🎉 It’s here! Finally the podcast I flew 19 hours for. Honoured to have been invited to record an episode of the #sweatlifepodcast for @makerswomen and @lululemon. This episode was everything, @movelez and I talked about the meditative path, interconnection, what it was like being a young father — and how the practice proved my foundation. We also chatted about what Buddhism taught me about creating community, accessible and inclusive spaces and the power of meditating with others.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” — Thich Nhat Hanh, Life is distracting.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Breathing isn’t new. We’ve been doing it for a long long time. You’re (hopefully) doing it right now. That doesn’t mean you’re conscious of it, however. If you were to ask a friend the last time they noticed their breath, they’d probably sigh and not realise they just exhaled. Your friend isn’t alone. Many of us aren’t aware of the deep well of insight that is sitting right under our noses. Here’s a Monday afternoon reminder. Breathe and know you’re breathing. @_aspace
Friends — thank you so much for checking in with me. I didn’t think that last post was cause for alarm, just a reflection at the end of another big day about the complexity of being human and running a business. But I’m grateful for the kindness and care ya’ll have showed me in DM’s, calls and texts.
Ironically, today is @ruokday A day that reminds us to check in with those we love and show the same compassion you have shown this guy on social media. I’m lucky to be supported by a loving friends, teachers and mentors who have been through it all and a meditation and spiritual practice that allows me to cultivate an understanding of the experience. But it wasn’t always like this and there are many of us who are having a tough time right now and feel like there’s no way out. But there’s is. Everything is impermanent. Even our struggles. I encourage you to trust your gut, and reach out to your friends and loved ones. And if you’re going through it. Reach out, you’ll be overwhelmed by how much people care for you. Sending love to all beings #ruokday
They say bad things come in threes, but this week it’s felt like it’s come in multiples of thirty three. As I navigate the challenges that work and life are providing me, I’m discovering more about my capacity to grow and adapt. I’m discovering a creativity that has risen from having limited options, a resilience that comes from knowing it will all pass and an understanding at the end of each day that all of the struggle is ultimately, not personal.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but I truly believe we’re capable of enduring more than we think we could ever handle in the pursuit of what gives our life meaning. Wishing all beings the courage to meet this moment ✊🏾 — Photo by @lululemon#lululemonglobalyogi
I’m excited to be back teaching at our first @_aspace event this month. We’re teaming up with our good frienda at @willowurbanretreat to bring all the vibes to the south side. The Awakened Heart class is a deep exploration into one of our most popular styles of practice, Loving Kindness meditation. Tracing the practice back to its ancient roots, we’ll explore how this particular meditation can help us open to love and generosity in trying times. — We have discounted tickets available for those that identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and First Nations, as well as those that can not afford the ticketed price. You can always #sitwithushere
How do you relate to 'not-knowing”? In our meditation practice, not-knowing is sometimes called “beginner’s mind.” We could read all the books and study with the greatest of teachers, yet still be blinded to new possibilities by our preconceived ideas and views. But a beginner sees with fresh, unbiased eyes in each moment. The practice of a beginner’s mind is to cultivate an ability to meet life without our biases, interpretations and judgments and to keep the mind and heart open to all possibilities.
Inspired today after reflecting on the words of Suzuki Roshi “nothing we see of hear is perfect, but right there in the imperfection is perfect reality”
Happy Father’s Day to everyone that has ever had to play that role. To the biological fathers, mothers, carers, legal guardians, foster parents, friends, step-dads and everything in between. And especially to those that grew up without a father figure. May you have the awareness, courage, support and love that you need today and everyday.
These days it’s easy to wake up in the morning, sit up in bed, put on your favourite meditation app and sit ardently for 20 minutes. If we’re lucky we’re committed enough and diligent enough to show up day after day and connect deeper with the very fabric of life — this moment. But often, we’re not. We get tired, we have company, we procrastinate, we don’t know if we’re doing it right or we don’t even know why we’re doing it. This is why we need others, this is why we need a sangha. — A sangha is a community of people coming together to practice opening their hearts and minds for the benefit of all beings, not just their own. A sangha keeps you accountable when you lose your motivation, keeps you on track when you are confused or disheartened and acts as a reminder that you are not alone on this path.
These days I preface any invitation from an organisation for me to speak by telling them I won’t be talking about ways to simply be calm and present. Instead i’ll be inviting people to investigate the beliefs, behaviours and actions that are impacting their wellbeing, and those around them. Grateful that there are people and spaces that believe in the importance of this inquiry. —
Hey Melbourne 👋🏼 I’m home and it feels damn good to be here. Spring is almost here and it’s my favourite time of year. I missed my mates, I missed my little girl, I missed watching my beloved @brisbanelions and I missed having my morning coffee with all my favourite ironic Fitzroy hipsters. I also missed teaching with the @_aspace family. I’m looking forward to sharing the news about our new location soon. Also, what do you miss the most when you travel?
What do you get when you mix a 19 hour plane ride with two days of 0 sleep, a handful of vitamin B and one very, very large coffee? A pretty raw and honest conversation with the @makerswomen & @lululemon on The Sweat Life podcast. The goddess @movelez and I got into it all including; meeting my first Buddhist teacher, being a young father and some of the challenges POC experience having access to these healing spaces - and what @_aspace intends to do about it. The series also features the incredible @arlanwashere@franklinjleonard@imcoreyrae alongside my sisters @chelsealovesyoga & @samanthagash to name a few. Check it out on Spotify or Apple poscast. My episode drops real soon. @lululemon#thesweatlife
Last week I wrote an email to some friends sharing some wonderful and also, difficult developments over the past few months. Not only was it a share but put simply it was also an ask for help. Asking for help often triggers my childhood belief of not being good/smart or capable enough. But as I leant into this discomfort and made space for the unpleasant feelings that arose — I was met with a wave of generosity and support. — Sitting in the rawness of our vulnerability is uncomfortable and uncertain but is often what we exchange in order to experience the depth of human connection. And isn’t gang really what this is all about? To everyone that has supported me, thank you, thank you, thank you, and then some. . 📷 by @lululemon#lululemonglobalambassador#thesweatlife
Witnessing the end of a marathon was an out of body experience. I saw people carry their friends across the line - arm in arm full of tears, little sobs and big whaling, snotty tears. I saw a father push his disabled son across the finish line and watch proudly as a medal was placed over his son’s neck. There was man in a wheelchair, his knees covered in blood and a lady with her entire left leg in a caste cross the finish line, like it was nothing. There were countless acts of courage and compassion I witnessed at #Seawheeze 2019. A reminder to me of the depth of our spirit. Speaking of spirit, mine is full and content. To be given the honour of teaching the thousands that attended the Sunset festival to having the privilege to spend time with my fellow elite and global ambassadors, to simply bearing witness to the human potential —the experience has left an indelible impression on me. Thank you @sarahaliciaharv@karabezuko@fergiecancade and @lululemon for this amazing opportunity. I plan to run the race next year 🏃🏿♂️ #thesweatlife#lululemon
Being able to be present with our bodies when we’re experiencing suffering is one of life’s greatest endeavours (read: challenges). To not numb ourself to reality can be difficult when we’re often times programmed to seek pleasure. It’s something I’m consistently working on with the guidance of my teachers. — It was so great to lead an embodied meditation for old friends and new yesterday. Today I teach at the launch of the #Seawheeze festival here in Vancouver, can’t wait to be amongst it — check out my stories for the all the #bts#lululemonglobalambassador
I’m feeling smug about following this warm weather around for a few more days! This weekend I’m in Vancouver teaching at the @lululemon ##Seawheeze festival. This event is part marathon, part yoga festival part dance party. It’s my first time teaching here and I don’t know what to expect, but apparently @diplo performed last year and there were thousands, yep, thousands of people going wild in leggings 🙃. This year I’ll be teaching alongside the fam @baronbaptisteyoga@saraclarkyoga and @ryanleier. Also @kaskade if headlining the artists performing. If you’re around come through — it’s going to be a lot of fun. #thesweatlife — S/o to @brit_gill for the smug snap x
🥴That feeling when your Euro holiday is almost over. — The past week in Italy was the first time I consciously spent away from work in 3 years. The irony of being a meditation teacher and being on the verge of burning-out is not lost on me. But running a business solo is no-joke and amidst a host of big changes @_aspace I was left depleted and sick. Enter carbohydrates! Gnocchi, fettuccine, carbonara and pizza —together with Tuscan sunsets, sultry weather, late nights and later mornings with mi amor @sophie_alexia — I leave feeling renewed. I’m constantly in gratitude for these blessings and for the suffering that often precedes it. Both a beautiful reminder of our human experience.
I’ve been posting a few snippets on here for the last few days but I would really love for you to check out this interview I did with @alisonlarsenrice for the @offlinethepodcast. This interview features a few questions I’ve been asked about the men’s work I help facilitate and it’s impact on larrikin culture. There’s also my reflections on the questions we should be asking ourselves about creating more inclusive wellness spaces and why I believe ethics and cultivating wisdom are essential to a well life. I would love to hear your thoughts 👂(link in bio)
Travelling is one of the most mindful experiences we can engage in. Every one of our senses can be activated when in a complete state of newness. Yesterday I caught up with one of my best mates in Shoreditch and finally saw the Rothko Seagrams murals (!!) Then had the blessing of teaching to a beautiful group of curiosity humans at @lumipoweryoga. Loving life here! @_aspace x #LONDON? 🤔#sitwithushere
Being able to connect to our own goodness and foster a wise and inclusive love is great in theory but often times complicated in application. We each tend to carry with us the remnants of past experiences and emotional wounds. But there are practices that enable us to touch the body with a kind and loving attention that will ultimately pave the way towards healing for ourselves and those around us. London - If you’re curious about exploring together the practice of loving kindness / join me this Thursday night for an evening of heartfelt inquiry @lumipoweryoga. Funds will be going to the Lumi Foundation, a foundation set up to bring wellness practices to those who don’t have access to it. Come along or tag anyone you think should come along to this x
Doing a little thing where I hijack my friends in Ubers for an interview 😈. For episode 1 — I chat to my guy @baronbaptisteyoga Baron is a pioneer in modern yoga, founder of over 200 Baptiste studios around the world, a New York Times best selling author and one helluva speaker. Check it out.
Yoooo Chicago was so much fun. I did not expect to fall in love with you like I did. To the fam that took care of me @marcomiller_art@arb312@followshala shout out to ya’ll. Thank you @lululemon@carolina_monnerat@sarahaliciaharv for bringing me to this beautiful city - I’m excited to be coming back here to teach soon. ✈️ LONDON - I’m pulling up! I’ll be giving some talks and teaching a little presence and compassion. Who’s in town?
I sleep terribly when I travel. There’s something about airplane seats that don’t fit my long ass legs and unfamiliar hotel rooms that don’t do me any favours. I’ve managed 4 hours of sleep in 3 days and survived largely off extended meditation sessions and vitamin b, but goddamn nothing could spoil this trip to LA. It was epic. I got to spend time with my big bro @hakstao and catch up with this beautiful human ☝🏽 @hellolaurenash , we’re also planning some big tings for @_aspace and @blackgirlinom later this year. I somehow managed to get this sleep deprived body and sad long face to one of the most epic podcast interviews I’ve had so far, s/o to the hostess with the mostest for the deep chats. After the interview I was unsure of how I was going to make it onto the plane, I was beyond exhausted — I went searching for ice-cream 😈 instead I came across @next_health. I ditched the ice-cream for a vitamin drip and cryotherapy session and your boy was back, Yew! Funny how quickly things change, eh? Now onto meet the homies @followshala, @marcomiller_art and @allymaz in CHICAGO for some fun. Chi-town, I’m in you! What’s good? 🙌🏾
Expanding our awareness and understanding of life comes when we can risk the known and step outside of our comfort zone. Sometimes that comfort zone is our deeply ingrained beliefs about ourself, sometimes it’s the security of the familiar (partner, job, country). But for those who are truly seeking lasting freedom—the teachings tell us it is at the expense of what we know. — May we all one day find the freedom in seeing things as they really are. — 📸 @caiirose
I love my hometown of Melbourne. Yesterday I walked through the galleries and laneways of this city and took in the magnitude of its beauty and its culture. It was bittersweet after walking through the #firstpeoples exhibition at the @melbournemuseum and re-learning the history of this land. This year I’m inquiring more into Aboriginal culture and I want to tell people all about the Ngangkari (healers) the Papaunya Tula and dadirri meditation practices. Deep bows to this country, to thIs land, and everyone that inhabits it. 🇦🇺
This week I recorded another episode of the @_aspace x @lululemonausnz IGTV meditation series. It was such a great experience and I really enjoyed sharing the video with everyone. I also realised it could be a great platform to interview some of the incredible humans I meet on my travels. Is this something ya’ll are interested in? What would you like to see? Guided meditations? Talks? Interviews? What salad I’m eating? (🤣) Comment below and let me know 🔊
I realised some time ago that helping people feel calm and relaxed wasn’t enough for me. It wasn’t my life’s work. For me it’s beyond neutralising our emotions and suffering and instead moving through our human experience with greater awareness and compassion as to what causes us to suffer in the first place. Developing our ability to meet the pain and injustice in this world with wide open eyes and a caring and kind heart is more important to me than numbing ourselves to reality. That’s why I’m beyond excited that @lululemon approached to be a global ambassador and asked if they could amplify my voice and this message. To be supported by this organisafion is a privilege and I’m looking forward to taking what’s been created with @_aspace to all parts of the world. I’m grateful for everyone that has ever believed and supported A—SPACE and me. There are no words. But stay tuned to see the many ways I hope to make this world a more connected and compassionate place to be.
Tonight I teach my final class at @_aspace and @lululemonausnz pop-up meditation studio in Cremorne. It’s a bittersweet feeling saying goodbye to the hundreds of people that have come through our doors the last three months. When we left Collingwood I could not have imagined how much we would be embraced by a completely new community in the way that we have. Thank you for being so open to our teachings and our style. I’m eternally indebted to our amazing team, to the teachers that share from their hearts and their wisdom and to the community who have continued to support us through thick and thin. We’re currently hunting for our next location, and frankly I have no clue where to go 🤷🏾♂️ —— So I’m throwing it out to you guys —where do you think @_aspace should pop-up next? Comment below and help a brother out 👇🏽
It’s such an exciting time for @_aspace! It’s our final week of classes at our pop-up with @lululemonausnz before we take a little break and create some space for our next pop-up location (i.e go on holiday). This week my sisters @zenasev is teaching on Thursday and I’ll be leading the class tonight and tomorrow / heart and mind classes. It’s the final ones for a while. I hope your can #sitwithushere one last time 🙏🏽 #lululemon
The appearance of stability we carry with us is often times revealed as just an illusion when life invariably throws rocks in our path. Being able to negotiate this terrain with loving awareness can help us to see that this is just the way life goes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ —⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo at the beautiful @good_vibes_yoga@lululemon