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The Poetry of Self Compassion

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Self compassion is a form of faith: a faith in the way each of us holds the great conversation of life. Innocence is the ability to look at the world with fresh eyes. On The Poetry of Self Compassion, David Whyte looks at innocence as a faculty of exploration and a source of courage, compassion and self knowledge.


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Self compassion is a form of faith: a faith in the way each of us holds the great conversation of life. Innocence is the ability to look at the world with fresh eyes. On The Poetry of Self Compassion, David Whyte looks at innocence as a faculty of exploration and a source of courage, compassion and self knowledge.

30 review for The Poetry of Self Compassion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Goodrich

    One of my favorite talks by David Whyte. I've listened to it a dozen times or more. They way he reads the Mary Oliver poem wild geese still sticks in my head. if only, only, Only, ONLY, only, only, O N L Y, let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. One of my favorite talks by David Whyte. I've listened to it a dozen times or more. They way he reads the Mary Oliver poem wild geese still sticks in my head. if only, only, Only, ONLY, only, only, O N L Y, let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    JHM

    My spiritual director gave me a copy of this CD after a particularly signficant conversation, and I only listened to it because I knew he would be asking me about it. I'm a story person. I rarely read poetry, and when I do I tend to read too quickly to get the full effect. This CD helped me understand just how much I miss. I was surprised and delighted by Whyte's reading and interpretation of these poems, including one of my few favorites, Kingfishers Catch Fire. His passionate, engaged style bri My spiritual director gave me a copy of this CD after a particularly signficant conversation, and I only listened to it because I knew he would be asking me about it. I'm a story person. I rarely read poetry, and when I do I tend to read too quickly to get the full effect. This CD helped me understand just how much I miss. I was surprised and delighted by Whyte's reading and interpretation of these poems, including one of my few favorites, Kingfishers Catch Fire. His passionate, engaged style brings out the vital life behind the words on the page, and his commentary is illuminating. His personal story about his encounter with a rickety bridge in the Himalayas is worth the price of the CD all by itself. To be honest, I'm not sure that "self compassion" is the message I took from this talk, but there was a lot of valuable inspiration about engagement with life, which I have sorely needed lately.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Patricia

    When this book came to on a cassette from my sister through my aunt, I trusted it immediately simply based in knowing them. How could I have know, or they, that it would change my life and that I would replay it until the inevitable tape tangle, and then replay in my mind having listened so often. The clincher: only one side played properly! Imagine where it will take me 20 years later during another growth spurt of self awareness and God willing, compassion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have a copy of this talk and listen to it over and over, whenever I need a reminder to be kind to myself. David Whyte is one of my very favorite poets (and writers of prose). I love poetry and he has a way of weaving it into self exploration in a way that speaks to me so deeply. And I love how he celebrates other poets and uses their work as well as his own in this talk.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Debra Shanahan

    A friend loaned this CD to me years ago. It struck a chord deep within my soul almost immediately. I’ve listened to it at least 100 times since then, easily extracting new pearls each time.. A perfect gift.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tg

    Excellent - It is an audio cd of a talk he gave on poetry. He has a beautiful voice. Really inspiring and led me to read other poets.

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    Linda mcCormick

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