Place of Serenity | Relax & Be Creative

Relax and Be Creative

By Yvette | 19/05/2014

It’s essential to give ourselves time to relax and be creative. Life can feel overwhelming and tiring. But being able to relax is not just important for your well-being. It’s also the means of being more creative. Relax and Be Creative! Some of the most inspiring music, fantastic discoveries and creative ideas have happened when…

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Place of Serenity | manage hormones

Manage your Hormones with Meditation!

By Yvette | 15/03/2014

Your body has a wonderful Endocrine System which manages and produces the necessary hormones for numerous body functions. So how can you manage your hormones with meditation? Use mindful breathing: Spend a minimum of 10 minutes sitting with the breath. Focus solely on your breathing and be compassionate towards yourself. Breathe slowly through your nose…

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Negative emotions when you meditate

Negative Emotions when you Meditate

By Yvette | 04/03/2014

Negative emotions when you meditate When I teach my courses in Mindfulness and Meditation, those new to it can be surprised or even overwhelmed by the depth of emotions they feel. Quite often you may not know where these emotions have come from and it feels confusing and scary. It’s not unusual to experience what…

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Get out of your head

Get Out of Your Head

By Yvette | 13/02/2014

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Heart Space We spend a huge proportion of our time caught up with our thoughts. How can you get out of your head and be more present? You have the choice to stop and spend a few moments focusing on your breath. Then you shift from the…

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Place of Serenity | Joy breathing

Joy Breathing

By Yvette | 03/02/2014

You have the power to choose what to focus on in any given moment. Right now, try some JOY BREATHING! Joy Breathing Meditation Close your eyes. Remember an occasion when you felt joyful. Smile and let your body relax and experience feeling joyful and happy. Allow those feelings of happiness to spread like a warm…

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Is there anybody there?

Is There Anybody There?

By Yvette | 28/01/2014

I’ve always loved this atmospheric poem by Walter de la Mere.   The Listeners by Walter de la Mere (1873-1956) ‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller, Knocking on the moonlit door; And his horse in the silence champ’d the grasses Of the forest’s ferny floor: And a bird flew up out of the turret,…

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January blues

Beat the January Blues

By Yvette | 03/01/2014

January stretches ahead of us and it can feel a little daunting! Do you have the January blues? Keep inspired and beat the January blues The prospect of another full year ahead may feel overwhelming and you could be experiencing the January blues. During these winter months we might spend less time outside in nature.…

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splinter

A Splinter in the Heart

By Yvette | 17/12/2013

A Splinter and an Enchanted Mirror One of my favourite ever stories is ‘The Snow Queen‘ by Hans Christian Anderson. On listening to a re-telling of this story recently, I had forgotten about how it all started. A wicked goblin put an enchantment on a mirror so that whoever looked into it, saw only bad…

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Great expectations

Great Expectations

By Yvette | 02/12/2013

All of us have a tendency to great expectations. ‘The Snowman’ and great expectations I love Raymond Briggs’ animated film, ‘The Snowman’. It encapsulates the joy and happiness we long to experience and hold on to. The boy spends a magical evening with the snowman. Next morning he rushes outside with great expectations. He believes…

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Place of Serenity | Thanks a lot

Thanks a Lot!

By Yvette | 27/11/2013

Thanks a Lot! We take a lot for granted and forget to say thanks. Have you noticed how much of our lives run on assumptions and habits? We sometimes use the phrase, ‘Thanks a lot’ ironically. But have you ever thought about all the things in your life you could be thankful for? We wake…

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train to get Buddha's brain

How to Train to Get Buddha’s Brain

By Yvette | 13/11/2013

The Buddha began his life with the same brain as any of us. How did he change his brain to become such a role-model for peace and wisdom? And is it possible that you can train to get Buddha’s brain? Buddha’s Brain In his book, ‘The Practical Neuroscience of Buddha’s Brain‘, Rick Hanson draws on…

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