Golf and Gossip (and anything else for that matter)

You are not good at golf the first time you ever take a swing.

The more you play, the better you get.

Sure, some have a natural swing, but for most, the more they tee it up, the better they get.

And this goes for everything.

The more we tee up a critique, the better we become at critiquing. The more we tee up empathy and compassion the more comfortable we become at leaving our shoes and entering another’s.

So here’s the work…

Can you be aware enough today (and tomorrow) to realize that your practices and disciplines may have you on a trajectory that is nowhere close to your true goals and desires?

Practice doesn’t make perfect.

It creates purpose.

 

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12 Notes

For 700 years, 12 notes have made up all of the music and every song we’ve ever created and experienced.

What has consistently been the few things responsible for the music you have experienced and brought into the world?

Truth > Trend

Podcast 112 // Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence with Dan Siegel, MD

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Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts exciting and accessible has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups including mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

In this episode, we discuss his New York Times bestseller Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence (Tarcher/Perigee, 2018) that provides practical instructions for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life.

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The Wheel of Awareness

You can stream this episode and all other episodes of Good / True / & Beautiful at AshtonGustafson.com, iTunes, and Spotify.

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Choose Wonder Over Worry with Amber Rae / Podcast 105

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Called “The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green and a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune, Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions, and express your gifts.

Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with actionable aha! moments, and has reached over 5 million people in 195 countries. Her public art has spread to more than twenty countries, and she’s spoken to and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple, Amazon, Lululemon, and Unilever. She’s been featured in The New York TimesTIMEFast CompanyBBCABC World News, Tim Ferriss’s blog, and more.

Previously, Amber helped launch six best-selling books as Chief Evangelist of Seth Godin’s publishing experiment and started an “accelerator for your life” called The Bold Academy. She lives in Brooklyn and around the world with her fiancé, Farhad.

Amber joins Good / True / & Beautiful Podcast in Episode 105 as we discuss her book Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential.

You can stream or download this episode in iTunes, Stitcher, and at AshtonGustafson.com.

Final GTB

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That’s How it Works

We fall down. We get back up. We fall down. We get back up.

We learn to do it right by doing it wrong.

We become compassionate for others by being compassionate for ourselves.

The deeper I can go into you, I will eventually find myself. The deeper I can go into myself, eventually I will find you.

We follow our minds into the algorithms we’ve been taught. We follow our hearts into life’s oceans of possibility.

There is knowing and there is unknowing.

There is light and there is dark.

And all of this is the School of Love.

That’s how it works.

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