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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Transform your life

How to transform your life with one single thing

By Yvette | 20/05/2016

You have the power right now to transform your life with one single thing. Pretty much everyone experiences stress at one time or another. It’s not all bad – as humans we do enjoy challenges and even a little bit of fear! But it can get too much. Do you recognise any of these? tight…

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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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Something's got to change

Something’s got to change

By Yvette | 25/03/2016

What prompts you to try something new? It might be curiosity. Or following a trend. Perhaps you don’t want to miss out. Maybe you’re desperate to make changes in your life. We are surrounded by the need for change. (Sexism, power inequality, corruption, greed – a need for underlying change in our society.) You may…

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Asleep or awake?

Are you Asleep or Awake?

By Yvette | 11/03/2016

Are you living your life asleep or awake? Consciously or unconsciously? With mindfulness or without it? You might find yourself going through the motions of your life. Your journey to and from work, the seasons outside your window, wishing away your hours at work, anticipating the weekend and dismissing weekdays. You may well have learnt…

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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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The trouble with mindfulness practice

The Trouble with Mindfulness Practice

By Yvette | 22/01/2016

The trouble with mindfulness practice is that you forget! You get immersed in your busy life. The reasons you want to be more mindful are the same reasons that make it feel you have no time for it! Life feels like you’re on a carousel, where whirling thoughts take you round in circles. Or maybe…

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What you tell yourself about stress

Don’t believe everything you tell yourself about stress

By Yvette | 30/10/2015

Do you tell yourself that life would be better if everything was easier and stress-free? Yet what you tell yourself about stress is usually an auto-pilot reaction! Don’t always believe what you tell yourself about stress. Here are 3 ways to shift your view. 1. View your body’s stress response as helpful, not debilitating Your…

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You are powerful in this present moment

You are powerful in this present moment!

By Yvette | 02/10/2015

However busy your day is, you can still access short moments of calm that allow you to cut through the chaotic momentum of your day. A powerful pause allows you to experience calm. And this empowers you when you are feeling out of control with your own thoughts or surrounding events. It’s easy to take…

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Work-Life Balance

WORK VS LIFE: How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

By Yvette | 21/03/2015

WORK VS LIFE! – How do you achieve a work-life balance? For some of you, there might not be enough challenge and satisfaction in your work. Or the stress of experiencing a lack of work if you are freelance or in retail. For others, there may be too many meetings or tasks packed into a…

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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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Why do you need mindfulness?

Why do you Need Mindfulness?

By Yvette | 31/01/2015

You’re a busy person. You don’t have time to slow down. So why do you need mindfulness and what could it mean for you? Mindfulness means ‘awareness’ Another meaning for ‘mindfulness’ is ‘awareness’. So, if are always rushing on to the next moment, what happens to the one you are in? Without awareness, it’s easier…

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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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Manic Monday

Is it another manic Monday?

By Yvette | 08/12/2014

You know the kind of manic Monday – you jump out of bed and you already feel stressed and overwhelmed at the week ahead. As you’re in the shower, you’re anticipating the day – work, clients, children, extras like shopping at lunchtime and more tasks when you arrive home in the evening. Your mind jumps…

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Place of Serenity | In the flow

Be in the Flow

By Yvette | 28/11/2014

What do Tai Chi, Japanese Sword Fighting, Archery and performing a Japanese Tea Ceremony have in common? They are all activities which are encouraged in Japan because they develop a person’s ability to focus. The skill of concentrating and being fully focused is highly valued. You might know it as being ‘in the flow’ or…

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Habits

Are you stuck with your daily habits?

By Yvette | 11/06/2014

We feel safe with many of our day-to-day habits. Our routines get us out of bed in the morning and we don’t like to be shaken up by unexpected events. Of course we don’t enjoy the unexpected; unheated water in our shower or the car not starting for work. That’s fair enough But what if…

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Get out of your head

Get out of your head

By Yvette | 13/02/2014

We spend a huge proportion of our time caught up with our thoughts. How can you get out of your head and be more present? Get out of your head and into your heart space You have the choice to stop and spend a few moments focusing on your breath. Then you shift from the…

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Great expectations

Great expectations

By Yvette | 02/12/2013

All of us have a tendency to great expectations. ‘The Snowman’ and great expectations I love Raymond Briggs’ animated film, ‘The Snowman’. It encapsulates the joy and happiness we long to experience and hold on to. The boy spends a magical evening with the snowman. Next morning he rushes outside with great expectations. He believes…

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Place of Serenity | Thanks a lot

Thanks a lot!

By Yvette | 27/11/2013

Have you noticed how much of our lives run on assumptions and habits? We take a lot for granted and forget to say thanks. Thanks a lot! We sometimes use the phrase, ‘Thanks a lot’ ironically. But have you ever thought about all the things in your life you could be thankful for? We wake…

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