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Place of Serenity | Let go of the old

Nature’s Reminder: Let go of the Old and Nurture the New

By Yvette | 13/09/2019

Outside my window I can see the beech leaves as they reveal their innate colours of red and yellow. They will hang on a bit longer, looking beautiful in the sunlight, then let go without fuss. It’s a timely reminder for us to declutter as we hurtle three quarters of the way through the year.…

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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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Ideas for Insomnia

A Round-up of Helpful Ideas for Insomnia

By Yvette | 28/08/2019

Are you struggling to relax at night and sleep? Here is a round-up of helpful ideas for insomnia. It could just be one thing that you read in here that might transform your life! Have a good browse, follow each link, and let me know if you find something that works for you. A Round-up…

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Place of Serenity | your inner serenity

An essential skill: your inner serenity

By Yvette | 16/08/2019

Mindfulness and meditation are the starting points for you to find your inner serenity. This is a deep most powerful place within you. Albert Einstein called it ‘deep time’, a state of ‘only being’. Disguises As you grew up, you found your way through a life which may have felt hostile and harsh. Starting with…

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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 | know about mindfulness and meditation

What do you want to know about mindfulness and meditation?

By Yvette | 02/08/2019

One of the most common things people want to know about mindfulness and meditation is what the difference is between them. What is Meditation? They are really interchangeable but here’s how you might make some distinction between mindfulness and meditation. Our daily lives are often full with a busy mixture of thoughts and things we…

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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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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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Mindfulness Tips

Keep it Simple – Easy Mindfulness Tips

By Yvette | 17/07/2019

Mindfulness is about learning to be awake and present for your life. Since we spend 95% of our time on autopilot, here are a few simple mindfulness tips to intercept some of that autopilot. And incorporate easy mindfulness into your day! 1. Choose to start your day rather than letting the day start you! Begin…

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Home sweet home

Home Sweet Home

By Yvette | 16/07/2019

How to keep the energy uplifted in your home ‘Home sweet home’: is it your place to relax, have fun and be nourished? How do you keep the energy of your surroundings uplifted in your home sweet home? You might have a work or study area where tension builds up. And then there’s your kitchen…

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Place of Serenity | ABC

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 | Inclusiveness

What is Inclusiveness?

By Yvette | 21/06/2019

This is inclusiveness That sunset each evening and sunrise each morning – incredible, awe-inspiring, multi-coloured! A wonderful display for your eyes. You’re included every day if you wish to turn up! All weather inclusiveness! Everyone experiences the rain, storms, snow and sunshine. No one is exempt, according, of course, to where you live. And any…

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Sitting still

Sitting Still – how hard can it be?

By Yvette | 10/06/2019

In the beginning You’re starting to meditate. So you’re sitting still and you begin. How hard can it be? Extremely hard! But everyone knows how to sit still and do nothing, right? Yet this doesn’t naturally happen in life often! You intend to meditate, but find yourself doing ‘just this’ or occupied with ‘just that’.…

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Place of Serenity | manage your emotions

How to Manage your Emotions

By Yvette | 07/06/2019

Guess what? You and I are very alike. In fact, we share something in common with every single human on the planet. We all experience emotions. And how do you live with, and manage your emotions? Sure, happiness, joy and excitement are all great. But how do we deal with everyday emotions that are more…

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Place of Serenity | wellbeing in nature

Boost your Wellbeing with Nature

By Yvette | 23/05/2019

You already know that you can boost your wellbeing with nature. The world offers you a treasure trove of landscapes that can inspire you and help you feel more calm, joyous and free. Let’s see how simple this can be. When you are surrounded by nature your body naturally produces endorphins (the feel-good hormones). There…

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Place of Serenity | body stories

Make peace with your body stories

By Yvette | 17/05/2019

Let your body stories go We all have our own body with our own unique stories. Most often, nobody else knows these body stories. We judge ourselves and we judge that others are judging us. I simply want to put this thought to you: turn judgment to kindness and gratitude. Imagine that your body is…

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Place of Serenity | Thank you

Thank You!

By Yvette | 03/05/2019

If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckhart Thank you We often forget to say it. We overlook so many good things and people in our lives. We take so much for granted and forget the power of ‘thank you’. It’s easy to address.…

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Place of Serenity | mindful mouse

The Mindful Mouse

By Yvette | 18/04/2019

This is my story of the mindful mouse! It starts with me looking out of my bedroom window with my binoculars. Straight onto a bank of tall beech trees with gnarled roots and magical hidey holes. I am spotting the birds and still hoping I might see where a nest may be.    The nuthatch scurries…

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Place of Serenity | Why meditate

Why Meditate? Good question!

By Yvette | 12/04/2019

It is a good question that you might have asked yourself. Why meditate? Do you call yourself a ‘human being’ or a ‘human doing’? It might feel like the latter as you constantly juggle your busy life with work, family, squeezed social lives and everything else. It might be rare to experience simply ‘being’. Meditation…

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Place of Serenity | creator of your life

You are the masterful 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 masterful creator of your life. It is utterly unique to you! However, it may not feel as though we are in charge of our lives! As humans, we tend to automatically think…

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