Place of Serenity | Be Kind To Yourself

Be Kind To Yourself

By Yvette | 23/10/2014

Do you find it difficult to be kind to yourself? Ill-Health I often hear women who give themselves a hard time. They are experiencing ill-health yet express guilt and frustration at their slow recovery. They are used to being loving mothers who wouldn’t dream of telling their child to hurry up and recover from chicken…

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stay with things the way they are

3 Circumstances in Which to Stay with Things the Way They Are

By Yvette | 13/10/2014

‘Meditation develops our stamina to stay with things the way they are.’ I don’t know where I found this quote, but it’s a great reminder to make room for the present moment and develop resilience in challenging situations! It feels quite common to rush through tasks in order to beat the clock or get somewhere…

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The Still point

The Still Point

By Yvette | 06/09/2014

The Still Point How are you able to manage stressful days? I like the idea that you can become powerful by the use of a pause – a moment of stillness or a still point. The still point is a momentary stillness. Sit still for a second or two and follow your breath. Discover the…

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Place of Serenity | The Breath

The Breath

By Yvette | 26/08/2014

Stay Peaceful With the Breath You have the most powerful tool to hand. It’s the breath. Become aware of it whenever you need a moment to become calm and feel peaceful. You can access your breath anytime. Even amid the chaos, choose to focus on the present moment with awareness of your breath. Focus on…

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Mindfulness and health issues

Mindfulness and Health Issues

By Yvette | 13/08/2014

I am delighted to welcome Judy Bartholomew as my guest blogger. In this piece, she talks about how Mindfulness and Health Issues are linked: Each year, the week running up to my birthday is an opportunity for reflection and anticipation; a ‘lessons learned’ look back over the past year and a looking forward as I…

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Pause

The Simplicity of The Pause

By Yvette | 27/06/2014

The Pause and Patience Sometimes things are so simple that we overlook their worth. Take the power of a simple pause. A powerful pause opens up space for patience. Patience might have a ring of worthiness about it. We may even dismiss it in favour of the wilder ‘snap-shot’ decision or ‘just off the top…

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How to be idle and blessed

How To Be Idle and Blessed

By Yvette | 25/06/2014

Be Idle and Blessed   ‘… I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have…

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Change the world

Change The World!

By Yvette | 13/06/2014

Do you want to change the world with the work you do? Change the World One Chocolate Square At a Time! I was at a Business Event in Winchester where one of the speakers was Josephine Fairley. She was co-founder of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate. She believes that a business can be both ethical…

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Place of Serenity | Do You Feel Stuck with Negative Daily Habits

Do You Feel Stuck with Negative Daily Habits?

By Yvette | 11/06/2014

We Feel Safe with Many of Our Daily 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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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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Place of Serenity | Negative emotions when you meditate

Negative Emotions when you Meditate

By Yvette | 04/03/2014

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

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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. Sometimes our minds seem to be constantly going round in circles with anxious thoughts. This Joy Breathing meditation is a great exercise to remind your brain what joy feels like! If you are feeling a little low, you could try some…

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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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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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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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