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By David Whyte

With the imagery of a poet and the mirrored image of a thinker, David Whyte turns his cognizance to fifty two traditional phrases, every one its personal specific doorway into the underlying currents of human life.

Beginning with by myself and shutting with paintings, every one bankruptcy is a meditation on that means and context, a call for participation to shift and expand our views at the inevitable vicissitudes of lifestyles: discomfort and pleasure, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the event of feeling besieged and the need to run clear of all of it. via this lens, procrastination could be a worthy ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness the correct confusion and helplessness that accompanies the 1st level of revelation.

Consolations invitations readers right into a poetic and considerate attention of phrases whose that means and interpretation effect the trails we decide and how we traverse them all through our lives.

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FRIENDSHIP is a mirror to presence and a testament to forgiveness. Friendship not only helps us see ourselves through another's eyes, but can be sustained over the years only with someone who has repeatedly forgiven us for our trespasses as we must find it in ourselves to forgive them in turn. A friend knows our difficulties and shadows and remains in sight, a companion to our vulnerabilities more than our triumphs, when we are under the strange illusion we do not need them. An undercurrent of real friendship is a blessing exactly because its elemental form is rediscovered again and again through understanding and mercy.

We give up hope when certain particular wishes are no longer able to come true and despair is the time in which we both endure and heal, even when we have not yet found the new form of hope. Despair is strangely, the last bastion of hope; the wish being, that if we cannot be found in the old way we cannot ever be touched or hurt in that way again. Despair is the sweet but illusory abstraction of leaving the body while still inhabiting it, so we can stop the body from feeling anymore. Despair is the place we go when we no longer want to make a home in the world and where we feel, with a beautifully cruel form of satisfaction, that we may never have deserved that home in the first place.

Our anger breaks to the surface most often through our feeling there is something profoundly wrong with this powerlessness and vulnerability; anger too often finds its voice strangely, through our incoherence and through our inability to speak, but anger in its pure state is the measure of the way we are implicated in the world and made vulnerable through love in all its specifics: a daughter, a house, a family, an enterprise, a land or a colleague. Anger turns to violence and violent speech when the mind refuses to countenance the vulnerability of the body in its love for all these outer things - we are often abused or have been abused by those who love us but have no vehicle to carry its understanding, or who have no outer emblems of their inner care or even their own wanting to be wanted.

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