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Ashton’s Weekly Alchemy Vol 1.

In an effort to better reflect, absorb, and collect the weekly wisdom I find, I’d like to attempt to start sharing a weekly glimpse into the interesting and insightful things I’ve discovered on a weekly basis…

Here we go…

Envy, the Happiness Killer by Arthur Brooks from The Atlantic. Once again, it’s clear that gratitude is the great doorway out of much of our personally inflicted suffering. Arthur is a voice I’ve recently discovered and is showing me a version of someone I’d like to be like when I grow up.

The Awakened Brain with Dr. Lisa Miller. Here is a link to the interview we released @ Good / True / & Beautiful Podcast this week. In short, the science behind the development of one’s spiritual life is stunning. Our lives, physically and emotionally, change for the better as we awaken to the dialogue that life and love is wanting to have with us. Lisa was so kind and generous to share with me her wisdom and an hour of her time.

Peter Mallouk’s image via Twitter appropriately sizes our reality and our problems.

The Poet and the World from Wisława Szymborska, poet and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. James Clear shared a quote from this speech in his weekly newsletter. I read it all, and it’s easily the best meal of words I read this week. It’s comforting to find someone that loves ‘I don’t know’ as much as I do. And, of course, they’re a poet!

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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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