Place of Serenity | love letter

A Love Letter

By Yvette | 14/02/2019

Here is my love letter for Valentine’s Day. What would you write in a love letter to someone, or something, that inspires you? Mine is a simple love letter to Mother Earth: I want to express my love and deepest gratitude for you, Mother Earth. My heart is filled with joy and wonder at your…

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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 | World kindness day

3 Kindness Ideas on 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

5 Steps to Transform from Anxiety to Self-compassion

By Yvette | 22/05/2018

Let’s look at how you can transform from anxiety to self-compassion 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…

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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

Access your Inner Self for the Dark Times

By Yvette | 16/04/2018

You have an Inner Self beneath the surface level! You can access this Inner Self in particular during dark times. Through meditation you can spend time with your Inner Self and connect with those often unstoppable thoughts. Quite understandably, not all of us wish to do this! The Dark Times and your Inner Self This…

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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 for your Lionheart: You have a 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…

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Advocate for peace

Be 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, most of us feel that peace eludes us. With busy, hectic lives are we creating our own inner turmoil? Yet by developing greater personal awareness, not only do we have the choice of…

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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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Place of Serenity | Value Yourself

A Timely Reminder – Value Yourself

By Yvette | 19/02/2016

The things I value the most are priceless As a mother, do you make time to value yourself? Many of those valuable 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…

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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 We’re familiar with the subject of elderly people who are lonely, and it’s OK to talk about it. Yet it can feel like a taboo subject if you are not in that category yet. Whether you live on your own, or you are in a relationship that has no true intimacy, it can feel…

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Connect with your heart

Connect with your Heart

By Yvette | 16/10/2015

Do you ever take time to connect with your heart? When you’re feeling negative, either towards yourself or the world, notice what your default setting gets you doing and thinking. You may experience an avalanche of cruel put-downs towards yourself, or bitter judgments towards others. You find yourself keeping busy with work/emails/eating/exercising or shopping to…

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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 3 Stages of Self Love by David R. Hamilton Ph.D. This book by David Hamilton, comes from the Hayhouse UK…

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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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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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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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