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The Power of Mindfulness

Place of Serenity | know about mindfulness and meditation

What do you want to know about mindfulness and meditation?

By Yvette | 02/08/2019

One of the most common things people want to know about mindfulness and meditation is what the difference is between them. What is Meditation? They are really interchangeable but here’s how you might make some distinction between mindfulness and meditation. Our daily lives are often full with a busy mixture of thoughts and things we…

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Place of Serenity | Stay cool and calm

How to Stay Cool and Calm when the Temperature Rises

By Yvette | 26/07/2019

As we are increasingly experiencing higher than normal temperatures, let’s look at how to stay cool and calm! Our incredible bodies naturally maintain an average temperature of between 97.8°F and 99.0°F. The brain’s hypothalamus and Autonomic Nervous System regulate it using our skin, sweat glands and blood vessels throughout the body. In extremely hot and…

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Place of Serenity | knee-jerk reaction

Mindfulness and your Knee-jerk Reaction

By Yvette | 19/07/2019

Your knee-jerk reaction or unthinking habitual responses to everyday life are pretty much set within you, unless you become more mindful and aware. Your knee-jerk reactions (also known as autopilot) can come from a good, inspirational place. Yet they can also come from a place of habit. It’s natural to have a range of daily…

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Place of Serenity | Wake up to mindfulness

Wake Up to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 02/07/2019

We multi-task even while relaxing! It takes a moment to wake up to mindfulness and become conscious. This is what mindfulness is: choosing to wake up! Morning Mindfulness Take a Sunday morning. You might be drinking your second cup of tea while glancing through newspapers with the radio on. You’re also texting a family member,…

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Place of Serenity | Inclusiveness

What is Inclusiveness?

By Yvette | 21/06/2019

This is inclusiveness That sunset each evening and sunrise each morning – incredible, awe-inspiring, multi-coloured! A wonderful display for your eyes. You’re included every day if you wish to turn up! All weather inclusiveness! Everyone experiences the rain, storms, snow and sunshine. No one is exempt, according, of course, to where you live. And any…

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Place of Serenity | wellbeing in nature

Boost your Wellbeing with Nature

By Yvette | 23/05/2019

You already know that you can boost your wellbeing with nature. The world offers you a treasure trove of landscapes that can inspire you and help you feel more calm, joyous and free. Let’s see how simple this can be. When you are surrounded by nature your body naturally produces endorphins (the feel-good hormones). There…

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The gift of Mindfulness

The Gift of Mindfulness

By Yvette | 10/05/2019

You know someone dear to you is stressed. What can you do to help? It’s possible they may benefit from the gift of mindfulness. I sometimes receive queries from individuals who have done a mindfulness course and love how it has influenced their lives. They then wish to buy a course for a stressed and…

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Place of Serenity | mindful mouse

The Mindful Mouse

By Yvette | 18/04/2019

This is my story of the mindful mouse! It starts with me looking out of my bedroom window with my binoculars. Straight onto a bank of tall beech trees with gnarled roots and magical hidey holes. I am spotting the birds and still hoping I might see where a nest may be.    The nuthatch scurries…

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Place of Serenity | Why meditate

Why Meditate? Good question!

By Yvette | 12/04/2019

It is a good question that you might have asked yourself. Why meditate? Do you call yourself a ‘human being’ or a ‘human doing’? It might feel like the latter as you constantly juggle your busy life with work, family, squeezed social lives and everything else. It might be rare to experience simply ‘being’. Meditation…

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The wise information of your body

Start something new!

By Yvette | 10/04/2019

It’s never too late to start something new! You have the chance to start something new – big or small. So be curious. The little voices in your head may pipe up with fears and excuses. You’ll not be able to rise to the challenge You’re ‘not good enough’ There’s not time! It just won’t…

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Place of Serenity | You have power

In each moment you always have power

By Yvette | 14/03/2019

You always have power Any challenging situation in which you find yourself, you always have power. A lot of the time you find yourself automatically hooked into unhelpful thoughts, feelings or memories. You move away from useful behaviour into distraction, packets of crisps, angry shouting or hours of Netflix. You are probably familiar with this.…

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Place of Serenity | wisdom is within

Trust yourself − wisdom is within

By Yvette | 07/03/2019

Sometimes we forget to listen to the answers that are already sitting quietly within us. Your wisdom is within you. Your wisdom is within We spend a lot of time seeking answers all around us. From the internet and the opinions of other people. When we face challenges, our first thought might be, what have…

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Place of Serenity | Everyone is your teacher

Everyone is your Teacher!

By Yvette | 28/02/2019

You know the people who press your buttons? They stir strong emotions within you. Everyone is your teacher and there are always learning opportunities! Be curious about your response Sometimes our closest family members or work colleagues drive us mad. But what if you were to be curious about your own response? Focus on you…

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Place of Serenity | value

How to Honour and Value Yourself

By Yvette | 22/02/2019

Today we live in a society that places value on financial wealth. But I don’t want to focus on that, let’s look instead at how every single one of us has value, and how it’s not related to finances of any kind. ‘Namaste’ In India, the Hindu greeting of ‘Namaste’ acknowledges that there is something…

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Learning Mindfulness

Your Guide to Learning Mindfulness with Place of Serenity

By Yvette | 10/01/2019

You’re a busy individual working hard and juggling the responsibilities of your life. But do you sometimes feel as though you’re a hamster on a tread wheel? Or you’ve stepped off that tread wheel because life circumstances have changed, yet your mind is still whizzing constantly? Here’s your guide to learning mindfulness with Place of…

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Place of Serenity | transform yourself with mindfulness

Transform yourself with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 21/12/2018

You can transform yourself with mindfulness! Ditch aspects of auto-pilot that no longer serve you and develop your capacity to be more aware and present. Consider that for 95% of the time we behave on auto-pilot. On a daily basis we turn up in our lives with ‘unconscious habits and hardwired beliefs, attitudes and perceptions.’…

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Place of Serenity | Top 10 mindfulness gifts

Top 10 Mindfulness Gifts

By Yvette | 03/12/2018

The great thing about mindfulness and meditation is that you can implement it any time and anywhere. It keeps you calm and relaxed. And connects you to your inner wisdom. We all make the choice whether to be present. However, the other kind of presents are also very welcome! To keep you inspired (for Christmas…

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Place of Serenity | change

How Graceful Change is the Key to Life

By Yvette | 30/11/2018

From the cradle to the grave, we experience change every single moment. Yet we often fear and resist change because it involves the unknown. Notice, do you use phrases that include: I always … I never … This might indicate a sense of being stuck in a rut. As humans we have a tendency to…

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Place of Serenity | Your inner critic

Befriend your inner critic

By Yvette | 02/11/2018

How often does your inner critic push its way into your life and spread fear? Now is the time to befriend your inner critic! What you say to yourself matters You may well say cruel things to yourself. Give yourself a hard time. Believe the negative spin that returns to your mind constantly. This is…

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Magic things

Magic things you discover through mindfulness

By Yvette | 06/06/2018

‘The universe if full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to become sharper.’ Eden Phillpotts Magic things We take for granted so many things. We don’t always stop to appreciate them. Magic things you discover through mindfulness. In her book, ‘An Altar in the World’, Barbara Brown Taylor reveals the countless ways we…

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Place of Serenity | inner self

How your Inner Self gets you through the darkest times

By Yvette | 16/04/2018

You have an inner self that voices a constant commentary within you night and day! Meditation is a way to spend time with your inner self with its often unstoppable thoughts. Quite understandably, not all of us wish to do this! The Darkest Times and your Inner Self Yet this inner self is the place…

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