Good words on repeat.

In our home we have mantras, sayings, and guiding beliefs.

They are our ladders, our telescopes, our magnifying glasses, our life vests, our candles, and our vehicles for hope and beauty.

“Life is happening for us.” (Robbins, Gilbert, Tolle, and more have quoted this)

“Big Love has our back.”

“We don’t keep score.”

“All there’s left to do is enjoy.”

I offer these to you today.

Please use them, share them, repeat them, and practice them.

PS – Here’s a podcast I shared on this topic last year.

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The Good, The True, & The Beautiful Vol. 1

What we look for we find.

If you want bad news, there’s plenty of it.

And if you want to experience some good news, you can find that too…if you’ll just look around.

I look and listen a lot and now I plan to start sharing what I’m finding, seeing, and hearing for you to enjoy and share in.

Yes! There is music amidst the noise and it’s good, it’s true, and it’s beautiful.

Here we go! (click the links!)

The Good

Logic Says Be Happy to Be You on CBS Sunday Morning // Loved this story!

USC’s long snapper, who is blind talks about his inspiration story to field – ESPN// This is such a good story!

The True

Reading Information Aloud to Yourself Improves Memory – NeuroscienceNews.com // You know your talk to yourself…now it’s ok (and good) to read to yourself.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free — and it should have been a red flag – BusinessInsider.com  // Interesting data.

The Beautiful

Moses Sumney performs on NPR’s Tiny Desk Conert Series // Hold onto your soul…Moses is going to make it fly!

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Podcast 81: A Conversation with John Philip Newell

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John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, is one of the most prominent teachers of spirituality in the Western world.

In 2011 he received the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC in recognition of his work in spirituality and peacemaking. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over 15 books, including Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, A New Harmony, and his most recent visionary title The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings.

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

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A different approach

We need to profess some truth.

If today is just like last Monday, we’re going to go to sleep tonight frustrated, unengaged, unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and without joy.

And even worse, we might just wake up tomorrow with regret.

If we want a different day, then we need to look differently, take different steps, and create different action.

Have you tried empathy?

Have you accepted the law of process?

Have pursued plans b-z?

Have you owned your responsibility?

Same old same old is on me. It’s on you. It’s on us.

 

 

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Podcast No. 80 // A Conversation with Kyle Steed

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Transformation, identity, authenticity, change, perception, process, beauty, and time, these are the great mysteries that an artist seeks to dissect, understand, experience and somehow convey through their craft. When you experience the work of Kyle Steed this is precisely what happens…a universal truth within you is dissected, better understood, experienced, and conveyed. Known for his public mural works, Kyle always finds a way to change the space, the air, and the atmosphere of everywhere his work has a chance to be offered to the world.

Kyle joins us in podcast No. 80 as we talk about what it means to be human, his story of finding his path thus far, and the hope for his work in our beautiful world.

You can stream this episode and all other episodes in iTunes, Stitcher, and at AshtonGustafson.com.

Please feel free to share this conversation as we set the table for us all to tune up together as one.

Be love,

Ashton

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Where to begin?

Begin with your breath.

The one right now.

The one sustaining your life in this moment.

Be with it until you recognize it for the gift it is and the gift it always has been.

If you can’t find it (satisfaction, fulfillment, freedom, joy, Heaven, etc.) here then you won’t find it in the next breath, moment, minute, hour, day, or year.

Our breath grounds us and if we are aware of it, it will open us.

Now that you’re grounded and open to receive the moment, begin with the surrounding ground just beneath your feet.

If you can’t find it (satisfaction, fulfillment, freedom, joy, Heaven, etc.) here you won’t find it in the next place, setting, job, city, state, or season.

Now that you’ve properly located ‘where to begin’, the universe will offer an endless supply and abundance of ‘what to begin’ next.

The question isn’t ‘Is it available?’.

The question is ‘Are we?’.

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