Engaging Life’s Conversation with David Whyte


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Program Description

“Each of us is at an incredible crossroads of creation which will never ever appear again. So everything is waiting for you in the way it’s never ever waited for anything else, not because you’re incredibly special but because you are yourself. Will you pay attention? Will you look? Will you hear? Will you see, no matter how difficult it is to do that? Will you appear on life’s radar screen?” David Whyte has the poet’s gift of taking us deep into the most intimate moments of life and noticing the details most of us miss, the details that make us truly alive. His willingness to expose his vulnerability gives us courage to engage our own. In this quiet dialogue he reveals his broad range of vision, from his raw account of the final hours before his mother’s death, to the role each of us plays in the evolution of our species. Through it all he asks the most vital questions, and reminds us why we are called to be fully present to each and every moment, engaging the conversation with life.

David Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. A captivating speaker with a compelling blend of profound poetry and insightful commentary, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development. He holds a degree in Marine Zoology, and is an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Neumann College. He is the author of six books of poetry including River Flow: New and Selected Poems (Many Rivers Press 2007), as well as the nonfiction titles The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America (Currency 1994) and The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship (Riverhead 2009). To learn more about the work of David Whyte go to www.DavidWhyte.com.

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • How your vulnerabilities enable you to understand the greater context of your life
  • How to engage your greatest joys in the face of enormous potential for loss
  • What are ways to explore the death of a loved one
  • How you can enable personal transformation by arranging to become tired of yourself
  • What is the value of bringing an awareness of personal as well as ancestral history to our present experience

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 10/6/2003     Program Number:  3014


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