Tag Archives: peace

Podcast 112 // Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence with Dan Siegel, MD

goodtrue& beautiful (3)

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts exciting and accessible has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups including mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

In this episode, we discuss his New York Times bestseller Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence (Tarcher/Perigee, 2018) that provides practical instructions for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life.

DrDanSiegel_WheelOfAwareness

The Wheel of Awareness

You can stream this episode and all other episodes of Good / True / & Beautiful at AshtonGustafson.com, iTunes, and Spotify.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

A Conversation with Mark Nepo

Goodtrue&beautiful (14) (1)

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.

You can stream or download this episode in iTunes and at Sticher.com.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

Tagged , , , , ,

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.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

In and Out

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

&

…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.

///////////

Click here to subscribe to Good / True / & Beautiful.

Tagged , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: