Place of Serenity | My Favourite Experience of 2021

My Favourite Experience of 2021

By Yvette | 18/12/2021

Do you have a favourite experience of 2021? It has been another challenging year but what has lifted your heart? In a blog post I wrote in April 2021, Listen to the Dawn Chorus, I shared my Dawn Chorus joy and a tiny snippet of a recording I had made. To go outside and experience…

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More sparkle in your life

Is Sparkle Missing from Your Life?

By Yvette | 29/11/2021

Is Sparkle Missing From Your Life? Your ‘sparkle’ is your enthusiasm and open-heartedness. Your capacity for joy and laughter. Sometimes it feels like that glow has been lost. Especially in the darkest months of winter, we can lose our sense of hope and brightness. This is an invitation to reignite and connect back to your…

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Place of Serenity | Celebrate the Ordinary Moments

Celebrate the Ordinary Moments

By Yvette | 19/07/2021

When you start to celebrate the ordinary moments you discover how they transform and are no longer so ordinary after all. Where are the Ordinary Moments? Afternoon tea as you sit outside in the garden with a friend or sibling. The relaxing seconds that welcome your arrival home from spending an over-heated day in the…

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Place of Serenity | Childhood Happiness

Let’s Explore 3 Happiness Myths!

By Yvette | 06/12/2019

3 Happiness Myths Perhaps you unconsciously buy into these happiness myths, as described by Dr Russ Harris* (who created ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): Happiness myth number 1 That if we have food, water, shelter and friends our natural state will be happiness. The reality is that our normal state is everchanging. Just like the…

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Place of Serenity | empty cardboard boxes

The Magic of Empty Cardboard Boxes

By Yvette | 09/08/2019

What is the Magic of Empty Cardboard Boxes? As I saw a friend’s cat enjoy playing with an empty cardboard box, it reminded me of the hours of fun my children used to have too. Perhaps there’s even a connection with the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching: Thirty spokes meet in the hub. Where…

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Place of Serenity | kinder world

How to Create your Kinder World

By Yvette | 04/01/2019

We all have a kind and compassionate inner self. Every single one of us. Yet how do we create a kinder world when it just doesn’t feel like it around us or within us? We feel grumpy, cross, angry or simply pre-occupied with the business of living. And we see so much nastiness, greed and…

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Place of Serenity | natural highs

8 Tips to Feel Good with Natural Highs

By Yvette | 04/05/2018

Your body’s natural highs help you feel good – healthy, fulfilled and happy What are these natural highs?  We’re all familiar with nutrition and exercise (walking, dancing, swimming, yoga, sex etc.) and how influential they are for our health and wellbeing. Your brain continually keeps your body in working order and does so with an…

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Place of Serenity | Happiness is a choice

Do you Think Happiness is a Choice?

By Yvette | 22/03/2018

Is happiness a choice? Can you choose happiness and how is mindfulness connected? For many of us, we live huge portions of our lives on auto-pilot. So that gets us through all our tasks, but it also means we skim over all the good bits too quickly. We rush through the happiness! Have you ever…

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Take a break

Take a Break!

By Yvette | 07/08/2017

When it’s the holiday season it can be such a relief to take a break! See Things with New Eyes It’s good to travel somewhere new. It replenishes you physically and mentally. When you take a break it can be a trip abroad or a walk round your local park. Whether it’s the holiday season…

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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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