Place of Serenity | Grow through the difficult stuff

How we grow through the difficult stuff

By Yvette | 01/04/2020

We’ve all experienced difficult stuff in the past It’s what makes us humans. At one point in my life I was considering whether to study politics or religion because I thought there was some area of knowledge I felt was missing in my life. Ha! This was immediately followed by the experience of illness which…

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Place of Serenity | The power of trust

The Power of Trust in Challenging Times

By Yvette | 25/03/2020

As humans, our default setting is for survival So fear and anxiety are natural responses to unusual and uncertain times. Any kind of trust and certainty flies out the window. Especially when your income has suddenly stopped and you just don’t know what the present or the future hold. Anxiety and fear may be our…

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Place of Serenity | Stillness and calm

How to create space for stillness and calm alongside Coronavirus

By Yvette | 19/03/2020

I won’t bore you with stating the obvious so let’s move straight into how to let this Coronavirus phenomenon impact you for good; how to create space for stillness and calm. Whatever your circumstances, either working on a frontline somewhere or at home, NOW poses the question of an alternative! Life as we’ve known it,…

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4 simple reminders

4 Simple Reminders

By Yvette | 12/08/2019

Does life feel complicated? Even when you’re busy, here are 4 simple reminders for a calmer life: 1. Breathe Of the 4 simple reminders this one couldn’t be simpler and yet we forget! You rein yourself in to the present moment when you breathe a conscious breath. This results in being focused and present. It’s…

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Place of Serenity | Stay cool and calm

How to Stay Cool and Calm when the Temperature Rises

By Yvette | 26/07/2019

As we are increasingly experiencing higher than normal temperatures, let’s look at how to stay cool and calm! Our incredible bodies naturally maintain an average temperature of between 97.8°F and 99.0°F. The brain’s hypothalamus and Autonomic Nervous System regulate it using our skin, sweat glands and blood vessels throughout the body. In extremely hot and…

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Place of Serenity | equanimity

Equanimity

By Yvette | 23/07/2019

‘Equanimity is neither apathy nor indifference: you are warmly engaged with the world but not troubled by it.’ Rick Hanson, ‘Buddha’s Brain‘ Develop a sense of Equanimity I like Rick Hanson’s definition of equanimity. The ability to experience a beautiful sense of calm, tranquility and balance. Do you experience this as you go about your…

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Blog posts of Place of Serenity

Mindfulness can be as easy as ABC

By Yvette | 28/06/2019

A – Awareness right now in this moment B – Breathe slowly & deeply C – Choose where to place your attention Mindfulness can be as easy as ABC! Right now, before you start a conversation, on getting home from work, as soon as you wake in the morning… empower yourself with mindfulness! These 3…

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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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Keep Calm

Keep Calm Throughout your Day!

By Yvette | 11/03/2019

All kinds of tension builds up in our bodies as we grapple with stress. Here we share easy tips to help you keep calm throughout your day, smoothly and stress-free. Dog-sledding A recent student described how she brought her newly acquired skill of mindfulness to the wonderful experience of dog sledding in a snowy climate.…

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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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10 Tranquil Tips

10 Tranquil Tips

By Yvette | 12/02/2019

How can you stay tranquil and calm as you go about your day? The key is awareness – to notice yourself in the here and now. And implement some of these 10 tranquil tips: 1. Sunbeams! Sit in some sunbeams as they flood through a window. Or if there’s no sunshine stop and listen to…

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Find calm

Find Calm in a Queue

By Yvette | 29/01/2019

Are you stuck in a queue? How can you find calm in the situation? Today we seem to be even more intolerant of delays in our everyday lives. You might be at the supermarket or any shop, the bank or the bus stop. Use these enforced pauses to be more mindful and get into a…

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Place of Serenity | New Year more mindful

It’s a New Year – become more mindful

By Yvette | 01/01/2019

New Year is a great time to set your intention to become more mindful ‘Mindfulness’ is an umbrella term for a way of life. The New Year is your time to embrace mindfulness – one tiny step at a time. It’s a New Year – become more mindful! Eckhart Tolle says about Mindfulness: “As far…

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Place of Serenity | stress and anxiety

Take better care of your stress and anxiety

By Yvette | 26/10/2018

Stress and anxiety can take on a life of their own. We end up worrying about the stress and anxiety. We feel we need to beat it, overpower it, take charge of it. Here’s an alternative: use the language of love. Be loving, inspiring and uplifting towards yourself because it’s a fact that where the…

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Place of Serenity | Stress awareness

April is Stress Awareness Month

By Yvette | 05/04/2018

April is stress awareness month It’s good to highlight an issue that so many of us experience to varying degrees. Small amounts of stress are part of life, yet it can so easily become overwhelming. I’ve pulled together some links with information and podcasts that may provide you with ideas and reminders. Stress awareness month…

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Place of Serenity | Spring

Spring is on its way

By Yvette | 01/02/2018

The only thing I can be sure of right now, is that spring is on its way Everything else is uncertain. Yet the truth is, we lull ourselves into certainties. Really, every day is an unknown. So take heart in the sound of birdsong; robins, sparrows and crows. Nothing fancy. Just the joyous sound that…

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Keep calm and be mindful

Keep Calm and be Mindful!

By Yvette | 29/12/2017

You wake up. You launch yourself into the day. Like a rocket or a whirling dervish, in a blur of landscape. Or do you drag yourself out of bed with groans and great reluctance. You will yourself to be motivated! Either way, here’s how to start your day and keep calm and be mindful. Steps…

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Be a winner with mindfulness

You can be a winner with mindfulness!

By Yvette | 16/06/2017

How can you be a winner with mindfulness? I attended the Mindful Living Show in London in the summer of 2017 and discovered how! It was through Saturday’s Keynote Speech by 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Etienne Stott alongside his coach Katie Warriner, Mental Skills Coach for Team GB. The C2 Canoe Slalom is a…

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Feel empowered

How to Feel Empowered

By Yvette | 25/11/2016

How are you getting on? Whatever turmoil is happening for you personally and globally, you and I are each responsible for our own personal choices. Even if you feel as though life is carrying you somewhere ominous, you can still feel empowered. This is essential to remember. Feel Empowered I like this piece from a…

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Live your wonderful calm life

How to Live your Wonderful Calm Life!

By Yvette | 28/10/2016

A Calm Life A calm life means you’re not agitated or disturbed. It doesn’t mean that the unexpected or unwanted never happens. That would be pretty impossible right now, wouldn’t it? Instead, with mindfulness, everything feels a little more under control. No, that’s not true. Mindfulness can help you feel a tiny bit empowered about…

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Tranquillity

Finding Tranquillity

By Yvette | 05/08/2016

Life is busy and it’s easy to let stress build up. Yet even within the busiest of towns and cities where you might work you can find tranquillity. Find Tranquillity in Unexpected Places By seeking out nature you can enjoy a tranquil spot which provides space to reflect and recover from stress. I love these…

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