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A Conversation with Mark Nepo

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Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening.  Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages.  A bestselling author, he has published twenty books and recorded fourteen audio projects.  In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation.  And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity.

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Surpassing understanding

Wouldn’t it be great to not always have to understand everything, everyone, and every moment?

Wouldn’t a surrender to the need to always have everything under your control and within your cognitive grasp actually lead you to rest?

Widom across all traditions has suggested that there is a place and a posture on the other side of such understanding.

This is a place called Peace.

And Peace it is the capital of Freedom.

And both are found in the land of Rest.

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The Magic Number…

…is enough.

Any other number that we believe is the bridge between us and our joy, peace, and contentment is simply not true.

You can’t weigh enough.

You can’t count enough.

You can’t measure enough.

You can only hold it…be with it…and enjoy it. It’s simply experiential and it’s the most freeing number your soul will ever know.

PS // What if we taught our children how to count to enough? My sense is that by learning how to behold the ‘enough’ in their little lives they would also internally find a way to see this big beautiful truth in the mirror as well.

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In and Out

We see out of the posture we’ve settled our hearts into..

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…we live out of the places we’ve directed our thoughts into.

What goes in will come out.

We know who frequents McDonald’s.

We can tell who consistently eats their veggies.

The same goes for our hearts, eyes, and minds.

So if it’s all going to hell in a handbasket (as you see it), I invite you to examine the consciousness in which you have gathered items for you very own handbasket.

Remember, what goes in will come out.

If your very own handbasket is full of labels, critique, coveting, comparison, scarcity, measurement, and competition then, yes, you may be blinded to all of the good and beautiful things that life is ushering into existence for you. I would call such blindness hell too.

Now….What would it take for you to develop a consciousness that could see, embrace, know, and enjoy the potentiality of heaven at your fingertips?

How would your life experience shift if you filled your handbaskets with a loving spirit, gentle eyes, a kind heart, a controlled tongue, a mind that kept no record of wrongs, and hands that were pursuing peace?

These are questions worth sitting with.

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Podcast 81: A Conversation with John Philip Newell

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John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, is one of the most prominent teachers of spirituality in the Western world.

In 2011 he received the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC in recognition of his work in spirituality and peacemaking. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over 15 books, including Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, A New Harmony, and his most recent visionary title The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings.

You can stream or download this episode and all other episodes at AshtonGustafson.com, Stitcher, and in iTunes.

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