Awareness

deep breaths

Your superpower: take deep breaths

By Yvette | 07/10/2016

What happens when you take deep breaths? Why would it be your superpower? Let’s look at how your body has your best interests first and foremost. Your body is brilliantly designed to keep you healthy and well. This is known as ‘homeostasis’. It’s a balancing act that applies to both your physiological state (your body)…

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feel good enough

‘I don’t feel good enough!’

By Yvette | 30/09/2016

Most of us put on a brave front. We push ourselves harder and we keep positive. And yet beneath the veneer of success or mask of serenity that we’ve created, we often don’t feel good enough. Those constant stories A ‘trance of unworthiness’ lies beneath all our endeavours. This is Tara Brach’s term – a…

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Advocate for peace

Are you an Advocate for Peace?

By Yvette | 16/09/2016

Do you think of yourself as an advocate for peace? Perhaps not. Although we have the luxury of peace in our country, do you feel as though a feeling of peace eludes you? With busy, hectic lives are we creating our own inner turmoil? Yet by developing greater personal awareness, not only do we have…

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Mindful gardening

Mindful Gardening

By Yvette | 26/08/2016

We’re all gardeners! What is Mindful Gardening? Your mind is like a piece of land planted with many different kinds of seeds: seeds of joy, peace, mindfulness, understanding, and love; seeds of craving, anger…, fear, hate, and forgetfulness. These wholesome and unwholesome seeds are always there, sleeping in the soil of your mind. The quality…

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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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Signs of stress

Signs of Stress

By Yvette | 17/06/2016

What, for you, are the most obvious signs of stress? A little stress is healthy but when you’re experiencing it for longer lengths of time, it can become a problem. Some of your most obvious signs of stress might be easy to pinpoint yet signs of stress can reveal themselves in more complex ways. There…

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Nature Inspires Calm

Nature Inspires Calm!

By Yvette | 27/05/2016

When you’re feeling frazzled by life and need to take a moment to slow down, let nature inspire you to be calm. When you bring your awareness to your breathing, this directs your focus to the present moment. It’s helpful to remind yourself that you are in this living, breathing body, not just a busy…

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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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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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Stay calm and focus

Stay calm and focus

By Yvette | 22/04/2016

A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just…

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Home sweet home

Home Sweet Home

By Yvette | 18/03/2016

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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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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Feeling bad about yourself

3 Ways to Avoid Feeling Bad About Yourself

By Yvette | 04/03/2016

You’re going about your day when you suddenly start feeling bad about yourself. Do you know that experience? Out of the blue you get one of these strong feelings that you aren’t doing very well. Your inner critic starts bad-mouthing you. Here are 3 common situations and how you can become more resilient in their…

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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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Value yourself

A Timely Reminder – Value Yourself

By Yvette | 19/02/2016

The things I value the most are priceless. As a mother, some of those moments slip through your fingers as you quietly hold the space for your babies and young children to be themselves. You create the space for your children to learn through existence and to play. To care for them at bath-time, share…

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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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Listening In

Listening In

By Yvette | 08/01/2016

Does life sometimes feel tough? When you go through these moments of self-doubt or bleakness, give yourself the gift of listening in. Sit, wrap a blanket round your shoulders and ‘cradle your heart.’ Light a candle. And allow yourself to be vulnerable. Ask yourself, ‘Dearest heart and mind, I’m not afraid to hear your secrets.…

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A seasonal round-up of mindfulness

A Seasonal Round-up of Mindfulness for Christmas

By Yvette | 18/12/2015

I’ve scooped up a few festive blog posts for you to dip into. Here you will find a seasonal round-up of mindfulness for Christmas. Easy tips and reminders to keep it simple. So you can enjoy what you have and share your goodwill out to others. By staying mindful, present and open-hearted, you can bring…

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Ideas for Insomnia

A Round-up of Helpful Ideas for Insomnia

By Yvette | 06/11/2015

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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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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