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L E T T E R from Jac – Remembering What We Forget

I mean we all know this right? I love beautiful things, there’s no doubt. I also recognise that experiences shape me over things. But then I forget. So quickly I forget. So I have a little game I play. There’s something I want; so I ask how much life do I have to exchange, doing…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

This is Chapter 23 from the Tao Te Ching as translated by Stephen Mitchell. I would like to bring our attention to a few key parts, which for me are something I come back to frequently. How can we come back to our naturalness? By being present to exactly what is. When we are just…
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L E T T E R from Jac – All Hail The Fail

I’m not quite sure what happens in life that mistakes become a bad thing. When we are little, mistakes are adorable. We still talk about how our daughter, for years when little, called bikini’s ‘zucchini’s’ and proudly announce she was putting her zucchini on for a swim (courgette’s for those of you that are thinking…
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L E T T E R – PEACE Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week let’s place our intention on peace. Some points to Journal on: Where in my life am I naturally finding peace? Where am I experiencing turbulence? Where can I find pockets of peace within this turbulence and my thinking about it? Would some time in nature enhance my peace and how can I make…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Imposter

I wonder how many of us are walking around feeling like we have a secret. In an age where social media and constant comparisons are everywhere, I’m sure most of us are dealing with our own version of ‘Imposter Syndrome’. Imposter syndrome is where you are walking the walk and talking the talk but the whole time…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Doing Is The Way

I love learning new things, new facts, new ideas, new concepts – anything new! I like to be introduced to the new stuff, mulling it over, holding it, considering it, discussing it, critiquing it, sharing it – there’s a curiosity and love of exploring and expanding that quenches my thirst. Intellectually that is. Anything physically…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Reclaiming Our Wildness

You can take this however you like. I just want you to reclaim your wildness. I’ve experimented with lots of interpretations of being wild. When I was a little kid, it meant nature reserves, cliffs, empty beaches, windswept sand dunes. I returned to this in the last few years, reclaiming that wild part of me.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Collaboration

If you were Inspiration, imagine how boring it would be if everyone sat around waiting for you, groaning and inactive. Waiting, thirsting for you, but not contributing at all. Blaming you for not arriving and eliminating their ‘creativity block’. If I were Inspiration I would leave these ones on the kerb, and head straight for…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

Art by Jia Youfa; China, 1942 In Taoism, aligning oneself with ones true nature, which is all of nature, is key. Our mind and ego, are in a way separate to this naturalness, and so we must learn to cultivate space from them. Our anxieties and our thoughts are not real, but we give them…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Act According To Your Uniqueness

You. There’s only one. In all of the time, forever in the whole universe, only one you. The Population Reference Bureau puts the number of people on earth that have EVER lived, at 108 billion people. Out of that number, there has only ever been one you. So how do we truly step up into that…
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L E T T E R – TRUTH Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Something I am addressing at the moment is Truth. Join me!! Things to look into this week: Where are we kidding ourselves? Hiding the whole truth from ourselves? Where are we being dishonest with others, even if the intention is ‘good’? Where do we see lying as harmless? Do we truly think this is true?…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Things Seen

A few weeks back I joined a 10-day Breathwork Retreat, with no idea what I was getting myself into or what type of Breathwork we would be doing. You know when something keeps presenting itself, on Instagram, in articles, on a street sign, everywhere you look and as much as you ignore it, it keeps…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Bring A Picnic

How many situations have you been in where you just keep cycling around and around, peddling the same words expecting this time round you’ll be heard, recognised, awarded the winner, the leader, the right-one, the best or whatever accolade or outcome you are seeking. In my vast (insert cheeky grin) experiences with these sorts of…
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L E T T E R from Jac – No More Life Procrastination

I’ll do it once the kids are older. I’ll do it once I have kids.I’ll do it when I have more money.I’ll do it when I am not as busy. I’ll do that once the house is tidied.I’ll do it tomorrow.I’ll do it once I have the confidence.I’ll do it once I find a job I like.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Fighting The Alligators

I recently had a friend say to me really casually, no harm intended, ‘you know some people like your honest approach, and some don’t, they want a Guru or someone who has their shit together. I’ve had lots of people mention it’. It knocked me hard. Not for heaven’s sake as I EVER wish to…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

Some of my favourite lines from 27 of the Tao Te Ching, and some things to ponder. ‘A good traveller has no plans and is not intent on arriving’. How can we truly set about to walk the path and not fixate on the future end? ‘A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever he…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Toofman

Toofy our 14-year-old rescue dog was terribly neglected, so skinny and anxious when we got him. He obviously was rarely fed, and malnourished, so badly that most of his teeth had rotted out, and the remaining had to be removed. Honey, our 12-year-old rescue, never skipped a meal and was treated like a princess on…
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L E T T E R – TRUTH Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This is going to be a gritty one! Once we realise how many lies we tell ourselves, let alone others, it’s like a Pandora’s box! First of all, if we were all utterly grounded in reality and not living through our views, opinions, prejudices and biases, we would always be grounded in truth. But the…
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L E T T E R from Emily – The Weather

We are beings always in motion. Often it can feel like we are stationary, stagnant and stuck. I’ve come to realise these phases are actually when things are really speeding up. These feelings are present when we are given a cue from the universe, a sign to look closer at the things we used to…
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L E T T E R from Jo – An Ode to Nature

I am in awe of Nature. All things about it I love. I come at it from a lay-persons view which means I don’t understand it in any deep scientific way, only through what I observe and experience. It hasn’t always been that way, my recognition and admiration have ebbed and flowed. My early years…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Losing Our Rhythms

Moving houses, let alone cities, or countries does certainly provide its challenges. The same goes for relationships, jobs, friends. Changing anything discombobulates us. We get jarred, shaken. On one hand, we go into it knowing change is evolution, that shifts can only bring good. Then a little of what we might brand ‘bad’ happens, or…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting Go Of The Rope

Since coming to London, there has been so much joy and discovery and excitement. And fear and terror and doubt. I want to dedicate the next few Letters to dealing with our shadows, as mine has resurfaced from the depths in the last two months and I have had to pull out every technique, bit…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

I recently read this passage from the Tao Te Ching, in respond to a wonderful student’s question, at a recent Integrated Meditation course. It reflects why we meditate in the first place. With only activity, only thinking, only doing, there is no space. We must cultivate inner space. We must recognise that the universe’s energy…
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L E T T E R – CURIOSITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week let’s all invite in curiosity. Letting conclusions linger. Allowing space for things to breath and take form. Intentionally setting our beliefs aside to engage with what might be over what’s been programmed. Things to explore: How can we take the everyday and stay open enough to be present to something new? Every morning…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Don’t Play Small

I recently heard someone say that the people in the world who are willing to feel uncomfortable are the ones who are changing the world. This resonated so strongly, so often when we dive deep into ourselves it can feel incredibly uncomfortable. To own our sh*t completely and be willing to love ourselves unconditionally is…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Just Do It

Have you ever been geared up to do something and just as you’re about to do it a teeny voice asks if you really should? I mean talk about an eleventh-hour intervention. As a sneaky over-thinker I get lured in… “Ooooh maybe that’s my intuition telling me not to do something – I really should…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Simplicity

We only recently received our shipment of things that we packed in early February to London. Since then we lived on a few suitcases worth of things, like Goldilocks’ bears, we had our three bowls and plates and spoons in London for months. We didn’t have a huge amount of things in all honesty so…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Let’s Get Serious

Apologies in advance as this is a pretty long Letter as I have sooo much to comment on this, and have been invited to write on it by a friend. The mirage of success that people create on social media, combined with inauthentic storytelling, our own egos, and self-limiting beliefs and all our triggers around…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

I adore this passage, as in today’s world where action, go-getting and forcing are highly applauded, we can forget the gentle things. The soft things. In Taoism, things that are referenced are breath and air, water and vapour, and how we can relate, create space for experiences like these, referring to nature for inspiration. Too…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Meditation; The Mystery and the Sometimes The Misery Part 2

I wrote last Monday about some ways in which to reframe and approach your meditation practice, whatever the lineage and technique you practice… We invest a lot of time, with heavy doses of reality, working through students with their personal practice. There is no cookie cutter way of doing a practice. Into our Integrated Meditation courses.  We spend…
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L E T T E R – KINDNESS Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Are you enjoying the Weekly Intention Setting? Is it helpful or inspiring new ways of thinking and being? I recommend journaling and documenting what you discover throughout the week too. This weeks Intention Setting is Kindness. Things to explore: How do you define kindness, truly to you, not just some adopted belief? What blocks your…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Win The Race

This is a little note to remind us to slow down and make room for the simplicity in life. I can certainly be one to over complicate, read into and super analyse just about everything and anything. In the past, I’ve spoken about our ability to reprogram our subconscious beliefs in order to move through…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Impress Thy Self

When was the last time you set out to impress yourself? I mean as the main event, the sole objective, not as a residual side effect or as the unintended consequence of impressing others… Just the thought, the very idea of setting the goal to impress myself by myself seems foreign, strange and yet there…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Well Of Water Within

Buddhist nun Pema Chodron speaks beautiful about the fact that we all have a well of fresh spring water within each of us, and we just need to tap into it, to allow love and compassion to flow through us. In the beginning, only little drips come out, but eventually a stream. That this inner…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Always Going For Truth And Honesty

I really enjoyed Jill Soloway’s book She Wants It, and so highly recommend it. In particular, her honesty was so refreshing. Where she had fallen down, where she had been misaligned, where her ego had hindered her. Also her joys and delights in the creative process, family life, being a working woman. She artfully and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

This translation is by Stephen Mitchell of Chapter 44 of the Tao Te Ching, that we can really saturate in. It’s timeless, even though being penned so long ago, around 2500 years back. To dive into it I recommend actually journaling each question and deciphering the truth to each for yourself. “Fame or integrity, which…
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L E T T E R – GENEROSITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

What a lovely intention to set for the week ahead! Generosity. I would like us all to look at in two directions. Generosity to ourselves and generosity to others. Things to look into this week: Where am I being frugal and stingy towards myself? This doesn’t mean financial, but perhaps with self-care, my rituals, my…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Resistance

Someone recently told me that resistance is only present in the face of movement, this resonated so strongly with me and I wanted to share it with you. Resistance can feel tense, difficult to define or identify yet so present and obviously there. I’ve definitely felt that if only I could break through it, then…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Tell It To Me Straight

I have a preference for direct and honest communication. I don’t have time to beat around the bush or make assumptions and take guesses – usually wrong, about what is being said. There’s nothing worse than the vibe of things left unsaid or half said or hidden within other things that are said. What I’m…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Nothing Is Lacking

One of the big issues I have with spirituality and self-development is the constant seeking to better oneself when it comes from a place of lack. Self-knowledge and development should come from a place of fullness, love, and compassion. It’s simply dialing up all the goodness that we have already at play. It’s allowing our…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Internal and External Rhythms

Something I discussed at the London Integrated Meditation Meeting last week, which seemed to really strike a chord, was internal and external rhythms. When taken into deeper consideration, it’s very powerful. Each of us has a natural internal rhythm that we work best to when we align to it. And our internal rhythm is frequently…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Taoist Tuesday

There are so many ways to unpack this. The essence of it is to align with nature. When we align with the natural rhythms of every situation, and the larger situation at hand it gives us the grace to allow things to run their natural course. We release control. We recognise that although we might…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Energy Is The Key To Creativity

When we are exhausted, we are cranky and we are definitely uncreative. A good flow of physical energy keeps us attuned to the creative flow. I know it for myself, that my best ideas and cognitions, writing and strategies always come to me when I am meditating steadily, or on vacation, when I am already…
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L E T T E R – SLOWING DOWN Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Intention Setting for the week is about slowing down. Exploring what this might mean to you. Things to look into this week: How can I create more space in my days and weeks? Where am I deliberately pushing myself and what can I do to reduce this? What would my life look like at a more…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Only You

“Nothing is original.” This statement always triggers me to try and think up something that is truly original and believe me I really try hard to think of something, anything that is original from the very start. However, so far I have always failed and it reminds me again and again that we are building…
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L E T T E R – INTEGRITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Integrity was once beautifully described to me as doing the right thing even if no one was looking. I feel very strongly that in the digital age this concept is even more important for us, as so many hide behind the curtain of anonymity. Bullying, shaming, and hate can be used, without accountability. Getting even…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Imagination

My personal world view and beliefs are constantly evolving, I reserve the right to change my mind and develop deeper understandings and knowledge, limited to the lens I see it through. I feel that it is only natural to expect that our ideas about the world will forever shift and change. We become stuck and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Rewire Me Please

There is an interesting dynamic that takes place between the mind and the heart and many factors determine which leads and which follows, this will be different for each of us. The weighting and leadership between these two (mind and heart) will pretty much determine our experience of the world. It is clear that our…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Doing Good

Is it really as easy as doing good to be happy? I believe it is. I feel that too often we make life all too complicated. With so many ambitions, so much guilt, we are riddled with overthinking and paranoia that as we are, we are simply not enough. We are also stuck smack bang…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Impossible

Putting ourselves in the shoes of others is essentially impossible. Most of our programmed in ideas and beliefs were ground into us before we turned 7 years old. Every day trauma and joy are experienced. Sometimes in tiny doses, sometimes huge. How our parents raised or didn’t raise us, our teachers, our friends, our colleagues…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Taoist Tuesday

Taoism is a beautiful philosophy I have been studying now for decades, and it still eludes me, catches my curiosity and pulls at my heart. The essence of it for me is that there is only one thing. This one permeating thing is an essential life energy that we are made of, and can be…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Independent Practice

Imagine any teachings that teach you independence. That don’t ask anything of you after learning. That allows you to be empowered and personal in your approach. That advocates your individual practice and supports you on your path, whatever that looks like for you. This quote underpins what we teach at The Broad Place called Integrated…
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L E T T E R – FORGIVENESS Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week let’s collectively set our sights on forgiveness. I recommend always journaling your way through these Intentions to allow your subconscious and conscious to meet on a plane where action can then be taken. Be free in your writing, no one will see it but you… Things to look into this week; To begin…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Stay Curious

To be curious is a practice, one so worthwhile pursuing as it abolishes fear, judgement and will provide you with feedback instantly. It will dissolve anxiety and worry, and replace them with clarity and wonder. This truly is a practice as we constantly need to remind ourselves to stay curious, especially in the face of…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Leave Some Room

As an ex-Right Fighter, I know a thing or two about taking a position and holding on tight. Leaving no room for anything else at all – not your opinion, not your view, and don’t even say it, not even the chance I could be wrong *gasp*. Of course, being RIGHT is easily justified, for…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Our Own Heart Is Our Temple

I am confident I have used this quote before, as I love it. I find it every now and again in a book, or scribbled in my notepad and am lit up every time. The simplicity of a temple being our own hearts, that we carry with us always, and very rarely REALLY tune into.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Put Down Your Books

At The Broad Place, we advocate study and reading all the time. However, if the study is not taken into action it’s useless. I absolutely adore reading, absorbing, studying. I dedicate a moment of every day to this. It’s a process that’s very live though, and I discard as much of what I read through…
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L E T T E R – from Jac; The Unfolding

There is a story about a young man in Japan who wanted to be the greatest martial artist of the land. He thought that to reach this goal, he must study with the best instructor, who lived many miles away. One day he left home to go study with this great Zen teacher. After traveling…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Meditate First

It’s so tempting to prioritise other things over our meditation practices. Let’s face it, our ego’s do NOT want us meditating. Connecting with our souls, calming our minds and rinsing our bodies of stress, tension and fatigue is not really in the ego’s interest. Checking emails over and over, gluing our selves to our phones,…
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L E T T E R – AUTHENTICITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week, we will place our awareness and our attention on Authenticity. Ooooh this is such a juicy one. I really recommend spending some time journaling around this piece and keep it front of mind all week. Things to look into this week; How do define authenticity and me at my most authentic?Where do I…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Presence

Why do we find it so hard to stay in the present? More and more so we are hearing all about the benefits of present moment awareness, mindfulness and all the tools and techniques that can get us to this place of NOW. Yet despite all of these, many of us still find ourselves projecting…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Shifting to an Internal Orientation

The lure of people pleasing is that it gives you a clear goal and a way forward. You literally do not have to think that much – just do what they want – actually you do what you think they want. It also has a nice little rosy tint to it… à la “I’m giving…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Daily Miracle

It’s a choice, to live as if each day is the miracle it is. The stress of moving across the world has the benefits of finally arriving. Then there is new stress to encounter. Being in a new city, as a little family, without our normal family and social framework, homeschooling for 4 months (don’t…
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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 be honest, I am saying this a lot to myself currently whilst our shipping container continues to be delayed even further and we are camping…
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L E T T E R from Jac – True Bravery

I was chatting with a special friend of ours who is in his late teens, as he is trying to decide what to do with ‘his life’. This is the big time when it’s deemed apparently that kids should be deciding what to do with their lives, as if one decision now should serve them forever.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Passing of Practice

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 will pass,” the teacher said matter-of-factly. A week later, the student came back to his teacher. “My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so…
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L E T T E R – KINDNESS Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week, let’s together place our awareness and our attention on Kindness. We can amplify kindness in the world if we do this together. Things to look into this week;Where am I quick to judge instead of showing generosity and kindness?Can I hold in my heart the truth that I have no idea what’s really…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Someone Like You

We are living in a very interesting time, on one hand, we are seeing the rise of ethical and morally responsible voices all over the world, individuals and business that stand up for a positive and abundant future. On the other hand, we see “world leaders” and governing bodies sending messages of fear, with a…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Embrace Your Creativity

I was listening to a podcast on my way to work the other day and it referenced that based on the current trajectory in a few years the majority of the workforce will be self-employed – #bestboss! Regardless of whether this will be our reality or not, the changing environment around us is increasingly becoming…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Is Being Delivered?

When things are challenging, it can be troublesome to acknowledge the good in the situation. Sometimes, I work through this set of questions when life seems like a circus, and I find journaling and writing out the answers is incredibly helpful, thought you might like it for when you need it to… Who can I BE…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Holding On Longer Than Required

There are so many versions of this fable, all delivering the same message; that we must not hold onto what isn’t ours, not what has passed. A head monk and student were once traveling together down a muddy road. Heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a…
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L E T T E R – Tuesday Tip; A Potent Experiment

Maharishi used to teach that there were three very important things to living a high-grade life that I’ll abridge here: 1. Always meditate2. Don’t speak negatively3. Always speak sweet truth Sometimes we get confused with ‘not speaking negatively’ and interpret this as not speaking the truth about someone. That’s not what this means. We must…
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L E T T E R from Jac – How To Walk The Path

Coming across a monk praying while circumambulating a holy building, Geshe Tenpa said, “How pleasant to walk around sacred places, but you know, it’s far better to practice the wonderful Dharma.” The monk took his words to heart and began earnestly studying the scriptures. One day Geshe Tenpa came across him and commented, “How commendable…
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L E T T E R – GRATITUDE Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week, we will place our awareness and our attention on Gratitude. Gratitude is frequently written off as too ‘woo-woo‘ but is incredibly powerful, and is much more than a hashtag! Things to look into this week;Where am I taking my life for granted and where could I open myself to the gifts in my…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Sparks of Madness

“Where is that place where all of our intuitive ideas bubble up from? What does it mean to have expanded consciousness?” These are questions we start to ask ourselves as we move through our own evolution. Whether it be emotional, physical or spiritual evolution, all we are ever doing is expanding our view of the world…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Enjoy the Unfurling

I love A-HA! moments – like that final piece of a giant puzzle clicking together and revealing all or a theatre curtain that only until fully raised do you appreciate the scene that is laid out in front of you. I love the accomplishment of these moments of realisation, things that had been fuzzy become…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Something Truly Precious

There is an old story that goes like this… A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Danger of The Majority

When it comes to spiritual growth, self-development and our active evolving, it can get tricky at times. Sometimes what we want to believe is so strong, that we can start to ignore reality. We can get caught up in strange little situations, ignore certain parts because other parts feel so right. We can actually fall completely…
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L E T T E R from Jac – This Too Shall Pass

I have found personally, and for many of our students, that we are all too happy to let go of the uglier of our experiences, but are impossibly eager to attempt to possess the happier of our experiences. ‘This too shall pass’. We find comfort to repeat this to ourselves when it comes to anger…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Unfolding Mystery

We kind of feel like we have control of our life most of the time, like we are the ones in charge. Then we take a few knocks and hits and begin to overtime surrender to the fact that the whole thing is a mystery. Good people get terminally ill. People doing very bad things…
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L E T T E R – CHARM Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week, we will place our awareness and our attention on Charm. Charm is the little things your heart sings for, little calls from the universe that catch your attention, which is dusted gently with gold. What would it look to let my intellect sit aside for a moment and follow my heart each day?How…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Patterns

In a conversation with a friend this week, we discussed how we often default to playing small. Even when we know that a behaviour, pattern or belief system may not be serving our highest self, we still stick to it with such conviction. We stay in relationships that don’t uplift us, in jobs that exhaust…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Skin in the Right Game

I was kindly asked the other day, are you committed to this or are you just involved? Yikes, I had to pause and consider what they were actually asking me – what was the difference between commitment and involvement? And importantly what did I want to be? Like the rabbit, commitment is you are all…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Creativity Is A Process

You may not be able today, to form wet clay as it dries between your hands. Or apply oily, lazy paint to a canvas. Or frame up a photo with natural light seeping in from the side of a frame. Today, you may not be able to hold a stick of crumbling charcoal in your…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Modern Day Rushing

I was recently reading Alan Watts stating how in times of overwhelm, he would find solace in the ocean and would sit for 4-5 hours at a time, absorbing the energy of the ocean. The thing that struck me within this, was the 4-5 hours component. The healing powers of the ocean, of course. The…
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L E T T E R – Tuesday Tip; Build Your Morning Routine

A Morning Routine is a vital step in setting yourself up for success for the day. I have found it to be one of the key tools in eliminating stress in my life. Rising early to achieve a short routine to optimise your health and well-being will be one of the best things you can…
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L E T T E R – How To Be The Best Meditator Ever

This title is a joke! You cannot ever be ‘the best meditator ever’ as it simply doesn’t exist. You can’t even master meditation as it’s a process of opening and unfolding consciousness for yourself with no actual end goal in sight. I get messages all the time from students saying ‘ugh I am the worst…
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L E T T E R – SERVICE Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week, we will place our awareness and our attention on Service. How do you define being of service?What tasks do you do to be of service?Do you contribute to charity?Do you make your time available to those in need?If this is something you are unfamiliar with, where could you start?If you are perhaps giving…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Joy

Today is Easter Saturday, this day will mean different things for all of us, some will be engaged in spiritual or religious practices, others will be enjoying the holidays with family or you may be going about your life as normal. No matter what this day means or doesn’t mean for you, it’s hard to…
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L E T T E R from Jo – It’s All About The Joy!

I’ll be honest I have not leapt in to the Marie Kondo approach to tidying but I have observed from the sidelines (likely because of the tidying) as there is something that feels so good about it that I couldn’t quite discern (likely because of the tidying). After witnessing my husband happily (dare I even…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Everything Changes

There is a story told about Suzuki Roshi, a great Buddhist teacher. “Suzuki Roshi, I’ve been listening to your lectures for years,” a student said during the question and answer time following a lecture, “but I just don’t understand. Could you just please put it in a nutshell? Can you reduce Buddhism to one phrase?“…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Never Too Small

I have so many moments where I think in despair, I am just one person what can I do. And then I remember this quote. It inspires me to be persistent, as I have never, met anything more persistent than a mosquito. Think you can’t be heard? Just keep going. Eventually, you will be heard.Think…
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L E T T E R – Tuesday Tips; Taking Time To Retreat

Easter is this weekend, and I’m personally taking time out to heal and nourish myself. My dear friend and fellow teacher Claire is kindly letting me stay at her place Thursday through Tuesday, and I am going to take time for an At Home Weekend Retreat, for deepening my meditation practice, spending lots of time in…
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