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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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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Place of Serenity | Blog posts

In Each Moment You Always Have Power

By Yvette | 14/03/2019

You always have power in any challenging situation you find yourself A lot of the time you automatically hook into unhelpful thoughts, feelings or memories. You move away from useful behaviour into distraction, packets of crisps, angry shouting or hours of Netflix. It can feel as though you don’t have power over your reactions. You…

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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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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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Place of Serenity | Your Guide to Learning Mindfulness at Place of Serenity

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

Magical Things You Discover Through Mindfulness

By Yvette | 06/06/2018

‘The universe if full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to become sharper.’ Eden Phillpotts Magical Things We take for granted so many things. We don’t always stop to appreciate them. Magical 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

Access your Inner Self for the Dark Times

By Yvette | 16/04/2018

You have an Inner Self beneath the surface level! You can access this Inner Self in particular during dark times. Through meditation you can spend time with your Inner Self and connect with those often unstoppable thoughts. Quite understandably, not all of us wish to do this! The Dark Times and your Inner Self This…

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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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Mindful Check-In

Here is Your 3 Minute Mindful Check-In

By Yvette | 20/02/2018

Your Mindful Check-In Are you rushing about your day with your head full of worries and your body following you along for the ride? The Mindful Check-In is a 3 minute awareness exercise. It only takes a few moments to do a Mindful Check-In and notice how your body, emotions and state of mind are…

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Place of Serenity | Be mindful at work

The ‘Quiet Revolution’ of Being Mindful at Work

By Yvette | 17/12/2017

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

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Bombarded by thoughts – let mindfulness help

By Yvette | 19/11/2017

Do you find yourself with no control over your thoughts? They become overwhelming, unhelpful and relentless. When you are bombarded by thoughts, let mindfulness help! Step 1 Thinking is normal and natural There are no right or wrong thoughts. With mindful awareness, you can notice you’re having these thoughts without judging yourself. This can be…

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Trust Your Own Decision-Making

By Yvette | 10/10/2017

Do you trust your own decision-making? There are always decisions to make. You’re sitting on your own, in your home. 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 you in this moment.…

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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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