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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 – 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, goes against the very premise of the expansion of our consciousness, the alignment to our hearts. Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Getting Back To The Intention

As a follow on from the last Letter, I thought it would be helpful to return to our intentions behind our actions. I had a student I am privately mentoring say they had gotten bored with their practice as the 20 minute sitting wasn’t feeling satisfying. We spoke about why they were meditating in the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What We Cannot Control

We cannot control our lives. Read it again. It took me way too long to grasp this and I still flounder with it. Control is just so tantalising at times! Our lives in their very nature, are always changing. Every facet, moving pieces affected by too many things to count. The modern, sanitised view of…
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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 example being used as a way to disengage with what’s actually happening. ‘Equanimity’ which means ultimately balance, as a method of avoidance. ‘Compassion’ as a…
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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 a new standpoint, and not act out on old conditioning. Let me ask you, how many times in the past twelve months have you felt…
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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 a mystical experience. With having some kind of blissful, transcendental, lofty experience each and every sitting. It won’t happen like that. For the modern body…
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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 in lockdown in the UK, sometimes something to do with my family, what’s happening with our students, the pandemic, patriarchy, the list is extensive.  I’ve…
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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 physically, we have little room to cope emotionally. Sometimes people think meditation is going to be the silver bullet. And in all honesty, many teachers…
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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 raggedy, thin, tight. So slowing down our breathing, consciously breathing from our lower abdomen, relaxing our shoulders, can reverse this. The same way our body…
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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 of my mind can’t compute that it’s only been 10 months since I returned to Australia. Hotel quarantine, then living at a friends hotel, then…
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