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Midlife and the Great Unknown

Finding Courage and Clarity Through Poetry

Midlife and the Great Unknown

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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 suddenly 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 a special power to hazard ourselves boldly at the fierce edges of our lives. On Midlife and the Great Unknown, you will engage with poetic imagination as it was meant to be experienced: as your companion and guide for the challenging terrain of midlife. Join this Yorkshire-born poet and bestselling author to explore:

  • Radical simplification—an invitation to sit in silent reflection and observation
  • Using your poetic imagination to navigate life's cycles of loss and joy
  • Honoring who you are right now, including your skills and limitations, and more

The language of poetry can emancipate you into the next phase of your existence, teaches David Whyte. It can help you break through obstacles and give you courage to take necessary risks. Drawing from the wisdom of fellow poets Rainer Maria Rilke, Emily Dickinson, and Seamus Heaney, Whyte invites you to boldly engage in a conversation with the second half of your life on Midlife and the Great Unknown

Note: Excerpted from the full-length audio course Clear Mind, Wild Heart.

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Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Barbara H
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Excellant

(Posted on 7/9/2014)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by William F
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David Whyte words create a path to the simple wonder of being alive. They are truly a wake up call to the grace of being human.

(Posted on 7/8/2014)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Karen
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This is a wonderful listening experience, I really appreciated the poetry and the commentary

(Posted on 7/7/2014)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Andrea S
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Loved this CD, really helped me work through the shifts of my life. David Whyte is amazing. I'm already planning on both whom to lend it to and when to play it again

(Posted on 7/7/2014)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Valerie V
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David Whyte does a beautiful job of touching the soul with his poetry and his readings. He is becoming my new favorite poet.

(Posted on 7/5/2014)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by June Fox
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Love David Whyte. Want more of his poems.

(Posted on 6/30/2014)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Shelagh C
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As with all of David Whyte's books ad cd's, this is a wonderful compilation of this author's own journey through life and the transcendent moments captured by his unique vision and voice. It may suggest ways to negotiate the midlife bridge we all have to cross at some point, but really, it offers a way forward through any seemingly narrow passage into new possibilities. His humor and honesty are delightful, his compassion deeply appreciated.

(Posted on 6/25/2014)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Deanna C
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I have owned David Whyte's work since introduced to it by my poetry teacher. This allows me to "hear" the poet. Thank you.

(Posted on 6/25/2014)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by jo Ann W
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David Whyte is one of my favorite poets and has made poetry come alive for me. I especially enjoy hearing him read.
David, I love the contributions you have made toward our evolution.

(Posted on 12/5/2013)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Paul K
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David Whyte never ceases to amaze me with his brilliant insight and beautiful words...and the delivery of his poetry and comment is like listening to lovely music!

(Posted on 11/27/2013)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Catherine V
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David Whyte is such a pleasure to listen to. This is a great CD. He just draws you in. Wonderful.

(Posted on 2/2/2013)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Susan D
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Loved this poetry by David Whyte. I plan to order more in the future. Thanks for your attention to detail and your promptness. Susan

(Posted on 9/29/2012)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by DENIS ORAM
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It sounded a deep chord. I hope to listen to these cds many times.

(Posted on 3/24/2012)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Julianne Miller-Boyer
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Wonderful poetic wisdom, very uplifting. Love it.

(Posted on 1/24/2012)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Odette S
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The language, the voice, the message that must be coming from some profound place in this poet's heart and life experience ... Thank you, David Whyte!

(Posted on 10/7/2011)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Carol Wright
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This program is one of the best I've listened to...and with David Whyte you get so much for your money. Each time I put it on I hear it in another way. I have to take notes, then slip notes between those notes when I listen again. I think I am on my fourth trip through this program.

I am thinking to give this CD set as a wedding program. I suppose the happy couple might give it a listen, think it is too thick for that happy phase, but it will haunt them.

I am please to find that at my age and experience, I have "done" lot of what he speaks of. It is very verifying. I look forward to getting some of his other audios as well, but for now, this one will suffice for a few more listenings at least. I wish it were transcribed.

(Posted on 3/10/2011)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Nancy Sutton
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This is my favorite recording in my none-too-small collection. David Whyte has an amazing ability to awaken us to our spiritual connection to the world and others. As a poet and a teacher, Whyte is unique and inspiring.

(Posted on 9/21/2010)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Maria Jose de Paredes
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I have "bathed" on this CD several times and I feel refreshed every time, discovering new insights. I love his voice, the poetry he chooses and the wisdom he is able to give. David has led the way through not one but several crisis in my life. I am very grateful and hope to hear more of him in the future.

(Posted on 5/5/2010)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Francois Ronai
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Midlife and the Great Unknown just pierced right into my heart and infused me with authenticity, love and appreciation for what is... I discovered David Whythe last fall during a few days passed with Byron Katie; a CD of David’s poetry was on a table next to her… I now understand why… I listened to this one a few weeks ago and will bathe in it for a second time this coming week-end… Enjoy…

(Posted on 1/29/2009)

Review for Midlife and the Great Unknown Review by Donna Baase
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You can just melt into Whyte's voice, the images are so vivid. Can I just be like the swan, yes, awkward on shore but when in its natural element, water, it glides with such grace. This is a wonderful, intelligent cd and so much better than the news. It's a 4 star for me

(Posted on 1/16/2009)

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CD

Contents 2 CDs (150 minutes)
Date Published June 01, 2003
ISBN-10 1-59179-069-7
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-069-3
Dimensions 5 x 5 3/4 inches
Product Code aw00700d

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published June 01, 2003
ISBN-10 1-60407-225-3
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-225-9
Product Code aw00700w