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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Place of Serenity | sleep

How Mindfulness and Meditation Help You Sleep

By Yvette | 29/08/2019

Sleep isn’t always easy: 1  You are finding it tough to get to sleep even when you’re tired 2  You are dropping off to sleep easily but waking in the night and finding it difficult to get back to sleep 3  Sleeplessness is tough when you over-think, worry, ruminate etc. 4  Your lack of sleep…

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Place of Serenity | knee-jerk reaction

Mindfulness and your Knee-jerk Reaction

By Yvette | 19/07/2019

Your knee-jerk reaction or unthinking habitual responses to everyday life are pretty much set within you, unless you become more mindful and aware. Your knee-jerk reactions (also known as autopilot) can come from a good, inspirational place. Yet they can also come from a place of habit. It’s natural to have a range of daily…

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Place of Serenity | Wake up to mindfulness

Wake Up to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 02/07/2019

We multi-task even while relaxing! It takes a moment to wake up to mindfulness and become conscious. This is what mindfulness is: choosing to wake up! Morning Mindfulness Take a Sunday morning. You might be drinking your second cup of tea while glancing through newspapers with the radio on. You’re also texting a family member,…

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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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Place of Serenity | creator of your life

You are the Creator of your Life

By Yvette | 28/03/2019

Every single one of us is creative I don’t simply mean to be artistic or musical – I mean that you are the creator of your life. It is utterly unique to you! You create your life, just as you might create your home. However, it may not feel as though we are in charge…

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Place of Serenity | Blog posts

In Each Moment You Always Have Power

By Yvette | 14/03/2019

You always have power in any challenging situation you find yourself A lot of the time you automatically hook into unhelpful thoughts, feelings or memories. You move away from useful behaviour into distraction, packets of crisps, angry shouting or hours of Netflix. It can feel as though you don’t have power over your reactions. You…

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