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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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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 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 – 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- 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 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 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 – 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 – 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 – Remembering Ram Dass

One of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time, Ram Dass, passed away last week. Ram Dass has been a huge influence on me, as I have always found him honest, humorous and very willing to own his own stuff and share his processes and sequences. He’s never claimed to be of a high spiritual consciousness…
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L E T T E R from Jo – But First, We Edit

I don’t know about you but when I’m looking to change something, a situation, aspects of my life, relationships, projects, you name it, my first thought is … What’s missing? What can I add? What can I bring in to “this” to change it for the better? It is only fairly recently that I have…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Limited Bandwidth

Your brain and your attention have limited bandwidth. A certain download of data each day. Only so much you can upload into life. So what are you using your bandwidth for? What behaviour are you rewarding with attention? What energy are you using up each day on what? Who is getting the faster bandwidth, and who is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Cultivating Space

I looked at my Calendar yesterday (you may or may not know how much I live by my Calendar!) and there were limited blank spots in the lead up to Christmas. I imagine for many of you, you have the same thing happening. It’s time to leave those blanks, to create appointments with ourselves. The deliberate cultivation of space in our…
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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 – The Braid Of Our Life

A rope is braided together to strengthen it, without the multiple pieces threaded together it is weak and can break easily. I find too often, I want just the joy and happiness as the threads weaving together, and it’s easy to ignore that it is, in fact, the sadness and the sorrow that are a…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Ripples We Make

Many times a day as we go about our lives we are having an impact, of course on ourselves, but also on others and the world around us. When we are overwhelmed, or feeling stressed, operating from our animal nature, we become very self-centred. This means everything everyone does and everything that happens in the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Our Pain Teaches Us

I used to sprint from anything too painful. Mostly disempowering myself, I would always assume blame, and carry the burden of that, even when it wasn’t mine to carry. It’s a long path, I still walk to create and accept boundaries, and carry only what is mine. Along this path, I try to always keep…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Is It You Want?

Tim Ferris says “Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask. After all, conscious thinking is largely asking and answering questions in your own head. If you want confusion and heartache, ask vague questions. If you want uncommon clarity and results, ask uncommonly clear questions.” I very much like this quote of Tim’s.…
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L E T T E R from Jo – We’re All On A Treasure Hunt

Do you remember the last time you went searching for something that was hidden, on purpose, designed for you to find after a little effort? There’s something about a good old fashioned treasure hunt – the clues to get you to each place, the anticipation throughout, the finds on the way, the pure joy and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Everything, Everyone, Is Our Teacher

What would this week look like, if you fully anchored yourself in this? How would you respond in every moment? Would it be with resentment and frustration, or would you be cracked open in awe and curiosity, ready to absorb whatever teaching was being placed in front of you? What would you do with all…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Start. Now. However you can.

We don’t need to wait until we feel better about ourselves to start meditating. Or wait until we are in better shape to hit the gym. Or eat better once we have lost some weight. It sounds silly when we put it in writing. But we all do a version of this all the time.…
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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 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 – Just Do It, Say No

There are so many ways in which self-sabotage presents, and I could literally spend a year’s worth of Letters writing about it, but I find the most common one is BEING UNABLE TO SAY NO. Too often we chicken out in a moment when we already have that sinking feeling, and say yes to something we don’t…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Trying It On For Size

When I was 7 years old, I was obsessed with a book series about a girl, her best friend, their horses and many a mystery. I can’t quite remember how many books there were but I think about 35 in the full series. My mum in her wisdom bought the full set and I would…
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L E T T E R from Jac – To Return

In Mahayana Buddhism, to take refuge in the Buddha’s teaching means to return to one’s original nature. In Judaism, ‘Teshuva’ means to return, to come back, to our fundamental home in God. Jesus departed, and returned. The English word ‘refuge’, means to return, literally, to fly back like a bird taking nest after a long…
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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 – Dissolving Ego Structures

Ram Dass here points out something students talk about so often with me, “We have built a whole ego structure about who we are and how we function in the world that’s based on the emotion-laden models about individual differences that we’ve been taught to think define us. But now we’re experiencing realms of the universe and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Zen Wednesday; Creating Space for Mushin

‘Mushin’ is a Japanese term referring to no-mind. It’s embraced in martial arts, meditation and various creative arts. Mushin is present when the flow of activity is completely free-flowing, present, it’s when the mind is like a stream and you are completely absorbed. In the age of distraction, we are losing our ability to create mushin…
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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 – Open Curiosity, Open Heart

Something Arran and I are really committed to is not pretending we always have it right, or know all the answers. It’s insanity to think one person could have anything near most of the answers let alone all of them! I have learnt so much from him over the years, watching how he releases himself…
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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 from Jac – Presence

Why is being in the present moment so insanely hard in day to day life? We agree we are so distracted, we fret about the future and worry about the past. I found it so stunningly simple to be present whilst in the Buddhist hermitage. Joyous. Then bang! Back into London life and I can feel…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Finding Our Safe Place

Rachel Naomi Remen tells of a story; ‘In bullfighting, there is a place in the ring where the bull feels safe. If he can reach this place, he stops running and can gather his full strength. He is no longer afraid. It is the job of the matador to know where this sanctuary lies, to…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Always a Fresh Start

Hindsight is amazing. When you reflect back an hour, a day, a month or five years, life’s patterns reveal themselves to you, showing that things work out eventually – or at the very least show progress in a direction you may have never anticipated. That personal disaster, break up or work challenge were all steps…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Will You Lead With

Once there was a very particular snake that lived in a jungle. One day, the snake’s tail said to the snake’s head, “I should be the one to lead the way.” The snake’s head replied, “I’ve always been the one to decide on the direction. Why do you suddenly want to do it?” After speaking,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Finding My Courage

Tomorrow marks the day that I go away for 11 days on a self-led silent meditation Retreat. We are going to pause all Letters, and our social media at this time and I’ll explain why. There is a monastery here in England that allows teachers of certain lineages that meet certain criteria to take themselves…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Cost Of Fear

The other day I had a full-blown panic attack. It’s been many, many years since I have had one. This one was strange and strangled me slowly rather than hitting me instantly like they used to. Once I started to entertain a fear about living in London and our decision to move here, all the other…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting It Go Downstream

When I saw writer, poet and speaker David Whyte awhile back for a beautiful program, he described the art of letting go as posing the question, and I’m paraphrasing him, these are from my messy notes, ‘Can we give away everything that is already on its way out, can we give it up, and let…
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