How to be happy and embrace high grade living

High grade living is a concept we should all embrace. It basically means experiencing and enjoying the highest grade experiences possible. The thing is, high grade doesn’t necessarily have an expensive price tag attached. These days devoting time to nurturing your happiness and wellness is the ultimate luxury.

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High grade living is something we each need to determine for ourselves. In order to have the best life possible, we need to carefully curate what we consume and experience. This is not about burning yourself out with stress by striving for the ‘best’ of everything. Rather, you simply need to edit out the low grade stuff in your life. Things that aren’t serving you.

Is that gruelling gym schedule you’re forcing yourself to maintain even though your body is rundown and tired really serving you? Does eating a cheap chocolate bar at 3pm really make you feel awesome? Does reading that nasty gossip magazine create high grade knowledge? Does lazing around on Sunday rather than going to yoga actually make you feel better than going to the class? Does hanging out with that incredibly inspiring friend of yours mean a high grade day for you? It’s powerful stuff but pretty simple at the same time.

High grade living is all about what we let into our lives. It’s about curating our own experiences and only accepting the very best.

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.