Category Archives: life

Addition and Subtraction

The ego is always seeking addition. It must always be on the hunt for something to be added with hopes of tasting artificial contentment in the never-ending spiral of discontentment. As the twelve steppers say, it just needs more and more of what’s not working.

The True Self is always content and loves the art of subtraction. It needs nothing to be added. It knows that more and more of less and less is the narrow path to The Well that never runs dry.

Put this in your pocket…In the formless realm, you’d rather surrender and let go than hunt and gather.

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Using your notes…

Every day you can stop, reflect, and ask two questions…

‘What’s working?’

&

What’s not working?’

A simple pause amidst the noise just may let the music start to play.

At the center of the universe…

…there is a jazz trio: joy, generosity, and reciprocity. The music they make creates endless waves – each named ‘gift’ – upon which we can surf with our lives, relationships, and vocations.

At the center of our individual, small worlds, there is a scorecard and endless games that involve boundaries, rules, fouls, and the tallying of points as time expires.

Which center will you pledge your allegiance to?

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Ashton’s Weekend Reads & Listens

I started reading Braiding Sweetgrass this week. Seems like this one will be something special.

Brain Picking’s post, Gardening as Resistance: Notes on Building Paradise, was loaded with wisdom. The older I get, the more I find myself leaving the need to be on the constant quest for knowledge to simply becoming a student of the language and wisdom of dirt, seeds, and trees.

Lastly, I’ve poured myself many a cup of Hiss Golden Messenger this spring. Sanctuary and If It Comes in the Morning are so masterfully done. With each spin they get better. Do yourself a favor and Google the lyrics.

Be open.

Stay curious.

Namaste.

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Ashton’s Weekend Read(s)

The art of letter writing is something I’ve noticed leaders do very well. I’ve read two letters to shareholders in the last couple of weeks….one short, one very long. Jeff Bezos ends his final letter as CEO at Amazon in the way only he can. And Jamie Dimon has the sharpest vision I’ve seen.

Godin on Investment and Expenses.

Love and Friendship from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Red Bird Explains Himself by Mary Oliver.

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