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Consolations : the solace, nourishment and underlying meaning of everyday words

Author: David Whyte
Publisher: Langley, WA : Many Rivers Press, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David Whyte turns his attention to 52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life. Beginning with Alone and closing with Work, each chapter is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on the inevitable vicissitudes of life: pain and joy, honesty and anger,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Whyte
ISBN: 9781932887365 1932887369 9781932887341 1932887342
OCLC Number: 903907110
Description: 245 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Alone --
Ambition --
Anger --
Beauty --
Beginning --
Besieged --
Confession --
Courage --
Crisis --
Denial --
Despair --
Destiny --
Disappointment --
Forgiveness --
Friendship --
Genius --
Giving --
Gratitude --
Ground --
Haunted --
Heartbreak --
Help --
Hiding --
Honesty --
Istanbul --
Joy --
Loneliness --
Longing --
Maturity --
Memory --
Naming --
Nostalgia --
Pain --
Parallels --
Pilgrim --
Procrastination --
Regret --
Rest --
Robustness --
Rome --
Run away --
Self-knowledge --
Shadow --
Shyness --
Silence --
Solace --
Touch --
Unconditional --
Unrequited --
Vulnerability --
Withdrawal --
Work.
Responsibility: David Whyte.

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With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David Whyte turns his attention to 52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life. Beginning with Alone and closing with Work, each chapter is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on the inevitable vicissitudes of life: pain and joy, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the experience of feeling besieged and the desire to run away from it all. Through this lens, procrastination may be a necessary ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness the appropriate confusion and helplessness that accompanies the first stage of revelation. Consolations invites readers into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives.

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