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Weekly Affirmation: I AM at Peace.



Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
-Henri Nouwen

Who are you? At the core of your being – who are you? Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation #5 is all about being at peace. When we learn to live in peace with God, others, and (most importantly) ourselves, the wind may howl, the waves may crash, and the thunder may boom all around us, but our hearts remain unshaken.

Welcome to the 5th and final week of Steve Austin’s affirmation episode. This week’s theme: peace. This special feature is a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.

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Burned Out? How to Sabbath in a Noisy World



In episode 36 of The #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin chats with J. Dana Trent about her new book, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community. If you’re burned out and ready to learn how to create a sabbath plan in this busy, 24/7 world, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for!

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Show notes:

Today’s questions:

  • What are the roots of sabbath and why is it applicable in today’s world?
  • How can we begin to see Sabbath as liberating, rather than just one more thing to add to our already insurmountable to-do list?
  • For those of us who identify as clergy, or even spiritual helpers, self-care often gets tossed to the wayside, due to the various tasks that seem to beg for our immediate attention. What are a few tips you’d give to those who are too busy to practice much Sabbath on Sundays?
  • What issues does the church (as a whole) need to address when it comes to sabbath-keeping?
  • What do you mean when you say relational Sabbath?
  • What are some practical tips for overcoming obstacles and keeping sabbath in a noisy, 24/7 world?
  • You talk about crafting a sabbath plan. Where do we even begin?
  • Stealing Sabbath Back (series from 2014) http://jdanatrent.com/2014/09/new-blog-series-stealing-back-sabbath/

The Rev. J. Dana Trent is an ordained Baptist clergywoman, award-winning author and World Religions faculty member at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. Her work has appeared on Time.com, Religion Dispatches, Religion News Service, The Christian Century, and Sojourners. Her second book, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, is available now. She loves naps with cats, vegetarian food, and teaches weight-lifting for the YMCA. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @jdanatrent on Facebook.


4 ways to recover your life

4 Ways to Recover Your Life



In Episode 35, Steve Austin chats with his friend and life coaching colleague, Sheena Jeffers, about practical and powerful ways to recover your life.

So many people feel buried under piles of shame, secrets, fear, and unrealistic expectations. If you’re tired of just barely getting by, and are ready to start living the fullest life possible, this is the conversation you’ve been waiting for!

4 Ways to recover your life

Sheena Jeffers is a writer, dancer, yoga teacher, and wellness life coach currently living full-time on her sailboat in Norfolk, Virginia. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Sheena grew up the granddaughter of a Southern-Baptist preacher in a small town.

She studied English and Journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and after graduating college, she started the internationally-known dance education blog, Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins.

She wrote for Answers.com while completing graduate school where she studied innovative learning techniques through the arts.

Sheena founded and co-owns WELLwomen, Inc., a corporation dedicated to the replenishment of women. She promotes wholehearted living through private yoga and life coaching sessions, as well as her writing on her blog www.sheenajeffers.com and www.seaslifeforgood.com.

Sheena lives on a 43-foot Catamaran named Seas Life, and hopes to bring wellness to the world around her wherever she travels.

Show notes:

Today we’re talking about some of life’s big questions:

  1. Who are you?
  2. Why are you here?
  3. Where are you going?

After listening to today’s episode, listeners can go to AskSteveAustin.com and click on the show notes for today’s episode to sign up for my FREE Self-Discovery Starter Kit. (http://bit.ly/2wnYQ5A) This free resource includes a series of 4 emails with printable worksheets for each day.

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i am connected

Weekly Affirmation #4: I AM Connected



We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

-Brene’ Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

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WEEK FOUR’S THEME: I AM CONNECTED

Who are you? At the core of your being – who are you? Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation #4 is all about being connected. When we are connected to God, others, and (most importantly) our selves, it is hard to feel alone. Thomas Merton said, ““Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.”

Welcome to Week Four of Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation episode. Each week, this will be a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.

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If you have a suggestion for this weekly feature, please email Steve at steve@iamsteveaustin.com today. If you’d like to suggest a topic or request Steve’s perspective on a particular word, please reach out!

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Music provided by Tony Anderson. Check out Tony’s website here. Tony says, “What I write is simply an overflow of interactions I have with my own brokenness. Some of it comes in dreams – other times it emerges from seasons of sorrow, humiliation, warfare, joy, and pain. In each piece, I am audibly sharing my heart, and it is the highest privilege to hear from people who resonate with it.” Music from the score of “The Heart of Man”. Get information on the film here.


How to Design a Life of Authenticity

How to Design a Life of Authenticity



In Episode 31 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve is joined by two of his IRL friends, Dennis Gable and Angie Von Slaughter. Dennis and Angie are designers who know a thing or two about messy grace and vulnerability. Listen to this powerful conversation between three great friends.

How to Design a Life of Authenticity

Show notes:

  • Story and the power of vulnerability
  • VLNRable app
  • What does it mean to be held with open hands?

  • When we say “design” or “art”, are we talking about the same thing?

  • At the root of design is problem-solving.

  • Self-Care for the Wounded Soul, by Steve Austin

  • Article by The Atlantic about Alice Rawsthorn and her book, Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

  • “Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, whether or not we are aware of it, and can also be inspiring, empowering and enlightening,” – Rawsthorn

  • “I find the old-fashioned assumption that design is somehow inferior to art to be deeply damaging.” – Rawsthorn

  • “As digital products become ever more powerful and versatile, design has an important role to play in enabling us to use them confidently, efficiently and, if we’re very lucky, enjoyably.” – Rawsthorn

  • “If you believe in design as a powerful and productive medium that can help to build a better life, it stands to reason that we need the best possible designers to do so,” she continued. “We are not likely to get them if design is seen as so marginal a discipline that its practitioners are eager to reclassify themselves as artists. Also, the richer, more diverse, and [more] inclusive design becomes, the more compelling it will seem, thereby enabling it to attract the high caliber of designers that society needs.” – Rawsthorn

  • When you ring the doorbell at someone’s home, do you use your index finger or thumb?
  • “If your identity is broken, your life is broken.” -Mike Foster

  • “There’s no greater place of freedom, being a human, than to look in the mirror and like who you see.” -Dennis Gable

  • “Design should always be in the service of a better life.” – Rawsthorn

  • “Hope is in the struggle. Joy is in the rebuilding.” -Dennis Gable

  • CXMH Episode with Kay Warren

  • “Hope is the thing with claws.” – Steve Austin

  • 8 Habits of Love, by Ed Bacon

  • “We have this really weird way of compartmentalizing ourselves, but that’s not how it works. God is everywhere, and in all, and accepting, and loving, and sitting with us in it all.” – Angie Von Slaughter

  • “The biggest problem with the church is that we have this fallacy that we have to be perfect to lead and help people. People are leaving the church in droves because they want realness.” – Angie Von Slaughter

  • “We forget to give people permission to be fully human. We were human before we were ever anything else.” – Steve Austin

  • “Not one of us are alone in the macro details of our life.” – Dennis Gable

Bios:

Dennis makes a living as a creative director & designer. He’s lives in PHX with his wife & two phenomenal children. He cares deeply about people getting out of the place they’re in and moving forward into something greater. Dennisgable.com

Angie Von Slaughter is a Phoenix-based creative, musician and speaker. She is the Founder of Mousse Creative, a branding & design agency as well as Co-Founder of VLNRABLE, an app, and podcast that dives into vulnerability and living genuinely. After years of living a partitioned life, she seeks to guide others down a path of wholeness. She frequently speaks on authenticity, creativity and the intersection of faith and sexuality. Connect with Angie at MousseCreative.com

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i am whole

Weekly Affirmation #3: I am Whole.



“Heaven means to be one with God.”

— Confucius

Who are you? At the core of your being – who are you? Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation #3 is all about being whole. Being whole – mind, body, and spirit – is Heaven on earth. David Wilkerson said, “Tears come when the last barrier is down – when you surrender yourself to health and wholeness.”

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WEEK TWO’S THEME: WHOLENESS.

Welcome to Week Three of Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation episode. Each week, this will be a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.

If you have a suggestion for this weekly feature, please email Steve at steve@iamsteveaustin.com or fill out the form below. If you’d like to suggest a topic or request Steve’s perspective on a particular word, please reach out!

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Music provided by Tony Anderson. Check out Tony’s website here. Tony says, “What I write is simply an overflow of interactions I have with my own brokenness. Some of it comes in dreams – other times it emerges from seasons of sorrow, humiliation, warfare, joy, and pain. In each piece, I am audibly sharing my heart, and it is the highest privilege to hear from people who resonate with it.” Music from the score of “The Heart of Man”. Get information on the film here.


Weekly Affirmation #2: I am Content



Don’t compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides. 

— Brennan Manning

Who are you? Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation #2 is all about contentment. Maya Angelou said, “We have much less than we think we need.” Don’t miss this – contentment comes from within, not from without.

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Welcome to Week Two of Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation episode. Each week, this will be a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.

If you have a suggestion for this weekly feature, please email Steve at steve@iamsteveaustin.com or fill out the form below. If you’d like to suggest a topic or request Steve’s perspective on a particular word, please reach out!

WEEK TWO’S THEME: CONTENTMENT.

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Show notes:

Steve Austin is a life coach, speaker, and author of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul. Steve’s goal is to help you create a lifestyle of focused emotional health and clarity. Looking for more ways to create space? Subscribe to Steve Austin’s free weekly newsletter by clicking right here.

Music provided by Tony Anderson. Check out Tony’s website here. Tony says, “What I write is simply an overflow of interactions I have with my own brokenness. Some of it comes in dreams – other times it emerges from seasons of sorrow, humiliation, warfare, joy, and pain. In each piece, I am audibly sharing my heart, and it is the highest privilege to hear from people who resonate with it.” Music from the score of “The Heart of Man”. Get information on the film here.


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Weekly Affirmation #1: I am Loved.



Who are you? Isn’t that the question you’ve been asking all your life?

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Welcome to Week One of Steve Austin’s brand-new weekly affirmation episode. Each week, this will be a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.

If you have a suggestion for this weekly feature, please email Steve at steve@iamsteveaustin.com or fill out the form below. If you’d like to suggest a topic or request Steve’s perspective on a particular word, please reach out!

Week one’s theme: love.

Steve Austin is a life coach, speaker, and author of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul. Steve’s goal is to help you create a lifestyle of focused emotional health and clarity. Looking for more ways to create space? Subscribe to Steve Austin’s free weekly newsletter by clicking right here.

You can also listen on iTunes or Podbean.

Music provided by Tony Anderson. Check out Tony’s website here. Tony says, “What I write is simply an overflow of interactions I have with my own brokenness. Some of it comes in dreams – other times it emerges from seasons of sorrow, humiliation, warfare, joy and pain. In each piece I am audibly sharing my heart, and it is the highest privilege to hear from people who resonate with it.” Music from the score of “The Heart of Man”. Get information on the film here.


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I was a Pastor When I Nearly Died by Suicide



Episode 20 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is a bonus episode, in honor of Suicide Prevention Month. In this episode, Steve Austin shares his story of nearly dying, while he was serving as a Christian pastor. Don’t miss this powerful tale of Steve’s darkest night.

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  1. Subscribe to From Pastor to a Psych Ward, Steve’s 13-episode serial podcast, based on his Amazon best-selling book by the same name.
  2. Subscribe to CXMH: A Podcast at the Intersection of Christianity and Mental Health with Robert Vore and Steve Austin
  3. Get Steve’s book, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, for FREE when you subscribe to his free weekly newsletter. Just click here.
  4. Read the original RELEVANT Magazine post.

Resources:

  1. Text HELP to 741741 (for the Crisis Line)
  2. Email steve@iamsteveaustin.com to be connected with mental health professionals in your area.
  3. Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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What is The #AskSteveAustin Podcast?



 

In this brief introductory episode, Steve Austin introduces himself and the whole idea of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast.

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  • Who is Steve Austin?
  • Who is this show for?
  • What are we going to talk about?
  • Who is welcome here? Why should I listen?

Get the answers to those questions and more in this short, 10-minute mini episode.

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Steve Austin is a life coach, speaker, and author of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul. Steve’s goal is to help you create a lifestyle of focused emotional health and clarity. Looking for more ways to create space? Subscribe to Steve Austin’s free weekly newsletter by clicking right here.

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