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Journal

Our Journal is filled with recipes, philosophical musings, tools to be a better human, tips for travel, meditation, yoga as well as the latest special offerings and events from The Broad Place

L E T T E R from Jac – Open Curiosity, Open Heart

Something Arran and I are really committed to is not pretending we always have it right, or know all the answers. It’s insanity to think one person could have anything near most of the answers let alone all of them! I have learnt so much from him over the years, watching how he releases himself…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The World As Our Mirror

Ajahn Chah writes in his book, A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation, “In our practice, we think that noises, cars, voices, sights, are distractions that come and bother us when we want to be quiet. But who is bothering whom? Actually, we are the ones who go and bother them. The car, the sound, is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Opening To Vulnerability

You know one of the things I am most grateful for from you, our community of students and readers, is your open-hearted honesty, your incredible intelligence and also your generosity with your time. It’s a really hard thing if I am honest, to reach out and ask for help. Henry Ford was credited with saying,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting it Be

I don’t walk around Hyde Park telling the squirrels to slow down and the swans to speed up. I don’t get frustrated with the clouds for their presence, nor do I kick leaves resentfully for being on the ground. I doubt you do either. We seem to be able to accept all forms of nature…
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L E T T E R – GENTLE HOLDING Intention Setting For The Week Ahead

This week’s intention is a big one. We all know the confusing experience of having two seemingly opposing views that we can’t find peace within. When thoughts about something seem to clash as we want both views to work, but it’s easier to just take a side. At the moment, with politics and what’s happening…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Back Yourself

‘No one will back you unless you back yourself’. This is something I am always saying to our students, that they need to back themselves deeply, truly, and then the universe, and other people will follow that cue. It doesn’t work as powerfully if you try it the other way around. So when I had…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Open All Hours

Life is funny – when things are going well – and yes I hate to say it “according to plan” or at least close enough to a version of the story I have a strong preference for – then I can watch the ebb and flow of the many moments go by, smiling inwardly at…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Presence

Why is being in the present moment so insanely hard in day to day life? We agree we are so distracted, we fret about the future and worry about the past. I found it so stunningly simple to be present whilst in the Buddhist hermitage. Joyous. Then bang! Back into London life and I can…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Zen Wednesday; Finding Truth

‘Fudoshin’ is a Japanese term used in Zen frequently, which means an unshakeable will, utter determination, the mindset of a Samurai. Even in the face of death, injury or pain, the Samurai is present to what is. How this is embraced by Zen outside of being a warrior is that every day we too will…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The 4% Rule

I have had the pleasure of meeting many talented people in my life, as well as many deeply conscious spiritual people, highly creative individuals and very accomplished people. They all have something in common, and it’s discipline and dedication to their craft and to expanding their intellects, souls and minds beyond that which they already…
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