The Power of Mindfulness

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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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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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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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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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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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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Place of Serenity | storytelling mind

How can mindfulness reduce your storytelling mind?

By Yvette | 29/03/2018

You’ve been told stories all your life! So it’s no wonder you, and I, each have a storytelling mind. Easter Holy Week in the Christian Church is a story shared annually while every religion has its own catalogue of rich and inspiring stories. We love watching film and drama and love our daily fix. Advertisements…

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Place of Serenity | Technology tension

Technology tension

By Yvette | 15/03/2018

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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Thoughts on autopilot

Are your Thoughts on Autopilot?

By Yvette | 15/01/2018

Your brain likes to conserve energy. Lots of things you do occur on autopilot so that you can function easily and swiftly. But possibly less helpful are your thoughts on autopilot. Me and My Big Mouth! You may find you go through the motions of your life on autopilot. Yet it’s not just your day-to-day…

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Mindfulness in the workplace

The ‘quiet revolution’ of Being Mindful at Work

By Yvette | 17/12/2017

Could Mindfulness be responsible for a ‘quiet revolution’ spreading across our businesses and UK government? I wanted to learn more about how being mindful at work can be a powerful tool. So in September 2014 I attended the International Conference for ‘Mindfulness at Work’ at Cranfield University*. The event provided a platform to hear from…

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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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Take a break

Take a break!

By Yvette | 07/08/2017

When it’s the holiday season it can be such a relief to take a break! See Things with New Eyes It’s good to travel somewhere new. It replenishes you physically and mentally. When you take a break it can be a trip abroad or a walk round your local park. Whether it’s the holiday season…

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awareness

The Simple Skill of Awareness

By Yvette | 30/06/2017

In this moment as you read these words, turn your awareness to your body. Are your shoulders hunched up, your breathing shallow, your neck tense? What else do you notice? Develop your Awareness It’s a fact that throughout the day your body experiences a continual flow of tensions. You only need to develop the simple…

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