Place of Serenity | Start with compassion

Start With Compassion

By Yvette | 03/12/2021

Your Inner Critic It is an easy default-setting to listen to your inner critic, the voice that attacks you for your failings. Almost like self-flagellation, we berate ourselves for not behaving differently – when we experience fears, old mindless habits and less than generous thoughts towards others. We tend to think that attacking ourselves for…

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Place of Serenity | World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

By Yvette | 12/11/2021

World Kindness Day is 13 November When we have a day to celebrate it, World Kindness Day gives us an opportunity to delve into the term ‘kindness’ and think about our own kindness skills. There can be a very dismissive attitude to the term kindness. As though it is a weak quality to have. Something…

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Meditation as a Political Act

By Yvette | 25/10/2021

Have you ever thought of meditation as a political act? I invite you to turn to Jack Kornfield’s book, ‘The Wise Heart’ especially chapter 22 ‘Tending the World’ when the world feels unsettled, violent, hurting and unwell. Here, Jack Kornfield talks about the Buddhist approach to dealing with politics in the world and looks to…

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Place of Serenity | The Power of Heart Coherence

The Power of Heart Coherence

By Yvette | 03/06/2021

Joe Dispenza describes ‘Heart Coherence’ as ‘your capacity to cultivate and sustain elevated emotions. These include gratitude, appreciation, kindness, care, compassion, love and joy.’ As humans today, we try to find solutions to our emotions and feelings by using our minds. Yet the mind looks at everything in a polarised egoic way, so our thoughts…

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Place of Serenity | A year of Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness

A Year of Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness

By Yvette | 16/03/2021

A year of covid pandemic and mindfulness has shown what a useful approach it is to manage anxiety and overwhelm. Not only that but also nurturing a sense of wellbeing and inspiration to be engaged with a deeper level of spiritual self. Mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing has never been so important and at the…

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Place of Serenity | Freemodels agency Heal your Heart

Your Heart Holds the Scars: How to Heal Your Heart

By Yvette | 12/03/2021

To live from your heart you need to heal your heart You carry the scars and they don’t simply disappear. When you feel hurt or experience any extreme feeling, it is tapping in to the deepest places of your heart. Even if you don’t realise it, when you are hurt, this is affecting your inner…

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Place of Serenity | Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness 4 Keys to Combat Covid Blues

4 Keys to Combat Covid Blues

By Yvette | 20/02/2021

Covid Blues You are not alone in feeling like you want to give up right now. Everything feels tough and you may well be experiencing moments of self-doubt and bleakness. You might call it the Covid Blues, so here are 4 keys to combat them. 1  I AM INCUBATING Firstly, with our limited access to…

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Place of Serenity | Our Cells are Constantly Eavesdropping

Our Cells are Constantly Eavesdropping

By Yvette | 18/10/2020

Our Cells Are Constantly Eavesdropping Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them … A remembered stress, which is only a wisp of thought, releases the same flood of destructive hormones as the stress itself. ~ Deepak Chopra In Chopra’s book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, he emphasises the importance of…

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Place of Serenity | The Language of Love

The Language of Love

By Yvette | 26/08/2020

Recently I was reminded of the language of love. My parents had delved into some old family letters which had been stored away for several years, unseen in a trunk. The letters were dated from the Second World War years and I sat down to read a pile of them with my parents and daughter.…

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Place of Serenity | The healing power of acknowledgement

The Healing Power of Acknowledgement

By Yvette | 02/07/2020

Acknowledgement from others during difficult experiences You know when you have experienced something difficult in your life? You may recognise the healing power of acknowledgement which smooths the way forward. It’s the experience of being accepted, being seen. Whatever you’ve done or are going through, you still know that your life counts, that you matter…

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Place of Serenity | Hope and inner strength

Nurture Hope and Inner Strength in your Life

By Yvette | 04/06/2020

As we continue to be in a transitional stage of upheaval and disruption in the world, how can you nurture hope and inner strength in your life? It could be easy to feel despair and hopelessness Yet: An active state of hope holds the field of potential for the highest possibilities for beautiful positive change.…

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Place of Serenity | How are you feeling?

How Are You Feeling? 3 Aspects to Explore

By Yvette | 08/05/2020

This is a useful question to ask yourself. How are you feeling? It’s an invitation to have a conversation with yourself. A chance to go deeper within. There’s sure to be lots there in this unique year of 2020. So How Are You Feeling? Notice if a quick response trips off your tongue or your…

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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 | You are Lovable

Know that You are Lovable

By Yvette | 05/02/2020

You are Lovable A paper heart, bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates aren’t necessary signs that you’re lovable. Being in a one-to-one relationship with another person is not the highest bench-mark that you are worthy and ‘normal’. You have goodness in your heart and you’re entirely worthy of love. Your personality, thoughts and feelings…

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Place of Serenity | Being kind to yourself

How Does Being Kind to Yourself Help You?

By Yvette | 23/01/2020

How does being kind to yourself help you? Being kind to yourself can feel at odds with your usual thinking. It perhaps doesn’t come naturally, would you agree? Yet being kind to yourself, also known as self-compassion, is one of the most important qualities we can nurture as human beings. And of course, kindness towards…

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Place of Serenity | Inclusiveness

What is Inclusiveness?

By Yvette | 21/06/2019

This is Inclusiveness That sunset each evening and sunrise each morning – incredible, awe-inspiring, multi-coloured! A wonderful display for your eyes. You’re included every day if you wish to turn up! All weather inclusiveness! Everyone experiences the rain, storms, snow and sunshine. No one is exempt, according, of course, to where you live. And any…

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Place of Serenity | Be your own best friend

How to be your own Best Friend

By Yvette | 01/06/2019

A best friend is always on your side A cheerleader and a supporter. What better than to be your own best friend and support yourself with emotional resilience, courage and kindness? These are qualities you can nurture with mindfulness and self-compassion especially when life feels so stressful or out of balance. There has been an…

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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 For this meditation for Love and Strength, I invite you to begin by placing 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…

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Place of Serenity | Live from your heart

How to Live From Your Heart

By Yvette | 22/03/2019

How can you live from your heart instead of inside your mind with it’s linear thinking, logical thoughts, problem-solving and story-telling? Follow your breath and notice your posture and find yourself moving towards your heart-space. You might like to place a hand gently on your heart centre which is in the centre of your chest…

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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 | forgiveness

What is Forgiveness and How do I Forgive?

By Yvette | 18/01/2019

The word ‘forgiveness’ might sound a very heavy word and can have a lot of associations for people. For me, brought up as a child in the catholic faith, it was part of a process of judgment. You did something perceived as wrong and forgiveness only came about from an all-knowing God via a priest…

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