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L E T T E R – Sadhana

Sadhana is the sanskrit term for daily practice or ritual. Defined by one of my favourite authors Maya Triwari as ‘Sadhana practices encompass all our daily activities, from the simple to the sublime–from cooking a meal to exploring your inner self through meditation. The goal of sadhana is to enable you to recover your natural…
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L E T T E R – What’s It All About

I love Maurice and I love this quote, and it can be interpreted in so many ways. If we dissect it through the lens of the material, just for today, I have some thoughts. Many years ago Arran and I started questioning if we owned our stuff, or if it owned us. We moved house…
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L E T T E R – Concepts

When we are learning anything, there are usually concepts involved. We want to be sure to understand them, to test them and to find our truth within them.  When we become governed by the concept over the truth though, we are bound by it. Our learning will become only intellectual and not instinctive. This is the common way of teaching when it is all fancy words, untested theories, and intellect. This lacks in authenticity and will only work for so long. Once…
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L E T T E R – Your Heart In Your Work

Dharma means purpose in Sanskrit, and it’s so frequently mistaken as ‘something spiritual as your work’. Especially in the modern Western world, it’s interpreted as ‘leave corporate job to become yoga teacher’. It actually means your life purpose, and this could be creating koi ponds, or being an accountant or parenting your children. Jeff Kober…
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L E T T E R – To End Comparison

I think we intellectually know this. That copying others is futile in the quest for happiness. That authenticity is key to fulfillment.   So why aren’t we living this fully? Why do we get so stuck? I think it’s because we compare ourselves to others, and in that cycle of comparison we chip away slowly…
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L E T T E R – You Never Know

I love dearly wise tales with messages especially this one, ancient Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years.  One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.  “Maybe,” the farmer replied.  The next morning the horse…
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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 our way up to bigger. This is something I work with students on with Private Mentoring, so if you need a hand, reach out for…
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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 fed the paradigm of success being an endpoint.   However if we frame it as a sequence, we can actually loosen our grip, dissolve our…
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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 earnestness I admire and respect so much.   The underpinning of the two-day workshop was how to live a meaningful, joyful life. It seems simple…
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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 a comment, “you are so lucky I wish I could have such a high-grade life like you”. It’s well-intentioned, and I don’t resent it at…
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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 creative flow. And it’s a gift that is lighting up my days. Because two weeks ago I felt flat and overwhelmed with all I had…
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L E T T E R – Granted or Gratitude

The other week I was cooking dinner because I always cook dinner, and I started getting a little huff on. Arran nor Marley had asked me if I needed a hand. In fact, no one had asked or enquired about anything to do with eating that night because the assumption is I’ve got it under…
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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 all, please don’t think it’s personal if I don’t, it’s usually a sheer chance if I am in front of my emails when it comes…
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L E T T E R – Courage Counts

The writing of the Letters has taught me I think far more than I can ever share and teach through them. The discipline, the getting over myself, the being vulnerable, the incredible amount of research. The joys of someone commenting or writing to me to tell me they think I am full of shit. The…
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The Broad Place Weekend Edition Launch!

This is our 100th Letter this year!! Yay! And today we launch the Weekend Edition! And as I am a Virgo and recording perfectionist that unplanned synchronicity of this lights me up no end. There are so many things I want to share with you each week, yet, to be honest, I am now smitten…
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L E T T E R – Attitudes Do Make a Difference

Has there been a truer sentence written? Do we already know it? Why are we not embracing this every single moment?   This Letter today is short for two reasons; I would like to simply sit with this quote deeply, for the day, without any extra information. Secondly the last few Letters this week have been…
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L E T T E R – Letting Go and Expanding Consciousness

Letting Go is a concept most of my students are familiar with. And confused or frustrated about. I used to grieve over this as I had trouble letting anything go. I WANTED to let go of so much, yet things haunted, gripped and snagged me. One day I was in the dojo with my karate…
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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 they create a wave that returns back and smashes up into the wave coming into shore. It’s a huge amount of fun to get right…
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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 of it as a punish and a burden? Are you ‘highly engaged’ or ‘sooooo busy? Are you ‘going through a learning phase’ or ‘failing at everything’? Are you experiencing seasonality in your relationship, ‘having a Winter’ and grateful to have someone…
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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 gentle and profound it was. Kin Hin is essentially mindful walking and is generally practiced at the end of a seated Zazen. If Zazen goes…
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E V E N T – Creating A Joy Filled Life

Living a life filled with joy is what Jeff and I wanted to teach about in this intense two-day Workshop we are hosting in Sydney in a few weekends time. Which sounds so beautiful doesn’t it. We are going to wade through quite a bit about the mind, ego, patterns, behaviours and understanding our humanity…
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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 can get stuck in the trappings of the ego identifying with the parts of our children that remind us of us that we secretly love…
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B O O K  C L U B – The Five Invitations

We have been trying out our idea for The Broad Place Book Club, and there have been lots of learnings! The first is that for it to work we would love for you to engage with the Forum that we have online. I love everyone for Direct Messaging me on Instagram to share their thoughts,…
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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 fall out of alignment with nature which is the whole purpose of our practice. The output is we are more resilient, flexible, and creative, and…
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