A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

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 Jo – How We Act is the Most Important Thing

Once upon a time, I was all about collecting knowledge, being smart, knowing things, knowing lots of different things, more knowing and trying to know the most. Slowly, I have recognised that yes, knowledge is great; learning is fun and having answers to questions can be interesting but it’s definitely not everything. What you do,…
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L E T T E R from 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 Jo – You Are Always Worth It

Ultimately we all want to feel connected and loved and sometimes in our pursuit of these very things, we get a little lost. Indifference or rejection is like catnip to us. I’m not sure if it’s the perceived challenge or the wanting to prove our worth to others and likely to ourselves that we end…
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L E T T E R from Jo – We Have The Power

We don’t get to choose the emotions we feel but we are in charge of the responses we have to them. Love and compassion are choices that are always available to us to make. A lot of the time remembering they are choices is hard. Staring directly into a difficult and challenging situation and making…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Checking In With Your Life

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

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

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

When something great happens, I sometimes want to hold on to it just that little bit longer. I want to sink in to its delightfulness and stay a while – more importantly, I want to be the one who decides when to let it go. Let’s be honest it could quite possibly be never… Alternatively,…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Beware The Monkey Trap

Moving forward can be exciting, exhilarating, heartfelt, true and authentic. We all know that we evolve, shift and change day by day and playing an active, leading role as we create new pathways and edit old ones is certainly empowering and energising. It is also very easy and familiar to hold on, to hold tight…
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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 Jo – Expanding Together By Doing

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

It can be amazing how fortifying and freeing it can be when you feel that you have no choice. You are compelled to act because the alternative is so powerfully wrong that it would be worse to endure than ignore. It’s the final straw, the tipping point, the last twig on the camel’s back before…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Me, Myself and I

Comparison is indeed the thief of joy. When we start to compare we are under the illusion that it’s a like for like scenario and we extend an invite to the least helpful word in the dictionary “should”. Which is when we know we’re in trouble. I want to be inspired, expanded and motivated but…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Big Catch

I wanted to share this wonderful fable for you to ponder. It’s important that we consciously choose how we are going to spend every minute of this beautiful life of ours. This choice is one of the few we have within our power and doing so aligned to our true essence and values makes it…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Doing Is The Way

I love learning new things, new facts, new ideas, new concepts – anything new! I like to be introduced to the new stuff, mulling it over, holding it, considering it, discussing it, critiquing it, sharing it – there’s a curiosity and love of exploring and expanding that quenches my thirst. Intellectually that is. Anything physically…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Bring A Picnic

How many situations have you been in where you just keep cycling around and around, peddling the same words expecting this time round you’ll be heard, recognised, awarded the winner, the leader, the right-one, the best or whatever accolade or outcome you are seeking. In my vast (insert cheeky grin) experiences with these sorts of…
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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 Jo – Just Do It

Have you ever been geared up to do something and just as you’re about to do it a teeny voice asks if you really should? I mean talk about an eleventh-hour intervention. As a sneaky over-thinker I get lured in… “Ooooh maybe that’s my intuition telling me not to do something – I really should…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Impress Thy Self

When was the last time you set out to impress yourself? I mean as the main event, the sole objective, not as a residual side effect or as the unintended consequence of impressing others… Just the thought, the very idea of setting the goal to impress myself by myself seems foreign, strange and yet there…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Tell It To Me Straight

I have a preference for direct and honest communication. I don’t have time to beat around the bush or make assumptions and take guesses – usually wrong, about what is being said. There’s nothing worse than the vibe of things left unsaid or half said or hidden within other things that are said. What I’m…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Only You

“Nothing is original.” This statement always triggers me to try and think up something that is truly original and believe me I really try hard to think of something, anything that is original from the very start. However, so far I have always failed and it reminds me again and again that we are building…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Rewire Me Please

There is an interesting dynamic that takes place between the mind and the heart and many factors determine which leads and which follows, this will be different for each of us. The weighting and leadership between these two (mind and heart) will pretty much determine our experience of the world. It is clear that our…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Leave Some Room

As an ex-Right Fighter, I know a thing or two about taking a position and holding on tight. Leaving no room for anything else at all – not your opinion, not your view, and don’t even say it, not even the chance I could be wrong *gasp*. Of course, being RIGHT is easily justified, for…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Embrace Your Creativity

I was listening to a podcast on my way to work the other day and it referenced that based on the current trajectory in a few years the majority of the workforce will be self-employed – #bestboss! Regardless of whether this will be our reality or not, the changing environment around us is increasingly becoming…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Enjoy the Unfurling

I love A-HA! moments – like that final piece of a giant puzzle clicking together and revealing all or a theatre curtain that only until fully raised do you appreciate the scene that is laid out in front of you. I love the accomplishment of these moments of realisation, things that had been fuzzy become…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Skin in the Right Game

I was kindly asked the other day, are you committed to this or are you just involved? Yikes, I had to pause and consider what they were actually asking me – what was the difference between commitment and involvement? And importantly what did I want to be? Like the rabbit, commitment is you are all…
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L E T T E R from Jo – It’s All About The Joy!

I’ll be honest I have not leapt in to the Marie Kondo approach to tidying but I have observed from the sidelines (likely because of the tidying) as there is something that feels so good about it that I couldn’t quite discern (likely because of the tidying). After witnessing my husband happily (dare I even…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Be More Like Coffee

It’s no secret that I love coffee. A most honoured daily ritual of joy – a hot, fresh cup of coffee enlivens all my senses and brings gentle contentment to my day (and also, I’m always much smarter after my coffee). There is a magic to coffee that goes beyond the functional and I am…
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L E T T E R from Jo – You Love You

Imagine you are holding a container – it can be as big as you like, any shape you like and decorated just the way you like. Now, “fill it up” with all the love you have for yourself (positive thoughts, adoration, things you are good at). Observe how full your container gets … you can…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Watering My Grass

How many times have I looked “over there” at the green grass wishing it was under my feet? Too many to count. The idea that I’d be great over there, all my dreams would come true if I was over there, I would be really successful over there, people would love me more over there,…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Moving Towards A Better Me

I love the forward motion that focusing on who you want to become creates. It puts yesterday firmly in its place, it anchors you to today but with a glittering eye on tomorrow – this is my kind of set up. It keeps me buoyed in knowing that any action has a course correction built…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Struggle is Real

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

If you ever find yourself knee-deep in self-righteousness (Coo-ee!) or complaining/whining/elegantly demonstrating the shortcomings of others, situations or experiences (who me? looks over shoulder) this is the antidote. The good news is that you are the boss, the bad news is that you are the boss. Hang on – I have the power (Yass!) and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – My Expectation-Laden Day

Introducing Jo Simpson, The Broad Place’s new resident Integrated Meditation Teacher! Jo will be teaching in Sydney and in New Zealand all of this year. She’s a phenomenal teacher, and all round awesome human, with a fascinating background as an innovation director. Creative thinking has been her path for decades. She will be contributing a…
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