Meditation

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How Can Walking Meditation Help You?

By Yvette | 27/04/2018

As you walk about during your day, you can easily include a walking meditation to still your mind and keep calm. You may have numerous chances to do this – so rather than rushing around, slow down! When can you do a walking meditation? As you walk from your car to your workplace While you…

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Meditation retreat

What’s it like on a Meditation Retreat?

By Yvette | 27/02/2018

Do you ever feel like escaping your life for a bit, to a place where there are no emails, twitter or phone calls, just countryside and peace and calm? Such a place exists –  a Meditation Retreat known as the Sharpham Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon. I have stayed there a few times in…

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Mindful Time Out

Mindful Time Out

By Yvette | 24/12/2017

Step off the Treadmill for Mindful Time Out We all need to step off the treadmill and take mindful time out. We need stillness in order to get perspective and let go of all the stuff in our heads that’s surplus to requirements. Physically we need rest. Mentally we need rest. Emotionally we need rest.…

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trust

Trust Yourself

By Yvette | 10/10/2017

When making decisions – do you trust yourself? You’re sitting on your own, in your home. You’ve changed out of your work clothes and you’re relaxed. No-one is around. Who are you when everything else has dropped away? Your name, age, religion, job title and any other labels you have for yourself no longer define…

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Easy meditation

Easy Introduction to Meditation

By Yvette | 24/02/2017

6 easy steps to help you with meditation Intention: decide that meditation is something you want to do. Schedule your practice each day. Choose a 10 minute slot at a time that suits you the best. Choose a comfortable place to sit undisturbed. Notice your body, mood and thoughts. Continue with your stillness and soften…

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The myth of the new you

The Myth of the New You

By Yvette | 06/01/2017

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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Mindful Morning of Peace and Calm

Mindful Morning of Peace and Calm

By Yvette | 09/12/2016

This January you are invited to join us for a Mindful Morning.  Gift it to yourself! Set all your worries aside to experience mindfulness, peace and calm. Your Place on Our Mindful Morning of Peace and Calm Your good health is essential for life to run smoothly. Your wellbeing and sense of peace are priceless.…

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Mindfulness is a string of pearls

Mindfulness is a String of Pearls

By Yvette | 18/11/2016

Mindfulness is a string of pearls that holds together the best values you might wish to embody: acceptance peace patience gratitude compassion joy love and so many more strong qualities Mindfulness If you practice mindfulness and meditation, it doesn’t mean you shut the world out. It’s not about staying safe in your own little bubble.…

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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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Hate and blame

Hate and Blame

By Yvette | 08/07/2016

What can we do with hate and blame? I was in Amsterdam not long ago and re-visited Anne Frank’s house. It’s a place that provides a powerful memory of Anne’s life so cruelly ended with the atrocities that took place. Also while there, I read ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, a slim poignant read. It details…

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If only I could meditate

By Yvette | 08/06/2016

Which of these categories do you belong to? You’ve dismissed ‘meditation’ as not for you. There are moments when you think,  ‘If only I could meditate.’ You’ve learnt to meditate but you’re still resistant to doing it! For all 3 of these situations, you’re thinking that to meditate means you have to ‘do’ something. You…

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You are valuable

You are Valuable

By Yvette | 13/05/2016

‘Name a quality or strength that you value about yourself’ Silence. This was a suggestion to each person during our Meditation Session. Everyone found this tricky – they either couldn’t think in that moment of anything, or were reluctant to say! Sit on your own and give yourself time to think about it. You may…

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going round in circles

How being mindful stops you going round in circles

By Yvette | 06/05/2016

Have you noticed how all your thoughts – positive, negative and neutral, repeat themselves? You might realise that you are going round in circles. You experience thoughts and emotions that don’t differ greatly from when you were a child. Life-long circles of behaviour Many of the beliefs we picked up in our childhoods remain within…

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Feeling bad about yourself

3 Ways to Avoid Feeling Bad About Yourself

By Yvette | 04/03/2016

You’re going about your day when you suddenly start feeling bad about yourself. Do you know that experience? Out of the blue you get one of these strong feelings that you aren’t doing very well. Your inner critic starts bad-mouthing you. Here are 3 common situations and how you can become more resilient in their…

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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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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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Why 2016 will be the year you become more mindful

Why 2016 will be the year you become more mindful

By Yvette | 31/12/2015

New Year is a great time to set your intention to become more mindful. If you can give yourself 10 minutes morning and evening for some mindful meditation, you will find a spaciousness starts to open up inside you. That’s one way to develop it. Yet ‘mindfulness’ is an umbrella term for a way of…

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Top 10 Mindfulness Gifts

Top 10 Mindfulness Gifts

By Yvette | 27/11/2015

Updated list for Christmas 2017 You have been practicing your mindfulness and meditation as best you can this year. It keeps you calm and relaxed. And connects you to your inner wisdom. Of course you know it’s always down to you to make the choice to be present. However, the other kind of presents are…

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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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World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

By Yvette | 13/11/2015

13th November is ‘World Kindness Day’ and this sits alongside ‘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 offer it out to others. Here’s how: People generally like to be kind. Yet do 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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