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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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 | transform yourself with mindfulness

Transform yourself with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 21/12/2018

You can transform yourself with mindfulness! Ditch aspects of auto-pilot that no longer serve you and develop your capacity to be more aware and present. Consider that for 95% of the time we behave on auto-pilot. On a daily basis we turn up in our lives with ‘unconscious habits and hardwired beliefs, attitudes and perceptions.’…

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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…

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Mindful Check-In

Here is Your 3 Minute Mindful Check-In

By Yvette | 20/02/2018

Your Mindful Check-In Are you rushing about your day with your head full of worries and your body following you along for the ride? The Mindful Check-In is a 3 minute awareness exercise. It only takes a few moments to do a Mindful Check-In and notice how your body, emotions and state of mind are…

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Create New Habits with Mindfulness

Create New Habits with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 03/11/2017

Every Day is Filled with Repeated Behaviours, Thoughts and Experiences ‘Experience is just showing up even though your mind is elsewhere, Awareness is when you notice you’re there.’ Ruby Wax As Ruby Wax says in ‘Sane New World’, we can all go through the motions, but bringing mindfulness or ‘awareness’ to what we’re doing transforms…

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Mindfulness is a string of pearls

Mindfulness is a String of Pearls

By Yvette | 18/11/2016

Mindfulness is a string of pearls that holds together the best values you might wish to embody: acceptance peace patience gratitude compassion joy love and so many more strong qualities Mindfulness If you practice mindfulness and meditation, it doesn’t mean you shut the world out. It’s not about staying safe in your own little bubble.…

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Living or surviving

Are you Living or Surviving? Mindfulness is the key

By Yvette | 19/08/2016

Are you living or surviving? Much of what we do is on auto-pilot where our minds are elsewhere or caught up in anxiety. Thich Nhat Hhan talks about ‘…hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance …’  We’re never present! In all areas of our lives this can…

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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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Place of Serenity | Transform your life with tea

How to Transform your Life with Tea

By Yvette | 20/05/2016

You have the power right now to transform your life with tea! 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 deadlines and…

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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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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 and something’s got to change. We are surrounded by the need for change. (Sexism, power inequality, corruption, greed – a need for underlying change…

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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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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness Practice

Introduction to a Mindfulness Practice

By Yvette | 22/01/2016

Introduction to a Mindfulness Practice 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 it feels more like…

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Place of Serenity | Dont believe everything you tell yourself about stress

You and your 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 your stress is usually an auto-pilot reaction! Don’t always believe what you tell yourself about your stress. Here are 3 ways to shift your view. 1. View your body’s stress response as helpful, not…

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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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Place of Serenity | The Truth About Why You Need Mindfulness

The Truth about Why you Need Mindfulness

By Yvette | 31/01/2015

You’re a busy person. You feel that you don’t have time to slow down. So here is the truth about why 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…

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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? You can learn to gain greater control when you 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…

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