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L E T T E R – Thinking Kills Creativity

If you’ve ever been working on something and loved it, then over thought it, then doubted it, then felt ill and insecure – you’ll know thinking kills creativity. The ego […]

L E T T E R – What Spirituality Means Part 2

Yesterday, I wrote in the Letter about re-framing spirituality and you can read it HERE. It’s a big topic and one that two Letters won’t do justice to but I […]

L E T T E R – Creating Space For Creativity

I don’t mean physical space here. But emotional space. Conscious space. Creative space. Working stuff out space. A sacred space we enter daily, where we are human beings not just […]

L E T T E R – Everyone Is Creative 

I get upset when I hear people say ‘oh I am not creative’ or exclaim ‘so and so doesn’t have a creative bone in their body!”. Because I truly believe […]

L E T T E R – The Old Creative Paradigm

I love it when slightly delusional ‘creative’ people or artists claim they don’t need order, they fly by the seat of their pants, and sometimes work all night, and never […]

L E T T E R – A Fractured Dance

When I was teaching meditation in Silverlake, we spoke collectively about the current frenzy and uptake of spiritual practices and self development. We are on one hand in a wonderful […]

L E T T E R – To Tread Lightly

I like to think of this not just as treading the earth lightly, but whilst treading, being ultra aware of everything. The cracks in the pavement, the trees, the sun […]

L E T T E R – Squeamish

When I am traveling, I really dislike airports. I wish I was more cool and Zen and what not, and didn’t have these kinds of things bother me, but, the […]

L E T T E R – The Power Of Water

Water, the incredibly dynamic and flexible qualities that can shift it from ice to fluid, to steam. Imagine if we could also be that flexible? Our physical bodies may not […]

L E T T E R – Just Now

Future Projecting is something I teach and talk about a lot, as it’s a huge rut we get stuck in. It’s when we delay our own happiness as something isn’t […]

L E T T E R – A Cat On A Leash

I hear too often nonsense about ‘taming the mind’ and references to a monkey and wild horses. The mind isn’t an animal that can be tamed into submission. It can’t […]

L E T T E R – Recovery Time

I had an experience years and years ago, where I went to see a friend of mine who is a healer, and I had been practising Vedic meditation for a […]

L E T T E R – Impeccable Word

Last year, I repeated something that someone else said, and I knew I shouldn’t have.I immediately corrected myself and ask that person not to repeat it, ashamed, and knowing I […]

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 […]

All The Damn Thoughts

Have you ever listened to all the thoughts going on in your head? I sat in the most beautiful garden last week on my little Retreat, overlooking a huge pond, […]

A Recalibration

Oh, how this quote resonates with me. The accompanying vulnerability, the incapacity to hold it or when an emotion breaches the limits of our understanding. I have been listening, reading […]

The Roar of The Universe

The ego, so loud, so insistent, so annoying, so abrupt. The heart, so gentle, so mild, so curious. If we continue to honour our ego over our heart, the universe will eventually roar so loudly, with such force […]

The Constant Reminder

What happens when a bigger ‘problem’ comes along? All the big problems before it are suddenly relegated to little problems and those occupying our minds and egos fall away. Find […]

Book Club Launch

As avid readers and meditators here at The Broad Place, we know how transformational both these things are. We call it the 4% Rule. Where we invest 2x 20 minute meditations and […]

Shhh Now, Ego

Oh man doesn’t the ego like to stink up a tantrum when we are wondering, or worse KNOW someone else is speaking of us poorly. I recently had a situation […]

The First Time Should Be Enough

Recently I watched Oprah Winfrey being interviewed after her Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes. She said, “The greatest lesson I’ve learned throughout my career came from Maya […]

Where Are You Now?

We all seem to know this, that being present reaps the greatest rewards as a human,but very little do we embody and practice it. There’s just so much snatching at […]

Fear

Hi everyone, This is Emily, I am a meditation teacher here at The Broad Place. I have been working with Jac and Arran for years now, assisting on Retreats, knowledge courses […]

What Will You Think

There is so much talk of the power of positive thinking, so much science to back it up, yet I feel that most of us skim through really never engaging […]

When Things Go Wrong

This week, let’s actively make choices to either gently flow in the direction of what is going right, and if things go wrong, not go with them. We’re not on […]

What Would It Look Like

What would it look like if you had a year to live? What would you read? What would you stop reading? What would remain important and what not? Who would […]

It’s So Bothersome Being Bothered

In Buddhism, Dukkha, which is originally a Pali word, is translated most frequently as suffering. Specifically the suffering of the mind that we humans experience as we grasp on to […]

Selective Feedback

This is such a huge topic that I might visit it a few times more!!To begin with, ensuring we only take feedback from those who count, is imperative to our […]

You The Scriptwriter

I have so many conversations about things falling apart, and yesterday’s letter sparked some of those. I think when we are made redundant in our job, have to close our […]

What Would Fade If You Let It

I’ve had a few recent experiences that really made me sit up and re-evaluate some relationships. Usually I think most of us potter along with the status quo believing things […]

What Other People Think

Dealing with the fear of ‘what other people think’ affects so many of our students, and myself. I hear about why people won’t leave a job/partner/friendship or follow their heart. […]

The Danger of The Majority

When it comes to spiritual growth, self development and our actively evolving, it can get tricky at times. Sometimes what we want to believe is so strong, that we can […]

Beginners Mind

Beginners Mind is a Buddhist and Zen concept of approaching everything as if it’s the first time. What would our days look like without all the beliefs, prejudices and biases? […]

Being Kind Under Pressure

This week I woke to the micro pressures of teaching meditation, a tonne of mentoring, many many meetings, workshops, talks and teacher training. In essence, perhaps too much in one week. […]

The Need To Disconnect To Connect

It’s the time of year when I am at my most engaged. We have all our meditation courses before the year wraps, our Byron Bay retreat and I just graduated […]

The Medicine For Modern Living

Seth Godin popped into my inbox with “Are there places do you feel like you’re falling behind where there’s actually no race?”, and it reminded me of being in the […]

A Remedy For Shame

When I first started writing these little letters to our students, I felt the deepest shame. Who the hell was I to share thoughts? I was so keen to move […]

Hell Is Just Resistance To Life

On the weekend just been I had too much to juggle and responsibilities I didn’t want to fulfill and I just wanted to fall into a heap and listen to […]

The Perfection Of It All

“Thus, this supremely perfect order of the Universe goes on all around us. But the structure is so vast, and our thinking so ego-centered, that we mistake perfect order for […]

A Bumper Issue of Goodness

We have returned from India, the place of chaos and calm, inspired, refreshed and thrilled to be home. I can’t really put into words the joy of seeing a group […]

The Creative Process – Refinement

We have been working for 12 months on designing, refining, polishing, sanding and adding new architecture to The Broad Place. These changes will be unveiled in stages from later this […]

Diwali Evening at The Broad Place

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” Martin Luther King, Jr. Diwali is a special celebration in India, celebrated with light […]

Q. What Will The Future Look Like?

A. The Best Parts Of The Present I read this moving article over the weekend. My little brother is seriously disabled, and I am well aware of the challenges that families raising […]

The Little Moments

Yesterday Jeff arrived from LA, and we had a Group Meditation Meeting and spoke of how nature is at all times trying to give us the fullness of life. And […]

It Might Be Easier…

Marley and I sat in a Parisian cafe this morning. We had orange juice, coffee (well for me), baguettes and croissants with tiny pots of raspberry jam. We sat in […]

Indignation Or Creativity; What Will You Choose?

Oh my have I had my battles with indignation. It’s a tricky emotion. Essentially it’s a response of anger or frustration for a perceived error in/or unfair treatment. It blocks […]

What If You Only Had 2 Hours

I was listening to the Tim Ferriss Podcast as he was listing the ‘Impossible 17 Questions That Changed My Life’ and one in particular struck me ‘if you only had […]