Health and Wellness – The Broad Place
A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

Letter from Jac – It’s never too late to learn

Often people wait awhile to learn to meditate. It feels like something that can be learnt later, or when life gets really challenging, people tend to engage then. Thankfully it’s […]

Letter from Jac – What season are you in right now?

I often teach about our personal seasons. Summer being hot, full, lengthy and abundant, but also with the chance of burnout. Autumn being a time to pare back, and prepare for battening down […]

Letter from Jac – Do your glasses need a clean?

We see too often not what’s there, but what we are conditioned to see. Our brains override new possibility to take shortcuts that previously made sense. Passages like this; it deson’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Power Down Hour

One of the simplest and most effective tools I am ALWAYS banging on about, aside from Integrated Meditation, is powering down all tech before bed. If we look at any device, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Resilience is a full embrace

Often resilience is viewing as a strength, a tough as nails approach, unwavering attitude after so much endurance. But, resilience is the result of facing and embracing our humanity over […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Your personal daily dip dye

Every day, we saturate ourselves in thoughts, unchosen, not always well meaning, often chaotic. We must reconcile this is the case. We can’t choose our thoughts, but we can choose […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The real disturbance

What conditioning of your mind might you recognise is robbing you of reality?  What reactions are taking you out of your body and driving your mind wild?  Are these reactions […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Everything is fleeting

When in those perfect, clear moments when we are cleavered away from our overthinking, and we are just absolutely present to life, we understand how fleeting life is. I teach […]

Recommended Reading

I read ferociously and adore knowledge in all it’s forms. The Vedic view on knowledge is that it has many flavours and there is no ‘direct path’. So here is […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Little Choices

My friend Jen told her son, it’s not so much about the big decisions in your life, it’s about the tiny, micro decisions you make continuously that matter. I loved […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The return of FOMO

My friend sent me the cover of this week’s New York magazine with an enormous gold title The Return Of FOMO. Which stands for Fear Of Missing Out. And it’s […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Paying attention

I spent the weekend studying with the phenomenal Rose Baudin, and the amount of rapid scrawl notes I took is going to take some time to dissect BUT this one […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Suffering is optional

It’s so desirable to make the ‘right decision’ and so challenging in knowing what the heck that is without all the information available in that moment. I seem to have […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Your Brain On Tech

This week I really, really felt drawn to working with our emotional landscape, neuroscience and relationship to technology and social media. This is because I have been trying really hard […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Don’t Wait, Just Start

Hello lovely reader, I have fallen into a haphazard matter of writing these Letters to you. Without the self imposed structure of daily writing, and at a loss as to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Dropping The Intellect

I love this story, for it demonstrates how quickly we can get caught up in concepts, and delusional about where we are at. Striving to be better, at all costs, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The Discomfort Of Boundaries

One of the very common pitfalls of self development and spirituality is spiritual bypass. Spiritual bypass is where spiritual practice is used sidestep with what’s really happening. ‘Non attachment’ for […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Becoming Who We Are

Nearly all our automated responses to situations were formed before we turned 7 years of age. So tiny! When we are peaceful, calm, grounded, stable however, we can move from […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Go Kindly

I don’t know about you, but I have been experiencing huge waves of grief, sadness and anger. It might be the womens march, sometimes it’s hearing from a friend still […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Take Care Of Yourself

Our bodies are the host for our consciousness, and when we are fatigued, physically have overdone it, or unwell, consciousness will respond. We know that when we have burnt out […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Remember To Breathe

Breathing, a life-force which we so often forget about. Unconsciously, we move through our days with around 20,000 breaths. How many go unnoticed? When we are stressed our breathing gets […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Getting Cooked

When we prepare a recipe, there’s much that goes into it before the moment of eating. The creative process, the sourcing of ingredients, the setting out of all that is […]

L E T T E R from Jac- The Passing Weather Storms

I know, yet six weeks into this year, there is much weariness. A fatigue, that became like a heavy coat last year, ill-fitting and musty is being worn past its […]

Letter from Jac – Some Days

There are some days when we find this impossibly hard. The idea that everything can speak to us of passion and invites us to cherish it. Yet it’s happening, it’s […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Love Is The Answer

Whatever the question, Love is always a good answer. So simple, right? Nonetheless, I find it sometimes hard to remember, to remember that love is in fact a good answer. […]

L E T T E R from Jo – The Magic Of Yet

“Yet”, a powerful word, brimming with potential and possibilities, the perfect finisher to many sentences, the opener of doors, the cheerleader of growth, it’s tiny and jam packed with promise. […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Just The Weather

It’s so important to remember this. The other day flying to Sydney, I had an old friend visit with force, anxiety. It was a combination of factors that brought my anxiety in, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The Mystery

Before technology and modern times, people used to be far more attuned to nature, to the rhythms of the universe, but we have fallen out of these rhythms as a […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Harvesting Joy

Can you hold your sorrow more loosely? Could it be easily blown away with the wind, the seasons? How do you ensure you hold onto your joy?  Most of our happiness is not […]

L E T T E R from Jac – One Single Thing

Today choose one single thing that can elevate you to your highest grade self. Is it… – drinking two litres of filtered water– moving your body for 30 or more […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Engaging With The Tao

The Tao Te Ching for me highlights the eternal mystery and connection to everything we have in the world. We can only kid ourselves so much that we are completely […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Resistance Is Real

“Hello, my name is Jo and I’m a Starter not a Finisher, please help”. How many projects, ideas, practices, dreams, tasks have I started and never finished? (a lot). Grand […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Be Kind

A victim mentality can really block us from a whole lot of connection with other people. The ego bleating that no one understands and that we have it harder. I […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Confidence In Our Compassion Part 2

Following on from yesterday’s Letter – compassion isn’t trying to promote or defend ourselves, which is the opposite of compassion, but is actually tapping into our basic goodness, AND additionally […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Creative Abundance

How do I do so many creative things and put them into the world? It’s a question I am asked a bit so it seemed worthwhile taking a moment to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Calling Future Self

Try this, Get some paper and pen. Sit down some place comfortable, slow your breathing, relax into your body. Imagine it’s six months from now. Really dive into this experience. […]

L E T T E R from Jo – There You Are

One thing I really appreciate about my meditation practice is that I get an amplified awareness of not just the things that truly matter, the things that really light me […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Being The Witness

As Ram Dass once said, “One part of getting free, free into the soul or into the witness, is the ability to stand back a little bit, because now you […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Being Okay

I think this Zen concept is brilliant, ‘Half of happiness is being okay with what you don’t get, the other is being okay with losing whatever you have’.  It is […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Reframing

On Saturday we had the amazing Workshop for September’s The DOJO. Each month it is 90 minutes of philosophy and tools, engagement and enquiry, and one tool, in particular, I […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Imperfect Meditation

One of the key things I am literally hammering into our Integrated Meditation students is to not chase perfection. You cannot be a perfect meditator. You cannot achieve a perfect practice. For it comes […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

L E T T E R from Jac – A Vow On How We Speak

Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling a bit insecure, or cranky, you’re more prone to speaking negatively? I certainly do. A bad nights sleep, or feeling flustered about […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Living Through Creative Values

I have been exploring recently the way creativity in its broadest sense, beyond simply artistic talents, can offer a blueprint for living our best lives. It is always important to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Falling Flat

To say ‘It’s a weird time’ is to wildly understate the state of the world. Perhaps you are stuck in self isolation, you’re frontline and dealing with the pandemic directly, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Life As A Mandala

The CEO of Patagonia has stepped down, and her very lovely goodbye note was, “I’ve been thinking a lot about sand mandalas. In the Tibetan ritual, a group of practitioners […]

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 […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Being Sunshine

One joyful thing about penning the Letters is receiving correspondence from readers. One response last week was, that a reader had picked up a new book to read, with all […]

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 […]

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 […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Micro Decisions

Right now it’s a freaking challenging time. Even if you’re not being immediately challenged, it’s likely someone you love is. The world can feel utterly upside down, with no manual […]

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, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Surrendered Presence

At times, with all the noise of the external world raining down on us, the technology and the news and the politics and the and, and, and…we must return to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Your Wild

Have you lately been recognising that you have lost your wild? Have you felt a little caged, either from within your home, or perhaps even your mind? Has being kept […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Your One Precious Life

Dear reader, What will YOU do with your one wild and precious life?  What are we all learning right now through this pandemic?Are you reevaluating what you do with your time? Are you […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Future Projecting

I’m not talking about planning, planning is important, but future projecting, we must reign in. I think it’s a major component in what threw us off kilter with COVID. It […]

L E T T E R from Jo – The Illusion Of Limitation

Consider the sheer number of “norms” we face. The rules and regulations that our society endorses, enforces, and places upon us in an unwitting agreement – without our conscious realisation. […]

L E T T E R from Jac – We’re Not In Control

This quote is brilliant, as our ego truly thinks we are GM of the universe. Whenever we are resisting what’s happening we are in essence believing that we are the […]

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 […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Why We Practice

Elizabeth Gilbert is speaking on her spiritual practices in regards to COVID in the above quote. It’s beautiful wording isn’t it, ‘building the arc before the flood’. For too often […]

L E T T E R from Jo – The Art Of Going With The Flow

Just like surfing waves, improv, free styling, jamming, going with the flow can be seen as an exercise in co-creation. You, the universe, nature, your friends, family, colleagues, whoever or […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Rewiring Ourselves

A daily meditation practice is like taking a huge tangled ball of wool (our minds) and slowly, piece by piece untangling it. We can then couple this with education, some self understanding […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Letting The Storm Pass

I want you to think back to a really bad funk you have been in of late. One where you were gripped with negativity, or rage, or frustration. Mine are usually a combination […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Being Love

Ram Dass speaks, “You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – From The Archives

I am moving through over 1000 Letters and hand choosing which ones make it to the Letters Edition 1 collection that we are soon to self publish. It’s been a […]

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 […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Three Months From Now

I was asked to imagine my life three months from now by a healer/therapist I have been working with. I want to invite you to do the same, project forward […]