vedic meditation – The Broad Place
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L E T T E R from Jac – Trusting The Universe

I have something I remind myself of constantly; there are no accidents and there are no coincidences. Everything is happening just as it should be, as an opportunity. And to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Support and Synchronicity

In life, there is sometimes universal support, and sometimes too many roadblocks. Discerning which is which simply takes years of attuning to. Our instinct and connection to the universe deepens […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Redefining Success

I would like to spend some time this week (within the gift to me, that is these Letters, as I get to really nut out ideas), in clarifying and sharing […]

Los Angeles March 2019

We are coming to Los Angles to teach a special course in Integrated Meditation! If you are interested in sitting the Meditation Course the details are below, and you can […]

L E T T E R – Real Power

Being a recovering control freak and perfectionist, OCD, a Virgo and aaaall the other labels I could apply to my habit of wanting to tightly reign in outside events. I […]

L E T T E R – Building Stillness and Acceptance

In the Vedic view, there are three things present at all times. Creation, maintenance and destruction. The Vedic view of destruction is removing something which is no longer relevant. And […]

L E T T E R – Committing To The Important

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 […]

L E T T E R – Expanding Curiosity

I couldn’t agree more that curiosity in all aspects of life is needed for creativity and flow. Arran told me about a friend of ours that shared a story with […]

L E T T E R – Celebrating 200 Letters!!!

There are days when I sit to write these Letters to you and I feel physically ill. I am overcome with shame, who do I think I am sharing a […]

L E T T E R – It’s All Just Grist For The Mill

I got a text from a friend the other day, reporting something insignificant on another friend that I had a falling out with. I got instantly triggered. I went from […]

W E E K E N D E D I T I O N 20

READ I adore this book by our friend Josh, his approach to creativity and consciousness continually inspires me. I interviewed Josh for our upcoming podcasts which will launch soon, can’t wait […]

L E T T E R – Saying ‘I Don’t Know’

When did we lost the art of saying, ‘you know what, I don’t know’ or ‘wouldn’t have a clue’. When did everyone get so over-educated, and terrified of not being […]

L E T T E R – The Creation of Time

Time is something that expands and contracts, as it’s all a perception. Stay with me, I know it sounds a little out there.  Have you ever noticed how 2 hours […]

L E T T E R – A Sequence Of Small Choices

My dear friend Jen was recently telling me a story about a conversation she had with her teenage son. He was saying he thought a situation wasn’t such a big […]

L E T T E R – Knowing Our True Nature

Sometimes people think spirituality is all mung beans and hand holding and unicorns. Sometimes people think spirituality is a word representing India and the 1960’s. When I say it in […]

L E T T E R – The Freedom To Make Mistakes

As a recovering perfectionist, I have had intense experiences around making mistakes. It makes no sense as part of the creative experience is trying over and over, making beautiful mistakes, […]

L E T T E R – Fluidity

I was once taught an analogy that I have carried around with me since from Taoism. It is that when you have strong emotions hit you, you imagine you are […]

L E T T E R – Getting Off Our Arses

The Buddhists say the root cause of suffering is our attachment to desires. It’s not our actual desires. But our attachment to them. And more often than not in today’s […]

L E T T E R – Dissolving That Which Divides Us

Long lasting change doesn’t come in a silver bullet, a bandaid or a quick fix. I was interviewed by our inspiring student and friend Melissa last week for her podcast […]

L E T T E R – To Create And Be Of Service

Over the weekend we put out a survey, which was answered by SO many which make me SO very pleased as The Broad Place is there for you, so when […]

L E T T E R – Why Indeed, Yes You Can

At the karate tournament last week, I saw a man with one leg compete. He stood on the side of the mats, with crutches, and I thought ‘poor guy must […]

L E T T E R – Fear and Freedom

This is a little game I play with myself, ‘what’s my greatest fear in this’. I’ve found in every situation there is some niggling fear or something more claustrophobic and […]

L E T T E R – Gratitude

I was ordering my coffee the other day, and our lovely friend who makes coffee Andre asked how I was going. I was in a particularly chipper mood and said […]

L E T T E R – There Is A Big Difference

There is a big difference between being productive and getting lots done, and simply overworking. There is being social, and there is filling loneliness with people. There’s enjoying the inspiration […]

L E T T E R – Judgement

When we are building something, a business, a relationship, our spiritual development, our education, our parenting, it’s so easy to stay locked in the mind. Trapped in the intellect. And […]

L E T T E R – Progressive Change

We have wired into our brains and bodies most of our reactions, thoughts, prejudices, and biases. We did so a long time ago, and we simply install them deeper with […]

L E T T E R – For The Pros

Inspiration comes to us through a channel of creativity. It’s not out there ‘waiting for us’ it’s flowing from within us. We then recognise that creativity, inspiration (and love and […]

L E T T E R – Where is That Somewhere?

‘Something, somewhere incredible is waiting to be known’; where is that somewhere? Inside of you. Every external experience we define as ‘true’ is a trigger of that truth within us, […]

L E T T E R – Inner Force

I’ve been meditating for a very long time, and this inner force is the most powerful tool I know for living more authentically and creatively. There is a field of […]

L E T T E R – The Path

I still remember many years back, over a decade ago, standing in a bookstore in New York, and picking up Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I […]

L E T T E R – The Two Wings

There is a beautiful concept with our meditation technique, about the purpose of twice-daily practice. In a nutshell, it’s that we dip into meditation, and then bring our best selves […]

L E T T E R – Meditation and Our Thinking

This is one of the greatest gifts of transcendence that our meditation technique gifts us – moving beyond one’s thoughts. This provides us with a framework for the mind to […]

L E T T E R – Conscious Experiences

It’s hard to believe at times, that nothing happens to anybody which he is not fit by nature to bear, isn’t it? But it’s true because we are still here […]

L E T T E R – Ceativityr, Love and Hate

I love this quote. Because the ego will tell us otherwise all the time, and ensure we are terrified of being hated. When we allow ourselves to be gripped by […]

L E T T E R – Being Disturbed

Today I wanted us to all gain clarity around this essential truth. Have you ever felt rested, calm and full of love and taken a comment from someone with humour? […]

L E T T E R – Flux and Meditation

Meditation teaches us so much, and in particular Vedic meditation, where we are taught so many amazing things that become our blueprint on how to live. One area in particular […]

L E T T E R – Is The Future Bright?

I hope this is how life feels for you, I really do. Arran and I have spent some time recently getting realigned with each other, what we hope for in […]

L E T T E R – Our Real Work

I heard Ram Dass once tell a wonderful story. I’m hazy on the details of country and religion, but it goes along these lines. Ram Dass is in a monastery […]

L E T T E R – Do It

There are so many layers to this, and I’ll map out today a few key things to consider when wondering how to ‘just do it’. Let’s start tiny and work […]

L E T T E R – Nowhere To Get

With our meditation practice, with our spiritual quests, our creative endeavors, there is nowhere to get, nothing to gain. Frustrating from a Western point of view if we have been […]

L E T T E R – Meaningfulness

I spent the weekend with Jeff Kober teaching about understanding our humanity, our spirituality, our dharma and how to enliven consciousness. It was spectacular. Jeff’s delivery of knowledge, and his […]

L E T T E R ­- Move Your Arse

I think this quote is such a great follow on from yesterday and I believe it so much. I had someone send me the loveliest message, and within it was […]

L E T T E R – To Be Breath Taken

I’m clearly having an emotional week as represented in all the Letters! I feel so positive and taken with the beauty of life I am gobsmacked. Inspired and in the […]

L E T T E R – The Way

Firstly I would like to thank all of you that send me the most heartfelt and beautiful notes of gratitude and your stories. I wish I could reply to them […]

L E T T E R – When Two Waves Collide

When you stand on a sandbank in the ocean, on certain tides, the waves wash in from the breakers and then sometimes hit the banks in such a way that […]

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 – Zen Walking

Kin Hin is a very beautiful practice of walking with presence, sometimes called Zen Walking. I remember still when first learning it on a Sesshin and being astounded at how […]

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 – 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 – The Journey

Sometimes the most frequently referenced quotes and lines that are by now cheesy, are the most true, such as the journey being the destination. When we become so focused on […]

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 – Perfecting The Fundamentals

Continuing on from yesterday’s letter, I wanted to talk further about commitment. I study karate and it’s mind-blowingly frustrating because there are no shortcuts at all. You literally just have […]

L E T T E R – There Are No Shortcuts

I first learnt to officially meditate when I was in my late teens. It was a funny little course held by a yoga teacher and I was mystified and hooked […]

L E T T E R – Oh Ego

Chogyam Tungpa Rinpoche was asked by a student, “Why do you think that people are so protective of their egos? Why is it so hard to let go of one’s ego?”. […]

L E T T E R – The Universe Whispers

Underneath all the noise; our intellect, thinking mind, egos, the exterior machinations of society, other peoples opinions, there is a universal truth. It’s what we access when we sit for […]

Meditation Or Meditative?

Lately I’ve found there is so much confusion around what meditation is, what makes it different to some other relaxation techniques and why we want to learn a effective style […]

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 […]

Staying Afloat

Makes sense doesn’t it? Why do we encourage our ego to engage with that which in our heart of hearts we know is not true? Because we all have egos!! […]

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 […]

Are You Brave Enough To Audit

High Grade Living is about living the best life we can, with the tools and knowledge to grant us access to our inner wisdom, so that we are always accessing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learn To Meditate In Byron Bay

I am teaching an upcoming course in beautiful Byron Bay on Saturday 8th February and Sunday 9th February. Venue TBC. For more information about Vedic Meditation, read here and about the […]

The Broad Place Holiday Hours

We will be closed from Friday Dec 20th until Tuesday Jan 14th. Our first free intro talk for the New Year will be held at 6pm at The Broad Place […]

Talking Broadly – Melissa Ambrosini

I had the pleasure of initiating Melissa Ambrosini into the art of Vedic Meditation this year. Mel had practiced many forms of meditation for years, so was hardly new to […]

Talking Broadly – Jason Grant

Jason Grant is one of those people who is not only charming and handsome, he’s also the magical mix of being very talented. His days are filled with styling, shooting […]

Why Meditate?

So why meditate? People learn this technique for a large range of personal reasons. Some want to be more creative and diverse in their thinking, others want to reduce or […]