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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 […]

    L E T T E R – To Tread Lightly

    I like to think of this not just as treading the earth lightly, but whilst treading, being ultra aware of […]

    L E T T E R – Squeamish

    When I am traveling, I really dislike airports. I wish I was more cool and Zen and what not, and […]

    L E T T E R – The Power Of Water

    Water, the incredibly dynamic and flexible qualities that can shift it from ice to fluid, to steam. Imagine if we […]

    L E T T E R – Just Now

    Future Projecting is something I teach and talk about a lot, as it’s a huge rut we get stuck in. […]

    L E T T E R – A Cat On A Leash

    I hear too often nonsense about ‘taming the mind’ and references to a monkey and wild horses. The mind isn’t […]

    L E T T E R – Recovery Time

    I had an experience years and years ago, where I went to see a friend of mine who is a […]

    L E T T E R – Impeccable Word

    Last year, I repeated something that someone else said, and I knew I shouldn’t have.I immediately corrected myself and ask […]

    The 4% Rule

    I have had the pleasure of meeting many talented people in my life, as well as many deeply conscious spiritual […]

    All The Damn Thoughts

    Have you ever listened to all the thoughts going on in your head? I sat in the most beautiful garden […]

    A Recalibration

    Oh, how this quote resonates with me. The accompanying vulnerability, the incapacity to hold it or when an emotion breaches […]

    The Roar of The Universe

    The ego, so loud, so insistent, so annoying, so abrupt. The heart, so gentle, so mild, so curious. If we continue to honour […]

    The Constant Reminder

    What happens when a bigger ‘problem’ comes along? All the big problems before it are suddenly relegated to little problems […]

    Book Club Launch

    As avid readers and meditators here at The Broad Place, we know how transformational both these things are. We call it the […]

    Shhh Now, Ego

    Oh man doesn’t the ego like to stink up a tantrum when we are wondering, or worse KNOW someone else […]

    The First Time Should Be Enough

    Recently I watched Oprah Winfrey being interviewed after her Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes. She said, “The […]

    Where Are You Now?

    We all seem to know this, that being present reaps the greatest rewards as a human,but very little do we […]


    Hi everyone, This is Emily, I am a meditation teacher here at The Broad Place. I have been working with Jac […]

    What Will You Think

    There is so much talk of the power of positive thinking, so much science to back it up, yet I […]

    When Things Go Wrong

    This week, let’s actively make choices to either gently flow in the direction of what is going right, and if […]

    What Would It Look Like

    What would it look like if you had a year to live? What would you read? What would you stop […]

    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 […]

    Selective Feedback

    This is such a huge topic that I might visit it a few times more!!To begin with, ensuring we only […]

    You The Scriptwriter

    I have so many conversations about things falling apart, and yesterday’s letter sparked some of those. I think when we […]

    What Would Fade If You Let It

    I’ve had a few recent experiences that really made me sit up and re-evaluate some relationships. Usually I think most […]

    What Other People Think

    Dealing with the fear of ‘what other people think’ affects so many of our students, and myself. I hear about […]

    The Danger of The Majority

    When it comes to spiritual growth, self development and our actively evolving, it can get tricky at times. Sometimes what […]

    Beginners Mind

    Beginners Mind is a Buddhist and Zen concept of approaching everything as if it’s the first time. What would our […]

    Being Kind Under Pressure

    This week I woke to the micro pressures of teaching meditation, a tonne of mentoring, many many meetings, workshops, talks […]

    The Need To Disconnect To Connect

    It’s the time of year when I am at my most engaged. We have all our meditation courses before the […]

    The Medicine For Modern Living

    Seth Godin popped into my inbox with “Are there places do you feel like you’re falling behind where there’s actually […]

    A Remedy For Shame

    When I first started writing these little letters to our students, I felt the deepest shame. Who the hell was […]

    Hell Is Just Resistance To Life

    On the weekend just been I had too much to juggle and responsibilities I didn’t want to fulfill and I […]

    The Perfection Of It All

    “Thus, this supremely perfect order of the Universe goes on all around us. But the structure is so vast, and […]

    A Bumper Issue of Goodness

    We have returned from India, the place of chaos and calm, inspired, refreshed and thrilled to be home. I can’t […]

    The Creative Process – Refinement

    We have been working for 12 months on designing, refining, polishing, sanding and adding new architecture to The Broad Place. […]

    Diwali Evening at The Broad Place

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” Martin Luther King, Jr. […]

    Q. What Will The Future Look Like?

    A. The Best Parts Of The Present I read this moving article over the weekend. My little brother is seriously disabled, and […]

    The Little Moments

    Yesterday Jeff arrived from LA, and we had a Group Meditation Meeting and spoke of how nature is at all […]

    It Might Be Easier…

    Marley and I sat in a Parisian cafe this morning. We had orange juice, coffee (well for me), baguettes and […]

    What If You Only Had 2 Hours

    I was listening to the Tim Ferriss Podcast as he was listing the ‘Impossible 17 Questions That Changed My Life’ […]