Place of Serenity | If Only I Could Meditate

If Only I Could Meditate

By Yvette | 20/01/2022

If Only I Could Meditate: 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…

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Place of Serenity | Meditation for Midwinter

Meditation for Midwinter

By Yvette | 16/12/2021

Midwinter Celebration Midwinter, or the Winter Solstice, is a time of celebration for the light within the darkness. The longest day of dark hours, here in the Northern Hemisphere, is on 21 December. And from then on, the days become lighter again! Midwinter is nature’s natural time for replenishment. Beneath the soil, animals and plants…

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Place of Serenity | What Does it Mean to Be Present

What Does it Mean to Be Present?

By Yvette | 25/11/2021

We have all heard of the term ‘Be Present’. But What Does it Mean to Be Present? It’s perhaps easier to start with recognising how most of the time you are NOT present. This is because your mind is either influenced by the past or thinking of the future. When this happens, all your thoughts…

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Place of Serenity | Honour Your Gifts and Strengths

Honour Your Gifts and Strengths

By Yvette | 19/11/2021

Your Gifts and Strengths are Unique to You They form the very core of who you are. And yet, sometimes your gifts and strengths can be perceived by others as faults or defects. I wonder if you recognise the struggle with your gifts and strengths? You may have spent many years trying to be ‘a…

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Place of Serenity | Every word is an Incantation

Every Word is an Incantation

By Yvette | 29/10/2021

An Incantation is described as a Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect. From The Free Dictionary by Farlex Your words, both spoken and thought, are immensely powerful. When there is intention behind them, they are like the charms and spells which we associate with magic. You yourself are the…

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Place of Serenity | The power of your awareness/ Image: Stefan Keller/Kellepics

The Remarkable Power of your Awareness

By Yvette | 30/07/2021

With the remarkable power of awareness, you can take a step back from your thinking to notice your thoughts and emotions. – Ah yes, I’m thinking that storyline again. – Ah yes, I’m feeling that familiar fear/envy/sadness. Your Awareness is your Consciousness A moment of Presence, a brief stepping out of the voice in your…

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Place of Serenity | The Secret to Decision-Making

The Secret to Decision-Making

By Yvette | 28/07/2021

Is your mind feeling cluttered and full, and you long for clarity to help you with decision-making? Decision-Making Can Get Confusing If you are confused over a choice you must make, remember that you have the resources within you to make a wise decision. You need clarity to make your decision. It’s easy to get…

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Place of Serenity | Seashore mind

The Clarity of a Seashore Mind

By Yvette | 14/07/2021

Footsteps in the sand Quickly washed away; The seashore mind. ~ Deng Ming-Dao A New Day The seashore mind is like the purity of the beach every time the sand is washed clear by the waves. You could think of each day starting anew, without attachment to previous worries or judgments. A clean slate. An…

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Place of Serenity | Listen to the Dawn Chorus

Listen to the Dawn Chorus

By Yvette | 21/04/2021

In the UK we have the chance to listen to the Dawn Chorus between March and July. This amazing free symphony happens every day and many of us sleep through it! I invite you to check out the time of sunrise, it is slightly different each morning. Then set your alarm to wake you in…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Morning Rituals

Mindful Morning Rituals that Support your Best Self

By Yvette | 16/04/2021

How can you be your best self? It starts when you create your own unique mindful morning rituals. I use the term ‘rituals’ very loosely – simple steps that you can take so you can be in charge of a serene start to your day. Mindful Morning Rituals Begin the Night Before In order to…

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Place of Serenity | Resistance to Reality

How Your Resistance to Reality Causes Stress

By Yvette | 09/03/2021

How Your Resistance to Reality Causes Stress ‘I don’t want this to be happening!’ This phrase could be referring to any events or experiences in your own life and in the world around you. It is relevant to the last year or so as your life will have been affected by global events. When you…

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Place of Serenity | How to Live a Meaningful Life

How to Live a Meaningful Life

By Yvette | 03/03/2021

  Whatever you are doing right now, you can live a meaningful life. What does it mean to live a meaningful life? Start with your awareness. Your awareness moves everything, it is your power ~ Anita Briggs In each moment when you are present, you’re the observer of your thoughts, actions and feelings. As humans…

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Place of Serenity | Spring Declutter

Spring Declutter

By Yvette | 28/02/2021

Spring is in the Air: Time to Declutter your Home? Many of us find ourselves weighed down with ‘things’. If you’ve had to work from home in recent times, you might be even more aware of the build-up of clutter surrounding you. I was looking in my kitchen for dried oregano, basil and cumin the…

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Place of Serenity | A good leader inspires

What Makes a Good Leader?

By Yvette | 21/10/2020

You May Have Differing Views on What Makes a Good Leader You know exactly what a good leader is not. You’ve either experienced it in your own workplace, or you can see it in our political leaders. No transparency, continual reliance on lies, deceit, nepotism, cowardice, bullying, to name a few. You might think of…

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Place of Serenity | Technology tension

Technology Tension

By Yvette | 09/10/2020

Who is in charge? Love it AND loathe it: technology sometimes appears to be in charge and we can’t live without it! Over the centuries there has always been some technology tension! We have disappearing shops because we love the convenience of on-line shopping. We’re connecting with one-another across the world on Facebook, Twitter, Skype,…

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Place of Serenity | Achieve a Balanced Mind-Space

The Simplest Way to Achieve a Balanced Mind-Space

By Yvette | 02/10/2020

How often do you feel that you have a balanced mind-space? The phrase ‘all or nothing’ might well be applicable. Feeling the extremes of one emotion to the complete opposite. Impossible to experience a balanced mind-space. Do you recognise this? For large portions of the time you have a busy mind full of anxiety. Or…

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Manage stress at work

Manage Stress at Work

By Yvette | 20/09/2020

Stress at Work “The old stigmas about mental health are finally beginning to fade as employers realise that a sit back and wait approach to such issues is no longer an option,” said Mike Blake, director at PMI Health Group. “Being proactive and making regular checks on employees’ emotional, as well as physical, health should…

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Place of Serenity | Claustrophobic

It’s Claustrophobic in Here!

By Yvette | 19/08/2020

How does it feel inside your mind? With constant thinking, worrying, problem-solving and self-criticizing, it can sometimes feel claustrophobic. A bit like being stuck in your head with blinkers surrounding your eyes. A small space that walls you in and fear shuts you down. You go round and round in circles with the same old…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Walking for clarity and calm

Mindful Walking for Clarity and Calm

By Yvette | 25/06/2020

Mindful walking has been essential for me in these recent times. Have you also found a greater connection to walking and enjoying nature? Mindful walking in nature, which for me, often means ‘sauntering’, leads to clarity and calm. When it’s Not Mindful Walking Mindful walking is a great way to connect back with your body…

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Place of Serenity | Perspective Image: Nathan Dumlao from Unsplash

A Change of Perspective

By Yvette | 11/06/2020

Two Ways to Think of ‘Perspective’ It seems fitting that the word ‘perspective’ has many perspectives! Here we explore two ways to think of ‘perspective’. The first is when we sometimes get hooked into anxiety and lose our perspective. The second is when we realise that our perspective keeps us more unconscious than we ever…

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Place of Serenity | Hope and inner strength

Nurture Hope and Inner Strength in your Life

By Yvette | 04/06/2020

As we continue to be in a transitional stage of upheaval and disruption in the world, how can you nurture hope and inner strength in your life? It could be easy to feel despair and hopelessness Yet: An active state of hope holds the field of potential for the highest possibilities for beautiful positive change.…

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