A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

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 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 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 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 – 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 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 – 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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L E T T E R from Jac – A Honeyed Reinstating Of Ones Soul

Being a big fan of Nick Cave and his immensely creative processes, as well as his raw vulnerability and sharing of his life experiences, I was wrapt when a friend of ours Danny, sent me a link to his Red Hand Files Letter, and to discover Nick meditates in the same lineage as we do,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – BOOM and it’s 2020!!!

Welcome to 2020, what a freaking amazing day it is! Whatever happened until the very moment you read this, is behind you. Unchangeable, so let it go. What we want to place our attention and intention on is the present, with a direction for where we want to be going. This intention needs to be…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Checking In With Your Life

This might be a bit harsh, Seth, but I get the idea. Holidays are great circuit breakers to check in with how you spend the majority of your time. If you’re on holiday and absolutely dread the thought of returning to the “real” world then you have a clue that maybe some things need changing.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Happy Day To You From Us

Christmas is a funny time, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s joy-filled and fun. Other years it’s a time to get together with people you may not normally see, sometimes forcefully and awkwardly.  For some it’s religious and for others, it’s simply a holiday. Whatever it means to you, I wish you a beautiful Christmas. Being based…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Getting on with the Living and the Loving

I want us all to ponder, how often has holding onto my resentments paid off? How many moments have I been robbed of because I took something too seriously and just couldn’t get past it? Has any of my brooding or sulking brought me to my higher self, brought me a deeper experience of love?…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Giving Freely That Which Counts

Our daughter had a huge upset of late within her football team (soccer for all the Australians) that was a shockingly handled situation that came out of nowhere like a tornado we didn’t see coming to hit. She had to make the very tough, but ethical decision that she was to leave the team. She…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Change Can Be A Superpower

Over the last few weeks, I have been in the thick of an extraordinary amount of difficult change, not just the normal stuff that Christmas and the year-end usually (and quite expectedly) brings. This goes well beyond that. All change has an impact, even asked-for or desired change can still put us through our paces.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Just Being Trees

This quote in full by Ram Dass is, “When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Choose Fun

When did life get so serious? When did we take ourselves so seriously? One of my core values and something that gives me enormous energy is humour. For as long as I can remember, I love laughing, giggling, jokes, wittiness, fun and with it that lightness of connection. I can always tell if I’m overwhelmed…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Working With An Angry Person

Yesterday I wrote about a very recent incident where I dealt with someone who was incredibly difficult, and very angry, in our Letter, The Braid Of Our Life. It was unsettling, and it’s easy to slip into anger ourselves when we confront someone very angry, as an instinctive reaction. So I wanted to share with you a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Removing All The Barriers

Isn’t this beautiful? Instead of an exterior search for love – an internal archaeological dig to remove all that is not love, that blocks love, and is building a case against it. All the barriers that we created subconsciously through being hurt, through feeling uncomfortable in our vulnerability and from licking our wounds that have now…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Defining What’s Important

I have found time and time again, with our students that have had life pulled out from under them that they always come to the same place. Whether it’s because there’s been a terminal diagnosis, a relationship breakdown, family trauma, a redundancy – everyone usually ends up VALUING; Time and how they spend it Being…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Unchanging Truth

When we meditate, we begin to understand and become aware of the layers of ideas and thoughts we have about ourself that we are wrapped in. As our practice helps to melt these away, we get closer to our true selves – the essence of who we are and that which is unchanging. This starts to…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Compassion That Big

Compassion is normally an outward energy isn’t it, we focus our energy in trying to ‘be’ compassionate to others. Which is really a doing, more than a Being, as it excludes us. I will never forget my dear friend Jeff Kober saying that a healer we both see, Dr T, said to him, ‘Imagine a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Deepest Relationship

The longest-standing relationship we will ever have, the most intimate, the most defining, is the one we have with ourselves. The relationship we have with our hearts, the parts ignored, the parts embraced. The one we have with our souls, the bits we get lost in, the bits we lose altogether. The relationship we have…
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L E T T E R from Jac – When Wellness Get Overwhelming

Part of being whole, of being part of a much larger universality, is also accepting ourselves as already whole. There’s so much ‘you’re broken babes but I can fix you’ nonsense being hammered around out there in wellness as well as, ‘you’re already perfect love yourself’ messaging. It’s well-intentioned but can also be really unhelpful.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – In The Presence Of A God

This is a story I read at our last Integrated Meditation meeting that completely chokes me up, by Dr Richard Selzer, may I recommend you read it slowly. “I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in palsy, clownish. A tiny twig of the facial nerve, the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting it Be

I don’t walk around Hyde Park telling the squirrels to slow down and the swans to speed up. I don’t get frustrated with the clouds for their presence, nor do I kick leaves resentfully for being on the ground. I doubt you do either. We seem to be able to accept all forms of nature…
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L E T T E R – GENTLE HOLDING Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week’s intention is a big one. We all know the confusing experience of having two seemingly opposing views that we can’t find peace within. When thoughts about something seem to clash as we want both views to work, but it’s easier to just take a side. At the moment, with politics and what’s happening…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The 4% Rule

I have had the pleasure of meeting many talented people in my life, as well as many deeply conscious spiritual people, highly creative individuals and very accomplished people. They all have something in common, and it’s discipline and dedication to their craft and to expanding their intellects, souls and minds beyond that which they already…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Giving Up All That’s Not Ours

This week whilst we appear to be crushing on the words of David Whyte, let me share one of my favourite David Whyte poems; “You must learn one thing:the world was made to be free in Give up all the other worldsexcept the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweetconfinement…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Stay In The Long Game

Thousands of years back there was a tall, verdant tree at a royal court in a faraway land. The tree was heavy with ripe, lush fruits, however, they were hard to pick as the tree was very tall. One day a well-travelled man came to this royal court. The king asked this traveller, “This tree’s branches are…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Expanding Together By Doing

This is my debrief from the recent High Vibe Challenge. If you’re not aware of this challenge – there was a community of us committed to raising our vibration, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually via elimination of those things that numb or block our energies, whilst simultaneously introducing high-grade nourishment to support and expand ourselves.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Which Wolf Will You Feed

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Navigating Life With Our Ego

The ego is essentially with us forever, loud, persistent and trying to dominate. We all know the general sense of our ego, being the thing that tries to keep us small, not evolving, and navigating away from our higher selves. The challenge is it’s like a chameleon, shimmering in different outfits to distract us constantly.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Memory, The Veil To Truth

Our memories fail us all the time. Layer in that we miss things all the time also. We have deep attention biases that filter in and out information constantly. Have you heard of the Invisible Gorilla experiment? It was done as part of a Harvard University experiment to provide that when our attention is focused in…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Wealth of Nature

Immersing in nature is something I found a deep love for a few years back, with the help of some good friends who had lots of knowledge to share, and an eager spirit to teach. They taught me the practical stuff, like the best way to set up camp, how to tend to fire and…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Genius

Richard Rudd, author and founder of The Gene Keys – a look into the human archetypes and codes to unlock your unique potential, says that true genius is the ability to live you own life to its highest potential. A re-framing of how and what we consider to be genius could shift the way we look at…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Don’t Play Small

I recently heard someone say that the people in the world who are willing to feel uncomfortable are the ones who are changing the world. This resonated so strongly, so often when we dive deep into ourselves it can feel incredibly uncomfortable. To own our sh*t completely and be willing to love ourselves unconditionally is…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Watering My Grass

How many times have I looked “over there” at the green grass wishing it was under my feet? Too many to count. The idea that I’d be great over there, all my dreams would come true if I was over there, I would be really successful over there, people would love me more over there,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Remember To Tell People You Love Them

I have gotten into the habit of sometimes inappropriately telling the people in my life I love them. I say it’s inappropriate only, because in a society of people whereby we seem to reserve I love you’s for the people only very intimate to us, and sometimes it’s received awkwardly. I think we should tell more people,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Everything Is The Path

There’s something very plain, very simple that I adore about Zen, being that nothing is special AND everything is special. That nothing in our lives should be deemed ‘spiritual’ when everything is. So it’s not just when we go to yoga, or church, or our temple. Or light our incense and read inspiring books. It’s…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Foundations of Love

I’m sure that every generation has seen themselves in a time of political turmoil in one way or another, I think that is just the nature of the beast. However, the theme of this is ever changing. In this moment I feel we live in a time of political confusion, I myself, in all honesty,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Bound by Threads

Every single moment that happens now, has with it an accumulation of past decisions. Thin gossamer threads that string through everything. Every wise decision has a fingerprint on now. Every dumb decision too. Everything is a choice. Destiny is a thing, but it is shaped by our decisions. Tiny teeny ones are the most important…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Bringing A Little Love To It

An important question I ask myself when I am feeling very contracted is how can I bring more love to this. It might be that I am frustrated at the airport and a security person is going through my every single item and it’s taking a long time and I know I am going to miss…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Daily Grinding or Daily Grounding

I personally dislike the constant messaging in the self-development and entrepreneurial spaces of rise and grind. Of own the day. Of you can be anything. It’s too big. It doesn’t take into account the sequencing of every element of our lives that brought us to today. Or every little thing that occurred within and outside…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Struggle is Real

When I first heard this it gripped my heart with a big fat YES! Tomorrow is too much day for me – so wise that honey-obsessed bear! It was short-lived, because my brain got involved…“What exactly does this mean? What precisely was Winnie talking about here? How do you know what he is saying is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Other Side Of Fear

With our upcoming move to London, Arran and I have been working with a lot of fear. That’s the thing with fear that I’ve found, the more heightened your experience, the more you experience ALL your emotions. So joy, excitement, and positive anticipation will also attract fears, nerves and worries. There’s no experience I’ve ever undertaken,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Universal Orchestra

We are in a constant collaboration with the universe. Are we holding up our end of the collab? Or are we sitting around and complaining that we do all the work? Perhaps we are being a little lazy and letting the universe do all the heavy lifting? If the universe is the conductor, how are…
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L E T T E R from Jac – When Is The Right Moment?

The question I get asked from students often is ‘How will I know if it’s the right moment to do X?’. My answer is the same every time; you won’t. There is no ‘right time’ to do anything. The thing is NO ONE is going to be able to do this work for us. No…
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L E T T E R from Jo – My Expectation-Laden Day

Introducing Jo Simpson, The Broad Place’s new resident Integrated Meditation Teacher! Jo will be teaching in Sydney and in New Zealand all of this year. She’s a phenomenal teacher, and all round awesome human, with a fascinating background as an innovation director. Creative thinking has been her path for decades. She will be contributing a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Where Are We Blocking Compassion

I raised this in our Tea Ceremony and Meditation Gathering last Saturday because someone asked it of me awhile ago and it really stuck with me. “How many times have you walked past someone homeless and thought, damn I’ve got no coins and kept walking”?. For me, I always buy a meal when I see someone as I can…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Warrior of Love

“I am a warrior of love.I am the light that lights the path of my soul” – Unknown Who’s ever found themselves caught in a pattern of thinking ‘life is a battle’? We can go through times of feeling like we are swimming against the current, pushing and pulling our way through the day, we…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Your Anchors

I know I bang on and on about Values, but I truly see them as anchors for our souls. When we are a little or a lot lost, we can come back to our Values and they will inform our decisions and what path we should be taking. I teach about Values and have some…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Competing and Comparing

Due to our recent (Saturday) graduation of beautiful and integrity-filled Vedic Meditation teachers, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to teach authentically and what success might look like. Layer in some recent negative gossip that has been darkly crawling over to me about the way in which I personally teach meditation,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Alchemy

I am so grateful for my lowest of lows. They formed and shaped me in ways I couldn’t ever possibly have recognised in the darkness that they were at the time. I also love people who have been through some darkness and waded out of it too. There’s something deeper about them you can feel.…
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L E T T E R – Gratitude For The Little Things

The other day in London, we discovered a street cart outside a mosque, where Kaz the owner makes some of the most delicious soups and baguettes stuffed with delicacies. He makes a fantastic green chilli sauce that sits on the counter with powdered cumin in a shaker, with a huge bottle of bright olive oil.…
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L E T T E R – You Do You Baby

What if taught all our kids that normal was beige, nothing to aspire to, and to totally and utterly embrace their inner weird? What if as adults we started to be the living example of this? There’s a line we repeat constantly in our house, from Netflix series Big Mouth, which is ‘you do you baby’.…
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L E T T E R – The Critics, The Haters and the Naysayers

The brighter you shine the more blinding it will become for those not attuned to it. I was recently chatting to a dear friend who has moved to NYC, landing an amazing position in finance (she’s was a laywer). She’s the most wonderful and inspiring person, utterly talented and intelligent, hilarious, and physically gorgeous to…
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L E T T E R – What’s Really Stopping Us

I get this kind of question/pondering all the time, along the lines of…‘So I really really feel that meditation would be great for me, but I also have this nagging voice that says, you won’t end up doing it/it’s so expensive/what if you’re the one person Integrated Meditation doesn’t work for/what if it’s a waste…
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L E T T E R – A Time For Everything

As we round out January, there comes a sense of the year looming ahead. Will it be everything we want it to be? Will we be challenged, rewarded, chastised, loved, loving? Some of my wise teachers would say ‘none of it matters’, but for me, at times, it matters deeply. As we putter our way…
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L E T T E R – Our Repeated Actions

In Zen, the tensho is the monastery cook. Every moment, every meal is seen as an opportunity to experience truth, to experience satori (enlightenment). It sounds kind of dramatic, but in truth, it is love and reverence for every grain of rice, for the lighting of the stove, the growing and chopping of vegetables. For…
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L E T T E R – The Courage We Once Had

When I was young, I was a strange little kid. I didn’t fit in at all. Eccentric, hyperactive, skinny and ultra curious, I was into lots of things other kids weren’t. I loved pottery, but it wasn’t cool back then like now, it was quite weird and a lady with a thick braid and hessian…
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L E T T E R – Purpose

Why is our personal purpose so hard to define for most of us? It took me decades to figure it out and in truth sometimes I am still grey about it. I sit between lines that felt like I drew them hard in sand and then brush strokes have blurred them. Given we are the…
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L E T T E R – A Series Of Little Choices

Brene always delivers the pithy statements, doesn’t she? I love thinking about authenticity this way, a series of tiny commitments. Every moment there is a decision being made. Literally all the time, we are making choices that might feel innocuous and small, but pack a punch over time. I love placing my awareness as many…
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L E T T E R – Dark Nights Of The Soul

This is that tricky time of year I find when we bound in with full enthusiasm, transformed by new possibility and then sometimes fall in a heap of despair. I have had lots of students reaching out with quandaries, doubts and troubled minds and expectations that this doubt or sadness or fear shouldn’t be happening.…
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L E T T E R – Let’s Not Be Lunatics

I’ve never met anyone like Arran, he literally doesn’t ever consider what anyone thinks of him. He’s incredibly neat and stylish and takes great care of himself, and on occasion slightly vain, but worrying about what others think of him, means nothing, it doesn’t enter his awareness. I think I might have literally exited the…
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L E T T E R – Happy New Year!!!

My absolute goodness what a year. For Arran and I, it was beyond what we imagined. I travelled to London, Los Angeles, New York, India, Melbourne and Byron Bay to teach and host Retreats. We redesigned all our branding and rebuilt our website and upgraded all our existing programs. We launched The Classroom, our online…
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L E T T E R – Conditions on Behaviours

Being only a few short days to Christmas, I thought this quote was utterly perfect, as soon most of us will be on a holiday of some sort, that usually involves family or friends that surprise, surprise, we can’t control. We’ve all been there, the Big Promises… “I vow to be patient and not let…
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L E T T E R – Pouring Out Patience

Conscious and Patient are not two words I have always been excellent at embodying in my life. I have been known to throw little tantrums, huff, swear, sigh, roll my eyes, and Arran’s least favourite, stomp my foot in a rage. Yep, stomping my foot like a little child, except with all the humiliation I…
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L E T T E R – The Privilege Of A Life

I was standing on the shore of the beach the other day chatting to Gabriel. Gabriel is Argentinean and I am unsure of his age, perhaps 50? He’s fit, ridiculously tanned and incredibly friendly and happy. He knows everyone in Palm Beach, literally. And everyone knows him. He lives in a cottage at the back…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N – With Kate Pascoe Squires

This Weekend Edition we are proudly introducing you to Kate Pascoe Squires, who has been making some significant and inspiring changes in her life, departing from her ground up business Kate & Kate to live a simpler and more grounded life with a focus on conscious and creative living. We hope this Weekend Edition inspires…
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L E T T E R – The Monk and The Boat

My wonderful friend Jeff Kober included this in his daily newsletter last week and I loved it so much I wanted to share it. “A monk decides to meditate alone, away from his monastery. He takes his boat out to the middle of the lake, moors it there, closes his eyes and begins his meditation. …
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L E T T E R – Conscious Conversation

I really wish to use The Broad Place to share important messages. Erin Lovell Verinder who was recently interviewed at our Gathering is a brilliant nutritionist, herbalist, and naturopath and a dear friend of ours. And when I was in Byron Bay, Erin and I discussed the topic below at length. It hits a strong…
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L E T T E R – Too Much Movement

When we are constantly moving, it’s so hard to be still. Not still in meditation, still in life. When we are swept up in activity and we eliminate the gaps between activities, we can’t remain grounded.  For me to counterbalance this movement, I have had to let go of perfection. Of things being just the…
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L E T T E R – The Two Wings

As an enthusiast (someone with obsessive tendencies coupled with deep excitement), Arran is always nervous when I start getting into something. It’s been a year of my dabbling with tea ceremonies, after first having a mini one with my friend Mel in LA, and then learning more in a beautiful tea house in New York.…
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L E T T E R – Constant Clinging

I am up in glorious Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia preparing for our Retreat, studying tea, spending so much time with friends, writing and literally living the dream. Part of the fun of being here is that we come all the time so we know it inside out yet there’s always something…
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L E T T E R – Expanding Our Consciousness

Consciousness is defined in so many different ways, sometimes as a state of awareness, or the quality of that awareness. Sometimes as a life force that flows through everything, as ki or qi energy, or prana, meaning life force and consciousness is the stream of that. Being more conscious means being open to all the good stuff being…
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L E T T E R – Shadow and Light

When living a conscious life, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. People sometimes think that they can walk a conscious spiritual path, and become immune to all life has to offer – including the challenging bits. Just because we meditate, live consciously, and make higher-grade decisions everyday that serves us, doesn’t mean we don’t experience anger, frustration, and…
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L E T T E R – How To Proceed

I used to play a game many years back, that I nicknamed Ram Dass Roulette. I listened ferociously to Ram Dass talks, from the 70’s all the way through to now, when driving in my car, or walking in the morning. When I had a challenge going on in life, and I was confused or upset…
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L E T T E R – No Really, Who

I still remember reading The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand’s pivotal book. I was maybe 21 at the time and it fried my mind. It also paved a very important path for me, being, in all seriousness if you want to do something, who is actually going to stop you. Mostly I have found it’s just ourselves.…
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L E T T E R – The Broad Aspect to Consciousness

What’s fascinating about consciousness is that it’s hard to describe, hard to quantify and yet everyone wants more of it. More and more people are referring to consciousness and how to ‘get more’ of it. Consciousness is defined in so many different ways, sometimes as a state of awareness, or the quality of that awareness.…
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L E T T E R – The Heart

I often ponder why it’s so hard to follow our hearts and even harder sometimes to hear what they have to say. I end up in the same place each time, the heart is from our higher selves, and therefore is quieter. Because it doesn’t have an agenda, or a timeline. It knows implicitly that…
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L E T T E R – Clean, Simple, Distilled Thinking

I used to have a terrible aversion to saying no to people. I had, (and still do) a big fear of disappointing others, and this used to drive me to say yes to things I knew deep down should have been a no. And this created complexity. Too many things on my plate, too much…
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L E T T E R – A Commitment To Adventuring

My Dad was a very renowned chef, winning best restaurant in Australia as well as three hats. His brother, my uncle had the same awards, so it was success all around for our family. But really their peak was before the advent of the ‘celebrity chef’. Chef’s Table didn’t exist. Instagram wasn’t even a thing,…
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L E T T E R – The Ways Of The Mind

This quote is for me literally something to live by ‘Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth’. We need constant reminding of these as we have SO many cognitive biases that are shadowing our every interaction with the world. Yet, at times hilariously, we…
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Talking Broadly with Vanessa Megan

I have had the pleasure of not only being friends with Ness, but to also work with her on her incredible brand Vanessa Megan. Her product is hands down the best I have used for my skin. I yoyo around between natural products (that I usually swear aren’t working) and chemical laden products that promise…
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Savour Your Success

This could also be titled Stop To Smell The Roses or Celebrate The Wins.  It’s a concept that has been around forever, so I’m not sprouting anything new here. What I am seeing however, is a shift away from this. A ‘lack of time’ or an unwillingness to celebrate the milestones in our lives, as…
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Right Here, Right Now

‘Be The Change You Want To See In The World’ Ghandi We need to make change right now, not tomorrow, not on a list, not as a spoken word to a friend, not as an unfulfilled wish or promise, to live in the present. We need to ask the pertinent question, do I as an…
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Why Meditate?

So why meditate? People learn this technique for a large range of personal reasons. Some want to be more creative and diverse in their thinking, others want to reduce or eliminate stress and anxiety, some want to learn to simply live in the now and some people have health issues, both mental and physical. Others…
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Meditator Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin is an incredibly interesting guy. He certainly challenges what it means to be an internationally acclaimed music producer who doesn’t ever use a sound board and who works with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye. He refuses and has so his whole life, to ever work from an office, and forcing Columbia Records…
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Give it up folks, for life.

Something we recently read by the talented Leo Babula of Zen Habits, we agree wholeheartedly. “This is the only response that life deserves: overjoyed applause. This morning, wherever you are, whatever life has given you, take a moment to really appreciate this gift, and applaud. I mean, actually applaud. We often not only take life…
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What Are You Worshipping?

Something happens to us that causes upset. We stew and sulk and can’t help but tell people about it. With each re-telling of the happening, we slightly alter it, either as our memory adjusts to each new version, or to gain a better or different reaction from the person we are speaking with. Ultimately we…
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Letting Go

A beautiful way to explain the risk of not letting go is the story of the monkey and the nuts & sweets. When the monkey catchers in India want to catch a wee monkey to sell to a rich family as a pet, they dig a little hole in the ground and place a small…
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