Kindness, Love and Peace

Place of Serenity | World kindness day

World Kindness Day

By Yvette | 13/11/2018

13th November is designated ‘World Kindness Day’ This sits fittingly alongside the ‘Children in Need’ charity fund-raising events here in the UK. But you don’t need a ‘day’ to talk about kindness. Every day is an opportunity to experience it and share kindnesses with others. Here are some reminders: ‘Kindness’ is a strength and an…

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Place of Serenity | Open your heart

Open Your Heart to the World

By Yvette | 19/09/2018

What do you do when you hear of sad or shocking news from around the world? Difficult news In these instances you might feel helpless. Even within your own home and workplace you may experience turmoil. How can you open your heart to the world? It might feel easier to shut down. Perhaps you have…

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Shift from anxiety to self-compassion

Shift from Anxiety to Self-compassion

By Yvette | 22/05/2018

We tend to be hard task-masters, tough on ourselves. We sometimes view gentleness, compassion and kindness as weaknesses. Does this sound familiar? Our media and the world around us is aggressive and harsh, cruel and judgmental. This further supports the idea that kindness and self-compassion are soft options. Yet a shift from anxiety to self-compassion…

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Place of Serenity | My intention

The Number One Intention to Bring to Your Life

By Yvette | 10/05/2018

An intention is an aim or a plan. It’s a gentle invitation. Simple yet profound. And this is the number one intention I invite you to bring to your life. Whatever you are experiencing: health issues obstacles failure confusion hopelessness loneliness a wobble in confidence or self-belief you’ve lost your way you’re on the receiving…

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Place of Serenity | inner self

How your Inner Self gets you through the darkest times

By Yvette | 16/04/2018

You have an inner self that voices a constant commentary within you night and day! Meditation is a way to spend time with your inner self with its often unstoppable thoughts. Quite understandably, not all of us wish to do this! The Darkest Times and your Inner Self Yet this inner self is the place…

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Be kind

Why should I be kind to myself?

By Yvette | 17/02/2017

‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’ To yourself. To others Be kind to yourself Have you noticed that you don’t often apply this idea to yourself? To others, yes, but to be kind to yourself? This might even seem a strange concept – you are getting through your days with a…

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Your Lionheart

You and your Lionheart

By Yvette | 21/10/2016

Your 2 minute recording: Your Lionheart Every breath you take flows through your heart. I like this idea of being connected to your lionheart. It can be a reminder to help you when you feel overwhelmed, timid or anxious. Because ‘Le Coeur’ is French for heart and ‘Cor’ is Latin for heart. Both are closely…

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Advocate for peace

Are you an Advocate for Peace?

By Yvette | 16/09/2016

Do you think of yourself as an advocate for peace? Perhaps not. Although we have the luxury of peace in our country, do you feel as though a feeling of peace eludes you? With busy, hectic lives are we creating our own inner turmoil? Yet by developing greater personal awareness, not only do we have…

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Kindness

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Kindness

By Yvette | 29/06/2016

If you’re feeling disillusioned at the state humans seem to be getting themselves into, how can you stay open-hearted? With the power of kindness! Kindness can truly be powerful and memorable. Oskar Schindler ran a factory during the Second World War.  He employed Jewish men and women, thus saving them from death. Thomas Keneally’s book…

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Value yourself

A Timely Reminder – Value Yourself

By Yvette | 19/02/2016

The things I value the most are priceless. As a mother, some of those moments slip through your fingers as you quietly hold the space for your babies and young children to be themselves. You create the space for your children to learn through existence and to play. To care for them at bath-time, share…

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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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Listening In

Listening In

By Yvette | 08/01/2016

Does life sometimes feel tough? When you go through these moments of self-doubt or bleakness, give yourself the gift of listening in. Sit, wrap a blanket round your shoulders and ‘cradle your heart.’ Light a candle. And allow yourself to be vulnerable. Ask yourself, ‘Dearest heart and mind, I’m not afraid to hear your secrets.…

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Loneliness

Find your Light through Loneliness

By Yvette | 11/12/2015

Loneliness It’s a taboo subject – unless you’re referring to elderly people who are lonely, and then it’s ok to talk about it. Whether you live on your own, or you are in a relationship that has no true intimacy, it can feel shameful or ungrateful to say out loud that you’re lonely. No-one who…

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Meditation as a political act

Meditation as a political act

By Yvette | 20/11/2015

Have you ever thought of meditation as a political act? It’s the difference between being awake and sleepwalking through your life In recent days I’ve turned to Jack Kornfield’s book, ‘The Wise Heart’ especially chapter 22 ‘Tending the World’ as the world is feeling unsettled, violent and hurting. Here, Jack Kornfield talks about the Buddhist…

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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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Connect with your heart

Connect with your Heart

By Yvette | 16/10/2015

Do you ever take time out to connect with your heart? When you’re feeling negative, especially towards yourself, notice what your default setting gets you doing and thinking. You may experience an avalanche of cruel put-downs towards yourself, while you find yourself keeping busy with work/emails/eating/exercising or shopping. It’s easy to forget to remain open-hearted.…

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anger and mindfulness

Anger and Mindfulness: the Shift to Peace

By Yvette | 17/07/2015

We’ve all experienced anger It surges up in a split second and if we react to it, our actions may cause us to feel guilt, shame or further resentment afterwards. The emotion floods our body and that wave takes no more than 90 seconds to move on. Yet we can be ruminating over it, gathering…

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Love is in the air

Love is in the air …

By Yvette | 14/02/2015

Lovey-dovey romantic love is in the air around Valentine’s Day, but what does love really mean? As yesterday, Friday 13th, has been designated the International Day of Self-Love, why don’t we start with you? The following, by David Hamilton, comes from the Hayhouse UK Newsletter and is a great way of learning more about self-love.…

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Do you become kinder if you meditate?

Do You Become Kinder if you Meditate?

By Yvette | 24/01/2015

The Dalai Lama is a great advocate for kindness and for meditation. So do you become kinder if you meditate? ‘My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.’ Kindness The quality of kindness is a strength that involves perception and awareness. When you embody these qualities you notice things without negative judgment. And you’re…

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More sparkle in your life

Want More Sparkle in your Life?

By Yvette | 01/12/2014

Do you sometimes feel you need more sparkle in your life? Your ‘sparkle’ is your enthusiasm and open-heartedness.  Sometimes it feels like that glow has been lost. It’s a reminder to connect back to your own inner light. The Light Within You! ‘Namaste!’ This sacred greeting means ‘the light in me greets the light in…

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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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