A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

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 – CREATIVITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This is a little something new I wanted to try with you, where we collectively set an intention and discovered what it means to us. Meditation is a path to self-discovery, and with Integrated Meditation, we aim to combine a daily meditation practice with education and inspiration to be our highest grade selves. I hope…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Daily Grinding or Daily Grounding

I personally dislike the constant messaging in the self-development and entrepreneurial spaces of rise and grind. Of own the day. Of you can be anything. It’s too big. It doesn’t take into account the sequencing of every element of our lives that brought us to today. Or every little thing that occurred within and outside…
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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 immensely through Integrated/Vedic Meditation. It’s my absolute baseboard for living a high-grade life in collaboration with the universe. From this, it’s easier to discern what…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Not Of This Earth

There are over 100 billion stars and there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on earth. We have only discovered about 5% of the universe so far. The human brain has 86 billion to 100 billion neurons, the number of which aligns to the stars. When we…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Giant Update

Morning everyone! As a new chapter opens for The Broad Place I wanted to take the time to put the important things into one cohesive note for you! Our mission to provide education for people to enhance their lives and be aligned with their highest grade selves is becoming ever more solid. To live with…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Evolution and Change

After yesterday’s ginormous Letter, we also have something to share with you! The Broad Place has been one huge adventure for us, initially an experiment that has become my entire life, and a lot of Arran’s, now with two incredible meditation teachers (Emily and Jo) teaching around Australia and New Zealand with us, and my…
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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 what success can look like versus the realities. This is a conversation that is coming up a huge amount for me at the moment with…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Truly Transform 2019

Life is this strange sequencing of events, isn’t it? And when we look at a year, it is like 12 slices of life. How are we going to prepare for them? What will they reap? Will it be a harvest year or will it be a flailing year? Who will we be? What will we do? How…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Everything Is The Path

Even the crap bits, shit bits all the bits in between. It’s funny how in hindsight we understand that everything is there as our oath to understanding ourselves, a curation for our own evolution. But in the thick of it, we forget, panic and meltdown. We have a lot on our plate at the moment,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Deep Gratitude

Today is Letter 300. There are so many Letters behind these when I wasn’t tallying them up. But 300 feels like something special. So I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for reading all of these Letters. For all your beautiful responses and shared experiences. There are over 37,000 of you reading them,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Heavy and Light

This reminds me of something my friend Sam from Cloud Hidden Tea told me about tea ceremonies; work with the heavy things as light, and the lightest things as if they were heavy. It shifted everything for me. And I have begun weaving this philosophy into everything I do. Where can the ‘heavy things’ in…
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L E T T E R – Navigating Our Own Path

Okay ‘huge news’, we have moved our quotes to a neutral colour palette. I share this not because it’s going to change anyone’s days let alone lives, but it really brought to my attention how silly it is that I clung onto something so small that created so much agony for me. I cannot express…
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L E T T E R – Creativity Is The Only Thing That Matters

What if instead of considering creativity just as artistic ways of going about things, we widened the scope to include: the way in which we think about problems, what would a lateral approach look like the way in which we communicate, could creativity play a part in our language, could we get off technology how…
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L E T T E R – A Series Of Little Choices

Brene always delivers the pithy statements, doesn’t she? I love thinking about authenticity this way, a series of tiny commitments. Every moment there is a decision being made. Literally all the time, we are making choices that might feel innocuous and small, but pack a punch over time. I love placing my awareness as many…
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L E T T E R – Being A Creativity Conduit

I like to think of our bodies as little tuning forks for the universe’s energy. The system through which creativity flows. Creativity isn’t ours, it doesn’t belong to us, it’s of the universe. We channel it. It flows through us and from us, but is not ours to own. The process of creativity is such…
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L E T T E R – Humility and Service

I spent most of Friday emailing back students who had applied for the scholarship of Be Your Best Self. We committed to giving away ten of this program to students and readers that emailed us with what they feel held them back from being their best self this past year and their commitment in 2019.…
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L E T T E R – Pioneering Your Future

I absolutely adore this quote and have had it pinned above my desk for years. When I am stuck, feeling brittle and frustrated with trying something new that is in a moment not working, I turn to it. Just because it’s easier to continue old patterns and behaviours doesn’t mean it’s the best thing to…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N – With Kate Pascoe Squires

This Weekend Edition we are proudly introducing you to Kate Pascoe Squires, who has been making some significant and inspiring changes in her life, departing from her ground up business Kate & Kate to live a simpler and more grounded life with a focus on conscious and creative living. We hope this Weekend Edition inspires…
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L E T T E R – Planning Means Presence

This is the time of year we all sit back and start to either feel incredible gratitude for the year that has been. Or are exhausted and anxious about the year that was problem riddled. Or perhaps it’s a combination of both for you? Would you say you had a well-executed plan, that was conscious…
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L E T T E R – The Unending Creative Process

Last weekend, I hosted with my insanely talented friend Kim Amos a Creativity and Consciousness Workshop at her property, River Hawk Ranch, as part of The Broad Place Byron Bay Retreat. Most of the students entered the workshop a bit suspicious and bewildered claiming, ‘yeah but I am not creative’. Which I hear ALL the…
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L E T T E R – The Two Wings

As an enthusiast (someone with obsessive tendencies coupled with deep excitement), Arran is always nervous when I start getting into something. It’s been a year of my dabbling with tea ceremonies, after first having a mini one with my friend Mel in LA, and then learning more in a beautiful tea house in New York.…
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L E T T E R – Constant Failure

I looked after our friends’ little boy called Sonny the other night, the whole night and morning while they went to a wedding. He’s a freaking cool little dude, only two and a half, and I’m kind of smitten for him. And he did all sorts of stuff ‘wrong’. Sunk his disorganised little teeth into…
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L E T T E R – Constant Clinging

I am up in glorious Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia preparing for our Retreat, studying tea, spending so much time with friends, writing and literally living the dream. Part of the fun of being here is that we come all the time so we know it inside out yet there’s always something…
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WEEKEND EDITION with Emily L’ami – Bodha Modern Wellness

Bodha was created by one of our very loved friends Emily, and her partner in everything Fred. It’s the true creative culmination of the two of them, ever evolving and always moving forward. Bodha is the perfect representation of the two of them; it’s pristine in its aesthetics, creative to its core, is full of…
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L E T T E R – The Creative Path

Charles and Ray Eames have been an endless inspiration to me. When I was 19 and studying interior architecture, one of my favourite lecturers introduced me to their philosophy, collaborations, and work. Their thinking, passion, innovation and dedication to living creatively, and Charles’s seemingly constant insistence that Ray was his equal (in times where women in…
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L E T T E R – No Really, Who

I still remember reading The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand’s pivotal book. I was maybe 21 at the time and it fried my mind. It also paved a very important path for me, being, in all seriousness if you want to do something, who is actually going to stop you. Mostly I have found it’s just ourselves.…
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L E T T E R – A Gift For You Of Our Key Clarity Tool

Today we are going to gift you something special, because trust me, you need it. Everyone, especially at this time of the year, is feeling a little overwhelmed. It’s important to recognise that these pressures of modern living are not always a bad thing. We are very adaptable, creative beings who have created a world for ourselves to thrive…
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WEEKEND EDITION with Amanda Talbot

Amanda is a dear friend of ours, and we have not only worked together, (you might remember Hiro her little tan sausage dog from our Paddington Studio), but travelled and explored together. Amanda is both Arran and my go to for creative inspiration, as she scours the world searching for ideas and how to translate…
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L E T T E R – Our Creative Capacity

Frequently people think ‘creativity = art’ and it’s time for us to broaden our horizons around this. Creativity is at play when we find a new pathway to walk down, whether with our lives or within our neural pathways. It’s when we look deeply into how we live, and question, is there a more dynamic…
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L E T T E R – Clean, Simple, Distilled Thinking

I used to have a terrible aversion to saying no to people. I had, (and still do) a big fear of disappointing others, and this used to drive me to say yes to things I knew deep down should have been a no. And this created complexity. Too many things on my plate, too much…
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L E T T E R – A Commitment To Adventuring

My Dad was a very renowned chef, winning best restaurant in Australia as well as three hats. His brother, my uncle had the same awards, so it was success all around for our family. But really their peak was before the advent of the ‘celebrity chef’. Chef’s Table didn’t exist. Instagram wasn’t even a thing,…
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L E T T E R – The Ways Of The Mind

This quote is for me literally something to live by ‘Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth’. We need constant reminding of these as we have SO many cognitive biases that are shadowing our every interaction with the world. Yet, at times hilariously, we…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 3; Overwhelm

If you haven’t read the first and second part of this Letter series, you can check Part 1 and Part 2. It was raised at our Gathering that fear and overwhelm seem to go hand in hand. We agreed. We spoke about options to deal with overwhelm but didn’t go into too much detail, because…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 2; Bravery

If you haven’t read the first part of this Letter series you can do so here. Continuing on from yesterday! We chatted also about how to conquer fear. Sometimes this is a nice idea, but fear cannot be conquered directly at times. I loved a story Emily shared, where she said she went rafting in…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 1; Adopted Fears

Arran, Emily and I get so exhausted by all the ‘Be Fearless’s self-improvement mush that is shoved down everyone’s throats these days! So I asked Emily to come and be interviewed by me for our Gathering that was on Sunday and to share ideas and discuss why fear is important and how we can work…
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L E T T E R – Truth Telling

Having a teenage daughter, the essence of telling the truth is really up in our grill at the moment. And I am reminded by her all the time about the small ‘white lies’ I myself tell. I’ve no idea when I began to tell tiny untruths as excuses for things. Especially for things that honestly…
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L E T T E R – A Net Free Bird

The only thing we are really trapped by is our thinking mind, with its limitations and prejudices and biases that we continue to live through. Studies have shown that 95% of our thoughts are repeated from the day before. That makes the mind a pretty boring place to hang out, given it’s regurgitating old information.…
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L E T T E R – Revelling in Beauty

Beauty can be so underrated in our modern way of life. Tiny moments of beauty can light me up for hours at a time. A new branch that is spreading tiny flowers near our front gate. The way dust catches the light in the afternoon sun. Light really in all it’s forms dancing on windowsills and leaves,…
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L E T T E R – There’s Always Something Better Happening

For our recent India Retreat, I had it all mapped out. Tightly organised, planned to within an inch of its life. I could breath when it was finally all taken care of. We had 36 people booked in the beginning and one disaster struck after another for people and so many had to cancel. This…
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L E T T E R – The Material World

A student messaged me last week saying she felt disgusted with herself and angry, as she still longed to buy beautiful clothes and have beautiful things. I popped it up on Instagram in our stories with my brief answer asking if anyone else wanted more ideas on dealing with the material world. The responses came…
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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 also kills creativity and is the source of much of our overthinking. This is where meditation comes in. Every day, we sit, access the source…
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L E T T E R – What Spirituality Means Part 1

There is so much confusion when we decide to live ‘spiritually’. It’s really a nonsense idea because everyone is trying to live spiritually whether they brand it that or not. Spirituality is simply an exploration of living through ‘the spirit’ which means the true essence of ourselves, from love, to find the universal nature in…
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L E T T E R – Gaining Clarity On The Lack Of Clarity

Educating ourselves is fascinating and frustrating at times, as the more you learn, the more you realise you don’t know. This can be about ourselves or about others or around sequencing and processing. And when it comes to creative pursuits, this can become utterly overwhelming. There is sooo much more available to us and we…
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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 to share it with you! I am always fascinated with the routines of people, and especially artists, and this piece on Georgia O’Keefe is delightful…
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L E T T E R – The Wild Fevers

I have so many interests and creative outlets I sometimes can’t breath for the joy of it all, and I gasp for more time in which to do them all. As such I’m fascinated when people say to me, yeah I don’t really have any passions or hobbies. It usually always comes with a tone…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N 19 – ­ Restore and Renew

For you to try . . . EAT We are eating mostly plant-based at the moment, and 75% of the time gluten free, so Kitchari has become a huge staple in our diet. We used to eat it a few times a week, then as I dove further into Japanese cooking, we took a pause.…
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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 on emails can go in a flash? Yet waiting in traffic when late for something important can take seemingly forever. If you’ve been to a…
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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 human doings.   Meditation is this. But in all honesty, the way the world is spinning at warp speed we need more. We need to…
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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 you engage, we love it. There are the greatest feedback and insight from you all, so thank you if you took the time to fill…
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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 have hurt his foot’, as I couldn’t see him fully. Then he hopped, literally on one leg, along the rim of the mats, to the…
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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 ‘fantastic, honestly what could I possibly complain about!” And he said ‘oh people will find anything’. He explained just earlier he had an exasperating customer…
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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 of social media, and the storytelling and creativity, and then there is being addicted to connection, being seen and heard. There is being in a…
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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 with this comes old conditioning, all the judgement comes up, all the comparison. If you want to meet a really mean bunch of people, go…
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L E T T E R – An Abundance

This stands true not just for creativity, but for love, gratitude, compassion, kindness. Additionally for anger, resentment, shame, guilt.  So the more we use, the more we have. Best make clear decisions on these choices. Sent with love, Jac x

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 compassion, gratitude etc) all come from within us, then we can stop hanging about waiting for ‘it to strike’.  For those of us that already…
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L E T T E R – The Crazy Ones

I’ve done some seriously crazy things and some seriously dumb things in my time. I created a huge design and art exhibition without any prior experience just a lot of enthusiasm, and set it up like a house, in an actual house when I was 24. It went gangbusters, a little too much so especially on…
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L E T T E R – The Voyeur

Pinterest and Instagram and all the other platforms I don’t even know about are such an incredible source of inspiration. And they’re also simultaneously eating into our ability to create on our own, from a source within us.  Recent conversations with an established interior designer were that they are utterly fed up with their younger…
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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 everyone has the capacity to be creative. Anytime we think laterally and think of a new pathway to achieving something that is outside that way…
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L E T T E R – A Different Daily Grind

Clarity is an interesting concept when it comes to learning, as the more we learn, the more we realise there is to learn. The more we know, the more it dawns on us we don’t know. Grappling with this is the thing that I have found our meditation teachers in training take the hardest. The…
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L E T T E R – The Tests

In essence, this quote means to surrender to what is, with full acceptance. One of the most challenging things to embody!  When we have goals and vision boards and things we want to manifest or create, it’s fraught with the hurdles of demanding a timeline, being attached to the outcome and feeling frustrated when it…
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L E T T E R – Remember to Breathe

When I was young, I had the utmost confidence in my creativity. Arran and I were laughing on the way to Melbourne last week as I shared a story (he was laughing in horror) when I was about 10 or 11 years old, I used to make commissions from friends bringing in their white t-shirts…
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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 the ego, we water down our creativity, we stifle it, we muffle it. So we must truly understand this. Creativity is about standing in our…
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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 – 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 quite right now. It’s when we say once we move/get the house/renovate the house/get the promotion/once the kids are older/once I am single/with someone on…
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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? How would we respond without all the back story? What kind of justifications and defenses and ego positioning would we let go of if this…
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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 a group of meditation teachers and have another starting! So being clever with energy and time is always important to me at the moment, and…
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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 karate dojo bordering on tears as I was doing so terribly and hadn’t been there for ages. I’ve resigned myself to the fact I’ll likely…
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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 past this bad feeling though, inspired by mentors and teachers who got out of their own way and committed to writing anyway. I remember asking…
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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 rain and rest. So I acted like the deeply evolved person I am not and chucked a deep inner tantrum. Like an erupting ball…
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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 randomness” Michael A Singer from Three Essays on Universal Law. Whenever I get too caught up in my thinking mind, or I listen to my ego…
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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 year, and our existing and new meditation students are in for some serious treats. I’ve always thrived on innovation, but patience isn’t a virtue of…
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The Futility Of Plans – What Choice Will You Make?

We have been soaking in life in India with its every detail since we arrived. Literally soaking, as it hasn ‘t stopped raining since we arrived in Kabini, which is on a huge river two hours from Mysore. There have been pauses where we have ridden old clicky bikes through the local towns, with little…
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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 the French style on the pavement facing out. Admiring the French women’s style. Noting that the cigar smoke didn’t bother us. Checking out how well…
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A List To Contribute To Creativity and Inspiration

I am a huge consumer these days. No longer of stuff, products and things, but of information, knowledge and experiences. My joy of learning seems to be growing at a rapid rate and I am constantly awe filled with the amount of creative and intelligent people contributing wonderful things to the world and the fact…
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Creativity Is About Asking Why

Edward De Bono said “There are many people calling themselves creative who are mere stylists”. I agree. Not that I have anything against being a stylist. But I truly think a creative is the one who doesn’t just appreciate aesthetics, but also asks the why questions. Why does it have to be like that? If…
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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 out all opportunity for expansion and resolution. I don’t know where I developed it, but it seems to be a close cousin to defensiveness. Another…
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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 two hours a week to work on your business what would you do?’. He highlights that of course we have more, but if you had…
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Talking Broadly with Vanessa Megan

I have had the pleasure of not only being friends with Ness, but to also work with her on her incredible brand Vanessa Megan. Her product is hands down the best I have used for my skin. I yoyo around between natural products (that I usually swear aren’t working) and chemical laden products that promise…
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Meditator Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin is an incredibly interesting guy. He certainly challenges what it means to be an internationally acclaimed music producer who doesn’t ever use a sound board and who works with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye. He refuses and has so his whole life, to ever work from an office, and forcing Columbia Records…
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Recipe – Gluten Free Ricotta Hotcakes with Gravalax

We love a recipe that can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even shrunk down into mini bites for entertaining, and this recipe is that. It’s simple and quick to prepare and make, and there are so many variations you can do as a topper aside from gravalax and creme fraiche, just use…
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What Are You Worshipping?

Something happens to us that causes upset. We stew and sulk and can’t help but tell people about it. With each re-telling of the happening, we slightly alter it, either as our memory adjusts to each new version, or to gain a better or different reaction from the person we are speaking with. Ultimately we…
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Letting Go

A beautiful way to explain the risk of not letting go is the story of the monkey and the nuts & sweets. When the monkey catchers in India want to catch a wee monkey to sell to a rich family as a pet, they dig a little hole in the ground and place a small…
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