Awareness

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

This week in the UK it is Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019) and the theme this year is ‘Body Image: how we think and feel about our bodies’. Let your body stories go We all have our own body with our own unique stories. Most often, nobody else knows these stories. We judge…

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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 | 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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Place of Serenity | You have power

In each moment you always have power

By Yvette | 14/03/2019

You always have power Any challenging situation in which you find yourself, you always have power. A lot of the time you find yourself automatically hooked into unhelpful thoughts, feelings or memories. You move away from useful behaviour into distraction, packets of crisps, angry shouting or hours of Netflix. You are probably familiar with this.…

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Keep Calm

Keep Calm Throughout your Day!

By Yvette | 11/03/2019

All kinds of tension builds up in our bodies as we grapple with stress. Here we share easy tips to help you keep calm throughout your day, smoothly and stress-free. Dog-sledding A recent student described how she brought her newly acquired skill of mindfulness to the wonderful experience of dog sledding in a snowy climate.…

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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 | love letter

A Love Letter

By Yvette | 14/02/2019

Here is my love letter for Valentine’s Day. What would you write in a love letter to someone, or something, that inspires you? Mine is a simple love letter to Mother Earth: I want to express my love and deepest gratitude for you, Mother Earth. My heart is filled with joy and wonder at your…

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Place of Serenity | ruminating thoughts

How to unhook from ruminating thoughts

By Yvette | 08/02/2019

You’ve probably tried before to unhook from ruminating thoughts. You know the ones – the unhelpful thoughts, memories and worries that are insistent and pretty tenacious! They often appear when you’re trying to sleep. Or before you are about to do something big because those thoughts include an inner critic who says you won’t be…

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Find calm

Find Calm in a Queue

By Yvette | 29/01/2019

Are you stuck in a queue? How can you find calm in the situation? Today we seem to be even more intolerant of delays in our everyday lives. You might be at the supermarket or any shop, the bank or the bus stop. Use these enforced pauses to be more mindful and get into a…

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Place of Serenity | appreciate

What you appreciate increases in value

By Yvette | 25/01/2019

Active appreciation = what you appreciate increases in value It seems obvious doesn’t it? I know I’ve spent much of my life dealing with a lack of self-worth and self-value. Only when I value myself do I draw experiences and people into my life who also value me. So if you perceive yourself as lacking…

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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 | Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas Advent Calendar

By Yvette | 25/12/2018

I am sharing the following thoughts from my Place of Serenity Facebook, where each day’s image and words are all together here for inspiration. Every image invites you to carry the phrase in your heart & notice how it feels! You can click on any image to see & enjoy a larger picture. From this,…

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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 | Nature blessings

Counting my Nature Blessings

By Yvette | 07/12/2018

The thing about taking photos on your phone is that you can have a ready-made record of your nature blessings. Places and moments in time from the year that’s just been. You can do this alongside keeping a ‘Joy Jar’. Jot down moments of joy and thanks on scraps of paper. Add them to your…

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Place of Serenity | Feeling overwhelmed

Help! I am Feeling Overwhelmed

By Yvette | 23/11/2018

How to unhook from feeling overwhelmed Maybe right now you are overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, loneliness, difficult thoughts or low mood? Whatever it is, you feel as though an avalanche is happening. You have a sense of drowning. Engulfed in the overwhelming experience. So what do you do? Turn to your heart ‘…Do not strengthen…

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Place of Serenity | stress busting tips

5 Simple Stress-busting Tips

By Yvette | 16/11/2018

  You might be busy with numerous tasks at work. Experiencing worrying family news that is out of your control. Spending a lot of time feeling despondent, anxious or regretful. Everyone’s lives are uniquely different, but here are 5 simple stress-busting tips you can adapt to suit your kind of day. Remember that you have…

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