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Podcast 63: A Conversation with Sister Joan Chittister

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Sister Joan Chittister has beautifully become a conduit for the message of faith, hope, and love for over sixty years. Following the heritage and the order of Saint Benedict, Sister Joan has become one of today’s leading spiritual voices, bringing her energy and fiery spirit to everything she does. It’s through this voice that builds bridges across all religions that Sister Joan joins us at Let The Music Play Podcast as we discuss discovering the presence of the Divine under our very feet and how we can honor and celebrate the humanity of everyone whose path we intersect.

You can stream and download this episode and all other episodes of Let The Music Play Podcast in iTunes or at AshtonGustafson.com.

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A Beginner’s Mind

Remember when you first came to know and experience something, some place, or someone new?

It was all about learning their borders, nuances, and idiosyncrasies.

Learning was enough.

And while your questions here may have led you to some answers, you were always led to another series of questions to open you up into the unique and vast beauty of this person, place, or thing.

Together you became something. Something that had never been before prior to this relationship of experience, awareness, and connection.

The end was never “in mind”.

The thrill was at hand and in the now.

Oh how we need our cup to overflow with never-ending beginnings.

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You are the music.

What if the thing that granted you a good night’s sleep each night was also the thing that got you out of bed every morning?

What if that thing not only filled up your soul’s cup but it was also a gift to the worlds  that you have been entrusted?

What if you could name that thing?

What if you called it the music?

And what if by naming that thing ‘the music’ you could consciously draw from it to bring rhythm and rhyme to your life and to others?

What if the music was simply you in your purest form?

What if this wasn’t something that you had to create but that it was something that you could allow to flow through you?

What if this is true?

I hope it would free you to be who you are meant to be.

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What is mine to do?

Bad questions tend to give us bad answers.

When we wonder what we are supposed to be doing with our life, we almost always miss the electricity in the inch of dirt we are occupying.

Is there an interesting book spine on a shelf waiting for your grasp? Leave your phone and social polishing and sit with the words of this book for a while.

Is there an interesting conversation that needs to begin? Hit send, hit call.

Life tends to become interesting the more we become interested in it.

Once interested, begin doing something you enjoy with this interest only for the purposes of enjoying it.

And then do it again.

And then do it again.

And then take notes.

And then do it again.

And then do it for someone.

And then do it for a group.

Until you learn lead to yourself we’ll be waiting for you to lead us.

And it’s your curiosity that’s waiting to lead you….

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Universal Suggestions

Listen to disruptions.

Celebrate small successes.

Exchange words in your vernacular like working, building, and producing with crafting, cooking, writing, gardening, or painting. The results will taste better.

Hold your truth with humility.

Embrace paradox.

Spy for beauty and then tell us when and where you found it.

Obey your body.

Center yourself often in gratitude.

Keep learning and sharing what you’re learning.

Enjoy.

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