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Wabi-Sabi…

…is a Japanese concept that essentially underlines the grace and beauty of things that one would typically consider asymmetrical, incomplete, or imperfect.

Wikipedia notes, “Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.”

What a great word to waltz with for the next seven days.

When we’re off the hook of perfection, we can then be held and hold the rest of the world with a hope that rests outside the lines of superficiality, perfection, and the status-quo.

Say it with me…wabi-sabi.

Better yet…see it with me.

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Little things helping me these days…

  1. Smiling while driving. This simple practice pulls me immediately out of dualistic thinking and into wonder and awe of the world around me. If I can do this in the most average city in America, you can too! Give it a whirl.
  2. Hand over my heart while speaking. The thoughts of the mind can feel like the pinballs in the noisy chaos of a pinball machine at times. Anytime I place my hand over my heart I’m reminded of the steady, always constant, and universal good that is moving through my veins and ushering in the moment…without my doing by the way. This is the place I want to live from and speak from.
  3. “If I knew the backstory.” This subtle statement has immediately changed my posture in conversations, conflict, and relationships. Deepak Chopra has been quoted before saying, “It helps to remember that people are doing the best that they can from their own level of consciousness.” I’m confident that this is true and can help us all if we can be present enough to recall, recollect, and remember such wisdom. “If I knew the backstory” points my compass due north towards a place of compassion.
  4. Take a toleration tally. Last week I blogged about this and I’ve found it quite liberating. What needs to go?
  5. Read…and share. Everyone wins when you do this. You get to repeat the beautiful insight you’ve been given and the receiver of this information gets the potential to be outfitted with a pair of renewed eyes.

Sending grace and peace your way today.

Ashton

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Podcast 57: Loveable with Dr. Kelly Flanagan

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Dr. Flanagan is a clinical psychologist and a father known to millions for the letters he writes to his children and shares on his blog.

On March 24th of this year, Kelly released his latest book entitled Loveable: Embracing What Is Truest About You, So You Can Truly Embrace Your Life. Loveable is written to the little one in each of us, who is all too ready to be reminded: you are enough, you are not alone, and you matter.

In Loveable, Dr. Flanagan reveals the core insight gleaned from his years of clinical work: you are here for a reason, yet you cannot truly awaken to it until you have first embraced your truest, worthiest self and then allowed yourself to be truly embraced by others.

Weaving heart-warming storytelling, gentle insights, and the wisdom of Dr. Flanagan’s Christian tradition—including his belief that we are all “the living, breathing bearers of the eternal, transcendent, and limitless Love that spun the planets and hung the stars”—these pages invite you to remember the name you were given before all other names: Loveable.

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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Turning over a new leaf…

My twenties taught me a lot. Mostly they taught me how not to do life, relationships, and business. They taught me that ego is the problem. And they taught me that the same place that holds the ego is the same place that holds the Divine Spark that is universally installed in all of us. I don’t regret them at all. Without them, truly, I would not have found the Spark that led me to the Light. We fail forward and we fall upward. And the process repeats itself over and over.

Now into my thirties, it appears Life/Love/God is teaching me how to grow old and how to grow into and with wisdom. This non-linear, open-ended path comes with endless depth and wondrous width. Wisdom always offers a never-ending story in lieu of something that only happens once upon a time.

So it’s time to turn over a new leaf, slip on a new pair of shoes, swap out the clothes in the closet, and have my eyes checked for a new pair of glasses. I’m speaking in terms of metaphor here for the core values, priorities, and intentions I want lead with.

Starting to soulstorm below…..I will report back soon with the instruments for the new symphony.

AG

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This week can we…

…speak with light and love?

…celebrate the success of another?

…earn our 10,000 hours?

…become a redemptive presence in our relationships, careers, and lives?

…ask greater questions?

…be ok with greater mystery?

…not fight the current of process?

…enjoy the process?

…love an enemy?

…forgive an enemy?

…dare to be seen?

 

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