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What to Remember When Waking

The Disciplines of an Everyday Life
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An unforgettable journey through poetry, imaginative insight, and transformative wisdom.
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Essential Skills for a Full and Courageous Life

When you think about personal transformation, do you have a picture of who you want to become? Many of us unconsciously create an idealized image of our “awakened” selves—and in doing so, reveals David Whyte, we undermine both the work and reward of genuine transformation.

On What to Remember When Waking, this celebrated poet and teacher offers wisdom for building the essential disciplines that will see us through the difficulties of our human journey—skills of trust, vulnerability, momentum, and courage in the face of the unknown.

Engage in the Great Conversation That Defines Your Life 

Our lives are defined by what David Whyte calls the “great conversation”—a give- and-take relationship between our vision of ourselves and the unfolding mystery of reality. Yet there are many conscious and unconscious ways that we often avoid living at this ever-moving frontier. Do you diminish life by attempting to assign names to everything instead of living more robustly with the unknown? Are you turning a blind eye to the invisible help that is all around you? With penetrating insight and gentle guidance, Whyte illuminates the core competencies that you must build in order to fully engage in the richness that life offers—and to express your true work in the world.

What You Can Plan Is Too Small for You to Live

“We do not always move forward because of the plans we make or the effort we expend,” teaches David Whyte. “The conversation itself more often does the true work of transformation.” Make sure the conversation is alive and everything takes its place. Combining a teacher’s ability to provide practical guidance with a poet’s insight into the depths of the human soul, he presents a powerful resource for anyone seeking growth and fulfillment on life’s journey with What to Remember When Waking.


  • Start where you are—ways of recognizing the first necessary steps to find your path
  • The gift of vulnerability—why lowering our defenses can enhance our perception, dedication, and joyfulness
  • Disciplines for cultivating the “fierce interior focus” that helps you maintain momentum in your life’s work
  • How embracing the feeling that you are out of place in the world can deepen your empathy and compassion for others
  • The art of knowing when to let your dreams mature in their own time
  • Beyond the "pursuit of happiness"—opening yourself to the deeper fulfillment available in the high and low points of life
  • Becoming an "apprentice to life"—how to approach new challenges with a sense of humility and wonder
  • Learning to delight in the unknown instead of trying to control it through labels and beliefs
  • Building a mature and welcoming relationship with death by embracing the richness that fragility brings to life
  • Over 5 1/2 hours of David Whyte's insights, poetry, and essential lessons for fully expressing your gifts in the world
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    Contents 6 CDs (5 hours, 45 minutes) Audio Download (5 hours, 45 minutes)
    Filetypes MP3, PDF, ZIP
    Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
    Product Code AF01470D AF01470W
    ISBN Number 978-1-59179-772-2 978-1-60407-203-7
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    David Whyte

    About 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.


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    Reviewed by Margie M.
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    David Whyte is always worth spending time with, listening to his wisdom through poetry.

    Always a lovely experience.

    Thank you

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    Reviewed by Ordinary G.
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    Sleep Inducing

    I wasn't able to finish this program, because of Whyte's soporific voice. I always feel as if I've missed out on something when my opinion differs from rave reviews. I did not find the insights nor poetry mind-blowing. I am glad that Mr. Whyte has a loyal audience; it's obvious he works hard at his craft. That audience is not me.

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    Reviewed by creative1
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    Life Changing

    This program is saving my life...again. Every time I listen to it, it reals me back in from the brink of despair. Cannot recommend it enough!

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    Reviewed by Karen
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    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Best Audio Book

    I have listened to this several times, and even loaned it out to friends. It is like a warm hug from a wise grandfather who happens also to be a great storyteller. It is lovely, interesting, and insightful.

    Each time you listen, it gets better. I am an avid audio book listener, and this is my all time favorite. If I could rate beyond 5 stars, I would.

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    Reviewed by LovingLife
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    Rated 4 out of 5
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    Amazing depth

    Wonderful. I've listened to this several times, and loaned it out to friends who also listened a few times. It is just that good. So much wisdom. Lovely storytelling.

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