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Podcast 61: We Stood Upon Stars with Roger W. Thompson

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Roger W. Thompson has become a better version of himself because of the time he has spent in natural wonders of mountains, deserts, and oceans. These are sacred places, where God still speaks through the wild. He records his thoughts by journal through these travels in We Stood Upon Stars, providing insights of the American wilderness and how, if we listen, its Voice will speak truth into our doubts and searches.

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

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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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Podcast 58: A Conversation with John Mark Comer

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John Mark Comer lives Portland, OR, with his with wife Tammy and their three kids – Jude, Moses, and Sunday.

He’s the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church, right in the center of the city (by Powell’s Books if you’ve ever been to Portland).

John Mark is also the author of numerous books; My Name is Hope, Loveology, Garden City, and his most recent, God has a Name.

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

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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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