Place of Serenity News

September Newsletter

By Yvette | 24/09/2020

Hi everyone Be Kind to Yourself I hope you are well. Our most recent situation with the pandemic and government behaviour continues to be unsettling. I thought it would be a good time to run my ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ Course starting Wednesday 7 October at 7pm as it really does help you to build your inner…

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Place of Serenity | Self-criticism to self-compassion

Transform Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion

By Yvette | 23/09/2020

Critical Thinking At the moment our lives continue to be in a state of uncertainty at a global level. In response to this, you may be experiencing an increased level of self-criticism and critical thinking generally. In my Mindfulness Courses, I only have to mention the term ‘inner critic’ and everyone in the room nods…

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Manage stress at work

Manage Stress at Work

By Yvette | 20/09/2020

Stress at Work “The old stigmas about mental health are finally beginning to fade as employers realise that a sit back and wait approach to such issues is no longer an option,” said Mike Blake, director at PMI Health Group. “Being proactive and making regular checks on employees’ emotional, as well as physical, health should…

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Reveal the True You

Reveal the True You!

By Yvette | 19/09/2020

What do we mean to ‘reveal the true you’? The Clay Buddha Jack Kornfield reminds us in ‘The Wise Heart’ of a story from Thailand: A clay statue of a Buddha had sat for hundreds of years in a village square. One day a local monk noticed a crack in it and had a closer…

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Thoughts on autopilot

Are your Thoughts on Autopilot?

By Yvette | 15/09/2020

Your brain likes to conserve energy. Lots of things you do occur on autopilot so that you can function easily and swiftly. But possibly less helpful are your thoughts on autopilot. Me and My Big Mouth! You may find you go through the motions of your life on autopilot. Default settings. Programming. Habits. Yet it’s…

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Place of Serenity | Difficult emotions

How to Deal with Difficult Emotions

By Yvette | 10/09/2020

Are you fed up … with experiencing difficult emotions? And struggling to deal effectively with them? Is your mind an overwhelm of tangled information and unwelcome thoughts? The skill of mindfulness Mindfulness is a way of life that lets you interpret your body’s moods and experiences more skillfully. It empowers you to untangle your mind…

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Place of Surrender | Power of Surrender

The Power of Surrender

By Yvette | 09/09/2020

The Power of Surrender might seem like a paradox as you visualise yourself waving a white flag with drooping shoulders and a label displaying ‘FAILURE’. Yet here’s the thing, resistance is futile By turning around the meaning of surrender to acceptance, it might make more sense. If you’ve lost your job, one of your children…

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Place of Serenity | Powerful

You are Powerful in this Present Moment!

By Yvette | 07/09/2020

However your day is, you can be powerful in each and every moment Access short moments of calm that allow you to cut through the chaotic momentum of your day. A powerful pause allows you to do this. Wherever you are, you can ground yourself and tap into a deeper place of wisdom and calm.…

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Place of Serenity | Allow stillness

Allow Stillness

By Yvette | 02/09/2020

I invite you to allow stillness. It may be an elusive idea. Because even when you sit physically still, you may find that your mind continues whirling with thoughts. And so to allow stillness doesn’t feel calm and contented. It can flush up impatience, increase feelings of frustration and throw you towards meaningless activity. I…

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Place of Serenity Newsletter

Glide through August into September

By Yvette | 31/08/2020

Place of Serenity Newsletter: Hi everyone, Here we are gliding swiftly from August into September. And the best way to move smoothly on with change is to anchor yourself firmly in your own body, breathe deeply and keep your heart open to joy. I invite you to scroll down and dip into 3 of my latest…

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Place of Serenity | The Language of Love

The Language of Love

By Yvette | 26/08/2020

Yesterday I was reminded of the language of love. My parents had delved into some old family letters which had been stored away for several years, unseen in a trunk. The letters were dated from the Second World War years and I sat down to read a pile of them with my parents and daughter.…

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Place of Serenity | Claustrophobic

It’s Claustrophobic in Here!

By Yvette | 19/08/2020

How does it feel inside your mind? With constant thinking, worrying, problem-solving and self-criticizing, it can sometimes feel claustrophobic. A bit like being stuck in your head with blinkers surrounding your eyes. A small space that walls you in and fear shuts you down. You go round and round in circles with the same old…

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Place of Serenity | Meditate for Vibrant Serenity

Meditate for Vibrant Serenity

By Yvette | 24/07/2020

When you sit and meditate you are entering your own inner space. It’s not a passive, stuck space. Nor is it an escape, but a place that contains an active, vibrant serenity. A vibrant serenity Firstly meditation can be a space of calm and peace. As you gather in your scattered thoughts you let yourself…

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Easy meditation

Easy Introduction to Meditation

By Yvette | 16/07/2020

6 easy steps to help you with meditation Intention: decide that meditation is something you want to do. Schedule your practice each day. Choose a 10 minute slot at a time that suits you the best. Choose a comfortable place to sit undisturbed. Notice your body, mood and thoughts. Continue with your stillness and soften…

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Place of Serenity | July Newsletter

Joy and peace for this July

By Yvette | 12/07/2020

Place of Serenity Newsletter Hi everyone I’ve gathered together my most recent blog posts for this July newsletter. They cover a range of subjects and I hope you will dip into some of them and find them helpful. Sending you thoughts of joy and peace as we continue to navigate these sometimes uneasy times. Best…

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Place of Serenity | Benefits of Nasal Breathing

Benefits of Nasal Breathing

By Yvette | 10/07/2020

Your Breath Breathing is intimately connected to every part of your body. Your breath is your life! We take approximately 25,000 breaths a day but many of us are not breathing correctly. We breathe through the mouth or shallow breathe, resulting in other parts of the body having to compensate for this. Breathing correctly with…

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Place of Serenity | Have you listened to yourself

Have you Listened to Yourself Lately?

By Yvette | 06/07/2020

Notice your thoughts. Do you treat yourself with kindness and love, or with impatience and harshness? In short, have you listened to yourself lately? Ratio of Positive to Negative Thoughts In her book, ‘The Sweet Spot‘, Christine Carter suggests you become more mindful of the kind of thoughts you are having. To feel happier and…

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Place of Serenity | The healing power of acknowledgement

The Healing Power of Acknowledgement

By Yvette | 02/07/2020

Acknowledgement from others during difficult experiences You know when you have experienced something difficult in your life? You may recognise the healing power of acknowledgement which smooths the way forward. It’s the experience of being accepted, being seen. Whatever you’ve done or are going through, you still know that your life counts, that you matter…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Walking for clarity and calm

Mindful Walking for Clarity and Calm

By Yvette | 25/06/2020

Mindful walking has been essential for me in these recent times. Have you also found a greater connection to walking and enjoying nature? Mindful walking in nature, which for me, often means ‘sauntering’, leads to clarity and calm. When it’s Not Mindful Walking Mindful walking is a great way to connect back with your body…

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Place of Serenity | Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

By Yvette | 23/06/2020

Lockdown in your Home ‘Home sweet home’: is it your place to relax, have fun and be nourished? Most of us have been spending a lot more time here with recent pandemic experiences. You might have a work or study area where tension has been building up. And then there’s your kitchen with all the…

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Place of Serenity | Perspective Image: Nathan Dumlao from Unsplash

A Change of Perspective

By Yvette | 11/06/2020

Two ways to think of ‘perspective’ It seems fitting that the word ‘perspective’ has many perspectives! Here we explore two ways to think of ‘perspective’. The first is when we sometimes get hooked into anxiety and lose our perspective. The second is when we realise that our perspective keeps us more unconscious than we ever…

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