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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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Thought Of The Week – Mind Nutrition

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

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

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

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

As a creative in my early twenties, rejection was just part of the game. Trained as an Interior Architect, and then as a graphic designer and photographer, I was thirsty and hungry for projects and so went after them like a wildfire. Then something seems to happen as you progress more into your career, and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Evolution Of The Broad Place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘We join spokes together in a wheel,but it is the centre holethat makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot,but it is the emptiness insidethat holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house,but it is the inner spacethat makes it liable. We work with being,but non-being is what we use.’ Verse…
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L E T T E R – The Tiny Teachers In Their Hundreds

Each of us has a unique set of codes within us, that are our little teachings, a personal gift from our life experiences that add up into a source code that allows us to crack open the parts of us that need attention. These tiny teachings are our triggers. As Ram Dass says, “We only…
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L E T T E R – ENERGY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Energy is a huge focus for me always, through my meditation, yoga, karate, and qi-gong training as well as understanding energy states throughout the day, and distributing my energy as best I can for maximum enjoyment but also productivity. Energy is also a huge part of The High Vibe Challenge that is coming up, so it’s…
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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 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 Jac – Finding Strength

I don’t know about you, but my thoughts at times can be utterly awful. A doomsday riot of negativity, doubt, and fear. Mixed in with shame and nasty thoughts about myself. I still remember reading years and years ago from Ramana Maharshi, a spiritual sage, that we are not our thoughts. My mind couldn’t wrap…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Gifts Not Under The Tree

Have you ever received a present and thought, ‘weird, and certainly not what I want’ yet it’s gone onto be the most useful present ever? Something you end up loving, madly and can’t imagine life without it? A silicon spatula was that for me, when they were first created. My friend Nikki gave me one,…
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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 – Redefining Luxury

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 can buy cashmere in Uniqlo, champagne and smoked salmon in any supermarket. Conversely in travel, the world’s richest – Bill Gates, Greg Carr, Paul Tudor Jones – seek simple…
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L E T T E R – CLARITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This weeks intention is HUGE. We are finishing a year as well as a decade. So you might want a hand with it, and I have just the Program for you, our Closing a Decade; Inviting Another. Within this carefully created Program are video tutorials, Journal prompts and lots and lots of techniques and tools including…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Is It You’re Really Looking For?

I know when I feel anxious, challenged or I feel I have lost sense of the deep inner trust that everything will be okay, I tend to launch into ‘spiritual tourism’ and buy a spray, a crystal, an oil, and my goodness is there a bounty of new-age wellness stuff that can be purchased now.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – How To Take Accountability For Your Emotions

It can be a really emotional time at the moment, can’t it? Family situations, work coming to a crunch period as everyone tries to wrap a million things, and I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of friends going through breakups. Working out what’s ours to be responsible for emotionally is vital.…
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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 Jac – ACCEPTANCE Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Someone sent me a link to a very high profile guy on Instagram, who was literally SCREAMING at millions of followers that they must force, grind to make it happen, to work until they break. It was utter fear-mongering, ego appealing to ego. He spoke of how ‘right now someone is working harder than you’…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Nature Is Whispering Your Name

In most spiritual lineages, nature is considered an extension of people, and something to be nurtured and cared for, loved and cherished, a reciprocating relationship that moves back and forth between human and nature. If it’s a two-way street, nature needs us to reciprocate more than ever right now. I find it quite frankly a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Lonely Mountain Path

But not many people can be bothered with walking up the mountain to see that path. Down in the valley is where everyone else is, and it’s one steep hill. The thing with venturing up there is that there’s a lot more space, and not many others there, and a much better view. And from…
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L E T T E R – Gift One + Receive One; An Education of Clarity, Creativity and Consciousness this Christmas

We take education and experiences very seriously here at The Broad Place. Arran and I have always gifted each other books, courses, and experiences that enhance our consciousness, which ends up enlivening the receiver, making them more creative and dynamic, and in turn, strengthening our relationship. This Christmas, we wish to extend to you an…
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L E T T E R from Jac – All The Parts Of Us

In December we all get pretty full up in our Calendars. The other day I was trying to find time to lounge around with one of my London besties and watched Fleabag with them as they haven’t seen it (the horror of this is clearly unbearable) and couldn’t find a single long afternoon or evening…
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L E T T E R – COSMIC Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Do you sometimes feel life is moving so fast you are losing your connection to the whole? That daily we and all life forms turn for energy to a giant start? Do you forget that your brain has, as many synapses as there are stars in the galaxy? That when you look at a star,…
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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 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 – Zen Wednesday; Your Truth is Within

There’s so much preaching in spirituality and self-development, and far too much ego. We can use people as little points of inspiration, or to show us a direction, but no one can reveal the truth, let alone our own to us. There is no one path, one way or series of hacks that will bring…
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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 – 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 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 – 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 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 – But, From Where I Stand…

Some people got into a heated argument about different religions and philosophies and which was, in fact, true and right. They went to the Buddha to sort it out. The Buddha asked them to get a large and magnificent elephant and four blind men. He then brought the four blind people to the elephant and…
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L E T T E R – WONDER Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Wonder is such an important part of life, and with so much on we rarely take time to engage with it. Ironically, it doesn’t take up too much time, and to wonder does not cost a cent. We were out the other night, and this little baby was completely mind blown by the twinkling fairy…
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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 – 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 – Zen Wednesday; Avoiding Disappointment

In Buddhism, everything is seen as impermanent, so grasping and holding onto things, like money is useless, as is craving that which is impermanent. This doesn’t mean you throw your hands up in despair and not do anything, or get rid of everything. It means that we can find the Middle Way. Accept the contradictions…
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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 Jac – How To Sail

I come back to the essence of this quote a lot in my life. Questioning, am I truly working with nature or am I fighting it to get to my perceived destination. Asking what undiscovered lands might there be that I might be missing if I am sailing too fast. When do I need to restock…
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L E T T E R – REST Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week’s intention is a big one for me, and I am going to guess, for all of us. Maybe it’s the time of year? Full moon that’s just passed? Who knows, but rest is always, always required. We push ourselves so hard these days, we apply a-type thinking even to our days off, and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Feeling All The Feels

I forgot to write yesterday’s Letter. I clean forgot the day before. With so much happening at the moment, I realised too late and then took a pause and realised, I needed to stop for a moment. So I took the day off, walked Honey in the park, tucked myself in bed with some potato…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Zen Wednesday; Meals As More Than Body Nourishment

There is a Pali chant, a Buddhist chant that is often used with meals; ‘Sabe lokami Ye satah, Jivanta hara he tukumanunang, oh Jinungsabe labante mamaje tasah’ which translates as ‘May all sentient beings share this meal with me, and by the power of merit, may all beings live in health and happiness’. Throughout the…
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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 – FUN Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s been such an intense year to date, that it’s time to have some fun. I try to have as much fun as I can every week, but sometimes everything gets a little too ‘serious’ and it’s time to reboot. I also find in self-development and spirituality, it…
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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 – What We Seek

There is so much reference to what we seek being within.  ‘The kingdom of God is within you.’ Luke 17.21 ‘What you seek is seeking you.’ Rumi ‘Who looks outside; dreams. Who looks inside; awakes.’ Carl Jung ‘If God is everywhere then God is not anywhere exclusively.’ Richard Rohr What would today look like if…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Zen Wednesday

‘You have to go further. You have to demonstrate the answer. You have to embody the answer. You have to show the Zen master how you live fully in the moment. You have to manifest the answer in your life – in your everyday relationships, in the market-place, at work, as well as in the…
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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 – KINDNESS Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Spotting hypocrisy is a sport these days, and I get it, it’s everrrryywhere so is an enticing pastime with plenty of fodder. If we are ourselves, perfect humans, in continued and complete integrity, perhaps we could comment voraciously. But none of us are. I’m not saying let’s stay quiet, not speak our minds, or call…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Obstacles

A huge part of any creative process is moving through obstacles. One of my interior architecture mentors used to say to me, you throw in all your ideas into virtual sieve, and then keep shaking it all around until what’s not relevant or really works falls through, leaving you with just the gold at the end.…
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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 – Zen Wednesday; Enthralling Solitude

Zen meditation teacher Susan Murphy writes in her brilliant book Upside Down Zen, “Meditation is lonely as any practice is lonely – no one can make it easier for you, no one can do it for you, and you alone can find the endurable quality within it. But that loneliness gradually reveals a subtle and lovely…
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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 – UNCOVER Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

I think I have seen the phrase ‘I’m so triggered by this!!!!!’ on social media lately more than any other, accompanied by a lot of blame and finger-pointing. Completely unhelpful, and useless. Shouting that we are being triggered, doesn’t heal the trauma. Announcing our trauma to the world, without doing any internal work, gains nothing.…
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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 – 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 – Not Wishing Away The Present

Something in me shifted when I was at the Buddhist hermitage, without technology, or speech…or much eye contact. I re-learnt how to just sit and be. Our phones, iPads and laptops are such terrible thieves of the present moment. And as much as I coach myself and others on being aware of it, it just…
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L E T T E R – CLARITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Clarity, having it, bringing it forward in every moment and communicating it is like drinking a big cool glass of water. Clarity is what flows under our incessant confusing thought. The deeper natural intelligence we all have is only blocked by our getting caught in our thinking, which feels real to us, but is not.…
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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 – The World As Our Mirror

Ajahn Chah writes in his book, A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation, “In our practice, we think that noises, cars, voices, sights, are distractions that come and bother us when we want to be quiet. But who is bothering whom? Actually, we are the ones who go and bother them. The car, the sound, is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Opening To Vulnerability

You know one of the things I am most grateful for from you, our community of students and readers, is your open-hearted honesty, your incredible intelligence and also your generosity with your time. It’s a really hard thing if I am honest, to reach out and ask for help. Henry Ford was credited with saying,…
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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 – Back Yourself

‘No one will back you unless you back yourself’. This is something I am always saying to our students, that they need to back themselves deeply, truly, and then the universe, and other people will follow that cue. It doesn’t work as powerfully if you try it the other way around. So when I had…
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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 – Zen Wednesday; Finding Truth

‘Fudoshin’ is a Japanese term used in Zen frequently, which means an unshakeable will, utter determination, the mindset of a Samurai. Even in the face of death, injury or pain, the Samurai is present to what is. How this is embraced by Zen outside of being a warrior is that every day we too will…
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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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