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

How can I be my true self when I am so busy?

By Yvette | 28/11/2019

How 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…

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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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Mindfulness Tips

Keep it Simple – 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 few simple mindfulness tips to intercept some of that autopilot. And incorporate easy mindfulness into your day! 1. Choose to start your day rather than letting the day start you! Begin…

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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 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 this’ or occupied with ‘just that’.…

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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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Place of Serenity | love and strength

A Meditation for Love and Strength

By Yvette | 26/04/2019

Love from the Heart I invite you to place a hand gently upon your heart centre, which is in the middle of your chest towards your throat. With each breath you breathe in, imagine that your whole chest area is expanding. The heart chakra here, is associated with the colour emerald green. Imagine you’re standing…

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How to Honour and Value Yourself

By Yvette | 22/02/2019

Today we live in a society that places value on financial wealth. But I don’t want to focus on that, let’s look instead at how every single one of us has value, and how it’s not related to finances of any kind. ‘Namaste’ In India, the Hindu greeting of ‘Namaste’ acknowledges that there is something…

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Place of Serenity | ruminating thoughts

How to unhook from ruminating thoughts

By Yvette | 08/02/2019

You’ve probably tried before to unhook from ruminating thoughts. You know the ones – the unhelpful thoughts, memories and worries that are insistent and pretty tenacious! They often appear when you’re trying to sleep. Or before you are about to do something big because those thoughts include an inner critic who says you won’t be…

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Place of Serenity | Your daily meditation

Handy Tips for your Daily Meditation Time

By Yvette | 11/01/2019

Are you longing for some daily calm? Remember that you are the masterful creator of your life. It is easy to schedule it in when you regard it as an essential part of your wellbeing and personal growth. It may be the only time in your day that you have to yourself. This is known…

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Place of Serenity | stress busting tips

5 Simple Stress-busting Tips

By Yvette | 16/11/2018

  You might be busy with numerous tasks at work. Experiencing worrying family news that is out of your control. Spending a lot of time feeling despondent, anxious or regretful. Everyone’s lives are uniquely different, but here are 5 simple stress-busting tips you can adapt to suit your kind of day. Remember that you have…

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Shift from anxiety to self-compassion

Shift from Anxiety to Self-compassion

By Yvette | 22/05/2018

We tend to be hard task-masters, tough on ourselves. We sometimes view gentleness, compassion and kindness as weaknesses. Does this sound familiar? Our media and the world around us is aggressive and harsh, cruel and judgmental. This further supports the idea that kindness and self-compassion are soft options. Yet a shift from anxiety to self-compassion…

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Place of Serenity | Tackle your anxiety

4 Tips to Tackle Your Anxiety

By Yvette | 13/04/2018

    Anxiety is one of many emotions we all experience. A certain level is normal but when it becomes crippling or feels as though it is in charge of you, then it’s time to tackle your anxiety. Tip 1 Stand your ground! If you’re quaking in your boots or trembling like a leaf, guide…

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