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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Place of Serenity | Perspective Image: Nathan Dumlao from Unsplash

A Change of Perspective

By Yvette | 11/06/2020

Two ways to think of ‘perspective’ It seems fitting that the word ‘perspective’ has many perspectives! Here we explore two ways to think of ‘perspective’. The first is when we sometimes get hooked into anxiety and lose our perspective. The second is when we realise that our perspective keeps us more unconscious than we ever…

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Place of Serenity | Hope and inner strength

Nurture Hope and Inner Strength in your Life

By Yvette | 04/06/2020

As we continue to be in a transitional stage of upheaval and disruption in the world, how can you nurture hope and inner strength in your life? It could be easy to feel despair and hopelessness Yet: An active state of hope holds the field of potential for the highest possibilities for beautiful positive change.…

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Place of Serenity | Live in beauty

What Does it Mean to Live in Beauty?

By Yvette | 22/05/2020

Beauty is the subject for many poets, artists and philosophers. Let’s look at a patchwork quilt of ideas about what it could mean to live in beauty. Beauty as a feeling ‘Bear Heart’ from the Muskogee tribe of Native American Indians says: ‘… the way to attain the beauty in life is through harmony. Be…

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Place of Serenity | Learn online mindfulness and meditation

Learn online Mindfulness and Meditation

By Yvette | 29/04/2020

Original picture from Pixabay by Jiao Tang Now may be a good time for you to learn online how to live from your heart through mindfulness and meditation! You can do this as a One-to-One Course or in a Group Course. Here are 5 suggestions that may resonate with you: 1 Learn online with others,…

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Place of Serenity | How mindfulness helps

How Mindfulness Helps in this Time of Covid19

By Yvette | 07/04/2020

Perhaps you wonder how mindfulness helps in these unusual times of Covid19. We don’t know what the future holds, but then we never did. This is mindfulness in action; the habits and assumptions we’ve perhaps always made, we now realise were never certainties. Mindfulness invites us to be present and not take things for granted.…

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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 | Childhood Happiness

Let’s Explore 3 Happiness Myths!

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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