Place of Serenity | 10 Blog Posts from 2021

10 Blog Posts from 2021

By Yvette | 30/12/2021

Here are 10 blog posts from 2021 for you to dip into. Mindfulness, Appreciation, A Peaceful and Meaningful Life, and Heart Coherence are included in this round-up. 1 How Words Empower You with Their Magic Both spoken and written, your words hold power. That power is revealed through your intentions, attitudes and self-beliefs. As you…

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Place of Serenity | Start with compassion

Start With Compassion

By Yvette | 03/12/2021

Your Inner Critic It is an easy default-setting to listen to your inner critic, the voice that attacks you for your failings. Almost like self-flagellation, we berate ourselves for not behaving differently – when we experience fears, old mindless habits and less than generous thoughts towards others. We tend to think that attacking ourselves for…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and meditation

What do you want from Mindfulness and Meditation?

By Yvette | 28/11/2021

If you are considering learning about mindfulness and meditation, perhaps through a course, here are the key reasons for doing so. Learning in this way is practical and enjoyable, and I wouldn’t be without mindfulness and meditation in my life. If you already have a practice, this may also remind you why! The words ‘mindfulness’…

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Place of Serenity | What Does it Mean to Be Present

What Does it Mean to Be Present?

By Yvette | 25/11/2021

We have all heard of the term ‘Be Present’. But What Does it Mean to Be Present? It’s perhaps easier to start with recognising how most of the time you are NOT present. This is because your mind is either influenced by the past or thinking of the future. When this happens, all your thoughts…

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Place of Serenity | Every word is an Incantation

Every Word is an Incantation

By Yvette | 29/10/2021

An Incantation is described as a Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect. From The Free Dictionary by Farlex Your words, both spoken and thought, are immensely powerful. When there is intention behind them, they are like the charms and spells which we associate with magic. You yourself are the…

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Place of Serenity | The power of your awareness/ Image: Stefan Keller/Kellepics

The Remarkable Power of your Awareness

By Yvette | 30/07/2021

With the remarkable power of awareness, you can take a step back from your thinking to notice your thoughts and emotions. – Ah yes, I’m thinking that storyline again. – Ah yes, I’m feeling that familiar fear/envy/sadness. Your Awareness is your Consciousness A moment of Presence, a brief stepping out of the voice in your…

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Place of Serenity | Beginner's Mind Photo by James DeMers

Open up your World with a Beginner’s Mind

By Yvette | 28/04/2021

Beginner’s Mind You may have heard the term: Beginner’s Mind. It is a Buddhist concept and means: A mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn Perhaps this doesn’t seem a useful idea, but put another way, it is to experience each day free of prejudice and…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Morning Rituals

Mindful Morning Rituals that Support your Best Self

By Yvette | 16/04/2021

How can you be your best self? It starts when you create your own unique mindful morning rituals. I use the term ‘rituals’ very loosely – simple steps that you can take so you can be in charge of a serene start to your day. Mindful Morning Rituals Begin the Night Before In order to…

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Place of Serenity | Keep calm and be mindful

Keep Calm and be Mindful!

By Yvette | 12/04/2021

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: keep calm and be mindful. 4 Steps…

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Place of Serenity | 5 Effortless Tips to Tackle Overwhelming Emotions Photo: TemperateSage

5 Effortless Tips to Tackle Overwhelming Emotions

By Yvette | 17/03/2021

A mindful perspective lets you tackle overwhelming emotions more skillfully. It empowers you to untangle your mind and deal more effectively with difficult emotions that sometimes appear with huge force. Our brains have already stored a lifetime of prejudices, judgments, opinions and beliefs. So without mindfulness, our minds regurgitate the same old reactions again and…

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Place of Serenity | Become Empowered with Active Appreciation

Become Empowered with Active Appreciation

By Yvette | 06/03/2021

The key to living in your power and uplifting your mood is to engage in active appreciation Humans tend to have default settings. What is your tendency? Some people describe themselves with the saying a glass is half empty or half full. A tiny part of you may find that you are pulled towards thinking…

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Place of Serenity | How to Live a Meaningful Life

How to Live a Meaningful Life

By Yvette | 03/03/2021

  Whatever you are doing right now, you can live a meaningful life. What does it mean to live a meaningful life? Start with your awareness. Your awareness moves everything, it is your power ~ Anita Briggs In each moment when you are present, you’re the observer of your thoughts, actions and feelings. As humans…

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Place of Serenity | Self-criticism to self-compassion

Transform Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion

By Yvette | 23/09/2020

Move from Critical Thinking and Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion At the moment our lives continue to be in a state of uncertainty at a global level. In response to this, you may be experiencing an increased level of self-criticism and critical thinking generally. In my Mindfulness Courses, I only have to mention the term ‘inner critic’…

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Thoughts on autopilot

Are your Thoughts on Autopilot?

By Yvette | 15/09/2020

Your brain likes to conserve energy. Lots of things you do occur on autopilot so that you can function easily and swiftly. But possibly less helpful are your thoughts on autopilot. Me and My Big Mouth! You may find you go through the motions of your life on autopilot. Default settings. Programming. Habits. Yet it’s…

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Place of Serenity | Difficult emotions

How to Deal with Difficult Emotions

By Yvette | 10/09/2020

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? The skill of mindfulness Mindfulness is a way of life that lets you interpret your body’s moods and experiences more skillfully. It empowers you to untangle your mind…

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Place of Serenity | Powerful

You are Powerful in this Present Moment!

By Yvette | 07/09/2020

However your day is, you can be powerful in each and every moment Access short moments of calm that allow you to cut through the chaotic momentum of your day. A powerful pause allows you to do this. Wherever you are, you can ground yourself and tap into a deeper place of wisdom and calm.…

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Place of Serenity | Hope and inner strength

Nurture Hope and Inner Strength in your Life

By Yvette | 04/06/2020

As we continue to be in a transitional stage of upheaval and disruption in the world, how can you nurture hope and inner strength in your life? It could be easy to feel despair and hopelessness Yet: An active state of hope holds the field of potential for the highest possibilities for beautiful positive change.…

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Place of Serenity | How are you feeling?

How Are You Feeling? 3 Aspects to Explore

By Yvette | 08/05/2020

This is a useful question to ask yourself. How are you feeling? It’s an invitation to have a conversation with yourself. A chance to go deeper within. There’s sure to be lots there in this unique year of 2020. So How Are You Feeling? Notice if a quick response trips off your tongue or your…

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The wise information of your body

Start something new!

By Yvette | 29/03/2020

It’s never too late to start something new! You have the chance to start something new – big or small. Now could be the time with Covid 19 keeping you home. Make this a constructive and purposeful time. The little voices in your head may pipe up with fears and excuses. You’ll not be able…

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Place of Serenity | Reluctant Human Being

Are you a Reluctant Human Being?

By Yvette | 05/03/2020

David Whyte, poet and philosopher, says that humans are the only part of creation that can refuse to show up. We are reluctant to be fully here. Reluctant human beings. I absolutely recognize this, do you? We’re often ambivalent about what we’re doing and who we are. We wish time away. We look ahead to…

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Place of Serenity | my true self when I am so busy

Can I Be My True Self When I Am So Busy?

By Yvette | 28/11/2019

Can I Be My True Self When I Am So Busy? Be you… let your confidence rest in your essence, not function ~ Aubrey Marcus Your ‘function’ is when you describe yourself as your work and things that you ‘do’. Remember that your true self is more like this: Your essence is you. Without anything…

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