inspirational messages – The Broad Place
A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

L E T T E R – What Will You Choose?

The glass half empty mentality we all know, but do we actually live glass half full. Every moment. Is everything a gift and an opportunity, or do we see much […]

L E T T E R & a G I F T – A Mothers Gift

I adore this piece by Kahlil Gibran On Children. For it’s so easy to get caught in the grit of parenting, the daily grind and lose touch with love. We […]

L E T T E R – Anxiety

I have one rule for our meditation students and that is that they never apologise for not meditating.   Being anxious, stressed or strung out about our practice ensures we […]

L E T T E R – Choices

When we were in Los Angeles we went to a small, lesser-known private art gallery, and the gentleman working there enhanced our experience ten fold, by enthusiastically showing us through […]

L E T T E R – The Disturbing Truth

This took me a LONG time to get my head around when it came to spirituality and creativity. I enjoyed the sweeter parts, the ‘oh that’s so lovely’ feeling, the […]

L E T T E R – R E C O V E R Y

We are all recovering from something, whether it be grief, the ego’s grip, addiction, perfectionism, heartbreak. There’s deep recovery, and there’s daily shallow recovery, from our attachment to our prejudices, […]

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 – Soul Search

Not often are we encouraged in the West to renew our spirit and our spiritual thinking. I’m writing this from New York, where it is jam-packed with hundreds of flavours […]

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 – Our Last Act

What if today was the very last day of our lives? If tomorrow we never woke up. I like entertaining this line of thought, as it brings me completely into the present. […]

L E T T E R – Inside Out

It’s tempting to think that all the answers lie outside of us. It allows us to hold others responsible. To blame others if life doesn’t go to plan if we […]

L E T T E R – Empathy

We get mean when we feel scared. It’s pretty simple yet we forget this all the time. The difference in someone when they are falling in love with someone and […]

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 – Defining Success

I loved reading the bravery, anguish, creative processes and determination of Bill Strickland in his autobiographical book Making The Impossible Possible. He truly redefines what success could mean, and continues […]

L E T T E R – F*#k The Fear

Rest is undervalued in today’s frenetic society. I know it for myself. I burnt the candles at both ends for too long, and about 2 years ago with our move […]

L E T T E R – What Is Happy?

If you’ve had an upbringing remotely similar to mine, you may have found yourself with an ingrained belief that you ‘should’ be happy, always, that when you’re not happy, it […]

L E T T E R – What Is Compassion Actually

As I referenced the Dalai Lama yesterday, I thought it might be nice to kick off today’s letter with a quote from him and also study one of his key […]

L E T T E R – Commitment

Have you ever found your self ‘sitting by the door’ in life, always having one eye on your nearest exit? I’m a big culprit of this, and a few years […]

L E T T E R – Never Burn

In today’s society, which is riddled with muddled messaging, knowing how to hold oneself is becoming increasingly challenging. Sayings such as ‘tall poppy syndrome’ or ‘crabs in a bucket’ describe […]

L E T T E R – Our 10,000 Teachers

Just for today, imagine that every single person in your life, is there to teach you something. Something small, something sacred, something special; it doesn’t matter.With the same respect, you […]

Wishing Won’t Work

Sometimes the intellect can be so defined, that we forget we must apply it. Like a tool that sits in a shed, it’s nothing with application. In regards to doing […]

So Much Opportunity

Such a simple shift in mindset occurs when reading this. I like the word opportunity. It means gift, which sometimes can be hard to stomach when we think ‘reaaaallly, this […]

The Real Miracle

I honestly am not sure I can contribute any more to this beautiful quote, except to provide it as a reminder that we live beautiful lives that are a complete […]

It Takes Two To Tango

I was terribly bullied as a little kid and again as a teenager. And now teaching meditation to lots of kids, and having one myself, I see all the time […]

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, […]

Fresh Eyes, Fresh Mind

Beginners Mind is a Buddhist concept that I love and try to implement as much as possible. It’s not about forgetting everything we know, but rather about stepping into every […]

Help Without Judgement

Years back I read the most fabulous book called The Art Of Asking By Amanda Palmer. Yes she did a Ted Talk. No, you cannot get the same amount from […]

And This

One of my all times favourites. We can look back at painful times and reflect on how important they were, how much we learned, but in the thick of the present one, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Daily Commitment

What if it you made it this simple. What if you distilled all the self help and self development and spiritual teachings into a daily commitment of: LOVE ALL; that means […]

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 […]

The Heart

I often ponder why it’s so hard to follow our hearts and even harder sometimes to hear what they have to say. I end up in the same place each […]

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 […]

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 […]

Every Bit Counts

I really am so blown away by all the kind and encouraging messages I have been receiving to these little letters. The kindness that has been expressed, the generosity with […]

The Burn

Years back I had to really ask myself why were the unimportant things and people in my life getting so much attention, and the things and people that lit me […]

The Connectedness of It All

The other day, I wrote about the concept of letting something go, in order to invite something in. To empty out, in order to experience, or even better, contribute something […]

Combatting Overwhelm

This time of year is supposed to be all about fresh starts, and new beginnings and a ‘wealth of opportunity’ but it can also be insanely overwhelming! This is the […]

Why Create A Morning Routine in 2018

Mornings for me are sacred. A time to contemplate, to be a human being. To stretch, meditate, exercise, be near the ocean or in nature and to read and absorb […]

Resolutions vs Intention Setting

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas/Festivus/Whatever You Celebrate and time to nourish and renew. Emily spent the time settling into her new home on the beach, Arran and I […]

When Did It Get So Hard To Say Sorry

Yesterday Arran and Marley were arguing over something small, and I stepped in with an opinion and completely overrode what Arran had said. He was pissed, called me on it […]

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 […]

All Those Thoughts – Which To Choose

In a sea of 80,000-90,000 thoughts a day it’s challenging to know which are helpful, real, genuine, creative and which are crap. We are literally bombarded daily with observations, negativity, desires, wants, […]

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 […]

Our Daily Work

‘Living a Non Monastic Life (with emails and other dreaded tasks)’ Memories back to my recent time in the redwood trees and forests of Northern California… It seems so easy […]

So Many Things

Hello my friend, I have only just 36 hours ago returned from the most incredible 6 weeks away. I can barely capture the trip and the experiences so I wanted […]

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 […]

To Be Where We Are

Today I feel like having a little bit of a rant. And then suggesting something to follow that I hope will help… Because we are rarely told to appreciate where […]

The Smaller Moments

We just landed yesterday from Los Angeles, and I’m only home for a few rich days before I head to Northern India to study. When I say rich days, I […]

Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows

We know this to be true; where we place our attention, energy will flow. So awareness of where we place our attention is absolutely key. As we’ll manifest whatever we […]

Comfort Zones

Comfort zones would have to be one of the most boring places to hang out in for extended periods of time. I’m going to go as far as to say […]

We Are What We Think

I love this quote. So many woes we all have, so many of them imagined. The mind is a pretty great tool for somethings. Predicting the future is definitely not […]

Are You Ready? I Am VERY Ready…

Arran and I are right now in Tokyo, leaving this evening after our last minute, very fulfilling trip here. We were having the most fantastic Summer, settling into our phenomenal […]

It’s All Spiritual Work

Travel is my spiritual work. I detest car travel and air travel. I find it pushes all my buttons. The feeling of being trapped. The mechanical nature of it all. […]

Some Mind Bait To Catch Bigger Fish

This week I am including some juicy bits and pieces to keep your mind trained on expanding, staying creative and getting clarity on who you could BE. Below is a […]

Is It A Frog Or An Eggplant?

There is a a Zen Buddhist fable I have heard a few times that goes along the line of this. A very dedicated monk was walking in the dark of […]

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 […]

The Strange Cruelty To A Very Small Tree

Arran bought me a bonsai for Christmas. I love it so. We chose a tiny Japanese maple together, and the sweet thing needs much attention. What we found fascinating was […]

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 […]

What Lies In The Shadows

This year I was dedicated to refining the difference between judgement and discernment. They really are poles apart. It’s a funny thing really, judgement gets a bad rap, as in […]

‘You Are Welcome Here’

Diving back into my Zen studies this year (a hilarious concept really as you can ‘study Zen’ you just need to  ‘be Zen’, but I do still love to study […]