Clear Mind, Wild Heart

Finding Courage and Clarity through Poetry

Clear Mind, Wild Heart

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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 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
  • Goethe's Holy Longing
  • Apprenticing yourself to beauty
  • Blake's reflections on innocence and experience
  • Creating a house of belonging through speech and imagination
  • Work, the 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 Whyte's acclaimed seminars and retreats

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Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Joyce G

I like this program very much. David Whyte is articulate and insightful, and I find much wisdom in his poetry. Hearing him read it makes it even better. I love the way he repeats many lines as he reads, as if this is important and he wants the listener to really hear it. I also have his program "What to Remember When Waking." This one is wonderful too.

(Posted on 5/11/2014)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Diane G

Love the content. HOWEVER. He says so many things twice - why? - that over time the repetition has a cumulative negative effect and I haven't been able to go back and listen because it's simply annoying. Simply it's annoying. Annoying.

(Posted on 4/19/2014)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Jeri Lynn M

Got cut off on my first attempt, so here we go. I love David Whyte's use of poetry to bring us to awareness about the meaning, the potential focus, and the synchronous and revealing events of what passes for "ordinary" life. He's an amazing teacher of finding one's spirit and soul amidst all the trite, upsetting, or just crappy pieces of advice generally available. When in doubt or trouble, let's not shop!

(Posted on 2/15/2014)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Anne O

Very good. I've listened to it a good bit. Especially during a sad night.

(Posted on 2/12/2014)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Kevin A

It was fun to have immediate access to the digital content. I really enjoy and value David Whyte and his work

(Posted on 12/4/2013)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Lilme

Excellent! Great Wisdom, inspirational poems. Listen to it many times. David Whyte inspired me to be curious with my business/job again. I am more happy, more creative, more productive. I think I have positive feedback from supplier and customers.

Thanks sounds True

(Posted on 2/23/2013)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Mary Sharon Moore

Insightful, and worth listening to often.

(Posted on 12/28/2011)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Daan van Zanten

Excellent! This audiobook has touched my heart. Would recommend it very much.

(Posted on 10/10/2011)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Robert Devereaux

Magnificent! I'm so pleased you'll be sponsoring David's appearance in Boulder next October. Cannot wait.

(Posted on 8/3/2011)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Kathy Stein

David Whyte is the best! He is thoughtful and thought-provoking. And he has a great attitude. This guy is a pleasure to listen to. I especially enjoy his poetry reading and how he introduces the poems, so you have a good idea what the poet is talking about.

(Posted on 7/23/2011)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by sallie smithwick

There were some places that the first CD had a lot of skipping. We copied it onto the computer and it still skipped. Otherwise very good!

(Posted on 5/13/2011)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Bonnie Behre

Wonderful, fabulous, real, asks soulful questions, insightful, clear, empathetic, wise, understands the human condition..love everthing about the content. Huge impact on my life and daily living. His poetry is so needed in out time.

(Posted on 4/2/2011)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Marlene Marburg

This set of tapes is inspiring from the perspective of the power of poetry to touch the deeper levels of human knowing. David Whyte writes and speaks beautifully, and shows that seeing and hearing are intricately related in the presentation of poetry. Thank you.

(Posted on 4/3/2010)

Review for Clear Mind, Wild Heart Review by Timothy Burns

A terrific meditation and tool for life. Both worklife and the everyday.

(Posted on 3/22/2010)



Contents 6 CDs (360 minutes)
Date Published April 01, 2002
ISBN-10 1-56455-995-5
ISBN-13 978-1-56455-995-1
Dimensions 5 3/4 x 5 inches
Product Code AF00633D

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Contents 1 Audio download (6 hours)
Filetypes M4A, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published April 01, 2002
ISBN-10 1-60407-029-3
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-029-3
Product Code AF00633W