Place of Serenity | Grow through the difficult stuff

How we grow through the difficult stuff

By Yvette | 01/04/2020

We’ve all experienced difficult stuff in the past It’s what makes us humans. At one point in my life I was considering whether to study politics or religion because I thought there was some area of knowledge I felt was missing in my life. Ha! This was immediately followed by the experience of illness which…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Gilbert White

The Mindful Life of Ecologist Gilbert White (1720-1793)

By Yvette | 12/03/2020

This year, 2020, celebrates 300 years since Gilbert White was born. He is said to be England’s first ecologist. Gilbert White’s ‘Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne’ was his one and only publication yet it has been consistently published in many languages around the world since its first publication in 1789. I bought myself a…

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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 | Being kind to yourself

How Does Being Kind to Yourself Help You?

By Yvette | 23/01/2020

How does being kind to yourself help you? Being kind to yourself can feel at odds with your usual thinking. It perhaps doesn’t come naturally, would you agree? Yet being kind to yourself, also known as self-compassion, is one of the most important qualities we can nurture as human beings. And of course, kindness towards…

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Place of Serenity | Life of majesty

Live Your Life of Majesty

By Yvette | 17/01/2020

Majesty is not just for kings and queens. Reclaim your own life of majesty and self-sovereignty. Perhaps those words may feel tainted, so let’s explore and regain the sense of what majesty and self-sovereignty really are. What does majesty and majestic mean? That you can embody: Impressive beauty Brilliance Gloriousness Elegance Grace Magnificence With poise…

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Place of Serenity | Treasure of hope

The Treasure of Hope

By Yvette | 03/01/2020

Great Hope for the New Year At the start of the new year, you may be experiencing great hope for things to come. Hope is a deep feeling of trust and belief that good things will happen and you are capable of achieving them. Alternatively, you might be feeling a hopelessness. This might show up…

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Place of Serenity | Top Blog Posts

Top Blog Posts of 2019 from Place of Serenity

By Yvette | 27/12/2019

Top 8 Blog Posts Perhaps you have some quiet time over the festive season to sit back and relax! I’ve collated the top 8 most popular blog posts from this year. In case you missed some of them or a title here catches your eye. Enjoy! 1 How to Unhook from Ruminating Thoughts You know…

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Place of Serenity | My own light

Winter Solstice, the Light and You

By Yvette | 19/12/2019

The Darkness and Light of Winter Winter Solstice (22 December 2019) is the deepest part of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Our ancestors celebrated this darkness before the days began to lengthen again. Now this celebration of Yuletide sits beautifully alongside the light and joy of Christmas. Although it is the darkest time of the…

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Place of Serenity | A good leader inspires

What makes a good leader?

By Yvette | 11/12/2019

You may have differing views on what makes a good leader Generally, you might think of a good leader as a person who is able to use their vision to inspire others towards common goals. It often requires being able to spot the potential in people and be willing to develop that potential. It requires…

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Place of Serenity | Childhood Happiness

Let’s explore happiness!

By Yvette | 06/12/2019

3 Happiness Myths Perhaps you unconsciously buy into these happiness myths, as described by Dr Russ Harris* (who created ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): Happiness myth number 1 That if we have food, water, shelter and friends our natural state will be happiness. The reality is that our normal state is everchanging. Just like the…

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Place of Serenity | my true self when I am so busy

How can I be my true self when I am so busy?

By Yvette | 28/11/2019

How 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…

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Place of Serenity | Portal to peace

Your portal to peace

By Yvette | 22/11/2019

You have a portal to peace! A portal is an entrance of any kind, like a door or gateway. It takes you from one place to another. Your portal means that you have the power to move seamlessly to your own place of peace. So whatever is happening around you, with your mindful awareness, you…

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Place of Serenity | trust yourself

Trust yourself

By Yvette | 15/11/2019

What does it mean to trust yourself? I have been quiet recently online and with my usual blog posts. The chaos going on around us in the world is like a turbulent ocean. Rather than be swept around at the mercy of the crashing waves, I dive deep beneath to the calm and I connect…

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Mindfulness and illness

Tough times in the playground: mindfulness and illness

By Yvette | 04/11/2019

Tough times: Mindfulness and illness When you are going through tough times such as illness, including cancer, how can you support yourself and remain steady? It’s a little like a playground with all the ups and downs of the rides. Implementing mindfulness skills is one way to manage the bumpiness. Mindfulness wakes you up to…

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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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