A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

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 – The Chasing of Perfection

When Emily or I teach Integrated Meditation, we both drill into our students to not chase perfection. You will never have a perfect meditation practice. Nor will you be a perfect human being. We practice Integrated Meditation as it aligns us more with nature, and our most natural selves. This is why students love it…
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L E T T E R – Planning Means Presence

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

Consciousness is defined in so many different ways, sometimes as a state of awareness, or the quality of that awareness. Sometimes as a life force that flows through everything, as ki or qi energy, or prana, meaning life force and consciousness is the stream of that. Being more conscious means being open to all the good stuff being…
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L E T T E R – How To Proceed

I used to play a game many years back, that I nicknamed Ram Dass Roulette. I listened ferociously to Ram Dass talks, from the 70’s all the way through to now, when driving in my car, or walking in the morning. When I had a challenge going on in life, and I was confused or upset…
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L E T T E R – No Really, Who

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

Around this time of year, Arran and I start formulating our ideas for the following year. 2018 was massive for us. It’s within moments like this when I am simultaneously over the moon excited and experiencing deep fatigue in my body and mind, that I like to go back over what we have created, and…
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L E T T E R – Your New Vital Daily Tool; Power Down Hour

We have been preaching this from the rooftops for years, it’s a tool within our 7 Day Mind Cleanse and something we suggest all our Integrated Meditation students do every morning with their morning meditation sitting with this zone. Due to its ridiculous simplicity and immense success, we have committed to including it within Enhance…
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L E T T E R – The Heart

I often ponder why it’s so hard to follow our hearts and even harder sometimes to hear what they have to say. I end up in the same place each time, the heart is from our higher selves, and therefore is quieter. Because it doesn’t have an agenda, or a timeline. It knows implicitly that…
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L E T T E R – Clean, Simple, Distilled Thinking

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

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

Wow, this weeks’ Letters seem to have really triggered a lot of thought and reflection from many of you!! So, in the acceptance of the overwhelm I felt this week, and the fact that I have not prepared a Weekend Edition, I am instead going to own it, and instead write you a Letter on…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 3; Overwhelm

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

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

In Buddhism, Dukkha, which is originally a Pali word, is translated most frequently as suffering. Specifically the suffering of the mind that we humans experience as we grasp on to that which is constantly changing, which is in fact, absolutely everything. The clinging, wishing, needing. It’s a reluctance to accept what it is, and a…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N 21

Photo from our India Retreat in Rishikesh Oh my lord is it excellent to be home! So emotional! So wonderful! So many delicious meals created and eaten in our kitchen. So much doting on the dogs. And, sooo much that we are creating, so a hell of a lot of time in front of my…
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L E T T E R – Truth Telling

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

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

We can’t help it a lot of the time. It’s automatic. Our egos are constantly sizing everything up against that which we have experienced in the past. It never involves what could be, might be or anything to do with potential. It’s all based in prejudices and biases, many we aren’t even aware of. And…
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L E T T E R – The Material World

A student messaged me last week saying she felt disgusted with herself and angry, as she still longed to buy beautiful clothes and have beautiful things. I popped it up on Instagram in our stories with my brief answer asking if anyone else wanted more ideas on dealing with the material world. The responses came…
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L E T T E R – Thinking Kills Creativity

If you’ve ever been working on something and loved it, then over thought it, then doubted it, then felt ill and insecure – you’ll know thinking kills creativity. The ego also kills creativity and is the source of much of our overthinking. This is where meditation comes in. Every day, we sit, access the source…
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L E T T E R – What Spirituality Means Part 2

Yesterday, I wrote in the Letter about re-framing spirituality and you can read it HERE. It’s a big topic and one that two Letters won’t do justice to but I really want to stimulate thought on this. I had some interesting responses, ranging from ‘my God I haven’t been enjoying a glass of wine with…
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L E T T E R – What Spirituality Means Part 1

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

Being a recovering control freak and perfectionist, OCD, a Virgo and aaaall the other labels I could apply to my habit of wanting to tightly reign in outside events. I am really familiar with the process of wanting things in a certain way. It always ends in tears. It usually involves assuming people suddenly became…
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L E T T E R – Building Stillness and Acceptance

In the Vedic view, there are three things present at all times. Creation, maintenance and destruction. The Vedic view of destruction is removing something which is no longer relevant. And we need all three things occurring for evolution to take place. Sometimes they can feel like a hurricane, whipping around us. The key is to…
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L E T T E R ­ – Self Acceptance

This Letter today stems from the Letter I wrote to you a few days back, What Might You Be If You Just Let Go. The inside-out philosophy is that what’s occurring for us internally is then creating our experience of the world. Teachers like Aurobindo, Krishnamurti, Brene Brown, Pema Chodron, Michael Neil, Syd Banks and…
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L E T T E R – Committing To The Important

Years back I had to really ask myself why were the unimportant things and people in my life getting so much attention and the things and people that lit me up like a bonfire getting second place (or later polling). Really, it didn’t make much sense, yet it seemed that which was more punishing was…
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L E T T E R – Gaining Clarity On The Lack Of Clarity

Educating ourselves is fascinating and frustrating at times, as the more you learn, the more you realise you don’t know. This can be about ourselves or about others or around sequencing and processing. And when it comes to creative pursuits, this can become utterly overwhelming. There is sooo much more available to us and we…
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L E T T E R – Expanding Curiosity

I couldn’t agree more that curiosity in all aspects of life is needed for creativity and flow. Arran told me about a friend of ours that shared a story with him and his four-year-old son. He was teaching him all about the moon and how it’s a quarter then full and so on, and they…
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L E T T E R – What Might You Be If You Just Let Go

Before I left for India, I sat with my friend and student, Uyen, in Whale Beach drinking tea and we discussed the teachings of St Francis of Assisi, and some of my teachers of Indian lineage, from America and Japan. They all teach the same thing; that there is one consciousness/God, that we must live…
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L E T T E R – Celebrating 200 Letters!!!

There are days when I sit to write these Letters to you and I feel physically ill. I am overcome with shame, who do I think I am sharing a bunch of thoughts, ideas, and philosophies with people? I think of all the fakers and the nonsense filling the world at the moment and I…
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L E T T E R – Choosing Your Path

Well, this week’s letter’s have certainly taken on a slightly serious tone! I didn’t mean them to, but they do sound rather determined. I think it’s due to our current projects and what we are sharing with you soon! It takes a level of determination, fire, and fierceness that needs to be blended with creativity,…
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L E T T E R – How Will We Choose To Really Live?

There is so much programming involved, in how we think we should be living. Paradigms created by so many people that influenced as we grew up, or insisted we be a particular way. So many barricades and ‘socially unacceptable’ things that we just accepted as it was all we knew.  Then we grow up, and…
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L E T T E R – It’s All Just Grist For The Mill

I got a text from a friend the other day, reporting something insignificant on another friend that I had a falling out with. I got instantly triggered. I went from being in an excited mood about a new project to filled with anger, frustration and then being utterly distracted.  I got agitated and as much…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N 20

READ I adore this book by our friend Josh, his approach to creativity and consciousness continually inspires me. I interviewed Josh for our upcoming podcasts which will launch soon, can’t wait to share it with you! I am always fascinated with the routines of people, and especially artists, and this piece on Georgia O’Keefe is delightful…
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L E T T E R – Can We Embody What Nature Knows?

We have a huge tree in our garden, and when we moved in became very fond of it as throughout the Summer it keeps 90% of our garden in the shade. Then on our first Autumn, lorikeets and cockatoos (who are renowned for being destructive for the fun of it) flocked to the tree and…
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L E T T E R – We Are All Going To Be Dead, Sooner, Later, Who Knows     

Some people come to learn meditation because they are keen to be their best selves, they feel unreal and want to amplify it. They are the minority. Most people come to learn meditation because shit hit the fan. A diagnosis, a divorce, someone they loved passed on, bankruptcy, chronic illness. And then they get really…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N 19 – ­ Restore and Renew

For you to try . . . EAT We are eating mostly plant-based at the moment, and 75% of the time gluten free, so Kitchari has become a huge staple in our diet. We used to eat it a few times a week, then as I dove further into Japanese cooking, we took a pause.…
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L E T T E R – The Creation of Time

Time is something that expands and contracts, as it’s all a perception. Stay with me, I know it sounds a little out there.  Have you ever noticed how 2 hours on emails can go in a flash? Yet waiting in traffic when late for something important can take seemingly forever. If you’ve been to a…
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L E T T E R – A Path To Authenticity

Our daughter is doing a speech for school and had to incorporate a bunch of keywords including resilience and respect. She asked me what imitation meant. And I said to copy something. She pointed out the dictionary says ‘the action of using someone or something as a model’. But that was in contrast to her…
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L E T T E R – A Sequence Of Small Choices

My dear friend Jen was recently telling me a story about a conversation she had with her teenage son. He was saying he thought a situation wasn’t such a big deal, she felt strongly otherwise, as it was a recurring theme. And she explained to him that life is not about the big decisions, it’s…
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L E T T E R – The Freedom To Make Mistakes

As a recovering perfectionist, I have had intense experiences around making mistakes. It makes no sense as part of the creative experience is trying over and over, making beautiful mistakes, to come to a magic result. It involves a huge amount of freedom and all the mistakes in the world to get there sometimes. For…
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L E T T E R – Fluidity

I was once taught an analogy that I have carried around with me since from Taoism. It is that when you have strong emotions hit you, you imagine you are within a body of a river. You understand that everything must flow. So rather than trying to cling to the river banks, resisting, or even…
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L E T T E R – The Privilege Of A Life

Life is so fragile. We never know when it will come to a close.  As humans, we can be bitter and cruel. We can fight bitterly. We can destroy the very thing that sustains us, our planet. We can be competitive, nasty, and inflict incredible pain. We also cry at sunsets and quietly watch the…
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L E T T E R ­ – You Choose; One Leaf Or The Whole Tree?

Picture a large majestical tree. We could just acknowledge a single leaf, and fixate on it, cooing over the leaf, identifying every detail. If we look at the big picture though, we also need to pull back and realise that there are other leaves, and they are attached to branches, some small and delicate, some…
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L E T T E R – Why Indeed, Yes You Can

At the karate tournament last week, I saw a man with one leg compete. He stood on the side of the mats, with crutches, and I thought ‘poor guy must have hurt his foot’, as I couldn’t see him fully. Then he hopped, literally on one leg, along the rim of the mats, to the…
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L E T T E R – Gratitude

I was ordering my coffee the other day, and our lovely friend who makes coffee Andre asked how I was going. I was in a particularly chipper mood and said ‘fantastic, honestly what could I possibly complain about!” And he said ‘oh people will find anything’. He explained just earlier he had an exasperating customer…
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L E T T E R – Judgement

When we are building something, a business, a relationship, our spiritual development, our education, our parenting, it’s so easy to stay locked in the mind. Trapped in the intellect. And with this comes old conditioning, all the judgement comes up, all the comparison. If you want to meet a really mean bunch of people, go…
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L E T T E R – Peacefulness

As someone that used to work in advertising, marketing and PR, our whole purpose was to make people believe that they needed things outside of themselves to be happy. And Arran and I bought into it too. Fancy cars, beautiful furniture, expensive things to show off. The irony is now I teach people to understand…
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L E T T E R – Every Small Act

I’m heading this morning from Sydney to a karate tournament in Okinawa. It has been a dream of mine since I started studying Shorin-ryu karate with my Sensei to travel with him to Okinawa and I added it late last year, to the things I wanted to bring into my life for this year. And…
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L E T T E R – Collaborate For Clarity

Sometimes one of the challenges of being self-employed is that you are always working to a degree. Even if you’re ‘off’ for a little while, that still involves checking emails and monitoring staff and dealing with emergencies that might come up. I’m always fascinated when people get to take 4 weeks off work, no emails,…
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L E T T E R – The Voyeur

Pinterest and Instagram and all the other platforms I don’t even know about are such an incredible source of inspiration. And they’re also simultaneously eating into our ability to create on our own, from a source within us.  Recent conversations with an established interior designer were that they are utterly fed up with their younger…
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L E T T E R – Some Notes

I have sat on this quote for some time. There seemed to be so many moving parts to it, each that I liked as a stand-alone…  “Make Your Ego Porous” A hardened ego is going to be very hard to break. It might take a very huge event, life-threatening or greater to begin to crack…
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L E T T E R – A Different Daily Grind

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

I really love Jane Goodall and I really love this quote. I also believe in a spiritual power higher than ourselves and I feel it more deeply in nature. But I also want to point out that we are nature ourselves. And when we dive deeply into ourselves and transcend our ideas about ourselves, we find our true…
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L E T T E R – The Tests

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

There’s something so wonderful about discovering things about yourself, having realisations and seeing tangible results from doing self-development or spiritual work. In fact, it feels so good, that frequently we can become rather smitten with the whole thing, and with good intentions want to share it with others.  The intention to share is a very…
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L E T T E R – The Path

I still remember many years back, over a decade ago, standing in a bookstore in New York, and picking up Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I stood still and for about 30 minutes to read the book, that I then bought after being captivated. He explained that wherever we go, we…
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L E T T E R – The Old Creative Paradigm

I love it when slightly delusional ‘creative’ people or artists claim they don’t need order, they fly by the seat of their pants, and sometimes work all night, and never sleep the same schedule, and never, under any circumstances follow routine, as it inhibits their creativity. I am yet to find an example of someone…
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L E T T E R – Resilience

No human is born with resilience. Babies are small, vulnerable and incapable of doing anything at all for themselves, unlike animals, many of whom can walk almost immediately, swim right away, and are separated from their parents. Resilience and hard work are two things that are learned and can be expanded upon at any moment.…
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L E T T E R – Meditation and Our Thinking

This is one of the greatest gifts of transcendence that our meditation technique gifts us – moving beyond one’s thoughts. This provides us with a framework for the mind to settle into something other than it’s constant stream of thoughts, even momentarily. We saturate in something deeper than our views of the world, into pure…
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L E T T E R – Conscious Experiences

It’s hard to believe at times, that nothing happens to anybody which he is not fit by nature to bear, isn’t it? But it’s true because we are still here aren’t we. And through meditation, we are able to expand our consciousness so that this becomes not just a statement but something we can embody.…
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L E T T E R – Ceativityr, Love and Hate

I love this quote. Because the ego will tell us otherwise all the time, and ensure we are terrified of being hated. When we allow ourselves to be gripped by the ego, we water down our creativity, we stifle it, we muffle it. So we must truly understand this. Creativity is about standing in our…
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L E T T E R – Being Disturbed

Today I wanted us to all gain clarity around this essential truth. Have you ever felt rested, calm and full of love and taken a comment from someone with humour? Have you ever felt frustrated, anxious and exhausted and taken a similar comment as an absolute insult? The world is an inside-out phenomenon. So many…
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L E T T E R – Flux and Meditation

Meditation teaches us so much, and in particular Vedic meditation, where we are taught so many amazing things that become our blueprint on how to live. One area in particular with our practice can teach so deeply, and that’s that everything changes, everything is in flux, and to therefore not get attached. When I teach…
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L E T T E R – Vitality At What Cost

Fear drains vitality. There’s always some lurking fear around everything – that is getting the wrong diagnosis. I have had more conversations in the last week than ever with students, where if we dove down, we could after a bit of peeling back (uncomfortable yes) find the fear sitting under all the other fears. They…
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L E T T E R – Our Ideas Of Truth

Authentic and inspired educational teachers, spiritual teachers, coaches, and mentors have so much to offer us. Yet they are not the ONLY sources of truth. And when we shut off our minds and hearts to wisdom being available at all times, we miss out on the massive opportunity and gift that every day brings. One…
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L E T T E R – What To Nurse Then

There is an old Zen story that I really like, with many versions of it, rendered slightly differently, but I will go with this one for the purpose of this letter. Two monks are walking along a country path. They soon are met by a caravan, a group of attendants carrying their wealthy and not-so-kindly…
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L E T T E R – Perfectionists Anonymous

Hi, my name is Jacqui, and I am a recovering perfectionist. If you are not a perfectionist I can almost guarantee you know one. If you do, share this with them. Perfectionism is supposed to be about not missing out on anything and chasing everything, ideally, to fall into absolute alignment with some ideal or…
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L E T T E R – What’s Really Attacking Us

What if we viewed every challenge right now as something to be learned? The universe hand delivering us our own custom education, to aid our growth and evolution. Never any attack’s, just people doing their best with the skill sets available to them, no matter how limited.  Instead of anger and frustration, how would it…
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L E T T E R – Our Real Work

I heard Ram Dass once tell a wonderful story. I’m hazy on the details of country and religion, but it goes along these lines. Ram Dass is in a monastery on a mountain in Asia, meditating and undertaking spiritual work with fierce dedication. Many months he receives a telegram and his stepmother is incredibly ill…
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L E T T E R ­ – Don’t Think

Instinctive living can be challenging when we are bombarded with opposing opinions backed by scientific studies that say exactly the opposite things. When friends have concrete options and ideas that seem sound yet don’t quite resonate. When we have an influx of information being fed to us daily, so much of it fake and when…
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L E T T E R – That Flat Spot

The idea that we are going to always be in the flow, thriving and creative is ludicrous, yet we catch ourselves frequently disappointed when flat, uninspired and feeling uncreative. I know I do. And, we have to really check ourselves because the big questions is, are we flat and uninspired or are we procrastinating under…
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L E T T E R – Sadhana

Sadhana is the sanskrit term for daily practice or ritual. Defined by one of my favourite authors Maya Triwari as ‘Sadhana practices encompass all our daily activities, from the simple to the sublime–from cooking a meal to exploring your inner self through meditation. The goal of sadhana is to enable you to recover your natural…
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L E T T E R – What’s It All About

I love Maurice and I love this quote, and it can be interpreted in so many ways. If we dissect it through the lens of the material, just for today, I have some thoughts. Many years ago Arran and I started questioning if we owned our stuff, or if it owned us. We moved house…
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L E T T E R – Concepts

When we are learning anything, there are usually concepts involved. We want to be sure to understand them, to test them and to find our truth within them.  When we become governed by the concept over the truth though, we are bound by it. Our learning will become only intellectual and not instinctive. This is the common way of teaching when it is all fancy words, untested theories, and intellect. This lacks in authenticity and will only work for so long. Once…
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L E T T E R – Your Heart In Your Work

Dharma means purpose in Sanskrit, and it’s so frequently mistaken as ‘something spiritual as your work’. Especially in the modern Western world, it’s interpreted as ‘leave corporate job to become yoga teacher’. It actually means your life purpose, and this could be creating koi ponds, or being an accountant or parenting your children. Jeff Kober…
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L E T T E R – To End Comparison

I think we intellectually know this. That copying others is futile in the quest for happiness. That authenticity is key to fulfillment.   So why aren’t we living this fully? Why do we get so stuck? I think it’s because we compare ourselves to others, and in that cycle of comparison we chip away slowly…
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L E T T E R – You Never Know

I love dearly wise tales with messages especially this one, ancient Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years.  One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.  “Maybe,” the farmer replied.  The next morning the horse…
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L E T T E R – Meaningfulness

I spent the weekend with Jeff Kober teaching about understanding our humanity, our spirituality, our dharma and how to enliven consciousness. It was spectacular. Jeff’s delivery of knowledge, and his earnestness I admire and respect so much.   The underpinning of the two-day workshop was how to live a meaningful, joyful life. It seems simple…
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L E T T E R ­- Move Your Arse

I think this quote is such a great follow on from yesterday and I believe it so much. I had someone send me the loveliest message, and within it was a comment, “you are so lucky I wish I could have such a high-grade life like you”. It’s well-intentioned, and I don’t resent it at…
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L E T T E R – To Be Breath Taken

I’m clearly having an emotional week as represented in all the Letters! I feel so positive and taken with the beauty of life I am gobsmacked. Inspired and in the creative flow. And it’s a gift that is lighting up my days. Because two weeks ago I felt flat and overwhelmed with all I had…
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L E T T E R – Granted or Gratitude

The other week I was cooking dinner because I always cook dinner, and I started getting a little huff on. Arran nor Marley had asked me if I needed a hand. In fact, no one had asked or enquired about anything to do with eating that night because the assumption is I’ve got it under…
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L E T T E R – The Way

Firstly I would like to thank all of you that send me the most heartfelt and beautiful notes of gratitude and your stories. I wish I could reply to them all, please don’t think it’s personal if I don’t, it’s usually a sheer chance if I am in front of my emails when it comes…
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L E T T E R – Courage Counts

The writing of the Letters has taught me I think far more than I can ever share and teach through them. The discipline, the getting over myself, the being vulnerable, the incredible amount of research. The joys of someone commenting or writing to me to tell me they think I am full of shit. The…
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L E T T E R – Attitudes Do Make a Difference

Has there been a truer sentence written? Do we already know it? Why are we not embracing this every single moment?   This Letter today is short for two reasons; I would like to simply sit with this quote deeply, for the day, without any extra information. Secondly the last few Letters this week have been…
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L E T T E R – When Two Waves Collide

When you stand on a sandbank in the ocean, on certain tides, the waves wash in from the breakers and then sometimes hit the banks in such a way that they create a wave that returns back and smashes up into the wave coming into shore. It’s a huge amount of fun to get right…
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L E T T E R – What Will You Choose?

The glass half empty mentality we all know, but do we actually live glass half full. Every moment. Is everything a gift and an opportunity, or do we see much of it as a punish and a burden? Are you ‘highly engaged’ or ‘sooooo busy? Are you ‘going through a learning phase’ or ‘failing at everything’? Are you experiencing seasonality in your relationship, ‘having a Winter’ and grateful to have someone…
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L E T T E R – Zen Walking

Kin Hin is a very beautiful practice of walking with presence, sometimes called Zen Walking. I remember still when first learning it on a Sesshin and being astounded at how gentle and profound it was. Kin Hin is essentially mindful walking and is generally practiced at the end of a seated Zazen. If Zazen goes…
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L E T T E R & a G I F T – A Mothers Gift

I adore this piece by Kahlil Gibran On Children. For it’s so easy to get caught in the grit of parenting, the daily grind and lose touch with love. We can get stuck in the trappings of the ego identifying with the parts of our children that remind us of us that we secretly love…
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L E T T E R – Anxiety

I have one rule for our meditation students and that is that they never apologise for not meditating.   Being anxious, stressed or strung out about our practice ensures we fall out of alignment with nature which is the whole purpose of our practice. The output is we are more resilient, flexible, and creative, and…
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L E T T E R – Choices

When we were in Los Angeles we went to a small, lesser-known private art gallery, and the gentleman working there enhanced our experience ten fold, by enthusiastically showing us through the show, describing the artists, their concepts, history, and purpose. I thoroughly enjoyed it and he seriously indulged my every question. We clearly had no…
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L E T T E R – The Disturbing Truth

This took me a LONG time to get my head around when it came to spirituality and creativity. I enjoyed the sweeter parts, the ‘oh that’s so lovely’ feeling, the gentle ‘well that makes sense’ realisations that never shocked, but felt warm and fuzzy. I sought out teachers who would not deliver the challenging truths…
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L E T T E R – A Fractured Dance

When I was teaching meditation in Silverlake, we spoke collectively about the current frenzy and uptake of spiritual practices and self development. We are on one hand in a wonderful time as wisdom, education and techniques for higher grade living are more readily accessible with with technology, from pretty much anywhere. There is a danger…
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L E T T E R – Y O U R H E L P

As a school, we are here for our students. Everything we do, is about helping you live your highest grade life. Currently we are in the thick of creating so many new things for you, and refining so many that we have already in play, that I have gotten into the habit of ‘wondering what…
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L E T T E R – R E C O V E R Y

We are all recovering from something, whether it be grief, the ego’s grip, addiction, perfectionism, heartbreak. There’s deep recovery, and there’s daily shallow recovery, from our attachment to our prejudices, biases, and ideas that have been formed through the ego.    Recovery takes time, patience, grace. It’s hot, sweaty work that means we have to…
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L E T T E R – An Exploration

I love this quote by Bruce Lee. He was profound, inspiring, motivated and disciplined.    Today have a look into what every day would look like if you adopted all of these points. Even if you took a single one and brought the principle into every day, explored it fully, and with curiosity.    Sent…
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