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Place of Serenity | Be your own best friend

How to be your own Best Friend

By Yvette | 01/06/2019

A best friend is always on your side A cheerleader and a supporter. What better than to be your own best friend and support yourself with emotional resilience, courage and kindness? These are qualities you can nurture with mindfulness and self-compassion especially when life feels so stressful or out of balance. There has been an…

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Place of Serenity | body stories

Make peace with your body stories

By Yvette | 17/05/2019

Let your body stories go We all have our own body with our own unique stories. Most often, nobody else knows these body stories. We judge ourselves and we judge that others are judging us. I simply want to put this thought to you: turn judgment to kindness and gratitude. Imagine that your body is…

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Place of Serenity | we are what we think

We are what we think

By Yvette | 05/04/2019

  We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, With our thoughts we make the world … Buddha   Be in charge: with our thoughts we make our world You may be finding it especially difficult right now to feel that you’re in charge of your thoughts. Aside from your…

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Place of Serenity | ruminating thoughts

How to unhook from ruminating thoughts

By Yvette | 08/02/2019

You’ve probably tried before to unhook from ruminating thoughts. You know the ones – the unhelpful thoughts, memories and worries that are insistent and pretty tenacious! They often appear when you’re trying to sleep. Or before you are about to do something big because those thoughts include an inner critic who says you won’t be…

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Place of Serenity | negative thinking

Your constant companion – negative thinking

By Yvette | 20/11/2018

Do you wake up every day to negative thinking? Your Constant Companion As soon as you surface from sleep, you hit the road running and bring with you that day’s emotion. It could be contented joy, excitement or steely determination. Or it might be a gnawing anxiety, the bleakness of being lonely or a general…

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Place of Serenity | stress busting tips

5 Simple Stress-busting Tips

By Yvette | 16/11/2018

  You might be busy with numerous tasks at work. Experiencing worrying family news that is out of your control. Spending a lot of time feeling despondent, anxious or regretful. Everyone’s lives are uniquely different, but here are 5 simple stress-busting tips you can adapt to suit your kind of day. Remember that you have…

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what to do when your world caves in

What to Do When your World Caves in

By Yvette | 11/11/2018

What is the first thing you do when your world caves in – through bad news or a shocking experience? Christiane Wolf suggests that rather than having to face it – knowing you can’t force acceptance straight away, the best response is to ask yourself, ‘What is the kindest thing for me right now?’ When…

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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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Place of Serenity | Resilient

4 Phrases to stay Calm and Resilient

By Yvette | 25/05/2018

Place of Serenity’s mission is to help you stay calm and resilient in your life! Here I share 4 powerful phrases to help you stay calm and resilient as often as you need. When you fall During Mo Farah’s fall in the 10,000 metre race in Rio 2016 he had the mental strength to continue.…

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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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Bombarded by thoughts

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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Negative Thoughts

Negative Thoughts and the Sabre-toothed Tiger

By Yvette | 10/09/2017

If you were to count up the number of negative thoughts you had in a day, how many would there be? My guess is plenty pop up unbidden! Negative Thoughts The human brain has a negativity bias and we are alive today because of this! Our ancestors were on the alert for danger every second…

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Perfect time for mindfulness

The Perfect Time for Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/04/2017

The lilies are so perfect … But what in this world is perfect? I bend closer and see how this one is clearly lopsided – and that one wears an orange blight – and this one is a glossy cheek half nibbled away – and that one is a slumped purse full of its own…

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earworm

Repetition and the Mindful Earworm

By Yvette | 03/03/2017

I’ve had an earworm stuck in my mind for several days now.   It’s unwanted An earworm is an unwanted tune that’s in your head, on repeat! Mine is ‘Let it go!’ which comes from a Disney film I never saw. But it’s currently being used on a TV ad. Earworms are a bit like…

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bubble

Are you Living in a Bubble?

By Yvette | 27/01/2017

We create the bubble We all are living in a bubble. Each of our bubbles are a mixture of the things we choose to watch and interact with on our computers and TV. All the activities we do. The people we spend time with. The books and newspapers we choose to read. And the thoughts…

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Let this go

It’s Time to Let This Go!

By Yvette | 14/10/2016

Are you carrying round a heavy burden? It might be a secret, a grudge, resentment or regret. Maybe it’s busy-ness or sadness. Whatever your burden, you know it’s time to let this go. It’s time to let this go ‘I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of…

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feel good enough

‘I don’t feel good enough!’

By Yvette | 30/09/2016

Most of us put on a brave front. We push ourselves harder and we keep positive. And yet beneath the veneer of success or mask of serenity that we’ve created, we often don’t feel good enough. Those constant stories A ‘trance of unworthiness’ lies beneath all our endeavours. This is Tara Brach’s term – a…

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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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Signs of stress

Signs of Stress

By Yvette | 17/06/2016

What, for you, are the most obvious signs of stress? A little stress is healthy but when you’re experiencing it for longer lengths of time, it can become a problem. Some of your most obvious signs of stress might be easy to pinpoint yet signs of stress can reveal themselves in more complex ways. There…

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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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