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For the first episode of How To Human, Sam sat down with his friend and mentor Jonathan Gustin, founder of the Purpose Guides Institute.
Jonathan is a purpose guide, psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and integral mentor in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. Jonathan is the founder and lead teacher of the Purpose Guide Institute, Integral Awakening Center and Green Sangha. He teaches purpose discovery at San Quentin Prision and also serves as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University
Jonathan is a contributing author (along with Ken Wilber and Ervin Laszlo) to the book anthology, Purpose Rising (2017). Jonathan has taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Kaiser Permanente, Green Gulch Zen Center, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Open Circle, Bay Area Integral, The Nondual Wisdom & Mental Health Conference, iEvolve, Marina Counseling Center, and iRest Institute.
Jonathan has co-taught with human potential pioneer George Leonard, Buddhist activist Joanna Macy and depth psychologist Bill Plotkin. Jonathan taught at Kaiser Permanente including: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mind-Body Medicine, Overcoming Depression, Couples Communication and Integral Life Practice.
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“find that place where your deepest joy, your deepest passion, your deepest gladness, and the world’s hunger meets.” – Jonathan Gustin
“Think about how many things you’ve cataloged in your mind that you know the purpose to, whether it’s a toaster, or bicycle, or tape measure. You just know what its purpose is, but our own purpose, that wasn’t something I was thinking about.” – Sam Lamott
“The love in my heart for life and for people, it’s huge, and I want to spend it all before I die.” -Jonathan Gustin
“All the actions I take today, that’s my inheritance and I inherit them tomorrow.” -Sam Lamott
“Purpose offers us is a deep spiritual happiness and joy, because it’s that sense of feeling seated well in ourselves, and you can only be well seated in your life if you really know who you are.
Heart, body, mind, soul, spirit.
That is self-knowledge. Know thyself! Know yourself at a purpose level, then you are occupying that place in life which is yours and yours alone.” -Jonathan Gustin
“I don’t know what my path is, but I know what it feels like when I’m on it.” -Sam Lamott
“I say there’s a triple purpose of life: One is to wake up to the mystery, to God, to Enlightenment. One is to grow up into an emotional adult. And the third is to discover what is our purpose.” -Jonathan Gustin
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