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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 – 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 no different. There really aren’t any shortcuts aside from getting your arse in that chair, daily, twice daily, over and over and over.  When people are so stressed they…
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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 to scan this past week been, and see if you can find all the times you invested in your relationship with yourself, your soul, your…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What does running away create?

How will you hold your awareness this week? Scattered or as something sacred? Fractured, or utterly focussed on the present? When we feel overwhelmed, or fatigued, or frankly, flat as so many do right at this moment, the trap of distraction becomes so easy to fall into. The search for satisfaction, anything but an uncomfortable…
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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 they the mechanics by which we can sort the grain from the chaff of our lives? Are they the exact, perfectly curated opportunities for us to…
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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 the ones we want to engage with. It’s the thoughts that we hold onto, that we worship with our attention that we become. So rather…
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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 even yours? Can you name instead who you learned them from? What judgements might you drop to experience things as they are?  With love, Jac…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Everything is fleeting

When in those perfect, clear moments when we are cleavered away from our overthinking, and we are just absolutely present to life, we understand how fleeting life is. I teach and work with many people who are terminally ill. As in they have a rough idea of when they will drop this body, unlike the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Whose life?

One of our beloved students Juana, introduced me to the writings of Richard Rohr. ‘Just This’ is a beautiful collection of his works for when you want a little shot of inspiration. I like to read a little before I meditate in the mornings. This morning in the dim light of beeswax candles and a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Zen Wednesday; Enthralling Solitude

Zen meditation teacher Susan Murphy writes in her brilliant book Upside Down Zen, “Meditation is lonely as any practice is lonely – no one can make it easier for you, no one can do it for you, and you alone can find the endurable quality within it. But that loneliness gradually reveals a subtle and lovely…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Which side did you place your umbrella?

One of my favourite Zen fables, that I will alter for more colour, goes like this.  A very young monk wished to study and reside with a prestigious older monk. The older monk refused him, saying he needed many more years study before he would take him on, but to keep in touch with letters and then…
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