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

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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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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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? 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 approach to dealing with politics in the world and looks to…

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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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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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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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World peace!

Who Wants World Peace?

By Yvette | 17/09/2014

Yes?! We all do. And world peace begins with each of us! World Peace You can be peaceful, calm and aware in your work, with your family and in your relationships. Who benefits? You, your work; all areas of your life! Number one reason why you may not be an ambassador for peace right now?…

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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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