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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meditate

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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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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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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Reveal the True You

Reveal the True You!

By Yvette | 09/10/2015

What do we 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 villager noticed a crack in it and had a closer look.…

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How are you?

How are you?

By Yvette | 28/02/2015

How are you? Busy thank you! I read somewhere that this is the accepted greeting among Chinese business people. Yet it seems to be universal, doesn’t it? These days ‘busy’ equates with success – a successful ‘busy’ business, a ‘busy’ social life, an activity holiday packed with ‘busy’ activities and scheduled relaxation time. When someone…

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Time out

Time out for the Incredibly Busy Person

By Yvette | 20/02/2015

Are you feeling overwhelmed with work right now? Maybe you are experiencing anxious thoughts that feel like they might burst out of your head? Or are you exhausted simply from juggling life? Time out for the incredibly busy person! For many people, and you may well be one of them,  time out is in short…

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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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The Best of This Week’s Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/12/2014

This week’s mindfulness posts have a sprinkling of peace and calm scattered through them. I hope this reflects your experiences! Is it Another Manic Monday? You know the kind of manic Monday – stressed and overwhelmed, your mind jumps from one thing to another, feeling slightly manic about the packed schedule of your day ……

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The mini resources guide to mindfulness

The Mini Resources Guide to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 12/12/2014

Maybe you are just getting started with Mindfulness or you have recently completed a course. So I have put together a mini resources guide to Mindfulness for you to dip into. You can follow up on some of the best books to get started with and learn more about the subject. It’s like a beginner’s…

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Negative emotions when you meditate

Negative Emotions when you Meditate

By Yvette | 04/03/2014

Negative emotions when you meditate When I teach my courses in Mindfulness and Meditation, those new to it can be surprised or even overwhelmed by the depth of emotions they feel. Quite often you may not know where these emotions have come from and it feels confusing and scary. It’s not unusual to experience what…

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Joy breathing

Joy Breathing

By Yvette | 03/02/2014

You can choose what to focus on in any given moment. Right now, try some JOY BREATHING! Joy Breathing Meditation Close your eyes. Remember an occasion when you felt joyful. Smile and let your body relax and experience feeling joyful and happy. Allow those feelings of happiness to spread like a warm glowing sun.  Sense…

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