I’ve gotten emails on the regular from a lot of you asking if I know of anywhere in LA to learn Vedic meditation – as you see me practicing on my Instagram story often (and because of this article). After researching potential LA schools, I still came up stumped. So, I’m OVER THE MOON to report that my personal teacher, Jacqui Lewis of The Broad Place, will be holding teachings next week at a space in Malibu (with the option of morning and evening courses).
I’ll also be popping in to refresh and deepen my practice, which has lead to numerous noticeable changes: deeper sleep, major stress management, more clarity and creativity, and clearer thoughts. Above all, it’s become a daily decompression and massage for my endocrine system. She’ll also be hosting a talk at Soho House on October 3rd for those of you that would like to get a feel for her energy and wisdom.
Jacqui shares a few words with us on expanded consciousness, and gaining access through Vedic meditation.
J | The opposite of expansion is contraction. In any moment, we are expanding or contracting. Our minds, our thinking, our cells and physiology and our consciousness are all either expanding or contracting, simultaneously as everything is linked. What we don’t often realize is that we have a choice in the matter. That we are consciously or subconsciously choosing expansion, or contraction.
Expansion is acceptance, curiosity and living through intuition. Expansion is consciousness at play in the world, connection, synchronicity and manifestation. Contraction is fear, a closed mind and trying to work things out in our heads. Contraction is a blind engagement with thoughts that project a reality that take us away from our true selves.
Expansion is an understanding that there is more than just me in the world. Expansion is answering the question, what am I truly here to do? Expansion is encouragement of our own personal evolution, and actively playing a part in it. It’s living with our eyes wide open. Living this principle is querying, am I moving in the natural direction of my evolution or am I swimming upstream and fighting a losing battle? Expansion is asking not what do I want from life, but what does life want from me?
I have found the most seamless tool to expand into life is the Vedic practice of Broad Mind Meditation. A daily practice of dropping into the slipstream of life, and flowing with evolution as opposed to frantically swimming upstream.
For those interested in attending, you can sign up and gather all the information here. Jacqui has been so kind to offer a $200 discount to my community with the mention of FREE + NATIVE when signing up.