"Courage is a measure of our heartfelt participation with life with another with the community a work a future. To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or to do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences."
– David Whyte
I’m not sure how to even begin to describe exactly what it is that David does. On paper he's an acclaimed poet, a writer and a philosopher. But to my mind, after having recently spent a magical week with him on the Irish Atlantic coastline, I feel like he's a true elder, with a deep philosophical curiosity and gift for weaving together our inner and outer worlds in what he calls 'the conversational nature of reality’.
We recorded this conversation, in David's cottage by a roaring fire. You can probably hear how nervous I felt, especially early in the first few minutes. But what I really hope comes across, is the way that David’s voice casts a spell of sorts that puts those listening (myself included) into this state of reverie and of complete undiluted attention.
It’s a wide-ranging conversation and towards the end we cover some really interesting ground on the questions he believes we’re living our way into as a society, and how Trump is a representation of everything that is wrong with the masculine picture of an immature boy that has never grown fully into the world.
Alright, without any further ado from me, I give you this mind-expanding conversation with David Whyte.
📝 Show Notes
+ Read the Full Transcript (with photos) over on Medium
📚 Find David on the Interwebs:
+ Follow David on Twitter.
+ Read 'The Bell & The Blackbird'.
+ Join David's upcoming walking tours in Ireland.
+ Watch David's TED Talk.
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Thanks so much to Balmorhea who generously provided the musical accompaniments.
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