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L E T T E R from Jac – Forgiveness Is A Continual Act

Forgiveness. Bring to mind someone that you can’t seem to forgive about something. It might be old, or fresh. What would it feel like to forgive them? What would your life lack, and what would grow, if you forgave them? Bring to mind something about yourself you are finding hard to forgive. It might be…
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L E T T E R from Jo – There You Are

One thing I really appreciate about my meditation practice is that I get an amplified awareness of not just the things that truly matter, the things that really light me up, but also, the things that don’t really work for me, those things that detract and keep me hidden from who I really am deep,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Accepting Change

This year as it comes closer to change, we can begin to reconcile all the change that has occurred. Change none of us saw coming really, and changes whether we regard them as ‘better’ or ‘worse’ still have an immense evolution to them. Transforming fear into joyful living, is about accepting change, all of it. Something I enjoy doing is documenting all…
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L E T T E R from Jac – This Is Your Life

The complete quote by Charles Bukowski is; “Your life is your life. Don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. Be on the watch. There are ways out. There is light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness. Be on the watch. The gods will offer you chances. Know them. Take them.You can’t beat death but you can…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Being The Witness

As Ram Dass once said, “One part of getting free, free into the soul or into the witness, is the ability to stand back a little bit, because now you are identified with being the witness rather than being the player, and thus you can see the play more clearly”. It’s easy to get wrapt…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Being Okay

I think this Zen concept is brilliant, ‘Half of happiness is being okay with what you don’t get, the other is being okay with losing whatever you have’.  It is not so much about becoming happy, striving for happiness, but about being okay with all the things we ‘think’ detract from happiness. Being okay with…
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L E T T E R from Jo – A Very Important Job

I have grand aspirations of becoming an astute gardener, of knowing the plants, the vegetables, the flowers so intimately that I instinctively know what they need at any given moment, precious water, richer soil, more sun, more shade, a gentle caress, some loving words – all so they will be able to flourish magnificently. I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Falling Apart, Coming Together

We are going through some problems at the moment, nothing serious, just an endless series of things that seem to be going sideways. One was we decided to ship all our product orders in house. Literally, in house as in our lounge room. It hasn’t gone well. My brain does not work well with this…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Reframing

On Saturday we had the amazing Workshop for September’s The DOJO. Each month it is 90 minutes of philosophy and tools, engagement and enquiry, and one tool, in particular, I wanted to share with you – the art of Reframing. Reframing is not where we dismiss what’s happening, or hide from it. It is where we…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Imperfect Meditation

One of the key things I am literally hammering into our Integrated Meditation students is to not chase perfection. You cannot be a perfect meditator. You cannot achieve a perfect practice. For it comes from the heart. If we are chasing perfection we are using our thinking minds.  Meditation must not become another ‘should’ in our lives. Another thing we beat ourselves…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Power Of Our Rituals

It is believed that ancient cultures used rituals to counter the fears they had of the unknown. Primarily created to feel in control of all the things that were frighteningly out of their sphere of influence. The structure, the dedication, the consistency offered by these rituals provided a sense of knowing what to do when…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Nature Is My Temple

I went camping the other day with two girlfriends. It can seem like a lot of work for one night unless you know what you’re doing and have a system worked out. Our entire campsite was up and complete in 20 minutes. I admittedly forgot the coffee for the next morning, but aside from that…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Productivity Is Not What You Think

I hear so often that productivity is about time management, or motivation, or how to get things done. Productivity is the output of your actions. If you have a result after doing something, you’re being productive, it’s actually as simple as that. If you’re spending a lot of time organising your time and still not getting a result, you’re not actually being…
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‘Free Live Talk on Gaining Clarity Under Emotional Stress’

With Melbourne extending their lockdown and our Integrated Meditation students reporting increasing emotional stress all over the world, Jac has committed to doing a free talk on gaining clarity when feeling enormous emotional pressure. It will be a philosophy based talk with tools and techniques to guide you through to more clarity and expanded consciousness. …
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L E T T E R from Jac – Living In The Now

The wiring of the brain, the mind, the ego is such that it’s very challenging for us to see things just as they are. Instead we view them as we have experienced prior. With a veil over all that we see, do, and be.  Not super useful in a pandemic, let alone in any moment. …
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Vow On How We Speak

Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling a bit insecure, or cranky, you’re more prone to speaking negatively? I certainly do. A bad nights sleep, or feeling flustered about a project that is sliding sideways, and I find things falling out of my mouth that I then cringe over. The cure – enhanced self…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Living Through Creative Values

I have been exploring recently the way creativity in its broadest sense, beyond simply artistic talents, can offer a blueprint for living our best lives. It is always important to start with a solid foundation, a beacon that guides our actions, decisions and ways of being – these are our Values. I’d like to offer…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Falling Flat

To say ‘It’s a weird time’ is to wildly understate the state of the world. Perhaps you are stuck in self isolation, you’re frontline and dealing with the pandemic directly, or your country is undergoing a massive revolution, election, or state border closures, or a wildfire or natural disaster etc. Regardless of this, right now,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Cultivating Wisdom

Wisdom is not something we can ‘get’, instead it’s something that comes to us, over time. However we can also cultivate wisdom, by sinking into our experiences, by being present to what is happening within us. We can cultivate wisdom by listening instead of always speaking. We can create space for wisdom to land with…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Mountaineering

I received this lovely email from a reader, ‘Hey Jac, a question related to this. I’ve sometimes felt like a “Fool” for enjoying a happy and exciting moment when inevitably the bad news comes my way. My ego says “see? you shouldn’t have been so happy, now look”. But shouldn’t we be able to enjoy…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Broadness

When we operate from fear, we view everything as a threat. It’s simply the way we are wired. If we are hungry and we walk down the street, what we will notice is food, people eating, stalls and stores filled with food. If we are searching for a building number, we will see signs and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Who’s In Charge?

In everyday life I subscribe to the motto “self as cause” which means I believe that ultimately I always have the power of choice and with it comes the accountability, which I can tell you is sometimes annoying. Having to always own the decisions, the choices, the right turns and the left turns can be…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Antidote To Resistance

I first came across the teachings of Buddhist teacher Christina Feldman staying in a monastery in England of which she is a resident teacher. She has a very pragmatic approach that endeared me greatly, an understanding of the complexities of the human condition, that comes from not just being an experienced teacher, but from a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Life As A Mandala

The CEO of Patagonia has stepped down, and her very lovely goodbye note was, “I’ve been thinking a lot about sand mandalas. In the Tibetan ritual, a group of practitioners create an intricate geometric universe of colored sand, a road map to enlightenment, for those developed spiritually enough to read the signposts and symbols. It…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Finding Peace, Truth, Happiness

This Zen saying is often repeated replacing Peace or Happiness, instead of Truth. The only peace you will find on top of the mountain is the truth you brought with you. For so often we think, we will be happy ‘over there’ in our lives, and it certainly cannot be found here in the grind…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Polishing Body and Mind

In the martial arts Dojo, the object is to learn, so that you can then take the teachings into your daily life. The Dojo is not meant to be an exclusive place where martial arts is practiced, but instead a place of cultivating for mind, body and spirit. We created The DOJO within The Broad…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Remind Me Again

Inspiration is important to me. I love that feeling of being inspired, the energy flowing through my veins, the possibilities of enriching my moment and also what comes next, makes it exciting. It is especially important when I’m feeling stuck, frustrated or any time contracted – I need that spark, that catalyst to shift me…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Integrating It All

There is a famous story of karate master Budoken, who had a disciple who infamously walked by a horse that suddenly became skittish and kicked out – but the disciple deftly turned and leapt to avoid injury. The townspeople all judged him as very clever and said he deserved to be Budoken’s top disciple. When…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Decisions We Make, and Those Made For Us

One of the other lines within this chapter of the Tao Te Ching is ‘those who know when they have enough will suffer no disappointment’. How can we know when enough is enough? Personally I have loved some of the learnings that have been forced upon my family; living without the majority of our personal…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Being Sunshine

One joyful thing about penning the Letters is receiving correspondence from readers. One response last week was, that a reader had picked up a new book to read, with all the new time found from embracing the discipline of making better Micro Decisions (you can read the Letter about this HERE. Within this book by Kate…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Not Chasing

A student went to his meditation teacher and said, “My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I’m constantly falling asleep. It’s just horrible!” “It will pass,” the teacher said matter-of-factly. A week later, the student came back to his teacher. “My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Use It Or Lose It

We are all familiar with how when we stop exercising our bodies and muscles can quickly lose their strength, endurance, flexibility and shape. It’s the regular and consistent use of our muscles that keeps us fit, healthy and overall in good working order. Learning (through a book, through a teacher, through our own mind…) is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Getting To The Other Side

One day a young Buddhist on his journey home came to the banks of a wide river. Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered for hours on just how to cross such a wide barrier. Just as he was about to give up his pursuit to continue his journey he…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Whole Menu

I cannot even list the amount of failures I have had, for, there are so many. I truly don’t even view them as failure any more – likely being de-sentised to the sheer amount helps somewhat – but see them as just an inevitable part of being a human, trying things out, being creative and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Quiet Corners

When we did as a family our two week hotel quarantine, returning from London to Sydney, on about Day 8 I lost the plot. We had been strictly self isolating in London for about 5 weeks already, this was when you couldn’t get a takeaway coffee and the newsagencies were even closed and we were…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Micro Decisions

Right now it’s a freaking challenging time. Even if you’re not being immediately challenged, it’s likely someone you love is. The world can feel utterly upside down, with no manual on how to tip it in the other direction.  What is within our realm of control though, is our mindset. We can decide if we…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Creativity As An Antidote

I have been contemplating how aligned Creativity is with juicing the most out of life. Now, whilst the word Creativity for me is energising, exciting, alluring and full of potential, I know that for many others it can feel daunting, distant and difficult. If this is you then please consider using one of the following…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Do You Truly Call Success?

When I am mentoring people, a huge theme that always comes up is success, a craving for it, or a perceived loss of it. First we work on redefining success for often it is simply a version of success that has been adopted – through parents, bosses, colleagues and friends. Often, a sense of resentment…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Finding Balance

It’s much harder not to be moved by praise than it is by blame at times. We sometimes desire finding equilibrium (our centre point) when turbulence is in our lives, but can we also find it when we are praised? Can we resist the ego dipping into fear AND also resist the fear being stroked…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Surrendered Presence

At times, with all the noise of the external world raining down on us, the technology and the news and the politics and the and, and, and…we must return to our presence through simplicity with our smaller tasks. In Zen, the saying is when chopping wood, chop wood. For us in the modern world, this…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Go On And Give The Gift

We are so excited to announce we are soon to release the First Edition of our Letters, in a self-published printed book format. Please stay tuned for details! Do you ever feel that we have all been trained to revere the rational, the critical, the logical, the practical to such an extent that this is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Your Wild

Have you lately been recognising that you have lost your wild? Have you felt a little caged, either from within your home, or perhaps even your mind? Has being kept in one spot, brought to your attention that perhaps you lost a little of your essence in the modern world of busyness? Within this have…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Creating Space

I was talking with a dear friend Maryanne, about how creative people need space, to time, to ponder, to hone our craft. To make mistakes, to be in nature. Time to create ideas, and work on philosophies, to throw it all away and start again. To at times refuse to be filled up with ideas…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Your One Precious Life

Dear reader, What will YOU do with your one wild and precious life?  What are we all learning right now through this pandemic?Are you reevaluating what you do with your time? Are you considering deeply how you want to live? What things you might regret from life pre-pandemic and what you want to ensure you don’t invite in again? Have you pondered who…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Prices We Pay

Firstly, thank you so much for subscribing to these Daily Letters. I’m feeling extra grateful to have you here, to share ideas and Letters, and what we are creating at The Broad Place with. The Broad Place Instagram has been hacked for the second time in a few months. I’ve no way at the moment of letting our 42000 followers know…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Future Projecting

I’m not talking about planning, planning is important, but future projecting, we must reign in. I think it’s a major component in what threw us off kilter with COVID. It wasn’t just the cancelled plans, trips, projects, it was all the emotional energy invested in them. The fantasies, the ideas, the imagining what X would…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Illusion Of Limitation

Consider the sheer number of “norms” we face. The rules and regulations that our society endorses, enforces, and places upon us in an unwitting agreement – without our conscious realisation. These seemingly invisible forces that compel us to act, behave, and even feel – covert and un-questioning, all for dubious benefits. We are held, almost…
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L E T T E R from Jac – We’re Not In Control

This quote is brilliant, as our ego truly thinks we are GM of the universe. Whenever we are resisting what’s happening we are in essence believing that we are the only ones in charge, that our vision of what should happen is not only correct over 7.7 billion other people’s visions of what should be…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Judging Ourselves and Others

Something we touched on the other night at our Workshop at Lilium, is that if we want to let go of the fear of what other people think of us, we have to let go of our judgements of others. They are directly correlated. The more we judge, the more our minds fear judgement. The…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Cloudy Minds

How often do we have one thing tip in a direction, run with it, and then spiral downwards. I had it happen yesterday. One thing, that I could feel myself contract around, tipped me into a bad mood. Suddenly, everything was driving me nuts, Arran wanted to chat when I was trying to read something…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Our Personal GPS

I love a lot of things, but ask me my purpose, my passion I couldn’t tell you with absolute certainty about one thing that drives me. There simply is not one thing, only lots of things – breadth over depth. I have always envied those people around me who are crystal clear, unwaveringly clear about what they…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Opening Our Hearts

How many people drive you a bit or a lot nuts? If you wrote a list, would there be mostly people you know well? Really well? Or people you have never met, like politicians or influencers and the like? Why do they drive you crazy? What part of yourself can you see in them? What…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Here and Now, Not Here and Then

This could be sliced so many ways, and therefore is the kind of nugget of wisdom I really like. We cannot be present to a conversation and thinking about what we are going to say next. We cannot be present for an argument, carrying old baggage from months and years back into it. We cannot be present for…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Pause And Ask

Before every decision, pause and ask, is this decision pointing me in the direction I want to be going or moving me further away?  Is the decision going to move me towards more love, more compassion, more kindness? Is this decision going to be backed up with actions that will help me be more of what I want…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Why We All Need A Hand

When COVID hit, we had such a challenging time, and every area of our life was in some sort of turmoil, from our work, through to our family, through to moving countries, losing both our dogs, financially, emotionally, we were being so utterly tested. It was through this that I realised, I was shocking at…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Why We Practice

Elizabeth Gilbert is speaking on her spiritual practices in regards to COVID in the above quote. It’s beautiful wording isn’t it, ‘building the arc before the flood’. For too often we consider ourselves in the modern world too busy for ritual, and for reverence to anything other than oneself, one’s mortgage and one’s career and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Art Of Going With The Flow

Just like surfing waves, improv, free styling, jamming, going with the flow can be seen as an exercise in co-creation. You, the universe, nature, your friends, family, colleagues, whoever or whatever – you are working together to continue this progressive momentum. By going with this momentum you can contribute and participate with your unique value…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Rewiring Ourselves

A daily meditation practice is like taking a huge tangled ball of wool (our minds) and slowly, piece by piece untangling it. We can then couple this with education, some self understanding and wiring in of new patterns and actions that are aligned with our personal truth, and then begin to live in a higher grade sense. We…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting The Storm Pass

I want you to think back to a really bad funk you have been in of late. One where you were gripped with negativity, or rage, or frustration. Mine are usually a combination of both. Which can lead to despair and overwhelm. But it always passes. It always passes, the positive, the negative, always shifting, and moving. For there is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Being Love

Ram Dass speaks, “You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success – none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always…
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L E T T E R from Jac – From The Archives

I am moving through over 1000 Letters and hand choosing which ones make it to the Letters Edition 1 collection that we are soon to self publish. It’s been a behemoth task, one I certainly underestimated. Within them, I found this little gem, and I wanted to share it with you again, in case you…
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L E T T E R from Jac – And A Gold Star For You

Last week felt like a big Letter writing week of motivation and productivity. Which is nice and I hope for some of you helpful. Most of the time I feel like I am writing these Letters to myself, to learn, understand and motivate my own mind.  What’s also excellent is falling apart and putting yourself…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Magical Power Of Encouragement

In all the hustle and bustle of life and trying to do our best and be our best we sometimes forget that it can be the little things, the simple things that can make an extraordinary difference. We sometimes believe that it is the big statements, the complex experiences, the hard-to-do exercises, the huge effort…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Preparation

What is it that you are working on right now? Is it your meditation practice? Is it healthier eating? Is it a new project? Do you want to begin to spend more time in nature, be more present? Today’s Letter stems from yesterday’s letter and is the next step in achieving what you want. Preparation…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Do You Want

I was walking through a national park yesterday in the almost dark, for it was so early, breath chilly, with my friend Nina. She’s a full time writer, and I am a novice, so I take her advice on writing seriously. As we trod through broken gum leaves, branches snapping underfoot and navigated slippery rocks…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Navigating Out Of A Rut

Is anyone else in a massive rut right now with their work? Feeling stuck and unmotivated? Welcome to The Rut. It’s a crap place to be in regards to creativity and productivity. I wanted to share the few things I do to launch myself out of ruts.  – GET FOCUSSED. I write lists of what…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Staying Sane

In Zen, the teachings are centered around everything being Zen, nothing more special than anything else. The hierarchy is stripped out from ‘work’ and ‘life’ and equal importance is placed on all tasks. Cooking, preparing a meal, doing ones duties and tasks – with presence. And right now with the state of the world, that…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Prioritising What’s Important

The intellect is a fascinating thing. It only knows everything it has learned to this minute. It’s brilliant for problem solving, and wonderful when paired with creative thinking. It’s busting to be used and sometimes comes out of the gate overriding intuition and heart. I love teaching in our workshops tools that are applicable and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Priorities Maketh The Boundary

There is nothing like challenging times to bring sharply in to focus the things that are important, truly important to us. It used to irk me that I always seemed to need to experience a crisis to wake myself up to this kind of crystal clarity… Why yes, you are very important to me, what…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Opening Our Windows

Sri M said something beautiful in a lecture I saw in London, and I might well have a few words out here but believe it was, ‘Grace is always available to us, will you open your windows to it? It’s like a breeze that wants to come through’. When we are stressed, grace goes. Intuition…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Middle Way

The Middle Way in Buddhism is a term to describe something not unique to Buddhism,  but is a concept embodied within Vedanta, Zen and more paths. Is not a path of apathy, compassion from a distance and inaction, used as a protective mechanism to keep oneself safe. Buddhism is about releasing the whole, the world,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Three Months From Now

I was asked to imagine my life three months from now by a healer/therapist I have been working with. I want to invite you to do the same, project forward to mid September and sit with exactly who you wish to be in three months time. In three months time we will be in a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual Bypassing if you’re unfamiliar with it, is very common. It’s when spirituality is appropriated in order to avoid deeper emotional challenges, true transformation,  and doing the actual work of understanding yourself as a human being. John Welwood created the term decades back, describing ‘Spiritual bypassing is a term I coined to describe a process…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Clarity and Inspiration

It’s easier to shy away. It’s easier to justify inaction with the idea that one is not personally doing anything wrong. It’s easier to look the other way. It’s not why we are here as humans though. I’m not sure when spirituality and self development got co-opted by individualism, the idea that as long as you’re doing the work…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Get Calm and Then Carry On

When we are stressed and succumb to our animal nature we become self-centred. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING is happening at us. We see it all as a threat … to us, it’s personal. When we see a threat, particularly something personal we will react accordingly – defend, attack, withdraw. Automatically, it all comes pouring…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Check Your Self

Right now there is a huge shift happening in the world, and let’s be frank, thank goodness. It can be hard to know within this time, when we are overwhelmed and checking out, when we are in need of rest, or just shying away and putting our heads under the covers out of fear and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Exploring Contemplative Thinking

I’ve come back across from pottering through some of our boxes The New Farmers Almanac, by Greenhorns, a completely delightful book. It’s a homage to time, to farming, to the seasons, and our connection to nature as a whole. I had forgotten how much I loved it, and promptly ordered the 2019 (2020 still pending…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Opening Intuition

Have you ever noticed that when your intuition speaks to you, it’s a physical feeling. It’s like a channeling, a vibration, that is then followed by thought. We call it ‘gut instinct’ for a reason, for it does not come from our thinking mind. How many times have you said to yourself when something went…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Not Taking Anything For Granted

I think the last few months has taught us not to take as much as we may have previously for granted, but how can we transition so we don’t forget? What are the steps to ensuring this sheer insane roller coaster called our lives seeps into every cell of us, so that we can truly…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Always A Work In Progress

Technically we are all a finite story, we have a beginning, a middle and an end. The paradox is that we will never really be quite finished, we will always be that work in progress. This is where our treasure lies, the continuous unfolding, shifting and changing of ourselves, ultimately building our legacy, the imprint…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Expanding Creativity

What blocks are in the way of your creativity right now? What is stopping you from expressing yourself creatively on a daily basis? Is it self doubt? Is it fatigue? Is it fear? Are you not getting enough sleep? Or eating properly? Are you committing to things you know don’t serve you? Are you not putting enough time aside for creativity?  Identify the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Complexity of Being Human

Being a human is a very complex thing. We are either moving from our heart, acknowledging our privilege, sharing our emotional, physical and spiritual wealth with those in need, or, we are begrudging, lazy, and resentful. Now I manage to be both, a lot. Yo-yoing from one to the other. I have moments of deep…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Dusting Ourselves Right Off

Anais Nin says, “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up…
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L E T T E R from Jac – True Compassion

People that have truly encountered the darkness of their own soul, I enjoy a lot. There is a rawness, an honesty, a humility. For I’ve had so many dark nights of the soul, so many encounters with pain, terror and unjustness over my own life, that it has made all the joys, the graces and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Simplicity of The Heart

Krishnamurti speaks, ‘Simplicity of the heart is of far greater importance and significance than simplicity of possessions. To renounce comfort, or to give up smoking and other habits, does not indicate simplicity of the heart. The put on a loin cloth in a world that is taken up with clothes, comforts and distractions, does not…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Ego

From the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali‘Drg darshana shaktyor ekatma tevasmita’ The ego believes we are our thoughts and compels one to act with the primary motive of self-preservation The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are little nuggets of guidance for us in our paths to self awakening. This ego always sees things as seperate to Self. Its…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Not Running From Pain

Tonglen is a Buddhist practice of working with suffering – ours, and everyone else’s at every opportunity. It is a practice of feeling all the feelings, and amongst them finding compassion for others, and for ourselves on every level. It can sound kind of grim at first, but is a practice to actually soften us…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What We Think

You know the saying, ‘you are what you eat’, well we are also ‘we are what we think’. So today, place your attention on the quality of the thoughts you ENGAGE with. We will of course always have crappy thoughts and bad thoughts and all that, they’re impossible to escape a lot of the time.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Daily Commitments

We can all talk a LOT about what we want to be doing, big plans, little follow through. Paring it back to this ’this hour is my life’ can be really helpful in living in the present. It’s not that we don’t plan, but when we plan we are fully present to the planning. Then…
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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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