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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Place of Serenity | serious illness

How to recover after serious illness

By Yvette | 29/04/2016

Serious illness misdiagnosed 16 years ago on 30 April my daughter was born, my youngest child. I was home a few hours after her birth on a sunny Sunday morning but after sleeping for a couple of hours I woke up to enormous pain and other symptoms. I was in agony, barely able to walk,…

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Feeling bad about yourself

3 Ways to Avoid Feeling Bad About Yourself

By Yvette | 04/03/2016

You’re going about your day when you suddenly start feeling bad about yourself. Do you know that experience? Out of the blue you get one of these strong feelings that you aren’t doing very well. Your inner critic starts bad-mouthing you. Here are 3 common situations and how you can become more resilient in their…

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Negative emotions

How to Deal with Difficult Emotions

By Yvette | 26/02/2016

Are you fed up? … with experiencing difficult emotions and struggling to deal effectively with them? Is your mind an overwhelm of tangled information and unwelcome thoughts? Mindfulness is a way of life that lets you interpret your body’s moods and experiences more skillfully. It’s a skill that gives you a way to untangle your…

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Loneliness

Find your Light through Loneliness

By Yvette | 11/12/2015

Loneliness It’s a taboo subject – unless you’re referring to elderly people who are lonely, and then it’s ok to talk about it. Whether you live on your own, or you are in a relationship that has no true intimacy, it can feel shameful or ungrateful to say out loud that you’re lonely. No-one who…

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Connect with your heart

Connect with your Heart

By Yvette | 16/10/2015

Do you ever take time out to connect with your heart? When you’re feeling negative, especially towards yourself, notice what your default setting gets you doing and thinking. You may experience an avalanche of cruel put-downs towards yourself, while you find yourself keeping busy with work/emails/eating/exercising or shopping. It’s easy to forget to remain open-hearted.…

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Reveal the True You

Reveal the True You!

By Yvette | 09/10/2015

What do we mean to ‘reveal the true you’? The Clay Buddha Jack Kornfield reminds us in ‘The Wise Heart’ of a story from Thailand. A clay statue of a Buddha had sat for hundreds of years in a village square. One day a villager noticed a crack in it and had a closer look.…

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Let go of Negative Thoughts with Mindful Meditation

Let Go of Negative Thoughts with Mindful Meditation

By Yvette | 28/08/2015

‘At the most basic level, meditation is simply about thinking thoughts, then letting go of them,’ says Suze Yalof Schwartz, founder of Unplug Meditation. ‘It’s about learning to distinguish between thoughts that serve us and thoughts that don’t.’   How can you let go of negative thoughts with mindful meditation? Very often it seems to…

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What you were never taught at school

What You Were Never Taught at School

By Yvette | 21/08/2015

‘Mind management’ – this is certainly what you were never taught at school! Have a browse, and learn how you can manage stress, negative emotions, anxiety and anger to name a few! Emotional resilience is not a school subject so this round up of blog posts steps in to teach about the power of mindfulness.…

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anger and mindfulness

Anger and Mindfulness: the Shift to Peace

By Yvette | 17/07/2015

We’ve all experienced anger It surges up in a split second and if we react to it, our actions may cause us to feel guilt, shame or further resentment afterwards. The emotion floods our body and that wave takes no more than 90 seconds to move on. Yet we can be ruminating over it, gathering…

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Mental health awareness

Mental Health Awareness Week (May) – why this is relevant to you!

By Yvette | 15/05/2015

Anxiety and Depression are the Most Common Mental Disorders in Britain We all know what it is like to feel anxious or down about something. It’s human to experience a spectrum of emotions and moods. You might feel low for a few days following an illness, or for a number of months because you hate…

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Let it go

Let it go!

By Yvette | 02/05/2015

Do you sometimes find yourself going over and over in your mind, something that you can’t stop thinking about? You can’t relax at night and you wake up with it still on your mind? Your body feels tense and tired. You’re short-tempered and cranky. You need to learn to let it go! Caught up in…

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feeling under the weather

Mindfulness and Feeling Under the Weather

By Yvette | 25/04/2015

It happens to most of us We have all experienced feeling under the weather at times. We feel a bit down, overwhelmed with life or we’re going through challenging experiences. In order to cope, we may find ourselves resorting to old tried and tested behaviours, without thinking too much about it. One of my most…

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The Mind-body Connection

How to be a Jedi Knight: the mind-body connection

By Yvette | 07/03/2015

The discipline of a Jedi Knight Through years of disciplined training and meditation, the Jedi Knight honed body and mind into perfect harmony. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, there’s a lot of interest in the Mind-Body connection. What exactly does this mean? As a child, you may remember moments of exuberant joy…

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How are you?

How are you?

By Yvette | 28/02/2015

How are you? Busy thank you! I read somewhere that this is the accepted greeting among Chinese business people. Yet it seems to be universal, doesn’t it? These days ‘busy’ equates with success – a successful ‘busy’ business, a ‘busy’ social life, an activity holiday packed with ‘busy’ activities and scheduled relaxation time. When someone…

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Powerful pause

The Powerful Pause

By Yvette | 16/12/2014

A swift reaction You know that split second when you open your mouth and say something without thinking it through? How can you gain control and implement a powerful pause? Your swift reaction comes direct from the most primitive part of your brain. It happens swiftly often disguising anger or fear. It hits you powerfully…

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The Best of This Week’s Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/12/2014

This week’s mindfulness posts have a sprinkling of peace and calm scattered through them. I hope this reflects your experiences! Is it Another Manic Monday? You know the kind of manic Monday – stressed and overwhelmed, your mind jumps from one thing to another, feeling slightly manic about the packed schedule of your day ……

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Manage your anxiety

Manage Your Anxiety with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 12/12/2014

  Do you find yourself increasingly entertaining negative thoughts and suffering with anxiety? And is it possible you can manage your anxiety with mindfulness? You’re not alone. Although a small level of anxiety is normal in your everyday life, when it becomes excessive it can have a huge debilitating impact. Almost every person who attends…

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