Place of Serenity | A good leader inspires

What Makes a Good Leader?

By Yvette | 21/10/2020

You May Have Differing Views on What Makes a Good Leader You know exactly what a good leader is not. You’ve either experienced it in your own workplace, or you can see it in our political leaders. No transparency, continual reliance on lies, deceit, nepotism, cowardice, bullying, to name a few. You might think of…

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Cells are constantly eavesdropping

Our Cells are Constantly Eavesdropping

By Yvette | 18/10/2020

Continual Daily Anxiety ‘Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them’ Deepak Chopra states this in his book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. ‘A remembered stress, which is only a wisp of thought, releases the same flood of destructive hormones as the stress itself.’ Continual daily anxiety or self-destructive thoughts aren’t…

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Place of Serenity | we are what we think

We Are What we Think

By Yvette | 12/10/2020

  We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, With our thoughts we make the world … ~ Buddha   Be in charge: with our thoughts we make the world Regarding this quote, you may be finding it especially difficult right now to feel that you’re in charge of your…

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Place of Serenity | Technology tension

Technology Tension

By Yvette | 09/10/2020

Who is in charge? Love it AND loathe it: technology sometimes appears to be in charge and we can’t live without it! Over the centuries there has always been some technology tension! We have disappearing shops because we love the convenience of on-line shopping. We’re connecting with one-another across the world on Facebook, Twitter, Skype,…

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Place of Serenity | Achieve a Balanced Mind-Space

The Simplest Way to Achieve a Balanced Mind-Space

By Yvette | 02/10/2020

How often do you feel that you have a balanced mind-space? The phrase ‘all or nothing’ might well be applicable. Feeling the extremes of one emotion to the complete opposite. Impossible to experience a balanced mind-space. Do you recognise this? For large portions of the time you have a busy mind full of anxiety. Or…

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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

Move from Critical Thinking and Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion 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’…

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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 Does it 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 To allow stillness 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…

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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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