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Place of Serenity | Let go of the old

Nature’s Reminder: Let go of the Old and Nurture the New

By Yvette | 13/09/2019

Outside my window I can see the beech leaves as they reveal their innate colours of red and yellow. They will hang on a bit longer, looking beautiful in the sunlight, then let go without fuss. It’s a timely reminder for us to declutter as we hurtle three quarters of the way through the year.…

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September

By Yvette | 01/09/2019

Hi everyone! ‘Sit together, you and all the facets of yourself, and just breathe. The inner critic who says “this is dumb;” the ego that urges “get back to work;” the child worrying “am I doing it right?” Just sit and breathe together, gently, tenderly. You’re OK. You are enough. Breathe … ~ Jason Garner…

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Place of Serenity | sleep

How Mindfulness and Meditation Help You Sleep

By Yvette | 29/08/2019

Sleep isn’t always easy: 1  You are finding it tough to get to sleep even when you’re tired 2  You are dropping off to sleep easily but waking in the night and finding it difficult to get back to sleep 3  Sleeplessness is tough when you over-think, worry, ruminate etc. 4  Your lack of sleep…

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Ideas for Insomnia

A Round-up of Helpful Ideas for Insomnia

By Yvette | 28/08/2019

Are you struggling to relax at night and sleep? Here is a round-up of helpful ideas for insomnia. It could just be one thing that you read in here that might transform your life! Have a good browse, follow each link, and let me know if you find something that works for you. A Round-up…

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Place of Serenity | your inner serenity

An essential skill: your inner serenity

By Yvette | 16/08/2019

Mindfulness and meditation are the starting points for you to find your inner serenity. This is a deep most powerful place within you. Albert Einstein called it ‘deep time’, a state of ‘only being’. Disguises As you grew up, you found your way through a life which may have felt hostile and harsh. Starting with…

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4 simple reminders

4 Simple Reminders

By Yvette | 12/08/2019

Does life feel complicated? Even when you’re busy, here are 4 simple reminders for a calmer life: 1. Breathe Of the 4 simple reminders this one couldn’t be simpler and yet we forget! You rein yourself in to the present moment when you breathe a conscious breath. This results in being focused and present. It’s…

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Place of Serenity | empty cardboard boxes

The Magic of Empty Cardboard Boxes

By Yvette | 09/08/2019

What is the Magic of Empty Cardboard Boxes? As I saw a friend’s cat enjoy playing with an empty cardboard box, it reminded me of the hours of fun my children used to have too. Perhaps there’s even a connection with the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching: Thirty spokes meet in the hub. Where…

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Place of Serenity | August Inspiration

August Inspiration

By Yvette | 04/08/2019

Hi everyone, August is a month of abundance and I love this reminder how gratitude can make such a difference in our lives: ‘Recognise how profoundly wealthy you are in every conceivable way through sincere, profound appreciative recognition of everything around you and in your environment’ ~ Ciara Young This kind of appreciation and gratitude…

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Place of Serenity | know about mindfulness and meditation

What do you want to know about mindfulness and meditation?

By Yvette | 02/08/2019

One of the most common things people want to know about mindfulness and meditation is what the difference is between them. What is Meditation? They are really interchangeable but here’s how you might make some distinction between mindfulness and meditation. Our daily lives are often full with a busy mixture of thoughts and things we…

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Place of Serenity | Stay cool and calm

How to Stay Cool and Calm when the Temperature Rises

By Yvette | 26/07/2019

As we are increasingly experiencing higher than normal temperatures, let’s look at how to stay cool and calm! Our incredible bodies naturally maintain an average temperature of between 97.8°F and 99.0°F. The brain’s hypothalamus and Autonomic Nervous System regulate it using our skin, sweat glands and blood vessels throughout the body. In extremely hot and…

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Place of Serenity | equanimity

Equanimity

By Yvette | 23/07/2019

‘Equanimity is neither apathy nor indifference: you are warmly engaged with the world but not troubled by it.’ Rick Hanson, ‘Buddha’s Brain‘ Develop a sense of Equanimity I like Rick Hanson’s definition of equanimity. The ability to experience a beautiful sense of calm, tranquility and balance. Do you experience this as you go about your…

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Place of Serenity | knee-jerk reaction

Mindfulness and your Knee-jerk Reaction

By Yvette | 19/07/2019

Your knee-jerk reaction or unthinking habitual responses to everyday life are pretty much set within you, unless you become more mindful and aware. Your knee-jerk reactions (also known as autopilot) can come from a good, inspirational place. Yet they can also come from a place of habit. It’s natural to have a range of daily…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness Taster Session

Mindfulness at The Physiotherapy Centre, Haslemere

By Yvette | 18/07/2019

The Physiotherapy Centre is based at Holy Cross Hospital in Haslemere. The centre has fabulous equipment including a hydrotherapy pool and light and airy physiotherapy gym. The hospital treats patients who are highly dependent and need specific care. The physiotherapy centre helps with this and is also available for all outpatients. Set in a beautiful…

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Mindfulness Tips

Keep it Simple – Easy Mindfulness Tips

By Yvette | 17/07/2019

Mindfulness is about learning to be awake and present for your life. Since we spend 95% of our time on autopilot, here are a few simple mindfulness tips to intercept some of that autopilot. And incorporate easy mindfulness into your day! 1. Choose to start your day rather than letting the day start you! Begin…

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Home sweet home

Home Sweet Home

By Yvette | 16/07/2019

How to keep the energy uplifted in your home ‘Home sweet home’: is it your place to relax, have fun and be nourished? How do you keep the energy of your surroundings uplifted in your home sweet home? You might have a work or study area where tension builds up. And then there’s your kitchen…

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Place of Serenity | July Inspiration

July Inspiration

By Yvette | 04/07/2019

Hi everyone, Here we are in July and today I share upcoming events and a few recent blog posts. Sit back and relax with a delicious cool drink, and give yourself time to browse Place of Serenity’s world of mindfulness and meditation! I am involved in running a short Mindfulness Taster Session at this event…

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Place of Serenity | Wake up to mindfulness

Wake Up to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 02/07/2019

We multi-task even while relaxing! It takes a moment to wake up to mindfulness and become conscious. This is what mindfulness is: choosing to wake up! Morning Mindfulness Take a Sunday morning. You might be drinking your second cup of tea while glancing through newspapers with the radio on. You’re also texting a family member,…

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Place of Serenity | ABC

Mindfulness can be as easy as ABC

By Yvette | 28/06/2019

A – Awareness right now in this moment B – Breathe slowly & deeply C – Choose where to place your attention Mindfulness can be as easy as ABC! Right now, before you start a conversation, on getting home from work, as soon as you wake in the morning… empower yourself with mindfulness! These 3…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness Taster Session

Mindfulness at Painshill Wellbeing Week

By Yvette | 25/06/2019

As part of Painshill Wellbeing Week we offered a Taster Session. A Taster Session is a good opportunity to learn more about mindfulness and meditation and how it might be applicable in your life. Follow this link for future Mindfulness Taster Sessions. Painshill Park has other activities available for you to book between 24th and…

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Place of Serenity | Inclusiveness

What is Inclusiveness?

By Yvette | 21/06/2019

This is inclusiveness That sunset each evening and sunrise each morning – incredible, awe-inspiring, multi-coloured! A wonderful display for your eyes. You’re included every day if you wish to turn up! All weather inclusiveness! Everyone experiences the rain, storms, snow and sunshine. No one is exempt, according, of course, to where you live. And any…

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Sitting still

Sitting Still – how hard can it be?

By Yvette | 10/06/2019

In the beginning You’re starting to meditate. So you’re sitting still and you begin. How hard can it be? Extremely hard! But everyone knows how to sit still and do nothing, right? Yet this doesn’t naturally happen in life often! You intend to meditate, but find yourself doing ‘just this’ or occupied with ‘just that’.…

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