About 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...

When the Heart Breaks

A Journey Through Requited and Unrequited Love

David Whyte

from Sounds True

CD: US $13.37
US $19.95 33% OFF
In stock
Audio Download: US $10.48
US $13.97 25% OFF

Listen to a sample

Loading the player...


The Courage to Embrace the Gifts and Losses in Life

If you never knew disappointment, would you ever grow? If you had never felt loss, could you have compassion for another? Without real heartache, would you ever know the greatness of love? On When the Heart Breaks, David Whyte invites you to join him in an investigation of a question that rests at the center of human experience. With a poet’s insight into the landscape of the soul, he offers a deeply moving exploration of how we experience beauty and loss—and how with resilience and time we can rise again each time we are broken.

“There is no path we can walk that will not take us through some form of heartbreak,” David Whyte tells us. “And to accept that truth is to give a merciful gift to ourselves.” So often our hearts break because the love we offer—whether to a partner, a friend, a child, our work, or a place—is not returned to us in the same way. Yet if we retreat from the experience of unrequited love, we miss the opportunity to discover the countless invisible ways that the world offers us its love in return, often unlooked for and unrecognized.

Being fully open to both joy and sadness, says David Whyte, helps us to develop a more beautiful mind—a mind that embraces the hidden riches of life. We learn to apprentice ourselves to the great and small difficulties that test the edges of our identity and lead us into greater and greater understanding. With words to inspire laughter, courage, and deep reflection, David Whyte invites you to join him in the great conversation that takes us into the exquisite vulnerability of the unknown—the way a heartbreak can make us more humble, more aware, and expand our ability to love.

Product details

Contents 2 CDs (2 hours, 23 minutes)
Date Published September 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-949-5
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-949-4
Product Codes 3015d, w3015d, aw03015d
Audio Download:
Download File Types
Contents Audio download (2 hours, 23 minutes)
Date Published September 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-950-9
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-950-0
Product Codes 3015w, w3015w, aw03015w

Customer Reviews

Date Added: Friday 17 October 2014
A poetic exploration of human experience in the 21st century; if you enjoy David's style of writing, speaking, you will not be disappointed
By Susan T
Date Added: Saturday 11 October 2014
I find so much comfort and inspiration in this CD. It is deeply poetic, profoundly insightful, and something I turn to again and again.
By Martha B
Date Added: Wednesday 8 October 2014
I loved this CD. Wish I had known where the recording was made. I loved the poetry, story telling and laughter. David is one of favorite writers and I always enjoy when I can attend one of his seminars.
By Jeanne R
Date Added: Wednesday 8 October 2014
David Whyte is full of wisdom. Hearing his voice and his words always gives me a little more insight into my own life.
Read all 32 Reviews

Weekly Podcast

Free audio
interviews with spiritual teachers listen online

Sounds True
Tami Simon

Find new artists & authors

Music, interviews, new releases, and more

Share some Good Karma

Earn free gifts by sharing good karma with others