Habits

Are you stuck with your daily habits?

By Yvette | 11/06/2014

We feel safe with many of our day-to-day habits. Our routines get us out of bed in the morning and we don’t like to be shaken up by unexpected events. Of course we don’t enjoy the unexpected; unheated water in our shower or the car not starting for work. That’s fair enough But what if…

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Mindful listening

I hear you with mindful listening

By Yvette | 29/05/2014

Many of us are blessed with the gift of hearing. Yet it is only through mindful listening that we really hear. What do we usually hear? We listen frequently throughout our day. Yet the skill of listening has more to it than you might think. When a person is speaking to you, what do you…

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Relax

Relax – you’re in good company!

By Yvette | 19/05/2014

It’s essential to give ourselves time to relax and replenish. 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 their…

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spring declutter

Spring Declutter

By Yvette | 01/04/2014

Is spring enticing you to do a declutter in your home? Hoarding is not confined to those people we see on TV. Many of us find ourselves weighed down with ‘things’. Whatever the season, a declutter can be daunting when you start. It might be your office, study or any untidy room in your home.…

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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

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? Get out of your head and into your heart space You have the choice to stop and spend a few moments focusing on your breath. Then you shift from the…

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Cells are constantly eavesdropping

Our cells are constantly eavesdropping

By Yvette | 06/02/2014

‘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 Continual daily anxiety or self-destructive thoughts aren’t…

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Joy breathing

Joy Breathing

By Yvette | 03/02/2014

You can 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 glowing sun.  Sense…

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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. Yvette   Place of Serenity     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…

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January blues

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 During the winter months we might spend less time outside in nature. Yet we can still nurture our sense of belonging and connect with nature in other ways. On dim,…

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splinter

A splinter in the heart

By Yvette | 17/12/2013

One of my favourite ever stories is ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Anderson. An enchanted mirror 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 and nasty things…

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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

Have you noticed how much of our lives run on assumptions and habits? We take a lot for granted and forget to say thanks. Thanks a lot! 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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Hello world!

By simplydesign | 05/08/2012

Our new blog post is up and running, so keep an eye out for mindfulness tips, articles and inspiration from Place of Serenity! Yvette  

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