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Podcast 71: The Sound(s) of Being Human with Sleeping At Last

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Sleeping At Last is the moniker of Chicago-based singer-songwriter, producer and composer, Ryan O’Neal.

His music can be heard frequently on popular TV Shows and Films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1The Fault In Our Stars – Trailer, Grey’s AnatomySo You Think You Can DanceCriminal MindsBonesThe Vampire Diaries, J.J. Abrams & Alfonso Cuaron’s Believe and many more.

Ryan joins us in this episode of Let The Music Play Podcast as we talk about the human experience, astronomy, the enneagram, and what that all might sound like through the lense of music.

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


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Podcast 41: Mystery, Metaphors, and Wonder with Jedidiah Jenkins


At the age of thirty Jedidiah Jenkins got on a bicycle and started his journey from Oregon to Patagonia. Sixteen months later he arrived in Patagonia and he is now sharing his insights on choosing your own life and living with intention. Now serving as the executive editor of Wilderness Magazine, Jedidiah joins us in this podcast as we discuss his journey with Mystery, his love affair with metaphors, and how to cultivate a life of wonder and awe in the magic of the mundane.

It’s such a joy to share this conversation with you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

You can follow and find more information on Jedidiah in the links below.



Lastly, be sure to share this episode with those you love and those you lead! And remember, you can download and stream all of these podcasts in iTunes and at AshtonGustafson.com.

Big Love,



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It’s free?



Everything you truly want is free.

Make your list: peace, joy, hope, love, wonder, awe…really, what more could you ask for?

And if there is a cost, the cost is simply the work of becoming aware of where the ego needs to be silenced or pardoned.

Are you willing to let that go to find everything you’ve ever wanted?

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Renting vs. Owning

There’s an enormous difference in the engagement, experience, and fulfillment that occurs when we rent something and when we own something.

Think about the cars you’ve rented in the past. Style, design, and color isn’t near as important as price. And while we’re on the topic, you probably chose ‘cheap’.

Now think about the car you own. Or better yet, think about the car you you’ve wanted and dreamed of owning. I would bet that you know the color, the specs, the feel…and somehow, you even have and idea of the smell.

The same can surely be said for our homes and other rentable products and services but what about our lives?

Here’s the catch of the day: Ownership leads to reverence. You interact with everything differently when your time and energy was involved in making it a reality. And isn’t reverence what we’re all looking to get out our moments, minutes, hours, days, and lives? Don’t we want to respect, interact with, admire, and find awe in the electric flow that happens when we do our part in creating something worth remarking on and worth being shared?

We want to know that our presence was a part of something new, fresh, mysterious, and original. We want to taste and see the beautiful. We want to be still and know the Divine. We want to stop and smell the roses. But how many of us OWN these longings and make the investment for them to become realities? The research shows very few.

Own your life and take ownership of what leads to the wonder and beauty of your days. Don’t rent it to cable tv, the media, and pessimism. They’re terrible landlords and their only concern is you paying them with holiest of all currencies…your time.

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