Finding The Divine in All Things with Jim Martin, SJ

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REV. JAMES MARTIN, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America Magazine, and bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. Father Martin has written for many publications, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, as well as in venues ranging from NPR’s Fresh Air, FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, and PBS’s NewsHour to Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years.

In this episode, take note of the joy and delight that Father Martin navigates his days with. His inspirational story of self discovery will provide insight and clues into allowing your passions to pave the path for your story.

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

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Practice and Polish

Empathy — One must make himself available available to understand and share the feelings of another. Here there’s no goal. There’s simply honor. Honore to be human and be with another human. Are you available for just you or others as well? 

Tone — In the background surrounding everything you touch there’s a song at play. This song also projects itself into what and how you see.  Take note of what you hear as you plate a meal for your child, as you respond to and endless supply of emails, as you curate your craft, and as you navigate your one precious life. In short, this is the sound of the space you take up in the heart and minds of the world you interact with. Does your tone hurt or heal the world you’ve been entrusted?

Humility — Leggo your ego. Capiche?

Delivery —- Nearly everything we communicate is a story. Are you a good story teller? Better question…Are the stories you’re telling true?

Practice these.

Polish them.

Only then will possibility be in position to surprise and delight and you.

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Creating…

…isn’t producing.

Creating is something that occurs through and on the other side of a courageous heart in action.

Creating is concocted by soul.

Creating is what happens at the intersection of serenity and self-emptying strength.

Production is a reflection of you..the resume you.

Creating is your reflection into what is and what we never dreamed could be.

Production has a period.

Creating is always followed by a comma.

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Podcast 53: A Conversation with Beth Winterburn

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Beth Winterburn’s work is characterized by bold, gestural brush strokes and minimalist detail. As a nod to her analytical roots in photography and architecture, she approaches each piece with a mathematical mindset – counting evens and odds, balancing lights and darks, visually “slicing” the composition into thirds and fifths. She approaches her work as if it’s a problem to solve: combining and contrasting elements with and against one another to create a cohesive yet dynamic piece. Beth’s work is an exploration of contrast, tension and resolve. Methodical by nature, she challenges her own ideas of control by experimenting with materials, allowing them to behave as they naturally would, with subtle direction. Each canvas, piece of paper or panel is an invitation to engage – to feel, to react, to explore the tension and resolve of each and every element and property used to build it.

Beth joins us in Episode 53 at Let the Music Play Podcast as we discuss her processes, the why behind her work, and the journey of crafting a career through a medium she enjoys and is passionate about.

Below is a glimpse into her work! And click here to view her online store!

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

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How We Connect the Dots (and how I make my notes for podcast/creative ideas)

  1.  Curiosity.
    1. This requires and open spirit that allows itself availability to come into contact that which it does not know.
    2. Here questions > answers.
  2. Interest
    1. Once interest is perked, one can start to access their vault of experiential knowledge and start to accumulate some dots for connecting with the new subject via form, fashion, feel, etc.
  3. Understanding
    1. Here the dots begin to connect.
    2. Pattern, rhyme, tempo, consistency, and predictability begin to be learned, seen, and noted.
    3. We now know what was unknown has some knowability for us…and perhaps it could teach or enlarge us.
  4. Appreciation/Reverence
    1. Here we start to freely share what we’ve learned.
    2. Enjoyment, sharing, and participation are all mirroring the awe we’ve been able to line up with these new dots.
    3. Unity > Uniformity and this reality is celebrated.
  5. Wonder-filled/Bewildered/Quickened/In Awe
    1. One now begins to take ownership with their relationship to these dots.
    2. A gratuitous spirit is now lost in the mystery, but found in the passion of the process, art, and flow these dots provide for them.
    3. The dots become metaphors across a myriad of life’s offerings.
    4. The nuance of the dots personally become known and consistently reflected on.
  6. Holiness/Beauty/Presence
    1. This is what we all want.
    2. Time stands still.
    3. Meaning has arrived.

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