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

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 | 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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Place of Serenity | Negative thoughts

Negative Thoughts and the Sabre-toothed Tiger

By Yvette | 10/09/2017

Negative Thoughts The human brain has a negativity bias and we are alive today because of this! 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! That’s the negativity bias and there’s a reason we have…

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Mental health awareness

Mental Health Awareness Week (May)

By Yvette | 15/05/2017

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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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

By Yvette | 17/06/2016

What 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 are 4…

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You are valuable

You are Valuable

By Yvette | 13/05/2016

Think About How You Are Valuable ‘Name a quality or strength that you value about yourself’ Silence. This was a suggestion to each person during our Meditation Session. Everyone found it tricky to answer – they either couldn’t think in that moment of anything, or were reluctant to say! Sit on your own and give…

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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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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. You start feeling bad about yourself and your inner critic bad-mouths you. Here are 3 common situations and how you…

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Loneliness

Find your Light through Loneliness

By Yvette | 11/12/2015

Loneliness We’re familiar with the subject of elderly people who are lonely, and it’s OK to talk about it. Yet it can feel like a taboo subject if you are not in that category yet. Whether you live on your own, or you are in a relationship that has no true intimacy, it can feel…

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Connect with your heart

Connect with your Heart

By Yvette | 16/10/2015

Do you ever take time to connect with your heart? When you’re feeling negative, either towards yourself or the world, notice what your default setting gets you doing and thinking. You may experience an avalanche of cruel put-downs towards yourself, or bitter judgments towards others. You find yourself keeping busy with work/emails/eating/exercising or shopping to…

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Place of Serenity | Let Go of Negative Thoughts

Let Go of Negative Thoughts with Mindful Meditation

By Yvette | 28/08/2015

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

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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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