Reveal the True You

Reveal the True You!

By Yvette | 19/09/2020

What Does it Mean to ‘Reveal the True You’? The Clay Buddha Jack Kornfield reminds us in ‘The Wise Heart’ of a story from Thailand: A clay statue of a Buddha had sat for hundreds of years in a village square. One day a local monk noticed a crack in it and had a closer…

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Place of Surrender | Power of Surrender

The Power of Surrender

By Yvette | 09/09/2020

The Power of Surrender might seem like a paradox as you visualise yourself waving a white flag with drooping shoulders and a label displaying ‘FAILURE’. Yet here’s the thing, resistance is futile By turning around the meaning of surrender to acceptance, it might make more sense. If you’ve lost your job, one of your children…

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Place of Serenity | Allow stillness

Allow Stillness

By Yvette | 02/09/2020

I Invite You to Allow Stillness To allow stillness may be an elusive idea. Because even when you sit physically still, you may find that your mind continues whirling with thoughts. And so to allow stillness doesn’t feel calm and contented. It can flush up impatience, increase feelings of frustration and throw you towards meaningless…

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Place of Serenity | Let go of the old

Nature’s Reminder: Let go of the Old and Nurture the New

By Yvette | 13/09/2019

Outside my window I can see the beech leaves as they reveal their innate colours of red and yellow. They will hang on a bit longer, looking beautiful in the sunlight, then let go without fuss. It’s a timely reminder for us to declutter as we hurtle three quarters of the way through the year.…

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Place of Serenity | body stories

Make Peace with Your Body Stories

By Yvette | 17/05/2019

Let Your Body Stories Go We all have our own body with our own unique stories. Most often, nobody else knows these body stories. We judge ourselves and we judge that others are judging us. I simply want to put this thought to you: turn judgment to kindness and gratitude. Imagine that your body is…

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Place of Serenity | ruminating thoughts

How to Unhook from Ruminating Thoughts

By Yvette | 08/02/2019

You’ve probably tried before to unhook from ruminating thoughts. You know the ones – the unhelpful thoughts, memories and worries that are insistent and pretty tenacious! They often appear when you’re trying to sleep. Or before you are about to do something big because those thoughts include an inner critic who says you won’t be…

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The myth of the new you

The Myth of the New You

By Yvette | 07/01/2019

Do you feel you’re not Being or Doing enough? At the start of a new year it’s easy to look critically at ourselves. We decide that we’re not being or doing enough. All the things that need improvement seem glaringly obvious. We read how everyone else is setting goals for success. When we compare ourselves…

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Place of Serenity | Tackle your anxiety

4 Tips to Tackle Your Anxiety

By Yvette | 13/04/2018

    Anxiety is one of many emotions we all experience. A certain level is normal but when it becomes crippling or feels as though it is in charge of you, then it’s time to tackle your anxiety. Tip 1 Stand your ground! If you’re quaking in your boots or trembling like a leaf, guide…

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Rage against reality

My Rage Against Reality Causes Stress

By Yvette | 31/03/2017

My Rage Against Reality Causes Stress ‘I don’t want this to be happening!’ Well, I could be referring to political events here in Britain or around the world. It certainly would be true! My rage against reality causes stress. Do you recognise how this happens for you in your daily life? ‘I wish my child…

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earworm

Repetition and the Mindful Earworm

By Yvette | 03/03/2017

I’ve had an earworm stuck in my mind for several days now.   It’s unwanted An earworm is an unwanted tune that’s in your head, on repeat! Mine is ‘Let it go!’ which comes from a Disney film I never saw. But it’s currently being used on a TV ad. Earworms are a bit like…

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Let this go

It’s Time to Let This Go!

By Yvette | 14/10/2016

Are you carrying round a heavy burden? It might be a secret, a grudge, resentment or regret. Maybe it’s busy-ness or sadness. Whatever your burden, you know it’s time to let this go. It’s Time to Let This Go ‘I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of…

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Place of Serenity | Let Go of Negative Thoughts

Let Go of Negative Thoughts with Mindful Meditation

By Yvette | 28/08/2015

How can you let go of negative thoughts with mindful meditation? ‘At the most basic level, meditation is simply about thinking thoughts, then letting go of them,’ ‘It’s about learning to distinguish between thoughts that serve us and thoughts that don’t.’ ~ Suze Yalof Schwartz, founder of Unplug Meditation. Very often it seems to be…

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Place of Serenity | The breath

The Breath

By Yvette | 26/08/2014

Stay peaceful with the breath You have the most powerful tool to hand. It’s the breath. Become aware of it whenever you need a moment to become calm. You can access your breath anytime. Even amid the chaos choose to focus on the present moment with awareness of your breath. Focus on the breath to…

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