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L E T T E R from Jac – Finding My Courage

Tomorrow marks the day that I go away for 11 days on a self-led silent meditation Retreat. We are going to pause all Letters, and our social media at this time and I’ll explain why. There is a monastery here in England that allows teachers of certain lineages that meet certain criteria to take themselves…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Cost Of Fear

The other day I had a full-blown panic attack. It’s been many, many years since I have had one. This one was strange and strangled me slowly rather than hitting me instantly like they used to. Once I started to entertain a fear about living in London and our decision to move here, all the other…
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L E T T E R – Zen Wednesday; The Teachings of Compassion

On Wednesday now I am going to puddle about with Zen teachings, replacing our Tao Tuesday for awhile. There are so many beautiful aspects of Zen Buddhism that I would love to share with you, and I think the Letters provide a nice starting point to dive in. In truth though, Zen can get confusing…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Giving Up All That’s Not Ours

This week whilst we appear to be crushing on the words of David Whyte, let me share one of my favourite David Whyte poems; “You must learn one thing:the world was made to be free in Give up all the other worldsexcept the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweetconfinement…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting It Go Downstream

When I saw writer, poet and speaker David Whyte awhile back for a beautiful program, he described the art of letting go as posing the question, and I’m paraphrasing him, these are from my messy notes, ‘Can we give away everything that is already on its way out, can we give it up, and let…
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L E T T E R – ACCEPTANCE Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week journal prompts for acceptance are: Where am I resisting acceptance in myself? Where am I resisting acceptance in others? What part of my life am I deeply resentful and unaccepting of? Is it a piece of my past? Or something occurring now? What would life look like if I accepted it fully, on…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Stay In The Long Game

Thousands of years back there was a tall, verdant tree at a royal court in a faraway land. The tree was heavy with ripe, lush fruits, however, they were hard to pick as the tree was very tall. One day a well-travelled man came to this royal court. The king asked this traveller, “This tree’s branches are…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Expanding Together By Doing

This is my debrief from the recent High Vibe Challenge. If you’re not aware of this challenge – there was a community of us committed to raising our vibration, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually via elimination of those things that numb or block our energies, whilst simultaneously introducing high-grade nourishment to support and expand ourselves.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Prioritizing Our Lives

Money is important and valuable and enables us to do all sorts of wonderful things. But when we place money ahead of the things that money can’t buy, we are in greater strife than any financial difficulty will bring us. Written with love, Jac x

L E T T E R from Jac – Which Wolf Will You Feed

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

It’s such a beautiful saying isn’t it, the ‘watercourse of nature‘. The subtlety of a breeze, the artful pace of the seasons, the flow of the clouds. Are we really paying attention? There are times in my life where I feel like a tiny paper boat, drifting down a river, being smashed on occasion on…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Thinking To The Left

I came across this story awhile back and loved it. An elderly Italian man lived alone. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was difficult to work because the ground was hard and his only son, Vincent, who had helped him in past years, was in prison. The man wrote a letter…
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L E T T E R – PAUSE Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week let’s set an intention to take some time to be present, to take pause. The energy in London and across Europe is slightly panicked with Summer having completed and work and school back in full swing. In speaking with our students and friends in the USA the same energy is there. And in…
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L E T T E R from Jac – True Self

One of the key issues I see when mentoring thought leaders is that there is usually a deep underlying system that involves striving to be like someone else. Erasing parts of themselves they don’t see align to a ‘vision’ of what they think success looks like. An idea of what they should be and then…
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L E T T E R from Jo – A Nudge From Nature

It can be amazing how fortifying and freeing it can be when you feel that you have no choice. You are compelled to act because the alternative is so powerfully wrong that it would be worse to endure than ignore. It’s the final straw, the tipping point, the last twig on the camel’s back before…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Navigating Life With Our Ego

The ego is essentially with us forever, loud, persistent and trying to dominate. We all know the general sense of our ego, being the thing that tries to keep us small, not evolving, and navigating away from our higher selves. The challenge is it’s like a chameleon, shimmering in different outfits to distract us constantly.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – How Much Do You Really Want It?

A hermit was meditating by a river when a young man interrupted him.“Master, I wish to become your disciple,” said the man.“Why?” replied the hermit.The young man thought for a moment.“Because I want to find God.”The master jumped up, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, dragged him into the river, and plunged his…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Assumptions are a dangerous thing to entertain because they are always based on our own personal world view only. And you know who else thinks exactly like us? No one, that’s who. There are as many world views as there are people on the face of the earth, so in the billions. Every little experience, every…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Let Go Of The Intellect

When we have spent so much time honing our intellect, and when education systems and workplaces continue to revere it as THE thing, it makes it hard to stop identifying with our intellect. I’ve found when it comes to self-development and spirituality, it seems to prevail even more as the most important thing. And it’s…
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L E T T E R – CLEAR COMMUNICATION Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Let’s get ultra clear on the week ahead and set ourselves up with intention on crystal clear communication. Some journaling prompts; Where in my life do I acknowledge I am really clear? Where in life am I quite muddled or communicate in riddles? What do I think might prevent me from being clear? Is it…
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L E T T E R from Jac – To Shun, Or…

I love the writings of Seth Godin, who generally cuts right to the core of it. And I loved the message he has here in a newsletter he sent out a few days ago, but something about it didn’t fit. He said: “Shun the people who have transgressed against cultural norms.And shun the people who…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Start Immediately

What’s holding us back most of the time is our overwhelming list of things to do. Mine can feel crippling. I work with so many students and businesses around the world in multiple time zones, with a daughter and family and run my own business. Like so many people. No one is ‘busier’ than anyone…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Does It Matter

Being the Virgo bossy pants that I am, being right was always an agenda I carried. ‘I told you so’ was a phrase I couldn’t wait to slip from my lips. I was addicted to being ‘in the right’. So boring. Over almost a decade now, I have thankfully learnt a lot from Arran. I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Staying Hydrated For Optimal Brain and Body Vibes

When we are thirsty, it’s hard to concentrate, sleep well and we overeat. Not ideal right? Part of the High Vibe Challenge is drinking 1.5-2 litres of water daily. It’s imperative to our physical and emotional health we drink enough quality water. Try to seek out filtered water, instead of plain tap water where you…
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L E T T E R from Jac – We Are Not Our Thoughts

Something marvelous happens when people learn to meditate with us; they get a glimpse into the fact that their thinking mind is rattling away all the time, and that it’s separate to them. They sometimes, for the very first time in their whole lives, have the insight that they are in fact not their thoughts. We…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Nourishing Mushroom Broth With Brown Rice

There are days when I crave something soothing, nourishing and grounding. This is one of these dishes. It’s the perfect Autumn or Spring dish when the seasons are changing and there’s a gentle chill in the air. I always prepare more rice than I need so I can make this dish, Olive Oil Crispy Fried…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Willingness

We have so many ideas about ourselves and so many roles we play, sometimes we forget who we truly are underneath it all. I love teaching little kids meditation, as they haven’t been told as deeply yet, what they can and can’t be according to everyone else’s limited ideas. They truly believe still they can be…
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L E T T E R from Jac – An Appointment With Nature

There truly is nothing more delicious than time in nature. I have been craving nature so much whilst in London, and although there are trees and parks everywhere, it’s certainly not Palm Beach Sydney, where we moved from. So I have to make little ‘Nature Appointments’ as I sometimes notice days roll on by without…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Secret Wish

We all wish there was a silver bullet, that will miraculously transform us. Preferably one without much time invested from us also. We want to understand to the letter exactly what that person is doing. Or how that thing is working out for this person, so we can follow along too. But there is no…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Move Thy Arse

Over the High Vibe Challenge, in order to raise your vibration, we are going to focus on getting your endorphins rocking! So 5 times a week, even if one session is walking the dogs for half an hour – we are all moving our bodies. Sometimes we just need a lift from our daily exercise or…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Journaling and Intention Setting

Throughout the High Vibe Challenge, every day there is a new Intention we embody, as well as a Gratitude Exercise. This allows the mind to become crystal clear on what we want to bring into our lives and experience. As we went over on Thursday, mindset is everything. So directing your mind to the positive…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Today Is The Day

Today is the day that our High Vibrational Challenge begins!!! Over the next two weeks, I am going to be focussing within the Letters on how to raise our vibration, through clarity and awareness. So whether you are a part of the High Vibe Challenge or not, I hope you get some juicy goodness and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Don’t Know Mind

One of my favourite Buddhist concepts is Don’t Know Mind. It’s about not allowing the mind to constantly jump to conclusions. These conclusions when we break it down, are based on old ideas anyway, as the mind only knows old information not new. And personally, I am so tired of hearing that rock-solid ‘science’ has…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A New Present Born

It’s a simply wonderful concept, and it’s true, so why aren’t we living like it? Why are we waiting for Monday or the first day of the month? Or a new year, to begin to live our higher grade lives? It’s something I have been asking myself lately, having had a bit of an epiphany in…
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L E T T E R – HIGH VIBRATION Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

Our High Vibrational Challenge begins on Thursday and spans two weeks, and you’re invited to join us! This special Challenge will see us collectively raise our vibrations through deepening our mediation practice, rest, staying hydrated and eating high-grade food, exercise and practices and daily intentions to be at our best, pausing things like sugar, alcohol,…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Set in Stone

Chances are you’ve probably heard of the notion of “beginners mind”, a Zen teaching of entering into every situation with no exceptions and open to possibilities. The last few weeks have had a heavy energy, for me, it has been a challenge to stay interested and motivated. While I do believe in these times, we should…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Me, Myself and I

Comparison is indeed the thief of joy. When we start to compare we are under the illusion that it’s a like for like scenario and we extend an invite to the least helpful word in the dictionary “should”. Which is when we know we’re in trouble. I want to be inspired, expanded and motivated but…
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L E T T E R from Jac – When Did We Forget How To Rest?

I sometimes look at my dogs, sleeping away in the sun and think; nice for some. It can be nice for all of us in truth but we have to own it. When did we forget to rest? When did we begin to think that we were invincible, disconnected from nature, our own nature and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Mind To God

I am this week studying a miniature Indian Mughal painting course, that is fascinating and incredible. The tutors have been flown out from India and have been miniature painters for over 35 years each. Whenever someone is struggling within the course, the main teacher smiles sweetly and says, ‘Yes all is good, just connect to…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

The Tao Te Ching states: “Simplicity, patience, compassion.These three are your greatest treasures.Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.Patient with both friends and enemies,you accord with the way things are.Compassionate toward yourself,you reconcile all beings in the world.” I chose it for today’s Tao Tuesday as the line is about…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Memory, The Veil To Truth

Our memories fail us all the time. Layer in that we miss things all the time also. We have deep attention biases that filter in and out information constantly. Have you heard of the Invisible Gorilla experiment? It was done as part of a Harvard University experiment to provide that when our attention is focused in…
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L E T T E R – LOVE Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week let’s place our intention on Love. Some points to Journal on: When I consider love, is there an abundance or is it measured? What parts of me am I excluding from love? A part of my body? A part of my mind? Why? What people in my life am I restricting love towards?…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Wealth of Nature

Immersing in nature is something I found a deep love for a few years back, with the help of some good friends who had lots of knowledge to share, and an eager spirit to teach. They taught me the practical stuff, like the best way to set up camp, how to tend to fire and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – One Step

I always love the openness, determination and innocence of children learning to do things – walking, drawing, eating, playing, dancing, singing – done so unselfconsciously it’s delightful. Yet as we grow up we tend to shift toward a more protected version of ourselves, more guarded, more hesitant with a much greater desire for safety and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Regret

Bronnie Ware was an Australian nurse who worked with the dying, continually asked them their regrets as they passed on, which she recorded. The top 5 are; I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I hadn’t worked so much. I…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Begin. Immediately.

I spent two years diddling around on being consistent with writing before committing to a daily writing practice. I kept myself small by repeating to myself that if I wrote every day and emailed it out, people would be pissed off, there were too many emails. Or that I didn’t have the skill, and hadn’t…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

‘The wind traverses the vast sky,clouds emerge from the mountains;Feelings of enlightenment and things of the worldare of no concern at all.’ From Zen Master Keizan Jõkin;1268-1325. (From ‘Transmission of the Light’ Chapter. 22) What would having no concerns at all look like? Feel like? Not being gripped by the concerns of your mind? This…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Our Primal Rhythms

In nearly all ancient lineages of wisdom, being aligned with natural rhythms is the key. Harmony is created from being in touch with natural, the elements, the seasons and living in accordance with this. A few obvious but incredibly beneficial ways in which we can get in touch with nature and it’s intended rhythms: Spend…
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L E T T E R – SURRENDER Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week let’s place our intention on Surrender. Some points to Journal on: When I see the words ‘divine’ and ‘universe’ what do they mean to me personally? You get to create whatever you want from this. When I see the word surrender, what do I think it is, and what do I consider it…
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L E T T E R from Emily – Genius

Richard Rudd, author and founder of The Gene Keys – a look into the human archetypes and codes to unlock your unique potential, says that true genius is the ability to live you own life to its highest potential. A re-framing of how and what we consider to be genius could shift the way we look at…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Big Catch

I wanted to share this wonderful fable for you to ponder. It’s important that we consciously choose how we are going to spend every minute of this beautiful life of ours. This choice is one of the few we have within our power and doing so aligned to our true essence and values makes it…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Mostest Goodest

Marley when she was little used to say some days after kindergarten that she was really proud as she was the ‘mostest goodest’ at school. The kids were all praised for being ‘good’ which was kind, compassionate, helping each other out or the teacher, trying their best, and sharing. Their concept of being good was…
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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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