Place of Serenity | Celebrate the Ordinary Moments

Celebrate the Ordinary Moments

By Yvette | 19/07/2021

When you start to celebrate the ordinary moments you discover how they transform and are no longer so ordinary after all. Where are the Ordinary Moments? Afternoon tea as you sit outside in the garden with a friend or sibling. The relaxing seconds that welcome your arrival home from spending an over-heated day in the…

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Place of Serenity | Learn online mindfulness and meditation

5 Ideas for Online Mindfulness and Meditation

By Yvette | 22/06/2021

Original picture from Pixabay by Jiao Tang Now may be a good time for you to learn online mindfulness and meditation and how to live from your heart! You can do this as a One-to-One Course or in a Group Course. Here are 5 ideas that may resonate with you as you decide whether this…

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I Hear You with Mindful Listening

By Yvette | 20/06/2021

Many of us are blessed with the gift of hearing. Yet it is only through mindful listening that we really hear. What Do We Usually Hear? You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. ~ M. Scott Peck We listen frequently throughout our day. Yet the skill of listening…

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Place of Serenity | Beginner's Mind Photo by James DeMers

Open up your World with a Beginner’s Mind

By Yvette | 28/04/2021

Beginner’s Mind You may have heard the term: Beginner’s Mind. It is a Buddhist concept and means: A mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn Perhaps this doesn’t seem a useful idea, but put another way, it is to experience each day free of prejudice and…

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Place of Serenity | Listen to the Dawn Chorus

Listen to the Dawn Chorus

By Yvette | 21/04/2021

In the UK we have the chance to listen to the Dawn Chorus between March and July. This amazing free symphony happens every day and many of us sleep through it! I invite you to check out the time of sunrise, it is slightly different each morning. Then set your alarm to wake you in…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Morning Rituals

Mindful Morning Rituals that Support your Best Self

By Yvette | 16/04/2021

How can you be your best self? It starts when you create your own unique mindful morning rituals. I use the term ‘rituals’ very loosely – simple steps that you can take so you can be in charge of a serene start to your day. Mindful Morning Rituals Begin the Night Before In order to…

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Place of Serenity | Keep calm and be mindful

Keep Calm and be Mindful!

By Yvette | 12/04/2021

You wake up. You launch yourself into the day. Like a rocket or a whirling dervish, in a blur of landscape. Or do you drag yourself out of bed with groans and great reluctance? You will yourself to be motivated! Either way, here’s how to start your day: keep calm and be mindful. 4 Steps…

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Place of Serenity | 5 Effortless Tips to Tackle Overwhelming Emotions Photo: TemperateSage

5 Effortless Tips to Tackle Overwhelming Emotions

By Yvette | 17/03/2021

A mindful perspective lets you tackle overwhelming emotions more skillfully. It empowers you to untangle your mind and deal more effectively with difficult emotions that sometimes appear with huge force. Our brains have already stored a lifetime of prejudices, judgments, opinions and beliefs. So without mindfulness, our minds regurgitate the same old reactions again and…

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Place of Serenity | A year of Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness

A Year of Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness

By Yvette | 16/03/2021

A year of covid pandemic and mindfulness has shown what a useful approach it is to manage anxiety and overwhelm. Not only that but also nurturing a sense of wellbeing and inspiration to be engaged with a deeper level of spiritual self. Mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing has never been so important and at the…

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Place of Serenity | Resistance to Reality

How Your Resistance to Reality Causes Stress

By Yvette | 09/03/2021

How Your Resistance to Reality Causes Stress ‘I don’t want this to be happening!’ This phrase could be referring to any events or experiences in your own life and in the world around you. It is relevant to the last year or so as your life will have been affected by global events. When you…

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Place of Serenity | Become Empowered with Active Appreciation

Become Empowered with Active Appreciation

By Yvette | 06/03/2021

The key to living in your power and uplifting your mood is to engage in active appreciation Humans tend to have default settings. What is your tendency? Some people describe themselves with the saying a glass is half empty or half full. A tiny part of you may find that you are pulled towards thinking…

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Place of Serenity | How to Live a Meaningful Life

How to Live a Meaningful Life

By Yvette | 03/03/2021

  Whatever you are doing right now, you can live a meaningful life. What does it mean to live a meaningful life? Start with your awareness. Your awareness moves everything, it is your power ~ Anita Briggs In each moment when you are present, you’re the observer of your thoughts, actions and feelings. As humans…

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Place of Serenity | Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness 4 Keys to Combat Covid Blues

4 Keys to Combat Covid Blues

By Yvette | 20/02/2021

Covid Blues You are not alone in feeling like you want to give up right now. Everything feels tough and you may well be experiencing moments of self-doubt and bleakness. You might call it the Covid Blues, so here are 4 keys to combat them. 1  I AM INCUBATING Firstly, with our limited access to…

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Place of Serenity | A good leader inspires

What Makes a Good Leader?

By Yvette | 21/10/2020

You May Have Differing Views on What Makes a Good Leader You know exactly what a good leader is not. You’ve either experienced it in your own workplace, or you can see it in our political leaders. No transparency, continual reliance on lies, deceit, nepotism, cowardice, bullying, to name a few. You might think of…

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Place of Serenity | we are what we think

We Are What we Think

By Yvette | 12/10/2020

  We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, With our thoughts we make the world … ~ Buddha   Be in charge: with our thoughts we make the world Regarding this quote, you may be finding it especially difficult right now to feel that you’re in charge of your…

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Place of Serenity | Self-criticism to self-compassion

Transform Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion

By Yvette | 23/09/2020

Move from Critical Thinking and Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion At the moment our lives continue to be in a state of uncertainty at a global level. In response to this, you may be experiencing an increased level of self-criticism and critical thinking generally. In my Mindfulness Courses, I only have to mention the term ‘inner critic’…

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Thoughts on autopilot

Are your Thoughts on Autopilot?

By Yvette | 15/09/2020

Your brain likes to conserve energy. Lots of things you do occur on autopilot so that you can function easily and swiftly. But possibly less helpful are your thoughts on autopilot. Me and My Big Mouth! You may find you go through the motions of your life on autopilot. Default settings. Programming. Habits. Yet it’s…

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Place of Serenity | Difficult emotions

How to Deal with Difficult Emotions

By Yvette | 10/09/2020

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? The skill of mindfulness Mindfulness is a way of life that lets you interpret your body’s moods and experiences more skillfully. It empowers you to untangle your mind…

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Place of Serenity | Powerful

You are Powerful in this Present Moment!

By Yvette | 07/09/2020

However your day is, you can be powerful in each and every moment Access short moments of calm that allow you to cut through the chaotic momentum of your day. A powerful pause allows you to do this. Wherever you are, you can ground yourself and tap into a deeper place of wisdom and calm.…

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Place of Serenity | Benefits of Nasal Breathing

Benefits of Nasal Breathing

By Yvette | 10/07/2020

Your Breath Breathing is intimately connected to every part of your body. Your breath is your life! We take approximately 25,000 breaths a day but many of us are not breathing correctly. We breathe through the mouth or shallow breathe, resulting in other parts of the body having to compensate for this. Breathing correctly with…

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Place of Serenity | The healing power of acknowledgement

The Healing Power of Acknowledgement

By Yvette | 02/07/2020

Acknowledgement from others during difficult experiences You know when you have experienced something difficult in your life? You may recognise the healing power of acknowledgement which smooths the way forward. It’s the experience of being accepted, being seen. Whatever you’ve done or are going through, you still know that your life counts, that you matter…

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