The Power of Gratitude

Home sweet home

Home Sweet Home

By Yvette | 16/07/2019

How to keep the energy uplifted in your home ‘Home sweet home’: is it your place to relax, have fun and be nourished? How do you keep the energy of your surroundings uplifted in your home sweet home? You might have a work or study area where tension builds up. And then there’s your kitchen…

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Place of Serenity | Thank you

Thank You!

By Yvette | 03/05/2019

If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckhart Thank you We often forget to say it. We overlook so many good things and people in our lives. We take so much for granted and forget the power of ‘thank you’. It’s easy to address.…

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Place of Serenity | value

How to Honour and Value Yourself

By Yvette | 22/02/2019

Today we live in a society that places value on financial wealth. But I don’t want to focus on that, let’s look instead at how every single one of us has value, and how it’s not related to finances of any kind. ‘Namaste’ In India, the Hindu greeting of ‘Namaste’ acknowledges that there is something…

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Place of Serenity | appreciate

What you appreciate increases in value

By Yvette | 25/01/2019

Active appreciation = what you appreciate increases in value It seems obvious doesn’t it? I know I’ve spent much of my life dealing with a lack of self-worth and self-value. Only when I value myself do I draw experiences and people into my life who also value me. So if you perceive yourself as lacking…

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Place of Serenity | Nature blessings

Counting my Nature Blessings

By Yvette | 07/12/2018

The thing about taking photos on your phone is that you can have a ready-made record of your nature blessings. Places and moments in time from the year that’s just been. You can do this alongside keeping a ‘Joy Jar’. Jot down moments of joy and thanks on scraps of paper. Add them to your…

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Place of Serenity | mindful gratitude

How mindful gratitude opens your eyes!

By Yvette | 14/06/2018

How did you start your morning? Did you say, wow! I’m happy to be alive? Did it cross your mind that the sun, that incredible ball of hot gases, was yet again continuing its regular journey? The ebb and flow of the tide and the plants and wildlife outside your door are all doing their…

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Magic things

Magic things you discover through mindfulness

By Yvette | 06/06/2018

‘The universe if full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to become sharper.’ Eden Phillpotts Magic things We take for granted so many things. We don’t always stop to appreciate them. Magic things you discover through mindfulness. In her book, ‘An Altar in the World’, Barbara Brown Taylor reveals the countless ways we…

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You are lovable

Know that You are Lovable

By Yvette | 12/02/2016

A paper heart, bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates aren’t necessary signs that you’re lovable. Being in a one-to-one relationship with another person is not the highest bench-mark that you are worthy and ‘normal’. You have goodness in your heart and you’re entirely worthy of love. Your personality, thoughts and feelings are wondrous and…

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Have you listened to yourself lately?

Have you Listened to Yourself Lately?

By Yvette | 23/10/2015

Notice what kind of language you use for yourself. 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 aware of the kind of thoughts you…

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Notice nature

Simple Mindfulness – Notice Nature!

By Yvette | 18/04/2015

Notice Nature One of the simplest things to do to become more mindful is to notice nature. You can be mindful of: Your own breath The tasks you are doing before you The story-telling that your mind is getting caught up in Yet all the time, nature is happening outside your window. It’s there on…

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celebrate your achievements

Celebrate Your Achievements

By Yvette | 20/12/2014

I’ve reached Day 30 of my Business Blog Challenge! So I am happy that I started this challenge and that I’ve finished it. 30 days in a row of blog posts! It’s good to stop and celebrate achievements, however small they are! I often start things with enthusiasm, and soon trail by the wayside, unable…

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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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How to be idle and blessed

How to be idle and blessed

By Yvette | 25/06/2014

‘… 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 done? Doesn’t everything die at…

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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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