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What to Remember When Waking: Disciplines That Transform an Everyday Life Audio CD – Audiobook, 28 Apr 2010

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True Inc.,U.S. (28 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591797721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591797722
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. W. James on 11 Feb 2011
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I loved this set of talks by David Whyte. He is a man that lives close to the currents of the deep imagination as a poet, and is also a fantastic teacher able to elucidate a set of disciplines that help students of life like myself contact the depths of our being. He has fascinating things to say about our relationships to the unknown and to vulnerabilty and much more. Its interspersed with readings of some of David's poems as well as other great poets. There is a tremendous amount to learn from David in these disciplines. He is a wise man offering the gift of poetic truth, he is a candle flame in the darkness helping us to see our next steps and moving into the unknown. Deeply inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jc-Morreau on 29 Nov 2012
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I know David Whyte via Soundstrue and have a few of his books, but this audiobook is one of the most superb.
It is something you will listen to through the years, and will get new insights each time.

David Whyte thanks for your clear voice and open heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KarenMac on 29 April 2011
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A beautiful listen. The poetry was a revelation and the approaches to the various challenges of mid life really helpful, especially the idea of a conversation with the unknown.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Truly beautiful - a wonderful companion for travel 22 Jun 2010
By DL - Published on
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I purchased all of David Whyte's work in one go, based on intuition, after discovering 'the well of grief' and reading some reviews.

This work is a wonderfully beautiful companion for meditating over one's personal life, ideally during 'dead time' as in long car or plane travels. I'll explain more why below.

The poet integrates a) personal life stories used as the carrier or red thread; with b) own poems, put into context and hence enriching them by offering additional context; and similarly c) poetry and literature 'classics' such as Shakespeare, Blake, Rilke, Dante. He uses these to reflect on and tell us about the process or experience going through life's stages and going through the stages of consciousness and personal growth, however without actually making it a process or approach. Rather, it is a descriptive storytelling about the unique yet universal experience, a bit like one could imagine traditional storytelling across generations.

Personally, I found it adding another dimension and vastly enriching and complementing books on the theme of 'personal growth in life', ie a) life's phases and transitions (eg Seasons of a Man's Life, William Bridges, ..); b) the (so many) books on Authentic Leadership (eg Bill George, Cashman, .. ); and c) developmental theories (eg Constructive Development, ..). As well as a bit of of 'left brain, live in the Now' antidote that all of us living in the current western culture can probably use.

I would recommend this strongly to everyone who is personally ready or open for - or busy with - self-reflection on the past and the way forward. Listening to the 5 1/2hours on CD, you might/will/should wander off into personal thoughts, so personally I stopped and re-listened to some sections several times. The CD format is actually quite handy for this. For me, this work is therefore also complementary to personal coaching, offering inspiration not just in text but in truly beautifully worded images and stories.

Other observations: I found that one needs a good/high level of concentration (especially if not native english) to really, really listen and get most out of it. Also, I do think that not everyone may react fully neutral on the personal life stories of the author integrated in here, some people might get turned off rather than just taking these stories for their universality and the inspiration they offer.

Bottom line: I recommend this because I've found great personal value not just in the beautiful stories (and the width and depth they cover), but also practical value in terms of reflection and inspiration, in helping me in my personal journey.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Widen the view... 24 Jun 2010
By Moe Ross - Published on
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David Whyte's work consistently widens my view and offers me the opportunity
to stretch out of any mental constructs I am holding about life. As I listen, it is as if I am propelled to that edge of my own knowing and offered a glimpse...
an opening, into a new frontier. I recommend this CD and all of David's work for those who want to by-pass the mind to see and know beyond words. He can take you to that place...effortlessly. You just have to delete the need to understand it all and allow yourself to be carried into the grand adventure. Thank you David!!!

Moe Ross
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful reflections 14 Sep 2010
By Judy M. Iwen - Published on
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I received this CD as a gift and it truely is a gift. I listen to it while I walk the dog every morning. Every time I listen I hear something new that I can use to understand myself and my life. I have recommended it to several friends and they too have enjoyed listening to David's wonderful wisdom.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
a poetic journey into the heart of life 22 Nov 2012
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Review: David Whyte - What to Remember When Waking

I was first introduced to David Whyte's work during the worst part of a 10 day fast. I was lying in bed - crushed to succumb to fatigue and the fact that I would not realize my dreams of completing the work I had intended during this time.

I was then reintroduced to his work by a friend Jan McGuire who played this video for me (on Rilke's The Swan).

David Whyte has the unique and invaluable talent of making poetry engaging and accessible... a colossal and sometimes seemingly impossible task. His love for the art seeps from his words. His readings are painfully beautiful because he is understandable. He can bring poems to life--in a way a naïve reader may not be able to... just as a team on a good movie can bring the lifeless text on a page to life. I would go so far as to say: he makes me wish I too was Irish.

My friend Will Deutsch referred me to this:

What to Remember When Waking: 6 CDs.

It's hard for me to describe what this is.... Because to me it's really more of an experience than anything.

Unlike "self-help" or "biography" or "motivation" or "poetry," Whyte manages to lead us aesthetic experience of the human soul and psyche.

I need to resist posting anything about the poems that he discusses--or I should say enlightens. Text itself would neither do these poems justice nor Whyte's brilliance.

If you have any interest in delving deeper into the subject of poetry: LISTEN TO THESE CDs. Furthermore, if you want to experience a sensitive and poetically brilliant journey into the meaning of life... LISTEN TO THESE CDs.

I'm so grateful to Will for introducing me to this work... It was an amazing experience. A great way to enjoy the commute in your car. You may just find yourself driving extra distances just to listen more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic audio book! 19 Sep 2012
By Susan L. Deutsch - Published on
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This audio learning course is excellent. I was so enamored of it that I bought three more copies to give to my children (in their 20's) and a friend. I needed to listen when I could concentrate well, because if I missed a sentence because my mind was elsewhere, I felt I was missing something profound and had to rewind. David Whyte's voice is lovely to listen to, he repeats some lines of poetry to drive home their effect. Some of the poetry he quotes I had read and heard before, but after listening to Whyte, it took on a whole new perspective. There were some tracks where I would shout out "Yes!" upon hearing them, as I could identify with so much of what he was saying. I am now listening to the CDs for the second time.
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