A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

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 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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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 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 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 – 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 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 – 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 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 – 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 – 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 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 – 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 – 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 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 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 – 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 – 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 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 – 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 – 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 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 – 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 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 – 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 – Returning to Flow

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

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

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

The High Vibe Challenge is kicking along and I love getting all the feedback from students within the Private Facebook group. All the little learnings and big aha moments that come when we set the intention to honour our higher selves and also commit. This is something I asked of the group and wanted to extend…
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L E T T E R from 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 Jac – Do Not Fear This Time

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

I don’t know if this is a sign of aging but every year that passes feels faster and faster. This year I vividly remember celebrating the first day of the New Year and then *blink* it’s today, a few days until we close out a whole decade! Yikes! With a speed-up of life and a never-ending…
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L E T T E R from Jac – When To Speak

I am someone who could talk under wet cement. We joke that I literally popped out of the womb chatting instantly about my amazing experience in getting here. In essence, I am also paid to talk for a living and it’s a good gig for a chatterbox. But silence is just as, and often far…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Acting On Intuition

If there were one thing I think meditation has gifted me over all the other things, it’s a tuned in intuition. It’s not that I follow it religiously, but I am certainly aware of the consequences when I don’t. How many times have we said anguished ‘ugh, I KNEW that would happen!!’. Then why didn’t…
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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 – 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 – How Much Do You Really Want It?

A hermit was meditating by a river when a young man interrupted him.“Master, I wish to become your disciple,” said the man.“Why?” replied the hermit.The young man thought for a moment.“Because I want to find God.”The master jumped up, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, dragged him into the river, and plunged his…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Does It Matter

Being the Virgo bossy pants that I am, being right was always an agenda I carried. ‘I told you so’ was a phrase I couldn’t wait to slip from my lips. I was addicted to being ‘in the right’. So boring. Over almost a decade now, I have thankfully learnt a lot from Arran. I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Willingness

We have so many ideas about ourselves and so many roles we play, sometimes we forget who we truly are underneath it all. I love teaching little kids meditation, as they haven’t been told as deeply yet, what they can and can’t be according to everyone else’s limited ideas. They truly believe still they can be…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Don’t Know Mind

One of my favourite Buddhist concepts is Don’t Know Mind. It’s about not allowing the mind to constantly jump to conclusions. These conclusions when we break it down, are based on old ideas anyway, as the mind only knows old information not new. And personally, I am so tired of hearing that rock-solid ‘science’ has…
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L E T T E R from Jac – When Did We Forget How To Rest?

I sometimes look at my dogs, sleeping away in the sun and think; nice for some. It can be nice for all of us in truth but we have to own it. When did we forget to rest? When did we begin to think that we were invincible, disconnected from nature, our own nature and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Mind To God

I am this week studying a miniature Indian Mughal painting course, that is fascinating and incredible. The tutors have been flown out from India and have been miniature painters for over 35 years each. Whenever someone is struggling within the course, the main teacher smiles sweetly and says, ‘Yes all is good, just connect to…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Begin. Immediately.

I spent two years diddling around on being consistent with writing before committing to a daily writing practice. I kept myself small by repeating to myself that if I wrote every day and emailed it out, people would be pissed off, there were too many emails. Or that I didn’t have the skill, and hadn’t…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Remembering What We Forget

I mean we all know this right? I love beautiful things, there’s no doubt. I also recognise that experiences shape me over things. But then I forget. So quickly I forget. So I have a little game I play. There’s something I want; so I ask how much life do I have to exchange, doing…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Collaboration

If you were Inspiration, imagine how boring it would be if everyone sat around waiting for you, groaning and inactive. Waiting, thirsting for you, but not contributing at all. Blaming you for not arriving and eliminating their ‘creativity block’. If I were Inspiration I would leave these ones on the kerb, and head straight for…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Fighting The Alligators

I recently had a friend say to me really casually, no harm intended, ‘you know some people like your honest approach, and some don’t, they want a Guru or someone who has their shit together. I’ve had lots of people mention it’. It knocked me hard. Not for heaven’s sake as I EVER wish to…
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L E T T E R from Jo – An Ode to Nature

I am in awe of Nature. All things about it I love. I come at it from a lay-persons view which means I don’t understand it in any deep scientific way, only through what I observe and experience. It hasn’t always been that way, my recognition and admiration have ebbed and flowed. My early years…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Losing Our Rhythms

Moving houses, let alone cities, or countries does certainly provide its challenges. The same goes for relationships, jobs, friends. Changing anything discombobulates us. We get jarred, shaken. On one hand, we go into it knowing change is evolution, that shifts can only bring good. Then a little of what we might brand ‘bad’ happens, or…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting Go Of The Rope

Since coming to London, there has been so much joy and discovery and excitement. And fear and terror and doubt. I want to dedicate the next few Letters to dealing with our shadows, as mine has resurfaced from the depths in the last two months and I have had to pull out every technique, bit…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Always Going For Truth And Honesty

I really enjoyed Jill Soloway’s book She Wants It, and so highly recommend it. In particular, her honesty was so refreshing. Where she had fallen down, where she had been misaligned, where her ego had hindered her. Also her joys and delights in the creative process, family life, being a working woman. She artfully and succinctly…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Internal and External Rhythms

Something I discussed at the London Integrated Meditation Meeting last week, which seemed to really strike a chord, was internal and external rhythms. When taken into deeper consideration, it’s very powerful. Each of us has a natural internal rhythm that we work best to when we align to it. And our internal rhythm is frequently…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Put Down Your Books

At The Broad Place, we advocate study and reading all the time. However, if the study is not taken into action it’s useless. I absolutely adore reading, absorbing, studying. I dedicate a moment of every day to this. It’s a process that’s very live though, and I discard as much of what I read through…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Passing of Practice

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 Jac – Holding On Longer Than Required

There are so many versions of this fable, all delivering the same message; that we must not hold onto what isn’t ours, not what has passed. A head monk and student were once traveling together down a muddy road. Heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Danger of The Majority

When it comes to spiritual growth, self-development and our active evolving, it can get tricky at times. Sometimes what we want to believe is so strong, that we can start to ignore reality. We can get caught up in strange little situations, ignore certain parts because other parts feel so right. We can actually fall…
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