When the Heart Breaks

A Journey Through Requited and Unrequited Love

When the Heart Breaks

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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.


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Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Barbarah N

Loved it, has listened many times and suggested it to many friends to purchase.

(Posted on 10/27/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by SANDRA S

A poetic exploration of human experience in the 21st century; if you enjoy David's style of writing, speaking, you will not be disappointed

(Posted on 10/17/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Susan T

I find so much comfort and inspiration in this CD. It is deeply poetic, profoundly insightful, and something I turn to again and again.

(Posted on 10/11/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Martha B

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.

(Posted on 10/8/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Jeanne R

David Whyte is full of wisdom. Hearing his voice and his words always gives me a little more insight into my own life.

(Posted on 10/8/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Anita A

A great author and great insights in a clear voice

(Posted on 10/1/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by priya

i kept waiting for the heavy broken hearted part, but david danced around it in a light-hearted way that never felt like it actually came. i laughed out loud at several of his jokes + found the whole experience delightful.

(Posted on 8/28/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Mary Ruth K

Wonderful Poet and Visionary. Thank you for providing this opportunity to hear his work and wisdom. Easy access to digital media. Thank you.

(Posted on 5/7/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Shelagh C

Being introduced to David Whyte's poetry and wisdom has started me on a whole new adventure in my life! I just love this recording, "When the Heart Breaks", and hope to hear many more!
Thank you!

(Posted on 5/3/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Brigette C

I love the CD I purchased with David Whyte. I've listened to it several times now.

(Posted on 4/19/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Lisa Steingold

Truly incredible! Soul moving and life changing! I strongly recommend to everyone!

(Posted on 3/15/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Norma Hirsch

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.

(Posted on 1/7/2014)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Jane

Great service. And, David Whyte, always welcomed in print, sound and person.

(Posted on 11/27/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Elizabeth

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...

(Posted on 10/24/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Colleen G

David Whyte is one of my favorites. Philosopher-poet... he takes poetry to another level. Thank you Sounds True for making his works available

(Posted on 9/10/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Susan Davis

Wonderful, beyond wonderful. I am sharing David Whyte with my friends.

(Posted on 7/19/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Heather Sterling

What a delight! I have listened to this twice in a row. As one who has drank of the beautiful writings and listened to the audios of John O'Donohue, this audio brings it all to life from another point of view, fas if in stereo. I can't really properly portray what this meant to me... but I am enriched for hearing.

(Posted on 6/6/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Thomas Logan Malone

I attended a 3 day health care session in Coronado CA with David in July nineties. He shared his poetry from "The Quartet" and related his beautiful stories, readiong the poetry, encouraging our discussion of professional issues. He also drew from "The Heart Aroused" in defining the true "beast" of our work life. A marvelous experience!

(Posted on 5/7/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Kevin F

I very much appreciate many of David Whyte's recordings (as well as his poetry and other writings). I have to be honest: I did not enjoy this latest release by David Whyte. For one thing, the title seems misleading--David does not seem to spend much time at all on required or unrequited love. The little bit he does talk about it is insightful, but he does not go into depth about the topic.

Second, I could not discern what exactly this CD was about. There did not seem to be a theme that organized his thoughts. Most of the CD seems to be him telling stories and sharing insights from his life -- many of which I had heard in other recordings.

Overall, I was very disappointed in this CD. In contrast, his "What to Remember When Waking" is chock full of thought-provoking, compelling, heart-quickening insights.

(Posted on 4/7/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Marilyn M

Misleading title "When the Heart Breaks". David does not address this topic specifically. I adore his poetry but if looking for meat on this topic, you will not find it in this set. Poetry is lovely and touches on the topic, but that's about it.

(Posted on 1/30/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Lorraine K

Very a bright, charming man. Some excellent observations and lovely poetry but not my cup of tea. Was disappointed .

(Posted on 1/23/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by anne c

this was my first introduction to david whyte - wow. i am so pleased i stumbled upon this!
there is a beauty in his perspective that makes me think of ralph waldo emerson. whyte's poetry is lovely. he makes you feel like you are hanging out in the living room having a beverage and the best conversation ever.

(Posted on 1/22/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Heidi B

To my joy I've recently discovered the work of David Whyte. He so beautifully paints with words compelling and engaging landscapes for exploring meaning in our lives and taking a second look at what's really important. Heartbreak in life is inevitable - fully living requires an openness to loss. David shepherds us through those times of loss and invites us to become more whole as a result of them.

(Posted on 1/20/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by private

While this is an interesting CD, the title is grossly misleading. There is very minimal discussion of the broken heart -- it comes and goes on 2nd track -- and the other topics do not circle around that theme either. Interesting, yes, but I feel like the fish who swallows the tempting morsel dangling from a hook. Three stars only because I love poetry and almost any discussion that includes it.

(Posted on 1/10/2013)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by A. Nicole Ivey

I've only listened to the first two CDs in this offering and haven't had it contemplate issues that the title would lead me to think would be addressed - Heart Break.

(Posted on 11/28/2012)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by The description is merely poetic..

Be warned... There is nothing about breakups in here other than the description. Very disappointing.

(Posted on 10/23/2012)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by alan s

David Whyte's definition of "love" is..."forgive, forgive and forgive....."

(Posted on 10/18/2012)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by John

While I didn't mind listening to this whole thing, it never got to the part about "when the heart breaks." It either never addressed the topic, or did so in such a roundabout way that I didn't recognize it.

(Posted on 10/11/2012)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Linda deJardin

I was very disappointed in this CD. The content did not match the title and left me feeling a bit confused. The title would suggest the content might help someone with a broken heart. I can assure you that is not what this CD is about. It is more a platform for Mr. White to expound on himself and his poetry. Did not enjoy this CD at all.

(Posted on 10/4/2012)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Rachelle B

I have been reading, listening to David Whyte's poetry for years. And I have attended a magical program of he gaveth th through the University that offers a spiritual approach, in Santa Monica. An I would love to attend more of his events.

Amything by David Whyte inspires me to ectasy and opens inights within me for my own writing and my self. I am so glad you offer them Thank you.Rachelle Benveiste

(Posted on 8/15/2012)

Review for When the Heart Breaks Review by Jennifer Manlowe, Your Writing Mentor

As Whyte says it best, “All of our great contemplative traditions advocate the necessity for silence in an individual life: first, for gaining a sense of discernment amid the noise and haste, second, as a basic building block of individual happiness, and third, to let this other all-seeing identity come to life and find its voice inside us."
To read his work is wonderful, to hear him tell his stories is divine. The next best thing is to hear him over and over on CD until the most poignant poetry is inscribed into our bodies for sustenance. Thank You David Whyte for bringing us to our natural awe.

(Posted on 7/22/2012)



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
Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
Product Code AW03015D

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Contents Audio download (2 hours, 23 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published September 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-950-9
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-950-0
Product Code AW03015W