Place of Surrender | Power of Surrender

The Power of Surrender

By Yvette | 09/09/2020

The Power of Surrender might seem like a paradox as you visualise yourself waving a white flag with drooping shoulders and a label displaying ‘FAILURE’. Yet here’s the thing, resistance is futile By turning around the meaning of surrender to acceptance, it might make more sense. If you’ve lost your job, one of your children…

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Place of Serenity | Claustrophobic

It’s Claustrophobic in Here!

By Yvette | 19/08/2020

How does it feel inside your mind? With constant thinking, worrying, problem-solving and self-criticizing, it can sometimes feel claustrophobic. A bit like being stuck in your head with blinkers surrounding your eyes. A small space that walls you in and fear shuts you down. You go round and round in circles with the same old…

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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 | Have you listened to yourself

Have you Listened to Yourself Lately?

By Yvette | 06/07/2020

Notice your thoughts. Do you treat yourself with kindness and love, or with impatience and harshness? In short, have you listened to yourself lately? Ratio of Positive to Negative Thoughts In her book, ‘The Sweet Spot‘, Christine Carter suggests you become more mindful of the kind of thoughts you are having. To feel happier and…

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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 | Let Nature Inspire Wellbeing

Let Nature Inspire Wellbeing

By Yvette | 16/04/2020

You naturally know how good it feels to be out and about in nature whenever possible. Especially when the weather is perfect. But while you may not be able to get outside as often as you’d like, you can still let nature inspire wellbeing. Joe Dispenza says: Your thoughts have consequences so great that they…

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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 | The power of trust

The Power of Trust in Challenging Times

By Yvette | 25/03/2020

As Humans, Our Default Setting is For Survival So fear and anxiety are natural responses to unusual and uncertain times. Any kind of trust and certainty flies out the window. Especially when your income has suddenly stopped and you just don’t know what the present or the future hold. Anxiety and fear may be our…

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Place of Serenity | Treasure of hope

The Treasure of Hope

By Yvette | 03/01/2020

Great Hope for the New Year At the start of the new year, you may be experiencing great hope for things to come. Hope is a deep feeling of trust and belief that good things will happen and you are capable of achieving them. Alternatively, you might be feeling a hopelessness. This might show up…

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Place of Serenity | My own light

Winter Solstice, the Light and You

By Yvette | 19/12/2019

The Darkness and Light of Winter Winter Solstice (22 December 2019) is the deepest part of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Our ancestors celebrated this darkness before the days began to lengthen again. Now this celebration of Yuletide sits beautifully alongside the light and joy of Christmas. Although it is the darkest time of the…

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Place of Serenity | my true self when I am so busy

Can I Be My True Self When I Am So Busy?

By Yvette | 28/11/2019

Can I Be My True Self When I Am So Busy? Be you… let your confidence rest in your essence, not function ~ Aubrey Marcus Your ‘function’ is when you describe yourself as your work and things that you ‘do’. Remember that your true self is more like this: Your essence is you. Without anything…

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Place of Serenity | Portal to peace

Your Portal to Peace

By Yvette | 22/11/2019

You Have a Portal to Peace! A portal is an entrance of any kind, like a door or gateway. It takes you from one place to another. Your portal means that you have the power to move seamlessly to your own place of peace. So whatever is happening around you, with your mindful awareness, you…

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Mindfulness and illness

Tough times in the playground: mindfulness and illness

By Yvette | 04/11/2019

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? It’s a little like a playground with all the ups and downs of the rides. Implementing mindfulness skills is one way to manage the bumpiness. Mindfulness wakes you up to…

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4 simple reminders

4 Simple Reminders

By Yvette | 12/08/2019

Does life feel complicated? Even when you’re busy, here are 4 simple reminders for a calmer life: 1. Breathe Of the 4 simple reminders this one couldn’t be simpler and yet we forget! You rein yourself in to the present moment when you breathe a conscious breath. This results in being focused and present. It’s…

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Place of Serenity | Stay cool and calm

How to Stay Cool and Calm when the Temperature Rises

By Yvette | 26/07/2019

As we are increasingly experiencing higher than normal temperatures, let’s look at how to stay cool and calm! Our incredible bodies naturally maintain an average temperature of between 97.8°F and 99.0°F. The brain’s hypothalamus and Autonomic Nervous System regulate it using our skin, sweat glands and blood vessels throughout the body. In extremely hot and…

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Place of Serenity | equanimity

Equanimity

By Yvette | 23/07/2019

‘Equanimity is neither apathy nor indifference: you are warmly engaged with the world but not troubled by it.’ Rick Hanson, ‘Buddha’s Brain‘ Develop a sense of Equanimity I like Rick Hanson’s definition of equanimity. The ability to experience a beautiful sense of calm, tranquility and balance. Do you experience this as you go about your…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness Taster Session

Mindfulness at The Physiotherapy Centre, Haslemere

By Yvette | 18/07/2019

The Physiotherapy Centre is based at Holy Cross Hospital in Haslemere. The centre has fabulous equipment including a hydrotherapy pool and light and airy physiotherapy gym. The hospital treats patients who are highly dependent and need specific care. The physiotherapy centre helps with this and is also available for all outpatients. Set in a beautiful…

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Place of Serenity | 6 mindfulness tips

Keep it Simple – 6 Easy Mindfulness Tips

By Yvette | 17/07/2019

Mindfulness is about learning to be awake and present for your life. Since we spend 95% of our time on autopilot, here are a 6 simple mindfulness tips to intercept some of that autopilot. And incorporate easy mindfulness into your day! 1. How you start your day! Begin each morning by noticing the sensations of…

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Mindfulness can be as easy as ABC

By Yvette | 28/06/2019

A – Awareness right now in this moment B – Breathe slowly & deeply C – Choose where to place your attention Mindfulness can be as easy as ABC! Right now, before you start a conversation, on getting home from work, as soon as you wake in the morning… empower yourself with mindfulness! These 3…

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Sitting still

Sitting Still – How Hard Can it Be?

By Yvette | 10/06/2019

In the Beginning Sitting Still Can Be a Challenge You’re starting to meditate. So you’re sitting still and you begin. How hard can it be? Extremely hard! But everyone knows how to sit still and do nothing, right? Yet this doesn’t naturally happen in life often! You intend to meditate, but find yourself doing ‘just…

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Place of Serenity | wellbeing in nature

Boost your Wellbeing with Nature

By Yvette | 23/05/2019

You already know that you can boost your wellbeing with nature. The world offers you a treasure trove of landscapes that can inspire you and help you feel more calm, joyous and free. Let’s see how simple this can be. When you are surrounded by nature your body naturally produces endorphins (the feel-good hormones). There…

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