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 | Stillness and calm

How to create space for stillness and calm alongside Coronavirus

By Yvette | 19/03/2020

I won’t bore you with stating the obvious so let’s move straight into how to let this Coronavirus phenomenon impact you for good; how to create space for stillness and calm. Whatever your circumstances, either working on a frontline somewhere or at home, NOW poses the question of an alternative! Life as we’ve known it,…

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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | August Inspiration

August Inspiration

By Yvette | 04/08/2019

Hi everyone, August is a month of abundance and I love this reminder how gratitude can make such a difference in our lives: ‘Recognise how profoundly wealthy you are in every conceivable way through sincere, profound appreciative recognition of everything around you and in your environment’ ~ Ciara Young This kind of appreciation and gratitude…

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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 | 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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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness Taster Session

Mindfulness at The Physiotherapy Centre, Haslemere

By Yvette | 18/07/2019

The Physiotherapy Centre is based at Holy Cross Hospital in Haslemere. The centre has fabulous equipment including a hydrotherapy pool and light and airy physiotherapy gym. The hospital treats patients who are highly dependent and need specific care. The physiotherapy centre helps with this and is also available for all outpatients. Set in a beautiful…

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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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Place of Serenity | July Inspiration

July Inspiration

By Yvette | 04/07/2019

Hi everyone, Here we are in July and today I share upcoming events and a few recent blog posts. Sit back and relax with a delicious cool drink, and give yourself time to browse Place of Serenity’s world of mindfulness and meditation! I am involved in running a short Mindfulness Taster Session at this event…

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Place of Serenity | Wake up to mindfulness

Wake Up to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 02/07/2019

We multi-task even while relaxing! It takes a moment to wake up to mindfulness and become conscious. This is what mindfulness is: choosing to wake up! Morning Mindfulness Take a Sunday morning. You might be drinking your second cup of tea while glancing through newspapers with the radio on. You’re also texting a family member,…

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Blog posts of Place of Serenity

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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