A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

L E T T E R from Jo – Same, Same But Different

I love the fact that I change. Some days may be more obvious than others and some days may seem more regressive than progressive change but it is all still change. I am different. I am not who I was just a few moments ago. How much I change and the direction is very much…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Working with Uncertainty

Sticking with yesterday’s theme, I wanted to touch more on panic. I tend to panic as my standard go to. We laugh, okay fine my family laughs and I try not sulk, at my gasping in a car when Arran drive and I think an accident is happening. My looking for something for 1.2 seconds before claiming…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Need To Know

Our need to know all the time comes from our thinking mind, and robs us of the present moment. It’s not that we can cut off all our thinking – as a massive overthinker trust me, I tried for decades – but it’s that we can get some distance from those thoughts. The need for control. The need…
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L E T T E R from Jac – July Byron Bay Retreat Announcement!!

I am honestly so in awe of how the universe works. Two months back we were to be in Australia in July to launch our book on High Grade Living, and in conjunction host our wonderful Retreat at Atlantic. The book got pushed back to 2021. All The Broad Place Retreats and projects got cancelled.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – On Resistance and Flow – Part 2

So back to this idea of the Reward System. (you can read the previous Letter on Resistance and Flow in our JOURNAL. A lot of the time we think life isn’t going the way I want, so I’ve done something bad now I’m being punished. But also then I did something good. So where’s my reward?…
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L E T T E R from Jac – On Resistance and Flow – Part 1

What I have learnt about myself is that I sort of held on to some old Catholic beliefs that it was actually a punishment system. So ‘karma’ meant ‘you’re being punished’. Studying in India though, I kept being told,  “What, no, karma doesn’t mean that actually, that’s a sliver of its meaning.” Karma means an…
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L E T T E R from Jo – From The Heart

Whenever I experience a moment that connects me to my heart, I want to press pause and bathe in all its magnificence. Wrap myself up in it, around and around softly and gently so I’m cocooned forever. It is that glorious. The purity, the depth, the intensity is truly a beautiful thing, it makes me…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Spirituality

Sri M is one of my favourite teachers, for he combines the richest of spiritual knowledge, with practical modern living. I love this idea of the bookmarking of dawn and dusk with spiritual practice. When my daughter was small, I had to truly come to terms with that no longer meant yoga and meditation at those hours, but simply…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Follow Truth

It’s so tempting to want to look to others to figure out what to do. I have always admired Krishnamurti’s teachings, for he proposes we need to carve out our own path, and learn through experience. “I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Micro Sabbatical

When I was in government quarantine, Instagram was a life line for me, to my friends, students and the outer world. Then I lost my account for a day or so when it got hacked. It got me thinking about what life would look like without Instagram. There was a lot of consider given how…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Note To Self

I know that change is happening always, it’s the only constant. I believe this, I feel it to be true deep in my bones and yet when I come up against it, *insert surprise-face emoji here*, it’s as though it’s my first time. What I’m beginning to realise is that my skills at accepting then…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Love Everything

One of my favourite teachers Ram Dass, was taught by his guru above all other teachings to ‘love everything’. It became Ram Dass’s primary teaching also. I’m not sure if you’re noticing this, with the same level of delight that I am, but everyone feels far more loving than in regular life. I am having…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Eliminating the non-essential

‘Misogi’ is a Japanese term meaning ‘eliminating the non essential’. Editing out what’s not important or relevant anymore. In the Great Reset that we are all involuntarily yet nonetheless taking, we have a big juicy opportunity to edit our lives, and continue to. Some questions for you to take on with presence and care. What…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Stormy Weather

There are so many storms emotionally for us all at the moment. Big fronts come bearing down on us, unexpected as there was emotional blue sky only an hour before. Warm updrafts we didn’t expect from small lovely shared moments of human connection. Clear tranquil skies and suddenly it’s raining sideways.  How can we protect…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Resistance

On Friday I hosted our live online The DOJO, 90 minute session on Resistance and Surrender, and we explored many verses of the Tao Te Ching to unravel and enrich these two concepts. I am absolutely loving The DOJO, the sessions are spacious enough to really get into the nuts and bolts, and then for our Black Belts we go even deeper in our…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Nature’s Infinite Wisdom

Whenever I feel stuck or wonder what’s the way of things Nature without fail always brings me a level of comfort. Nature shows me by doing, every day Nature presents to me a teachable moment, when I look more closely. My Challenge: Look what everyone else is getting up to, I’m not measuring up. Nature:…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting Creativity Flow To You

Life is a combination of making it happen (ends up being a small percentage) and things outside of our control (the majority of life). Creativity is thinking laterally in the moments that it’s happening around us. It’s the idea that it might in fact be FOR us and not TO us, even if undesirable.  Our…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Planet Sabbatical

Yesterday Arran and I bumped into a friend Dan, who owns a cafe here in Byron with his wife, and we chatted hospitality and pivoting and all the new kinds of conversations that life brings up now. Dan said something really interesting, which Arran and I have been discussing, which was wouldn’t it be amazing…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What’s None Of My Business

In truth, this has been a really vulnerable time for me, I’ve shared more than before, heart of my sleeve, processing as I was going through it. I’m sure a psychologist would recommend resolving everything before you put it on a plate for the public, but something otherworldly felt like it was guiding me to take this approach. It wasn’t…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Sweet Joys

The feeling of getting out of government quarantine was truly something else. I have truly realised how relative time is to our experience. Two weeks can feel like forever, or it can go by in a snap. 7 weeks ago I was back here in Australia, world was our oyster and I had the most…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Learning’s From A Pandemic Part 4

Hands up who wants resilience? Hands up who also would prefer to not do the dirty work to get it? Resilience is like fitness, you have to do the exercise to get it.  I used to study karate, and I was terrible at it, but VERY enthusiastic. My poor Sensei! Karate is incredibly repetitive, it’s through the constant…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Growing Pains

We’ve all seen the illustration, the circle of comfort and the arrow of growth well outside and it’s likely we all know it to be real based on our own experiences. Growth is uncomfortable. However,  this doesn’t make it any easier – I haven’t yet achieved Master status of being excited about discomfort even though…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Learning’s From A Pandemic Part 3

I have found that trusting the universe is an easier task when things are ‘going my way’. I delight in the universe, and the Divine when I can see what’s ahead of me clearly. How right everything is the world, and how right I am to trust it all! Cue it going ’not my way’…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Learning’s From A Pandemic Part 2

We have been through some stuff in our lives, Arran and I. For some it would mount up a life time of challenge, for others, our challenges would be a drop in their pond. The thing is through the last 6 weeks, when it all really hit the fan, it was in essence like ripping…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Learning’s From A Pandemic Part 1

I thought I would share some of the beauty in what I am learning personally, and what I am learning from others, over a mini series of Letters. My favourite question at the moment when talking with people is ‘what is the one thing more valuable than any other that you want to take with…
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L E T T E R from Jac – To Live A Simple Life

Over 4 years ago, Arran and I gave away and sold almost all we owned, including all our furniture, and clothing and all the paraphernalia that adult and family life brings with it, and moved to a little furnished holiday cottage on a national park. It was a little experiment it took a few years…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Spiritual Hurricane Lamp

Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes in her beautiful book Gift From the Sea, “I want in fact – to borrow from the language of the saints – to live “in grace” as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony,…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Alright, Let’s Get Curious

It’s interesting, I love to learn. I love the possibilities, the fresh thinking that stretch the boundaries of my mind and help me to see things differently. Expanding my world to make it feel bigger than before. However, I have recently worked out that what I really love is learning on my own terms. I decide…
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L E T T E R from Jac – To Despair Or Not Despair

The Mother, Aurobindo’s teaching partner teaches beautifully on despair and it has been something I have really learnt into. Her thinking is that we only lean into despair if we have lost our faith in nature’s path. “One who has faith even if only in himself can face all difficulties, all circumstances, even the most…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Surrender

In a 1979 lecture by Ram Dass he says, ‘Just look at your life and think how many preferences you have. You prefer pleasure over pain? Life over death? Friends over loneliness? Freedom over imprisonment? Love over hate? Where are your attachments? Where are your clingings? Are you stuck in polarities? That is what the…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Back to Love

When I am feeling any of those uncomfortable emotions – anger, frustration, sadness I can be spiky, hard, tight, stuck (you get the idea) and holding on only intensifies the experience for me and those around me. Letting go can become tricky, there’s a justification to bathe in the righteousness, wallowing seems to satisfy my…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Instructions for Living a Life

I’ve found myself pouring out a lot of words at the moment, raw, un-hemmed words, loose threads. I know they will soon all be stitched together, but that time is not now. I’m sketching out the lifework for what may end up being a sweet little book. If you are feeling the need to pour…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Redefining Luxury

One of our students forwarded this Letter that I wrote back in December of last year and I thought that the timing is perfect to re-published it now. Enjoy! I read a brilliant article in the FT Weekend by Lucia Van Der Post. She says that luxury is shifted so dramatically and that “Today you…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The True Teachers

We all have teachers in our lives, that have helped us, taught us. It’s what I do for my living, yet am always saying to students that I truly am not doing more than pointing in a direction. It’s life that’s the true teacher, shining a light for us on our ability to cope, be…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Can You See The Moon?

Trauma is such an interesting experience, the brain seeming to be sliced into multiple parts. You can go through the motions through one part, then another section is panicking, another part numb and another part watching the whole thing take place with curiosity and intrigue. It’s a true observer based experience, which is in truth…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Easter Bunny

I completely forgot about Easter, until my daughter asked me a week ago would it be cancelled. How utterly sad, the idea that a moment so important in so many little kids minds, the Easter bunny coming, could be cancelled. Given we all make Easter up as a concept, depending on what we do or…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Wield Your Power!

Yes, we have power, always. Never forget this, ever. I do. Often and I need reminding again, often. I temporarily slip in to a state of feeling powerless, usually when people and situations aren’t following the script in my head… Remembering where your power lies is essential even if you need constant reminding. This is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Getting On With It

I work one on one with a lot of people around the world, usually immensely successful people locked into a framework of their mind and social conditioning that means they see the world only one way. We work together and my job is to help them see myriads of other ways in which things could…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Being Like Bamboo

Bamboo is quite incredible. It can be used to build entire buildings, makes for cups and mugs to drink from, can be crafted into musical instruments and the inner parts are even delicacies to be eaten. All from one plant. Very strong, very flexible and fast to grow. If we choose, we can be just…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Surrender

I’ve told this story many times, and want to share it again now, as I feel it’s so relevant.  There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.  “Such bad luck,” they…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Will You Honor

A lot of students that I teach and mentor are having the exact same challenge right now, caught between agonising decisions about how to get through this time at the moment. Furloughing, firing staff. Trying to stave off bankruptcy or attempting to pivot their entire business model. Within this there is not a lot of…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Are you joining The DOJO?

So often, spiritual teachings are left to hover in the air, an intellectual pursuit, that is segregated and separated from modern living. It’s ‘assigned’ to when we are in the yoga class, or meditation meeting, or over there in our morning ritual, or journalling. Spiritual practices though are a vehicle for our growth, and are…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Advantage in the Reality of What Is

I was in a situation recently where someone didn’t like what was being shared and even though there was compelling data and difficult-to-dispute facts they quite emphatically rejected the reality of the situation. In the end, we created a mini industry of work and energy around their way of the world and then re-sharing the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Inspiration for Success

Isn’t it an amazing time? In the thick of all the awfulness – all the paradigms and societal beliefs we held, are being stripped back. The house of cards realities that we held onto, are falling, and fast. And it’s an opportunity to truly re-wire our thinking. I loved that my three hat chef uncle,…
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L E T T E R from Jac- Exploring What’s Next

Have you noticed a truly sharp difference in how you consume and what you consume once in quarantine? Is it making you really think, like me, what was I truly spending my money on before? I am questioning more acutely the WHY behind my purchases. I considered myself a pretty conscious consumer, but I didn’t…
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L E T T E R from Jac – All The Dreams

There is a Jewish story, that is also told in many traditions with varying tones. The essence of it is that a poor tailor from the shtetl has a dream that there is a treasure buried beneath a bridge leading to a huge castle. The poor tailor packs a bag and set off to the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Heart At Peace

“Empty your mind of all thoughts, let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return.   Each seperate being in the universe, returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity.   If you don’t realise the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realise…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Truth of Resilience and Innovation

This situation at the moment is really dismantling a lot isn’t it. Us as people, our friends, our family, our societal rules and conditioning. Our ideas, our insistence on things being a certain way. Our rigidity, our stickiness to things that don’t really count when push comes to shove. I remember recently reading a scientist…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Priorities Are A Deal Breaker

It’s interesting that until I get really bloody clear about what is important to me (and this is usually via a helpful life lesson) I keep continuing to fragment my attention. It can be easy to make the list…  family, friends, other loved ones, health and so on… but how does this play out day…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Happens Today Is A Choice

At the moment I can feel myself firming up, more grounded every day. Becoming stronger, more resilient, and I can feel it in our students. The storm is still hitting, and we can’t see that far ahead, but we are learning how to sail through it regardlessly. We are unsure where land is, and when…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Embracing The Gaps

I woke up yesterday, and for a brief moment, forgot all that had been happening. I stretched, I listened to a bird. I reached out to put my hand on Arran’s chest, whilst he still slept. And then it hit me, all of it. The big unknown that lies head, to fight for life around…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Choice We Get To Make

We can truly lean into the current situation of the pandemic as a way to discover the truth of ourselves. We might be shocked at what we discover, having told ourselves a string of stories that loosely quilt together a reality we now find filled with holes, threadbare. I’ve been through a lot of crisis in my life, and sadly, people’s ability to divide…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Some Sweetness For You

I keep saying WOW out loud in a voice that resembles Owen Wilson, because seriously it’s a truly insane time to be alive, and a time to be thankful to be alive. Seeing as we are all stuck inside now, I’m going to share lots of recipes, as I like to cook to calm myself. I’m…
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L E T T E R from Jac – NEWLY AVAILABLE Integrated Meditation Online

Something I never expected would happen (aside from a freaking pandemic) is that we are being inundated with requests to study Integrated Meditation online. By people that have been so desperate to learn to transcend and allow their bodies a deep state of rest. People who were planning on learning in the coming months or…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Writing The Script As We Go

This feels powerful as we feel powerless doesn’t it, I am truly taking solace in it. It took me a few days of having the wind knocked out of me to rise back up, but now, stronger than ever. So I want to invite you as I hold my hand out to you, to take…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Use Fear to Fuel Our Growth

Outside of comfort is where we grow. This means being uncomfortable is essential for our own evolution. Part of us still wants the ever known, the security and safety it seemingly promises. It’s the unknown, though, that really juices us. This feels risky – we can easily be talked out of it, procrastinating, ignoring and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Making A Difference

Every little thing you do makes a difference right now. That phone call. That tiny gesture. That offer. I have cried harder than ever at the generosity of people, as Arran and I lie awake at night wondering what next. Like most of you. So let’s all be as generous as we can manage. Try…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Resuming Daily Letters In A Crisis

After being swamped with requests, and being still unable to work out exactly how to segregate out database, I am throwing it all to the wind and just returning to Daily Letters until we can work it out! Open to all help, we use Mailchimp for any special friends that get how to add this…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Create, Maintain, Edit is Our Process

Nature is all about evolving, moving forward, growing and changing. These movements can happen through creation or they can happen via destruction. When we actively create and continually edit, refine and weed out things that are no longer relevant and by this I mean genuinely no longer relevant at the very truth of us then…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Suffering Is Optional

I do love this quote by Murakami. A man who also wakes at 4.30am every day and writes furiously until midday then runs and swims and takes the rest of the day off. If we embrace this idea fully, the shocks of the world right now are simply a reality and our suffering throughout it…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Panicking

When everyone around us is either panicking, or dismissing heavily everyone that is panicking, it’s hard to stay on solid ground. I remember when the global financial crisis hit in 2008, and I lost everything, including my marriage. It was admittedly a truly shitty time. Everyone was in a blind panic, and I lost 70%…
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L E T T E R from Jac Lewis- Authenticity

So much of the time we edit ourselves for people who don’t really count. A lot of the time we aren’t even aware we are doing it. Catch your thinking around what you post on Instagram for example, understanding if you might be posting as ’this generate more likes’. I’m pretty confident pornographic style yoga…
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L E T T E R from Jac Lewis- Subconscious Beliefs

Understanding subconscious beliefs is something we teach in our Integrated Meditation course as we peel back some of the subconscious beliefs students have about Integrated Meditation – we shouldn’t have thoughts/we can control our minds/it should be uncomfortable and I just work through the pain (the list is long)… Many of us in the modern world…
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L E T T E R from Jo Simpson- Three Things I’m Contemplating This Week…

I was talking with one of my very wise teachers recently about the lost art of contemplation. Mulling things over, being reflective, thoughtful – it’s not the pointy, sharp parts of thinking but the soft gentle almost fuzzy parts. There may not be an answer or a nice and tidy conclusion, just a rumination. I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Changing Teams

I was to travel to Japan as my little treat post my Australian tour. I was going to Kyoto myself to study and then onto Tokyo with friends, and I was having trouble breathing I was that excited about it!! I landed in Sydney, and Coronavirus escalated. I found it hard to navigate what to…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Returning to Flow

I always come back to this quote, as a reminder to get myself realigned. I tend to lean into anxiety, although 1000% better than before I started Integrated Meditation 12 years back (a time in which my anxiety was crippling) it’s my go to state when overwhelmed. Decades of programming wired in it though. So asking…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Always Beginners Mind

There is always something new to learn, to create, to contemplate no matter whether you’ve been there and done that before. Remember this always. When you’re tired, bored, jaded or more importantly when you think you know (it all). There is always gold to be found. I highly recommend watching the movie Groundhog Day (1993;…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Compassion is Our Game Changer

I’m sometimes surprised at how critical we can be of each other and of ourselves, myself included. How our expectations, (that we have likely never even verbalised) are the benchmark,  how instantly we need to be gratified and how quick we are at passing comment or giving feedback, usually uninvited. Brene Brown reminds us that…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Boosting For Needed Times and Travel

I try to eat well, exercise, and meditate and do all the high-grade living things I can to keep myself optimised. And then there are times when I travel, and teach intensely and I need to REALLY give myself a boost, like with my upcoming trip to Australia. So I thought I would share a…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Distraction of Other People’s Lives

With our fellow humans, there’s a line that can easily blur, crossing from inspiration, support, and connection to distraction, over-involvement, and obsession. Our fascination with other people’s lives, all their comings and goings can, on the surface, appear helpful and potentially a rich source of inspiration but we can run into challenges when we start…
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Thought Of The Week – Mind Nutrition

Consider that what you eat is also what you are. Consider this for your mind. What you consume mentally makes up your mind nutrition. So that’s the conversations that take place, what you look at on Instagram, what you read in your email subscriptions, the magazines and newspapers you read. Are you eating mind garbage,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Welcome to our weekly musings

Well, this feels enormous. I know it shouldn’t really, it’s just a Letter isn’t it, but we have had such enormous support and feedback in moving to weekly from daily Letters, that I feel a bit tingly now writing it. Like it should be something amazing and poetic and I’m now stuck slightly! Oh the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Holding our friends close

I sat writing this Letter to you in a cafe in Selfridges in London, munching down a huge salad and people watching, which is one of my favourite hobbies. I’m a genuine creep and have to try not to lean into get the whole conversation. Fortunately for me, the tables were so close we were…
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L E T T E R – EDIT Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Today before journaling I want you to sit for a moment with your eyes closed and ask, what does the person I wish to be, to feel, to experience daily look like? Then sit with this and open your eyes and begin to journal: How far from that am I currently? What are the blocks…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Opportunity Cost of Being Scared

As a creative in my early twenties, rejection was just part of the game. Trained as an Interior Architect, and then as a graphic designer and photographer, I was thirsty and hungry for projects and so went after them like a wildfire. Then something seems to happen as you progress more into your career, and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – How We Act is the Most Important Thing

Once upon a time, I was all about collecting knowledge, being smart, knowing things, knowing lots of different things, more knowing and trying to know the most. Slowly, I have recognised that yes, knowledge is great; learning is fun and having answers to questions can be interesting but it’s definitely not everything. What you do,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Evolution Of The Broad Place

I am deep in work on refining how we offer The Broad Place to the world!! Our commitment is to bring creativity and clarity into people’s lives and help them live more consciously. The philosophy of High-Grade Living which also filters through everything we do, and how Arran and I live, is one of Auditing,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Cultivating Qualities Through The Trivial

‘I was having team with Master Han in his office when the mailman arrived with a letter from the master’s family in Korea. Knowing he had been eagerly anticipating the letter, I paused in our conversation, expecting him to tear open the envelope and hastily scan the contents. Instead, he put the letter aside, turned…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Workings of Consciousness

Moving into higher states of consciousness means that we can have deeper relationships, are calmer and centered, are less involved in emotional drama and are highly intuitive. In Sanskrit, Karma means the spirit in action. It is where our actions have created binds to our past. This also means the impressions and patterns that are…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Thinking Patterns and the Power of Choice

Here are some examples of common low grade thinking patterns that you might recognise; “God, bad things always seem to happen to me”“I’m just so busy and exhausted I don’t even know where to begin!” Any of these sound familiar? That’s fine. The key is not to get frustrated when we find ourselves in low…
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L E T T E R – CLARITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Ohhh Clarity is one of the pillars of The Broad Place and a deeply laden intention to hold this week. Some things to consider and Journal: In order to gain clarity, I may have to ask for more time, is there anything I am rushing at the moment that needs more space? Where might I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Backing Yourself

The High Vibe Challenge is kicking along and I love getting all the feedback from students within the Private Facebook group. All the little learnings and big aha moments that come when we set the intention to honour our higher selves and also commit. This is something I asked of the group and wanted to extend…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Deserve it, Expect it, Claim it!

How easy is it for you to ask for what you really want? How easy is it for you to know what you really want? How easy is it for you to ask for what you deserve? Rather than ask for it, how about how easy would it be for you to demand it? Yikes!…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Asking For Help

Frequently, we are very good at giving help. Generous, unbounded in our ability to help others. Why? Because helping someone we like feels good, doesn’t it? In fact, at times it can feel absolutely wonderful. On the other hand, we are usually, I have found, not great at receiving help, and even worse at outright asking…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Training in The Art of Peace

My homeland of Australia is in a turbulent time. It’s not unique to Australia, many, many countries are in a turbulent time. It brings out the best in people, and also at times, the worst. It’s the heat of a deeply challenging situation that drives a frenzy of emotions. We can become quick to believe our handling of the situation is ‘the…
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L E T T E R – DEPTH Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week’s intention is DEPTH. I know this sounds strange at first reading, but I feel for it so strongly. It means to feel everything deeply, to engage in every moment with presence and depth. To taste all the things, to really see, to feel, to listen. To lie in your bed deeply comfortable. To…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Our Passport To Freedom and Love

I’m not sure exactly what happened a long time back, it was likely having a small child, being a single parent and being self-employed that crushed me, but I stopped doing ‘things I loved for no reason‘. Everything I was doing had so much purpose, so much doing. Even meditation was done to be less stressed, and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – You Are Always Worth It

Ultimately we all want to feel connected and loved and sometimes in our pursuit of these very things, we get a little lost. Indifference or rejection is like catnip to us. I’m not sure if it’s the perceived challenge or the wanting to prove our worth to others and likely to ourselves that we end…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Repeating Things

Pema Chodron speaks of this with such clarity, ‘Life’s work is to wake you up, to let the things that enter your life wake you up rather than put you to sleep. The only way to do this is to be open, be curious, and develop some sense of sympathy for everything that comes along,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Zen Wednesday; How Can I Help?

‘The perfume of sandalwood,Rosebay or jasmineCannot travel against the wind. But the fragrance of virtueTravels even against the wind,As far as the ends of the world. Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers,Fashion from your life as many good deeds.’ This is from the Dhammapada, an esteemed text in the Pali Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravada…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Do Not Fear This Time

Let’s read this second quote, “Once more we are in a period of uncertainty, of danger, in which not only our own safety but that of all mankind is threatened. Once more we need the qualities that inspired the development of the democratic way of life. We need imagination and integrity, courage and a high…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows

Years back, I had to really ask myself why the less important things and people in my life are getting so much attention. The things, the events, and the people that I adored were often getting second polling in place of that which was louder, more agro or demanding. I was, unintentionally, rewarding bad behaviour…
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L E T T E R – COMPASSION Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

It’s a volatile time on the planet right now. As we scroll through horrific images one after another, anger brews and burns, and naturally, finding an outlet for that anger feels important. Anger is an important human emotion no doubt, but can also deplete compassion and our understanding of any situation. Of which we will…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Choosing A Direction

When we experience extreme stress or trauma, the fight-flight response is triggered. When this happens, our brain tells us we are under threat. In this animal state, the mind and body combine to feed us information that there is an enemy, in order to keep us safe, we identify with something other than ourselves as…
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L E T T E R from Jo – We Have The Power

We don’t get to choose the emotions we feel but we are in charge of the responses we have to them. Love and compassion are choices that are always available to us to make. A lot of the time remembering they are choices is hard. Staring directly into a difficult and challenging situation and making…
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L E T T E R from Jac – At What Cost

I scrawled this sentence down in a notebook in India when my friend Jeff was doing a lecture, and just came across it and thought, how freaking timely. On so many levels. I think we are all starting to see the ramifications of ignoring so much around the world for far too long. So today…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Working With Emptiness

‘We join spokes together in a wheel,but it is the centre holethat makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot,but it is the emptiness insidethat holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house,but it is the inner spacethat makes it liable. We work with being,but non-being is what we use.’ Verse…
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