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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

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Living Through Heartbreak and Renewal

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 love and loss, and how with resilience and time we can rise again each time we are broken.

“No human being has ever lived without knowing heartbreak,” David Whyte tells us. “And to accept that truth is to give a merciful gift to ourselves.” As David reveals, so often our hearts break because the love we offer—whether to a partner, a friend, a child, or a place—is not returned to us in the same way. Yet if we retreat from experience of unrequited love, he says, we miss the opportunity to discover the countless invisible ways that the world offers us its love in return, often unlooked for and unrecognized.

Understanding heartbreak, 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
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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

By Lisa Steingold
Date Added: Saturday 15 March 2014
Truly incredible! Soul moving and life changing! I strongly recommend to everyone!
By Norma Hirsch
Date Added: Tuesday 7 January 2014
The poem requested is One Day by David Whyte
One Day

One day I will say
the gift I once had has been taken.

The place I have made for myself
belongs to another.
The words I have sung
are being sung by the ones
I would want.

Then I will be ready
for that voice
and the still silence in which it arrives.

And if my faith is good
then we’ll meet again
on the road,
and we’ll be thirsty,
and stop
and laugh
and drink together again
from the deep well of things as they are.
By Jane
Date Added: Wednesday 27 November 2013
Great service. And, David Whyte, always welcomed in print, sound and person.
By Elizabeth
Date Added: Friday 25 October 2013
I heard this amazing one on the radio locally. I am yearning to get a copy of the poem at the end...which I do not think was his, but I don't recall him saying who it was. Does anyone know? It begins, "One Day I will say/the gift I have..."

I thought it was "Things As They Are" but cannot locate such a poem. Appreciate your help! Heart-breaking-open poem...
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