Be mindful

You are powerful in this present moment

You are powerful in this present moment!

By Yvette | 02/10/2015

However busy your day is, you can still access short moments of calm that allow you to cut through the chaotic momentum of your day. A powerful pause allows you to experience calm. And this empowers you when you are feeling out of control with your own thoughts or surrounding events. It’s easy to take…

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Mindfulness and meditation quotes

My Top 20 Mindfulness and Meditation Quotes:

By Yvette | 24/07/2015

Sometimes you just need a few simple words, powerful and succinct, to inspire you. I love these mindfulness and meditation quotes. Take a few moments to read through these words of wisdom. If any of them really call to you – write them out on pieces of paper and keep them handy as tiny reminders…

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Get started with Mindfulness

Get Started with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 26/06/2015

Get started with Mindfulness Mindfulness is all around us now! It’s frequently in the news and businesses, GPs, hospitals and schools are implementing it. World-renowned leader, the Dalai Lama, shared his thoughts with music lovers at Glastonbury in the summer of 2015. Get started with Mindfulness because it’s here to stay! Why are more and…

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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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Be Here Right Now

Be here right now

By Yvette | 04/04/2015

‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle was first published in the UK in 2001. But it’s still a brilliant book for illustrating what mindfulness really is and perfect as I re-read it while watching my daughter sleep in her hospital bed overnight! Be here right now The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant, or…

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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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Eat, drink and 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. We nibble while we are busy…

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The Best of This Week’s Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/12/2014

This week’s mindfulness posts have a sprinkling of peace and calm scattered through them. I hope this reflects your experiences! Is it Another Manic Monday? You know the kind of manic Monday – stressed and overwhelmed, your mind jumps from one thing to another, feeling slightly manic about the packed schedule of your day ……

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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. The skill of concentrating and being fully focused is highly valued. You might know it as being ‘in the flow’ or…

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Mindfulness and illness

Tough times in the playground: mindfulness and illness

By Yvette | 10/10/2014

Judy Bartholomew of www.freefromwithattitude.com invited me to guest blog.  Follow the link to her website to read more about her expertise. Read here about Mindfulness and Illness.   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? Implementing mindfulness…

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Pause

Pause – it’s that simple!

By Yvette | 27/06/2014

Sometimes things are so simple that we overlook their worth. Take the power of a simple pause. The Pause and Patience 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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How to be idle and blessed

How to be idle and blessed

By Yvette | 25/06/2014

‘… I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at…

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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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Mindful listening

I hear you with mindful listening

By Yvette | 29/05/2014

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? We listen frequently throughout our day. Yet the skill of listening has more to it than you might think. When a person is speaking to you, what do you…

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Manage your hormones with meditation

Manage your hormones with meditation!

By Yvette | 15/03/2014

How can you manage your hormones with meditation? Use mindful breathing: Spend a minimum of 10 minutes just sitting with the breath. Focus solely on your breathing and be compassionate towards yourself. During this time your mindful breathing elicits the brain’s rest-repose response. This fills your body with feel-good hormones (known as endorphins). These include…

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Get out of your head

Get out of your head

By Yvette | 13/02/2014

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? Get out of your head and into your heart space You have the choice to stop and spend a few moments focusing on your breath. Then you shift from the…

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perspective

Pebbles of perspective

By Yvette | 02/02/2014

It’s important to get life into perspective. Pebbles of perspective ‘A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet…

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January blues

January blues

By Yvette | 03/01/2014

January stretches ahead of us and it can feel a little daunting! Do you have the January blues? Keep inspired and beat the January blues During the winter months we might spend less time outside in nature. Yet we can still nurture our sense of belonging and connect with nature in other ways. On dim,…

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