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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; 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 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 – 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 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 – 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 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 – 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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L E T T E R – QUALITY Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week, we will place our awareness and our attention to Quality. The highest grade in every area. What will I invite in this week that is the highest quality?How can I raise the quality of my communications?How can I increase the quality of my relationships?How can I allow my creativity to create quality in…
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L E T T E R from Emily – A Love Letter

It’s easy to lose perspective of who we really are and what we’re really here to do or be. It’s even harder to keep this perspective when the entire universe is one big paradox. We can simultaneously feel like nothing and everything, fulfilled and empty, expanded and contracted. Like this quote by Mother Teresa, a…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Be More Like Coffee

It’s no secret that I love coffee. A most honoured daily ritual of joy – a hot, fresh cup of coffee enlivens all my senses and brings gentle contentment to my day (and also, I’m always much smarter after my coffee). There is a magic to coffee that goes beyond the functional and I am…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Running Them Storylines

The brain is a remarkable affirmation tool. Allow our minds to tell us something, believe it, and watch the brain prove it true. Storylines develop dramatically from here. Find a little fault in someone and watch the brain find ALL sorts of things to affirm negativity about them. Decide to go on a vacation somewhere,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Mastery Of Life

We can ask, how can I bring myself, to the fullest, to this moment? It will require presence. Fullness is expansive. We can ask, how can I apply my creativity to this situation? It will require lateral thinking, curiosity. Creativity is expansive. We can ask, how can I bring love to this moment? It will…
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L E T T E R – Tuesday Tips; Let’s Dedicate 1% Of Our Day To Learning

Part of our Integrated Meditation program is encouraging 1% of the day dedicated to learning. It’s just 15 minutes. Reading something of a high grade, about creativity, consciousness and clarity creates inspiration, new ways of thinking and more importantly begins to pave new ways of being in the world. Knowledge is power. When the mind…
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L E T T E R – CREATOR Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week, lets set our acknowledging and exploring that we, solely, create our experience of the world. The world is an inside out phenomenon. Everything that we experience is through the lens of our consciousness. If we feel expanded, as does our world. If we feel contracted, as does our world. Consider how you are…
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L E T T E R from Emily – What “Should” I Do?

I’m writing this letter for anyone who has ever found themselves caught in the perfectionist loop, the spiral of Instagram comparisons and the slope of procrastination. We call our devices “smart” but something that is truly smart should be used to propel us further and more fully into our own worth and expand our consciousness…
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L E T T E R from Jo – You Love You

Imagine you are holding a container – it can be as big as you like, any shape you like and decorated just the way you like. Now, “fill it up” with all the love you have for yourself (positive thoughts, adoration, things you are good at). Observe how full your container gets … you can…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Wanting Change

We all want change, every single person wants something different to what is actually happening. It might be little, it might be big. It might be, I wish I had ordered that dish instead of this. It might be, I wish I hadn’t married this person. It might be, I wish I had lived more…
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L E T T E R – Tuesday Tips; Something Sweet For The Afternoon

In Ayurveda, there are three dosha’s and the Vata dosha, when out of balance, can cause anxiety, sleeplessness and restlessness. Which is pretty much everyone in modern society, hehe. Balancing the Vat dosha involves many things, I’ve written a piece on it here. One of my favourite little Data balancing takeaways, my Ayurvedic doctors over the years…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Real You Is In There

In an age whereby ‘you can be anyone’, being just you, can seem boring and unappealing I have found. When I tell people that meditation makes you a deeper version of you, often people’s shoulders slump a little, and they say they were kinda hoping to become a ‘new them’. There is no such thing, if…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Moving to Truth

There is a part of all of us that wants to stay small, it is afraid to reach our personal optimum because this is unknown territory and when something is unknown, the mind will want to avoid it. But we are dynamic, ever-evolving beings and moving into unknown places is where the magic of life lies.…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Doing It From The Heart

I’m a recipe follower – I need that recipe to tell me exactly what I’m meant to be doing, at least for the first time. After I’ve followed it once, I then relax a little and start to add my own flair (and when I say flair I mean different ingredients). My mother and sister…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Little Skylights

In our little cabin in Big Sur, the interior walls and ceilings are all lined with wood. Beams are made from trees still rough, and all the paneling is clad with sanded and stained timber. The river rages outside as it’s been raining on and off for days, and we tend to migrate our reading…
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L E T T E R from Jac – More Than One Way To Toast

In our cabin in Big Sur, there was a fireplace, and no toaster, so we began to hack hunks of sourdough and toast them in the fireplace, to then lather hot with butter. Mine and Arran’s techniques I found hilarious, as they said so much about us as people. Arran would take a piece of…
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L E T T E R – GRACE 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 Emily – The Garden of Sanity

When you have a technique that allows the mind to gently settle and guide you to deep restful transcendence, your entire nervous system shifts. Daily, it gets filled up, restored and repaired. The by-product of this is a far more fulfilled experience of just about everything. Your physical, mental and emotional health is being told how…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Watering My Grass

How many times have I looked “over there” at the green grass wishing it was under my feet? Too many to count. The idea that I’d be great over there, all my dreams would come true if I was over there, I would be really successful over there, people would love me more over there,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Remember To Tell People You Love Them

I have gotten into the habit of sometimes inappropriately telling the people in my life I love them. I say it’s inappropriate only, because in a society of people whereby we seem to reserve I love you’s for the people only very intimate to us, and sometimes it’s received awkwardly. I think we should tell more people,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Everything Is The Path

There’s something very plain, very simple that I adore about Zen, being that nothing is special AND everything is special. That nothing in our lives should be deemed ‘spiritual’ when everything is. So it’s not just when we go to yoga, or church, or our temple. Or light our incense and read inspiring books. It’s…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Fake News In Our Heads

Our beliefs define us. Like scratches and smudges on a pair of sunglasses that we have become so used to them, we don’t even see them. We don’t see they obstruct the truth of what’s before us. They colour our view of the world at all times. We don’t know to even wipe them clean…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Foundations of Love

I’m sure that every generation has seen themselves in a time of political turmoil in one way or another, I think that is just the nature of the beast. However, the theme of this is ever changing. In this moment I feel we live in a time of political confusion, I myself, in all honesty,…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Moving Towards A Better Me

I love the forward motion that focusing on who you want to become creates. It puts yesterday firmly in its place, it anchors you to today but with a glittering eye on tomorrow – this is my kind of set up. It keeps me buoyed in knowing that any action has a course correction built…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Bound by Threads

Every single moment that happens now, has with it an accumulation of past decisions. Thin gossamer threads that string through everything. Every wise decision has a fingerprint on now. Every dumb decision too. Everything is a choice. Destiny is a thing, but it is shaped by our decisions. Tiny teeny ones are the most important…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Never Burn

In today’s society, which is riddled with muddled messaging, knowing how to hold oneself is becoming increasingly challenging. Sayings such as ‘tall poppy syndrome’ or ‘crabs in a bucket’ describe when others pull someone else down based on their success, our of fear, or jealousy, or feeling inadequate. It happens so often I feel we…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Bringing A Little Love To It

An important question I ask myself when I am feeling very contracted is how can I bring more love to this. It might be that I am frustrated at the airport and a security person is going through my every single item and it’s taking a long time and I know I am going to miss…
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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 Emily – Sinking Ships

We’ve all had the experience of treading water, just trying to keep our head above, and at times feeling more like a sinking ship. I love this quote from Deborah Levy from her book ‘The Cost of Living’, I read it at such a pivotal point at the very beginning of this year when I…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Struggle is Real

When I first heard this it gripped my heart with a big fat YES! Tomorrow is too much day for me – so wise that honey-obsessed bear! It was short-lived, because my brain got involved…“What exactly does this mean? What precisely was Winnie talking about here? How do you know what he is saying is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Other Side Of Fear

With our upcoming move to London, Arran and I have been working with a lot of fear. That’s the thing with fear that I’ve found, the more heightened your experience, the more you experience ALL your emotions. So joy, excitement, and positive anticipation will also attract fears, nerves and worries. There’s no experience I’ve ever undertaken,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Loving The Thought Clouds

As a chronic over-thinker, the two most valuable way of addressing thoughts were by a Buddhist teacher a long time ago whose name I have forgotten, and whose words I have not… ‘View thoughts like clouds, fleeting, moving, changing shape, and never permanent‘. And from Ram Dass, when he explained to me, ‘Jacqui, love all…
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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 Emily – The Person I Am

How many of us have tried to be shapeshifters, fitting some kind of mould to be more liked, loved, and accepted? Somewhere along the road we learnt that there was a theme, a thread that ran through human interactions, those who smiled, didn’t ‘make a scene’ and were agreeable under all circumstances were safe and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Get Out of the Cul-de-sac

If you ever find yourself knee-deep in self-righteousness (Coo-ee!) or complaining/whining/elegantly demonstrating the shortcomings of others, situations or experiences (who me? looks over shoulder) this is the antidote. The good news is that you are the boss, the bad news is that you are the boss. Hang on – I have the power (Yass!) and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Universal Orchestra

We are in a constant collaboration with the universe. Are we holding up our end of the collab? Or are we sitting around and complaining that we do all the work? Perhaps we are being a little lazy and letting the universe do all the heavy lifting? If the universe is the conductor, how are…
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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 – When Is The Right Moment?

The question I get asked from students often is ‘How will I know if it’s the right moment to do X?’. My answer is the same every time; you won’t. There is no ‘right time’ to do anything. The thing is NO ONE is going to be able to do this work for us. No…
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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 Emily – The Four Agreements

“Death is not the biggest fear we have;our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive” – Don Miguel Ruiz In his book, ‘The Four Agreements’ Don Miguel Ruiz expands on the four basic principles we can live by to obtain a rich, fulfilling experience of life. I myself, first read this book and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – My Expectation-Laden Day

Introducing Jo Simpson, The Broad Place’s new resident Integrated Meditation Teacher! Jo will be teaching in Sydney and in New Zealand all of this year. She’s a phenomenal teacher, and all round awesome human, with a fascinating background as an innovation director. Creative thinking has been her path for decades. She will be contributing a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Yes And A No

For every yes there simply has to be a no. Compromise means everyone gets half or less. If you’re a people pleaser, it can be super activating and triggering to say no. But saying yes can come at too big a price sometimes. It took me forever to learn that a lot of what I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Nature Is My Religion

I don’t have an official religion, but my temple is the ocean. My altars are the trees. Animals are my teachers. And the seasons have taught me an immense amount. Aligning with nature’s ways has taught me that Spring is growth and the promise of what might be, a time to plant seeds and to…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Power of Intent

There is a system within the Vedic lineages called ‘tapasya’ which is essentially the renunciation of something we enjoy, in order to receive something of a higher order. It’s frequently misconstrued as austerity. We are actually quite used to giving up something in order to receive something else. We might wake early to meditate, forgoing…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Anxiety Remedies

Ram Dass really brought home the message ‘Be Here Now’. In fact, it was the title of his pivotal book, of the same title, that has inspired decades of people to understand what it is to be in the present moment. When we experience anxiety, we get further and further from the present moment. I…
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L E T T E R from Emily – The Work

“Dust settles, I don’t” – Anita Kopacz I was listening to a podcast (Ancient Wisdom Today) a few days ago, it was fun, light-hearted and all about living a “F**k Yes” life! It made me realise how many ‘F**K NO’ moments I’ve let slide, out of fear of hurting someone, being disliked or not wanting to…
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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 – Where Are We Blocking Compassion

I raised this in our Tea Ceremony and Meditation Gathering last Saturday because someone asked it of me awhile ago and it really stuck with me. “How many times have you walked past someone homeless and thought, damn I’ve got no coins and kept walking”?. For me, I always buy a meal when I see someone as I can…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The No That Comes Before A Yes

I frequently do this, write a YES list. What do I want in my life. It’s a very full life, so there has to also be a NO list that goes with it. I want to write Daily Letters; yes. Rewatching the entire of Game Of Thrones before the next season comes out; a sad but realistic no. I want to go stand up paddle boarding; yes. I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Our Practices

Too often we think, myself included, ‘I don’t have time for this’, surrounding anything that is nourishing, rewarding, spiritual and allows us to be our higher grade selves. If you have had a deeply personal morning ritual, meditation practice, or anything that allows you to experience the day orientated from your soul, you will know the impact this…
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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 Emily – Warrior of Love

“I am a warrior of love.I am the light that lights the path of my soul” – Unknown Who’s ever found themselves caught in a pattern of thinking ‘life is a battle’? We can go through times of feeling like we are swimming against the current, pushing and pulling our way through the day, we…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Your Anchors

I know I bang on and on about Values, but I truly see them as anchors for our souls. When we are a little or a lot lost, we can come back to our Values and they will inform our decisions and what path we should be taking. I teach about Values and have some…
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L E T T E R from Jac – You Determine The Course

Gah how I love this quote! I wanted to end the week with it. When we don’t know what our unique potential is, that’s okay, we’re not all morning knowing our purpose and why we are even here. We all dream of being able to say, ‘I was born to do this! This is THE…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Accepting Everything

There is a Zen saying Susan Murphy taught me, which is no matter WHAT is happening, you send out into the Universe, ‘thank you very much I have no complaints whatsoever’. No resistance, no ‘this shouldn’t be like this’, and definitely no complaining. I love it as it reinforces for me this philosophy that I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Competing and Comparing

Due to our recent (Saturday) graduation of beautiful and integrity-filled Vedic Meditation teachers, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to teach authentically and what success might look like. Layer in some recent negative gossip that has been darkly crawling over to me about the way in which I personally teach meditation,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Working with Anxiety

I have an immense amount to speak to on this topic, but I thought I would start with sharing with you a Letter I wrote to a student of mine today, after a phone call about her anxiety. She’s in high school and under immense pressure, and this was exactly when my anxiety started surfacing…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Alchemy

I am so grateful for my lowest of lows. They formed and shaped me in ways I couldn’t ever possibly have recognised in the darkness that they were at the time. I also love people who have been through some darkness and waded out of it too. There’s something deeper about them you can feel.…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Play On

“The oak sleeps in the acornThe giant sequoia tree sleeps in its tiny seedThe bird waits in the eggGod waits for his unfoldment in manFly on, childrenPlay on” – Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts, Funkadelic The world is waiting to open up to us, like an old friend who’s so desperately waiting to show you what they’ve…
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L E T T E R from Jac – How Much Life Is This Worth

It’s a worthwhile question, isn’t it? Sometimes, it’s lots of life. I love material things and I get great joy from them. But how much life are they worth swapping for? How much earning? Do we own our things or do they own us was a huge question that hung with Arran and I for years. We…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Little Buddha’s

The Buddha spoke that every being has the capacity for enlightenment and as everything is connected, every single being has the connection to Buddha nature. Buddha nature I view as the most connected, universal nature, of compassion and love and kindness. I have read lots of iterations of this quote and each time I am…
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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 – Gratitude For The Little Things

The other day in London, we discovered a street cart outside a mosque, where Kaz the owner makes some of the most delicious soups and baguettes stuffed with delicacies. He makes a fantastic green chilli sauce that sits on the counter with powdered cumin in a shaker, with a huge bottle of bright olive oil.…
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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 – You Do You Baby

What if taught all our kids that normal was beige, nothing to aspire to, and to totally and utterly embrace their inner weird? What if as adults we started to be the living example of this? There’s a line we repeat constantly in our house, from Netflix series Big Mouth, which is ‘you do you baby’.…
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L E T T E R – The Critics, The Haters and the Naysayers

The brighter you shine the more blinding it will become for those not attuned to it. I was recently chatting to a dear friend who has moved to NYC, landing an amazing position in finance (she’s was a laywer). She’s the most wonderful and inspiring person, utterly talented and intelligent, hilarious, and physically gorgeous to…
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L E T T E R – What’s Really Stopping Us

I get this kind of question/pondering all the time, along the lines of…‘So I really really feel that meditation would be great for me, but I also have this nagging voice that says, you won’t end up doing it/it’s so expensive/what if you’re the one person Integrated Meditation doesn’t work for/what if it’s a waste…
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L E T T E R – A Commitment To Change

Our brains wire in ways of doing things for efficiencies sake. It’s to make the whole system flow more, things like texting, driving, chopping, showering, we barely even think about, the brain has this stuff down pat. Within this system though we are wiring in everything. Most of the time we are running off super…
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L E T T E R – A Time For Everything

As we round out January, there comes a sense of the year looming ahead. Will it be everything we want it to be? Will we be challenged, rewarded, chastised, loved, loving? Some of my wise teachers would say ‘none of it matters’, but for me, at times, it matters deeply. As we putter our way…
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L E T T E R – Our Repeated Actions

In Zen, the tensho is the monastery cook. Every moment, every meal is seen as an opportunity to experience truth, to experience satori (enlightenment). It sounds kind of dramatic, but in truth, it is love and reverence for every grain of rice, for the lighting of the stove, the growing and chopping of vegetables. For…
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L E T T E R – No Former Just Present

I love this quote by Condoleeza, for its many layers. What if we let go of former everything. Former anxiety.Former stress.Former hang-ups.Former obsessions that didn’t serve us.Former mindsetsFormer titles.Former beliefs.Former worries.All the former bullshit. What if we spent no time in the past at all, and simply created space for just now. Sent with love,…
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