Monthly Archives: March 2016

LTMP Episode 19: Ludicrously Happy.

Episode 18 is a short and sweet riff  on this excerpt below from one of Rumi’s poems that I read this week and had to share!

Friends, we are traveling together.
Throw off your tiredness. Let me show you
one tiny spot of the beauty that cannot be spoken.
I am like an ant that has gotten into the granary,
ludicrously happy, and trying to lug out
a grain that is way too big.

Rumi

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Enjoy.

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Multiplication and Division

You can approach your moments and your days with one of two postures.

The first posture is one of multiplication. Here you seek to enlarge your worldview, raise up those around you, experience and pursue growth, and increase your overall awareness. Another aspect of beauty also unfolds simultaneously here as you grow your capacities which further insures your ability to hold MORE of your approaching experiences. If you were to graph this posture, the trajectory would be up and to the right via hand-holding unity. If you were to pie chart this posture, the entire pie would be growing, not just your piece/good/worldview.

The other choice is a posture of division. Here, everything becomes an opportunity for some form of divisive warfare with opinionated guns shooting scare tactic bullets. The major problem here is that not only are you dividing everything and everybody, but you also are divided…which means we don’t get ALL of you.

Question: Why would you choose to ‘divvy’ out nametags showcasing another’s difference over handing out permission slips encouraging one’s divine uniqueness?

Alas, may we be the kind of people that multiply, enlarge, and grow those we come into contact with.

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This way or that way?

Will you choose to contribute or will you just consume?

Will you just be bitter or will you choose to become better?

Will choose to work your way or will you just make a wish?

Peace, joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment is a choice…not a coin flip.

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LTMP Episode 18: Fr. Richard Rohr with Ashton Gustafson

Richard Rohr

Hi friends! I am so excited to share with you in Episode 18 at Let The Music Play Podcast one of the finest men that has ever graced our planet, Fr. Richard Rohr.

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Simplicity, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond (my personal favorite), and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.

Over the last twelve months I have journeyed through the land of his ideas and insights and consider them some of the finest treasure I have found. Alas, I am overwhelmed with joy to share our conversation with you.

Enjoy! And if any of this dialogue strikes a chord within you, please support his work by visiting the Center for Action and Contemplation.

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