Place of Serenity | Seashore mind

The Clarity of a Seashore Mind

By Yvette | 14/07/2021

Footsteps in the sand Quickly washed away; The seashore mind. ~ Deng Ming-Dao A New Day The seashore mind is like the purity of the beach every time the sand is washed clear by the waves. You could think of each day starting anew, without attachment to previous worries or judgments. A clean slate. An…

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Place of Serenity | Breathe deeply to support yourself

Breathe Deeply to Support Yourself

By Yvette | 08/07/2021

  Mindful Tip: Breathe Deeply If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or down, remember that you can breathe deeply to support yourself. With each breath stay calm. With each breath stay present. The slow steady rhythm of your breathing can draw you back into harmony with your body. As you breathe deeply you relax and…

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Place of Serenity | Choose to Live a Peaceful Life

Choose to Live a Peaceful Life

By Yvette | 20/05/2021

We all Wish to Live a Peaceful Life That doesn’t mean a life without joy or the ups and downs of being a human. You live a peaceful life where you feel a sense of harmony, calm and ease within yourself. It’s the basis from which to become the best kind of person you wish…

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Place of Serenity | Beginner's Mind Photo by James DeMers

Open up your World with a Beginner’s Mind

By Yvette | 28/04/2021

Beginner’s Mind You may have heard the term: Beginner’s Mind. It is a Buddhist concept and means: A mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn Perhaps this doesn’t seem a useful idea, but put another way, it is to experience each day free of prejudice and…

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Place of Serenity | Listen to the Dawn Chorus

Listen to the Dawn Chorus

By Yvette | 21/04/2021

In the UK we have the chance to listen to the Dawn Chorus between March and July. This amazing free symphony happens every day and many of us sleep through it! I invite you to check out the time of sunrise, it is slightly different each morning. Then set your alarm to wake you in…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Morning Rituals

Mindful Morning Rituals that Support your Best Self

By Yvette | 16/04/2021

How can you be your best self? It starts when you create your own unique mindful morning rituals. I use the term ‘rituals’ very loosely – simple steps that you can take so you can be in charge of a serene start to your day. Mindful Morning Rituals Begin the Night Before In order to…

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Place of Serenity | Defeat Tension with Progressive Relaxation

Defeat Tension with Progressive Relaxation

By Yvette | 02/04/2021

The technique called Progressive Relaxation is an exercise you can implement  to support your body to relax and defeat tension. Our bodies tense up automatically as a result of our Sympathetic Nervous System. Even as you are sitting reading this now, you may notice groups of muscles in your body that are tense, across the…

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Place of Serenity | Anger and mindfulness

4 Steps to Harness Anger with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 11/03/2021

We’ve All Experienced Anger It surges up in a split second and if we react to it, our actions may cause us to feel guilt, shame or further resentment afterwards. The emotion floods our body and that wave takes no more than 90 seconds to move on. Yet we can be ruminating over it, gathering…

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Place of Serenity | Spring Declutter

Spring Declutter

By Yvette | 28/02/2021

Spring is in the Air: Time to Declutter your Home? Many of us find ourselves weighed down with ‘things’. If you’ve had to work from home in recent times, you might be even more aware of the build-up of clutter surrounding you. I was looking in my kitchen for dried oregano, basil and cumin the…

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Place of Serenity | The Habit of Meditation

3 Simple Ways to Get the Habit of Meditation

By Yvette | 25/02/2021

It can feel like you are wasting your time or doing it wrongly when you get started with meditation. How can you get the habit of meditation so it becomes a daily skill for your well-being and spiritual life? You know it’s something you want to do to help you access a calmer and more…

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Place of Serenity | A good leader inspires

What Makes a Good Leader?

By Yvette | 21/10/2020

You May Have Differing Views on What Makes a Good Leader You know exactly what a good leader is not. You’ve either experienced it in your own workplace, or you can see it in our political leaders. No transparency, continual reliance on lies, deceit, nepotism, cowardice, bullying, to name a few. You might think of…

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Place of Serenity | Achieve a Balanced Mind-Space

The Simplest Way to Achieve a Balanced Mind-Space

By Yvette | 02/10/2020

How often do you feel that you have a balanced mind-space? The phrase ‘all or nothing’ might well be applicable. Feeling the extremes of one emotion to the complete opposite. Impossible to experience a balanced mind-space. Do you recognise this? For large portions of the time you have a busy mind full of anxiety. Or…

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Place of Serenity | Allow stillness

Allow Stillness

By Yvette | 02/09/2020

I Invite You to Allow Stillness To allow stillness may be an elusive idea. Because even when you sit physically still, you may find that your mind continues whirling with thoughts. And so to allow stillness doesn’t feel calm and contented. It can flush up impatience, increase feelings of frustration and throw you towards meaningless…

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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 | 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 | Earth Day

A Deep Bow of Respect to Mother Earth on Earth Day

By Yvette | 22/04/2020

Spring is a celebration of nature! Everything is bursting into life. The perfect time to honour the earth today on Earth Day 2020. A deep bow of respect to Mother Earth on Earth Day and every day of the year. Our precious Earth, our precious health Yet we’re so careless of this precious world. The…

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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 | Mindful Gilbert White

The Mindful Life of Ecologist Gilbert White (1720-1793)

By Yvette | 12/03/2020

This year, 2020, celebrates 300 years since Gilbert White was born. He is said to be England’s first ecologist. Gilbert White’s ‘Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne’ was his one and only publication yet it has been consistently published in many languages around the world since its first publication in 1789. I bought myself a…

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