Talking Broadly – The Broad Place
A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

Letter from Jo – Tuning in to Love

Occasionally, when I am going about my day, not necessarily doing anything that interesting, simply out of the blue, I can experience an overwhelming sense of love. It shifts me […]

Letter from Jac – It’s never too late to learn

Often people wait awhile to learn to meditate. It feels like something that can be learnt later, or when life gets really challenging, people tend to engage then. Thankfully it’s […]

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 Jo – Bringing it Back

There is so much going on around us, our backyards, our communities, our countries and globally.It is a lot. A lot to feel, a lot to take in, a lot […]

Letter from Jac – Do your glasses need a clean?

We see too often not what’s there, but what we are conditioned to see. Our brains override new possibility to take shortcuts that previously made sense. Passages like this; it deson’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers […]

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 – Wishful thinking

I always laugh with my really fit friends, about my constantly wanting a short cut. Any shortcut. But it’s just a continual commitment and accumulative effect that creates transformation. On every level. And meditation is […]

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 – The perfect cup

Ordeals are challenging. Lockdown is boring and frustrating. Illness is the terrible. Divorce is horrible.  Or, are they and they and their siblings of change, simply grist for the mill? Are […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Your personal daily dip dye

Every day, we saturate ourselves in thoughts, unchosen, not always well meaning, often chaotic. We must reconcile this is the case. We can’t choose our thoughts, but we can choose […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The real disturbance

What conditioning of your mind might you recognise is robbing you of reality?  What reactions are taking you out of your body and driving your mind wild?  Are these reactions […]

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 – Little Choices

My friend Jen told her son, it’s not so much about the big decisions in your life, it’s about the tiny, micro decisions you make continuously that matter. I loved […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The return of FOMO

My friend sent me the cover of this week’s New York magazine with an enormous gold title The Return Of FOMO. Which stands for Fear Of Missing Out. And it’s […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Paying attention

I spent the weekend studying with the phenomenal Rose Baudin, and the amount of rapid scrawl notes I took is going to take some time to dissect BUT this one […]

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 – What Not To Do

Time to take stock. I love doing this. Creating lists of all the things I know deep down aren’t working for me at the moment. This spans spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially. I spit out […]

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 – 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 – Remember To Breathe

Breathing, a life-force which we so often forget about. Unconsciously, we move through our days with around 20,000 breaths. How many go unnoticed? When we are stressed our breathing gets […]

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 – Gaining Perspective

Let’s talk about perspective. What does it really mean and how do we get it? Everyone says think ‘big picture’, but how do we do this when we’re flailing around […]

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 – Dear Little Screw

This is such a beautiful way to describe the limitations of the human mind. Often we get so caught up in our ‘little screw’ state that we forget about the […]

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 – Just The Weather

It’s so important to remember this. The other day flying to Sydney, I had an old friend visit with force, anxiety. It was a combination of factors that brought my anxiety in, […]

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 – Growing Into Wisdom

I want you to think of how many books you have read this year. How many online articles? How many magazines? How many instagram posts and Facebook posts have you […]

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 Jac – Be Kind To Yourself

I wanted to take a moment today to invite you to be kind to yourself. A lot of the time we are focused on being kind to others, sometimes at […]

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 Jo – Resistance Is Real

“Hello, my name is Jo and I’m a Starter not a Finisher, please help”. How many projects, ideas, practices, dreams, tasks have I started and never finished? (a lot). Grand […]

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 – Creative Abundance

How do I do so many creative things and put them into the world? It’s a question I am asked a bit so it seemed worthwhile taking a moment to […]

L E T T E R from Jac – Calling Future Self

Try this, Get some paper and pen. Sit down some place comfortable, slow your breathing, relax into your body. Imagine it’s six months from now. Really dive into this experience. […]

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, […]