Be mindful

Life on auto-pilot

Life on auto-pilot

By Yvette | 26/12/2017

Every day our brain allows us to perform functions, actions and decisions. It’s almost as if it’s running the show for us and we’re on auto-pilot! Auto-pilot Sometimes it feels as though life is a treadmill. We lose the joy in our lives and get overwhelmed with responsibilities. We might feel like robots as we…

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Mindfulness in the workplace

The ‘quiet revolution’ of Being Mindful at Work

By Yvette | 17/12/2017

Could Mindfulness be responsible for a ‘quiet revolution’ spreading across our businesses and UK government? I wanted to learn more about how being mindful at work can be a powerful tool. So in September 2014 I attended the International Conference for ‘Mindfulness at Work’ at Cranfield University*. The event provided a platform to hear from…

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3 steps to stay sane at work

3 Steps to Stay Sane at Work

By Yvette | 12/12/2017

How do you stay sane at work? Everyone’s experiences are different but see how you might adapt these following 3 steps to stay sane at work. Try these 3 steps to stay sane at work Step 1 Close down your emails and schedule times in the day to open and deal with them. Each time…

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Bombarded by thoughts

Bombarded by thoughts – let mindfulness help

By Yvette | 19/11/2017

Do you find yourself with no control over your thoughts? They become overwhelming, unhelpful and relentless. When you are bombarded by thoughts, let mindfulness help! Step 1 Thinking is normal and natural There are no right or wrong thoughts. With mindful awareness, you can notice you’re having these thoughts without judging yourself. This can be…

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trust

Trust Yourself

By Yvette | 10/10/2017

When making decisions – do you trust yourself? You’re sitting on your own, in your home. You’ve changed out of your work clothes and you’re relaxed. No-one is around. Who are you when everything else has dropped away? Your name, age, religion, job title and any other labels you have for yourself no longer define…

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Take a break

Take a break!

By Yvette | 07/08/2017

When it’s the holiday season it can be such a relief to take a break! See Things with New Eyes It’s good to travel somewhere new. It replenishes you physically and mentally. When you take a break it can be a trip abroad or a walk round your local park. Whether it’s the holiday season…

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awareness

The Simple Skill of Awareness

By Yvette | 30/06/2017

In this moment as you read these words, turn your awareness to your body. Are your shoulders hunched up, your breathing shallow, your neck tense? What else do you notice? Develop your Awareness It’s a fact that throughout the day your body experiences a continual flow of tensions. You only need to develop the simple…

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Be a winner with mindfulness

You can be a winner with mindfulness!

By Yvette | 16/06/2017

How can you be a winner with mindfulness? I attended the Mindful Living Show in London in the summer of 2017 and discovered how! It was through Saturday’s Keynote Speech by 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Etienne Stott alongside his coach Katie Warriner, Mental Skills Coach for Team GB. The C2 Canoe Slalom is a…

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Rage against reality

My rage against reality causes stress

By Yvette | 31/03/2017

My rage against reality causes stress ‘I don’t want this to be happening!’ Well, I could be referring to political events here in Britain or around the world. It certainly would be true! My rage against reality causes stress. Do you recognise how this happens for you in your daily life? ‘I wish my child…

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The present moment

Why it’s so easy to avoid the present moment

By Yvette | 10/03/2017

What happens when you stop to be still and do nothing? Do nothing but be present with yourself? This is mindful meditation. You step into silence and stillness. Yet how easy it is to avoid the present moment. It’s not long before you feel out of your comfort zone! With no distractions, your mind starts…

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earworm

Repetition and the Mindful Earworm

By Yvette | 03/03/2017

I’ve had an earworm stuck in my mind for several days now.   It’s unwanted An earworm is an unwanted tune that’s in your head, on repeat! Mine is ‘Let it go!’ which comes from a Disney film I never saw. But it’s currently being used on a TV ad. Earworms are a bit like…

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bubble

Are you Living in a Bubble?

By Yvette | 27/01/2017

We create the bubble We all are living in a bubble. Each of our bubbles are a mixture of the things we choose to watch and interact with on our computers and TV. All the activities we do. The people we spend time with. The books and newspapers we choose to read. And the thoughts…

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The incredible power of relaxation

The Incredible Power of Relaxation

By Yvette | 13/01/2017

It’s not a dirty word – relaxation. Yet it’s easy to forget the incredible power of relaxation. We need to relax when we feel tired and run-down. But we also need to relax in our everyday reactions. When challenging things happen, our tendency is to react swiftly. This is our in-built defence mechanism. It’s commonly…

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Have yourself a mindful christmas

Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

By Yvette | 16/12/2016

Being mindful is neither a chore nor a rigid set of rules. Experience a mindful Christmas of joy and quiet pleasure. Enjoy these simple reminders! ‘During the next few weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player watching a three-year-old learn the moves. Notice when you become stressed, manic, demanding, anxious, or seized by…

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Mindfulness is a string of pearls

Mindfulness is a String of Pearls

By Yvette | 18/11/2016

Mindfulness is a string of pearls that holds together the best values you might wish to embody: acceptance peace patience gratitude compassion joy love and so many more strong qualities Mindfulness If you practice mindfulness and meditation, it doesn’t mean you shut the world out. It’s not about staying safe in your own little bubble.…

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Live your wonderful calm life

How to Live your Wonderful Calm Life!

By Yvette | 28/10/2016

A Calm Life A calm life means you’re not agitated or disturbed. It doesn’t mean that the unexpected or unwanted never happens. That would be pretty impossible right now, wouldn’t it? Instead, with mindfulness, everything feels a little more under control. No, that’s not true. Mindfulness can help you feel a tiny bit empowered about…

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always succeed

How to ALWAYS succeed!

By Yvette | 23/09/2016

You might think it’s impossible if I told you I know how to always succeed! The secret lies in your INTENTION ‘If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.’ Seneca Maybe you want to start a meditation practice. Lots of students wish this when they begin a Mindfulness…

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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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Tranquillity

Finding Tranquillity

By Yvette | 05/08/2016

Life is busy and it’s easy to let stress build up. Yet even within the busiest of towns and cities where you might work you can find tranquillity. Find Tranquillity in Unexpected Places By seeking out nature you can enjoy a tranquil spot which provides space to reflect and recover from stress. I love these…

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