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L E T T E R from Jac – The Braid Of Our Life

A rope is braided together to strengthen it, without the multiple pieces threaded together it is weak and can break easily. I find too often, I want just the joy […]

L E T T E R from Jac – The Daily Miracle

It’s a choice, to live as if each day is the miracle it is. The stress of moving across the world has the benefits of finally arriving. Then there is […]

L E T T E R from Jac – This Too Shall Pass

I have found personally, and for many of our students, that we are all too happy to let go of the uglier of our experiences, but are impossibly eager to […]

L E T T E R from Jo – Watering My Grass

How many times have I looked “over there” at the green grass wishing it was under my feet? Too many to count. The idea that I’d be great over there, […]

L E T T E R – Happy New Year!!!

My absolute goodness what a year. For Arran and I, it was beyond what we imagined. I travelled to London, Los Angeles, New York, India, Melbourne and Byron Bay to […]

L E T T E R – Revelling in Beauty

Beauty can be so underrated in our modern way of life. Tiny moments of beauty can light me up for hours at a time. A new branch that is spreading tiny […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

L E T T E R – To Create And Be Of Service

Over the weekend we put out a survey, which was answered by SO many which make me SO very pleased as The Broad Place is there for you, so when […]

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 […]

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 […]

L E T T E R – An Abundance

This stands true not just for creativity, but for love, gratitude, compassion, kindness. Additionally for anger, resentment, shame, guilt.  So the more we use, the more we have. Best make […]

L E T T E R – For The Pros

Inspiration comes to us through a channel of creativity. It’s not out there ‘waiting for us’ it’s flowing from within us. We then recognise that creativity, inspiration (and love and […]

L E T T E R – The Crazy Ones

I’ve done some seriously crazy things and some seriously dumb things in my time. I created a huge design and art exhibition without any prior experience just a lot of […]

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” […]

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 […]

L E T T E R – Remember to Breathe

When I was young, I had the utmost confidence in my creativity. Arran and I were laughing on the way to Melbourne last week as I shared a story (he […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

L E T T E R – Is The Future Bright?

I hope this is how life feels for you, I really do. Arran and I have spent some time recently getting realigned with each other, what we hope for in […]

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 […]

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, […]

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? […]

L E T T E R – Do It

There are so many layers to this, and I’ll map out today a few key things to consider when wondering how to ‘just do it’. Let’s start tiny and work […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 everything. The cracks in the pavement, the trees, the sun […]

L E T T E R – Inside Out

It’s tempting to think that all the answers lie outside of us. It allows us to hold others responsible. To blame others if life doesn’t go to plan if we […]

L E T T E R – Empathy

We get mean when we feel scared. It’s pretty simple yet we forget this all the time. The difference in someone when they are falling in love with someone and […]

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. It’s when we delay our own happiness as something isn’t […]

L E T T E R – Present Moment Awareness

Have you ever been driving your car and thought to yourself, I can’t remember driving through the last 2 suburbs? Or have you been eating something and reached down for […]

L E T T E R – What Is Happy?

If you’ve had an upbringing remotely similar to mine, you may have found yourself with an ingrained belief that you ‘should’ be happy, always, that when you’re not happy, it […]

L E T T E R – Never Burn

In today’s society, which is riddled with muddled messaging, knowing how to hold oneself is becoming increasingly challenging. Sayings such as ‘tall poppy syndrome’ or ‘crabs in a bucket’ describe […]

The Human Condition

Most of us spend a large amount of time questioning our own actions, motives, worrying, fretting and stressing, about the things that inherently make us human. I hear so much, […]

All The Damn Thoughts

Have you ever listened to all the thoughts going on in your head? I sat in the most beautiful garden last week on my little Retreat, overlooking a huge pond, […]

Fresh Eyes, Fresh Mind

Beginners Mind is a Buddhist concept that I love and try to implement as much as possible. It’s not about forgetting everything we know, but rather about stepping into every […]

Down That Chute

I love Tina Fey, and I love this quote. Overthinking jams up the whole system. We just have to get in and get our hands dirty. When we were in […]

Staying Afloat

Makes sense doesn’t it? Why do we encourage our ego to engage with that which in our heart of hearts we know is not true? Because we all have egos!! […]

Selective Feedback

This is such a huge topic that I might visit it a few times more!!To begin with, ensuring we only take feedback from those who count, is imperative to our […]

You The Scriptwriter

I have so many conversations about things falling apart, and yesterday’s letter sparked some of those. I think when we are made redundant in our job, have to close our […]

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 of us potter along with the status quo believing things […]

Being Kind Under Pressure

This week I woke to the micro pressures of teaching meditation, a tonne of mentoring, many many meetings, workshops, talks and teacher training. In essence, perhaps too much in one week. […]

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 our thinking so ego-centered, that we mistake perfect order for […]

Talking Broadly with Vanessa Megan

I have had the pleasure of not only being friends with Ness, but to also work with her on her incredible brand Vanessa Megan. Her product is hands down the […]

Talking Broadly – Anne Durham

Where do you currently live?  Avalon, Sydney, Australia What currently keeps you busy? A nine month old baby girl and a 3 month old business. With your beautiful brand Prodjuice, […]

Talking Broadly – Melissa Ambrosini

I had the pleasure of initiating Melissa Ambrosini into the art of Vedic Meditation this year. Mel had practiced many forms of meditation for years, so was hardly new to […]

Talking Broadly – Jason Grant

Jason Grant is one of those people who is not only charming and handsome, he’s also the magical mix of being very talented. His days are filled with styling, shooting […]

Why Meditate?

So why meditate? People learn this technique for a large range of personal reasons. Some want to be more creative and diverse in their thinking, others want to reduce or […]

Do You Have Needs?

And what does evening ‘having a need’ mean? We can all get caught up in the idea that our needs are not being met. That there simply is not enough […]