a conversation with the groundless; the language of poetry and our relationship to silence; standing on the holy ground of our own experience; the poetic spirit in marriage, parenting, and friendship; and more, all drawn from David’s acclaimed seminars and retreats.

Also by David Whyte are The Heart Aroused and Crossing the Unknown Sea, as well as several volumes of his own poems, the most recent of which is River Flow: New and Selected Poems. A CD of David reading his poems is called Close to Home.

Publisher’s Description: 

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

Goethes Holy Longing

Apprenticing yourself to beauty

Blakes reflections on innocence and experience

Creating a house of belonging through speech and imagination

Work: 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 Whytes acclaimed seminars and retreats

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