Place of Serenity | Open your heart

Open Your Heart to the World

By Yvette | 19/09/2018

What do you do when you hear of sad or shocking news from around the world? Difficult news In these instances you might feel helpless. Even within your own home and workplace you may experience turmoil. How can you open your heart to the world? It might feel easier to shut down. Perhaps you have…

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Place of Serenity | mindful gratitude

How Mindful Gratitude Opens Your Eyes!

By Yvette | 14/06/2018

How Did you Start your Morning? Did you say, wow! I’m happy to be alive? Did it cross your mind that the sun, that incredible ball of hot gases, was yet again continuing its regular journey? The ebb and flow of the tide and the plants and wildlife outside your door are all doing their…

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Magic things

Magical Things You Discover Through Mindfulness

By Yvette | 06/06/2018

‘The universe if full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to become sharper.’ Eden Phillpotts Magical Things We take for granted so many things. We don’t always stop to appreciate them. Magical things you discover through mindfulness. In her book, ‘An Altar in the World’, Barbara Brown Taylor reveals the countless ways we…

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Place of Serenity | inner self

Access your Inner Self for the Dark Times

By Yvette | 16/04/2018

You have an Inner Self beneath the surface level! You can access this Inner Self in particular during dark times. Through meditation you can spend time with your Inner Self and connect with those often unstoppable thoughts. Quite understandably, not all of us wish to do this! The Dark Times and your Inner Self This…

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Place of Serenity | Spring

Spring is On its Way

By Yvette | 01/02/2018

The only thing I can be sure of right now, is that spring is on its way Everything else is uncertain. Yet the truth is, we lull ourselves into certainties. Really, every day is an unknown. So take heart in the sound of birdsong; robins, sparrows and crows. Nothing fancy. Just the joyous sound that…

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The healing power of nature

The Healing Power of Nature

By Yvette | 07/01/2018

One of the most supportive things you can do for your wellbeing is to enjoy the healing power of nature. ‘… during difficult times we should endeavour to stay close to one simple thing in nature. When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of…

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Place of Serenity

10 Tips for Tranquility over the Festive Season

By Yvette | 01/12/2017

Christmas is on it’s way once more! It is a very different experience for each of us and can get pretty stressful. Balance your health and wellbeing with these 10 tips for tranquility so that you can fully enjoy the festive season! 1. Gratitude practice We have much to appreciate at this time of year.…

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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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Have yourself a mindful christmas

Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

By Yvette | 16/12/2016

Make it a Mindful Little Christmas Being mindful is neither a chore nor a rigid set of rules. When you experience a mindful little Christmas it can be one of joy and quiet pleasure. Enjoy these simple reminders! Mindful Listening and Presence ‘During the next few weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player…

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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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Kindness

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Kindness

By Yvette | 29/06/2016

If you’re feeling disillusioned at the state humans seem to be getting themselves into, how can you stay open-hearted? With the power of kindness! Kindness can truly be powerful and memorable. Oskar Schindler ran a factory during the Second World War.  He employed Jewish men and women, thus saving them from death. Thomas Keneally’s book…

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How to Recover after Serious Illness

By Yvette | 29/04/2016

Serious Illness Misdiagnosed 16 years ago on 30 April my daughter was born, my youngest child. I was home a few hours after her birth on a sunny Sunday morning but after sleeping for a couple of hours I woke up to enormous pain and other symptoms. I was in agony, barely able to walk,…

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A seasonal round-up of mindfulness

A Seasonal Round-up of Mindfulness for Christmas

By Yvette | 18/12/2015

I’ve scooped up a few festive blog posts for you to dip into. Here you will find a seasonal round-up of mindfulness for Christmas. Easy tips and reminders to keep it simple. So you can enjoy what you have and share your goodwill out to others. By staying mindful, present and open-hearted, you can bring…

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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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celebrate your achievements

Celebrate Your Achievements

By Yvette | 20/12/2014

I’ve reached Day 30 of my Business Blog Challenge! So I am happy that I started this challenge and that I’ve finished it. 30 days in a row of blog posts! It’s good to stop and celebrate achievements, however small they are! I often start things with enthusiasm, and soon trail by the wayside, unable…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and Meditation

Quiet Miracles

By Yvette | 10/11/2014

‘Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention’ From ‘For Presence’ by John O’ Donohue Notice the Everyday Quiet Miracles These quiet miracles are what keep me going! When my mind spins down towards negativity, I bring my awareness to the simplest things before me. Yesterday I got out of the house…

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How to be idle and blessed

How To Be Idle and Blessed

By Yvette | 25/06/2014

Be Idle and Blessed   ‘… 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…

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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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Place of Serenity | Joy breathing

Joy Breathing

By Yvette | 03/02/2014

You have the power to choose what to focus on in any given moment. Right now, try some JOY BREATHING! Joy Breathing Meditation Close your eyes. Remember an occasion when you felt joyful. Smile and let your body relax and experience feeling joyful and happy. Allow those feelings of happiness to spread like a warm…

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