Intention Setting – The Broad Place
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Letter from Jac – What season are you in right now?

I often teach about our personal seasons. Summer being hot, full, lengthy and abundant, but also with the chance of burnout. Autumn being a time to pare back, and prepare for battening down […]

Letter from Jac – The inner critic

There is very little that I do without my ego chiming in about what a bad job I am doing of it. It took quite a while for me to stop engaging […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Power Down Hour

One of the simplest and most effective tools I am ALWAYS banging on about, aside from Integrated Meditation, is powering down all tech before bed. If we look at any device, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Resilience is a full embrace

Often resilience is viewing as a strength, a tough as nails approach, unwavering attitude after so much endurance. But, resilience is the result of facing and embracing our humanity over […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Who are you to you?

Our relationship to ourselves is the most important relationship we have. Yet it is often shelved due the demands placed upon us by our relationships to others. I want you […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Inner Stillness

I think we all know we’re probably pushing it a little hard. We all have past experience with burnout, having lit ourselves alight for others needs, our work, our expectations, others expectations. That smouldering […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Intentional living

When we began to work with the term High Grade Living, it really meant intentional living, elevated to enjoy life at its best. That gorgeous sky as the sun sets, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Find your own path

The challenge we have with a lot of modern spirituality and modern meditation is all the spiritual bypass and nonsense that goes with it. It becomes not about Self, (alignment […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Suffering is optional

It’s so desirable to make the ‘right decision’ and so challenging in knowing what the heck that is without all the information available in that moment. I seem to have […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Know Thy Self

I would also add to power, is the education about oneself. To know oneself is to understand our conditioning and personality, and our habitual ways, our nuanced approach of being […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Feeling Overwhelmed?

Can you even fathom this?? In one century, we’ve added 28 years to our average life span – a change so rapid that our brains couldn’t possibly have evolved to accommodate […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Your Brain On Tech

This week I really, really felt drawn to working with our emotional landscape, neuroscience and relationship to technology and social media. This is because I have been trying really hard […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Just Pick One

I work with so many creatives, and frequently the biggest block to building anything in this world, is the idea that it will fail. Instead of welcoming the potential failures […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Crossing Over

I have of late been diving more deeply into studying the Tao Te Ching and the Heart Sutra. The wisdom infused within these texts is a soothing balm for a […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Don’t Wait, Just Start

Hello lovely reader, I have fallen into a haphazard matter of writing these Letters to you. Without the self imposed structure of daily writing, and at a loss as to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Dropping The Intellect

I love this story, for it demonstrates how quickly we can get caught up in concepts, and delusional about where we are at. Striving to be better, at all costs, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Ahhh, so

Spend one day, but make it the entire day, in being acutely aware of how many preferences you lug around, and how attached to them you are. How many opinions […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The Discomfort Of Boundaries

One of the very common pitfalls of self development and spirituality is spiritual bypass. Spiritual bypass is where spiritual practice is used sidestep with what’s really happening. ‘Non attachment’ for […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Becoming Who We Are

Nearly all our automated responses to situations were formed before we turned 7 years of age. So tiny! When we are peaceful, calm, grounded, stable however, we can move from […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Don’t Chase Experiences

I am often teaching students, don’t sweat your actual seated meditation, do it, and see the results in your daily lives. Too often new students can become obsessed with having […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Go Kindly

I don’t know about you, but I have been experiencing huge waves of grief, sadness and anger. It might be the womens march, sometimes it’s hearing from a friend still […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Take Care Of Yourself

Our bodies are the host for our consciousness, and when we are fatigued, physically have overdone it, or unwell, consciousness will respond. We know that when we have burnt out […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The Time Is Now

This week marks a year since we went into lockdown in the UK. Many countries were ahead of this, or swiftly followed suit. And what a year it’s been. Part […]

L E T T E R from Jac – What You Can’t Unsee

One of the often unnerving things that come with wisdom, is seeing parts of ourselves, that once recognised, cannot be unseen. Growth, isn’t always fluid. It can be at times […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Getting Cooked

When we prepare a recipe, there’s much that goes into it before the moment of eating. The creative process, the sourcing of ingredients, the setting out of all that is […]

L E T T E R from Jac – What To Choose

If you had all the money in the world, how would you spend your time?If you had no one to answer to, what would you be doing? If no one ever […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Love Everything

If you have been a student of mine for awhile, or reader of these Letters, you will have at some stage encountered my love for the teacher Ram Dass. I […]

L E T T E R from Jac- The Passing Weather Storms

I know, yet six weeks into this year, there is much weariness. A fatigue, that became like a heavy coat last year, ill-fitting and musty is being worn past its […]

Letter from Jac – Some Days

There are some days when we find this impossibly hard. The idea that everything can speak to us of passion and invites us to cherish it. Yet it’s happening, it’s […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Love Is The Answer

Whatever the question, Love is always a good answer. So simple, right? Nonetheless, I find it sometimes hard to remember, to remember that love is in fact a good answer. […]

L E T T E R from Jo – The Magic Of Yet

“Yet”, a powerful word, brimming with potential and possibilities, the perfect finisher to many sentences, the opener of doors, the cheerleader of growth, it’s tiny and jam packed with promise. […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The Mystery

Before technology and modern times, people used to be far more attuned to nature, to the rhythms of the universe, but we have fallen out of these rhythms as a […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The Frog In The Well

This is a lovely way of describing that we have no idea of our enormous potential as humans, the gigantic capacity of everyone around us. Jadav Payenghas spent nearly all […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Our Vibe Is Contagious

Have you ever sat and eaten a meal with someone who on that occasion was rushing through their food, barely chewing, barely finishing their mouthful, hastily getting through until their […]

L E T T E R from Jac – 2020 Learnings

As we close off for the year, and I come to enter into a gorgeous little sabbatical that I will be taking from teaching, and penning these Letters, I wanted to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Harvesting Joy

Can you hold your sorrow more loosely? Could it be easily blown away with the wind, the seasons? How do you ensure you hold onto your joy?  Most of our happiness is not […]

L E T T E R from Jac – All Waves Shift and Change

Wisdom is knowledge put into action, refined over many seasons, carved out through many storms.  Wisdom is acceptance of what is whilst also putting our boots on the ground to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Life Is Beautiful

Sifu Shi Yan Ming is RZA from Wu Tang Clan’s teacher (sifu) in kung-fu, and I really like this simple breakdown of what he called ‘basic messages’ to his disciples […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Forever Unfolding

At any given point in time, we never really know what’s actually going on. We have the experience, the moment, the situation but the bigger picture, the full story, the […]

L E T T E R from Jac – One Single Thing

Today choose one single thing that can elevate you to your highest grade self. Is it… – drinking two litres of filtered water– moving your body for 30 or more […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Engaging With The Tao

The Tao Te Ching for me highlights the eternal mystery and connection to everything we have in the world. We can only kid ourselves so much that we are completely […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Be Kind

A victim mentality can really block us from a whole lot of connection with other people. The ego bleating that no one understands and that we have it harder. I […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Yes, And…

Viewing our world, our lives, our experiences from a lens of abundance versus a lens of lack is something very appealing. I love the idea that it is all there […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Harmonising over Balance

Balance is tricky, as it doesn’t take into account our forever shifting psychology, neurology and physiology. What might seem like balance one day, won’t continue on others, and trust me, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Energetic Boundaries

Energetic boundaries are fascinating, not just on social media, but also within workplaces, and families. With the work I do setting boundaries is incredibly important, and also I am an […]

L E T T E R from Jac – This Is It

What if this was it? You standing in your kitchen, in your underpants, holding your phone, reading this? Kettle is boiling, eyes are bleary. Or are you right now in […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Creating Sacred Space

Are you waking up and first thing in the morning checking your phone? Or are you creating sacred space in which to navigate the day? Are you diving into emails […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Today A New Day Dawns

If you missed yesterday’s Letter and intention for the next coming Letters, you can catch up HERE. Today’s Letter will be about every single day bringing new opportunity, new gifts, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Fill Thy Cup

I am doing a lot of private mentoring at the moment, with students around the world, and the same themes are coming up over and over. Distraction, a lack of […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Being The Witness

As Ram Dass once said, “One part of getting free, free into the soul or into the witness, is the ability to stand back a little bit, because now you […]

L E T T E R from Jo – A Very Important Job

I have grand aspirations of becoming an astute gardener, of knowing the plants, the vegetables, the flowers so intimately that I instinctively know what they need at any given moment, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Reframing

On Saturday we had the amazing Workshop for September’s The DOJO. Each month it is 90 minutes of philosophy and tools, engagement and enquiry, and one tool, in particular, I […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Imperfect Meditation

One of the key things I am literally hammering into our Integrated Meditation students is to not chase perfection. You cannot be a perfect meditator. You cannot achieve a perfect practice. For it comes […]

L E T T E R from Jo – The Power Of Our Rituals

It is believed that ancient cultures used rituals to counter the fears they had of the unknown. Primarily created to feel in control of all the things that were frighteningly […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Productivity Is Not What You Think

I hear so often that productivity is about time management, or motivation, or how to get things done. Productivity is the output of your actions. If you have a result after doing something, you’re […]

L E T T E R from Jac – A Vow On How We Speak

Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling a bit insecure, or cranky, you’re more prone to speaking negatively? I certainly do. A bad nights sleep, or feeling flustered about […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Living In The Now

The wiring of the brain, the mind, the ego is such that it’s very challenging for us to see things just as they are. Instead we view them as we […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Living Through Creative Values

I have been exploring recently the way creativity in its broadest sense, beyond simply artistic talents, can offer a blueprint for living our best lives. It is always important to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Falling Flat

To say ‘It’s a weird time’ is to wildly understate the state of the world. Perhaps you are stuck in self isolation, you’re frontline and dealing with the pandemic directly, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Mountaineering

I received this lovely email from a reader, ‘Hey Jac, a question related to this. I’ve sometimes felt like a “Fool” for enjoying a happy and exciting moment when inevitably […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Broadness

When we operate from fear, we view everything as a threat. It’s simply the way we are wired. If we are hungry and we walk down the street, what we […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Who’s In Charge?

In everyday life I subscribe to the motto “self as cause” which means I believe that ultimately I always have the power of choice and with it comes the accountability, […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Life As A Mandala

The CEO of Patagonia has stepped down, and her very lovely goodbye note was, “I’ve been thinking a lot about sand mandalas. In the Tibetan ritual, a group of practitioners […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Remind Me Again

Inspiration is important to me. I love that feeling of being inspired, the energy flowing through my veins, the possibilities of enriching my moment and also what comes next, makes […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Integrating It All

There is a famous story of karate master Budoken, who had a disciple who infamously walked by a horse that suddenly became skittish and kicked out – but the disciple […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Being Sunshine

One joyful thing about penning the Letters is receiving correspondence from readers. One response last week was, that a reader had picked up a new book to read, with all […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Use It Or Lose It

We are all familiar with how when we stop exercising our bodies and muscles can quickly lose their strength, endurance, flexibility and shape. It’s the regular and consistent use of […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The Whole Menu

I cannot even list the amount of failures I have had, for, there are so many. I truly don’t even view them as failure any more – likely being de-sentised […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Micro Decisions

Right now it’s a freaking challenging time. Even if you’re not being immediately challenged, it’s likely someone you love is. The world can feel utterly upside down, with no manual […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Creativity As An Antidote

I have been contemplating how aligned Creativity is with juicing the most out of life. Now, whilst the word Creativity for me is energising, exciting, alluring and full of potential, […]