Notice nature

Simple Mindfulness – Notice Nature!

By Yvette | 18/04/2015

Notice Nature One of the simplest things to do to become more mindful is to notice nature. You can be mindful of: Your own breath The tasks you are doing before you The story-telling that your mind is getting caught up in Yet all the time, nature is happening outside your window. It’s there on…

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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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Mini moments of meditation

Mini Moments of Meditation

By Yvette | 14/03/2015

Sometimes you need to escape overwhelming negative thoughts or stress at work. Here is how with some mini moments of meditation: ‘Restrooms’ For many people a quick escape for some peace may mean visiting the loo! And why not? If you are at work, sometimes this is the only place for a bit of peace!…

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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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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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Place of Serenity | Eat, drink & be merry

Eat, Drink and be Merry

By Yvette | 17/12/2014

We eat and drink all the time We couldn’t survive without food and drink! Yet how much ‘stuff’ goes on around this process! How often do we eat and drink thoughtlessly! How often are we worrying over what we eat and what we ‘mustn’t eat’. We eat for comfort Nibble while we’re busy checking emails…

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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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The mini resources guide to mindfulness

Your Mini Resources Guide to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 12/12/2014

Your Mini Resources Guide to Mindfulness Maybe you are just getting started with Mindfulness or you have recently completed a course. So I have put together a Mini Resources Guide to Mindfulness for you to dip into. You can follow up on some of these books to get started with and learn more about the…

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Manage your anxiety

Manage Your Anxiety with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 12/12/2014

  Do you find yourself increasingly entertaining negative thoughts and suffering with anxiety? And is it possible you can manage your anxiety with mindfulness? You’re not alone. Although a small level of anxiety is normal in your everyday life, when it becomes excessive it can have a huge debilitating impact. Almost every person who attends…

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Manic Monday

Is it Another Manic Monday?

By Yvette | 08/12/2014

You Know the Kind of Manic Monday – You jump out of bed and you already feel stressed and overwhelmed at the week ahead. As you’re in the shower, you’re anticipating the day – work, clients, children, extras like shopping at lunchtime and more tasks when you arrive home in the evening. Your mind jumps…

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Manage your mind

How to Manage Your Mind

By Yvette | 03/12/2014

Every day we each have an average of 17,000 thoughts How do we manage that amount of mind traffic? How do you manage your mind? Most of the time we’re carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning. When good things happen, we’re too busy to fully enjoy them and are rushing on…

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Place of Serenity | In the flow

Be in the Flow

By Yvette | 28/11/2014

What do Tai Chi, Japanese Sword Fighting, Archery and performing a Japanese Tea Ceremony have in common? They are all activities which are encouraged in Japan because they develop a person’s ability to focus and be in the flow. The skill of concentrating and being fully focused is highly valued. You might know it as…

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I Can't Get to Sleep

Helpful Tips for When I Can’t Get to Sleep!

By Yvette | 26/11/2014

Insomnia is any kind of poor sleep that affects the quality of your life. Most of us go through times in our lives when we experience this. I can’t get to sleep! If you have a baby or young children, you will be familiar with sleep deprivation. Alternatively, you may be going through a time…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and Meditation

Quiet Miracles

By Yvette | 10/11/2014

‘Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention’ From ‘For Presence’ by John O’ Donohue Notice the Everyday Quiet Miracles These quiet miracles are what keep me going! When my mind spins down towards negativity, I bring my awareness to the simplest things before me. Yesterday I got out of the house…

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The Still point

The Still Point

By Yvette | 06/09/2014

The Still Point How are you able to manage stressful days? I like the idea that you can become powerful by the use of a pause – a moment of stillness or a still point. The still point is a momentary stillness. Sit still for a second or two and follow your breath. Discover the…

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Place of Serenity | The breath

The Breath

By Yvette | 26/08/2014

Stay peaceful with the breath You have the most powerful tool to hand. It’s the breath. Become aware of it whenever you need a moment to become calm. You can access your breath anytime. Even amid the chaos choose to focus on the present moment with awareness of your breath. Focus on the breath to…

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Pause

The Simplicity of The Pause

By Yvette | 27/06/2014

The Pause and Patience Sometimes things are so simple that we overlook their worth. Take the power of a simple pause. A powerful pause opens up space for patience. Patience might have a ring of worthiness about it. We may even dismiss it in favour of the wilder ‘snap-shot’ decision or ‘just off the top…

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Change the world

Change The World!

By Yvette | 13/06/2014

Do you want to change the world with the work you do? Change the World One Chocolate Square At a Time! I was at a Business Event in Winchester where one of the speakers was Josephine Fairley. She was co-founder of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate. She believes that a business can be both ethical…

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Habits

Are you stuck with your daily habits?

By Yvette | 11/06/2014

We feel safe with many of our day-to-day habits. Our routines get us out of bed in the morning and we don’t like to be shaken up by unexpected events. Of course we don’t enjoy the unexpected; unheated water in our shower or the car not starting for work. That’s fair enough But what if…

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Place of Serenity | manage hormones

Manage your Hormones with Meditation!

By Yvette | 15/03/2014

Your body has a wonderful Endocrine System which manages and produces the necessary hormones for numerous body functions. So how can you manage your hormones with meditation? Use mindful breathing: Spend a minimum of 10 minutes sitting with the breath. Focus solely on your breathing and be compassionate towards yourself. Breathe slowly through your nose…

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Get out of your head

Get Out of Your Head

By Yvette | 13/02/2014

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Heart Space We spend a huge proportion of our time caught up with our thoughts. How can you get out of your head and be more present? You have the choice to stop and spend a few moments focusing on your breath. Then you shift from the…

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