Gratitude

Place of Serenity | creator of your life

You are the masterful creator of your life

By Yvette | 28/03/2019

Every single one of us is creative. I don’t simply mean to be artistic or musical – I mean that you are the masterful creator of your life. It is utterly unique to you! However, it may not feel as though we are in charge of our lives! As humans, we tend to automatically think…

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Place of Serenity | Live from your heart

What does it mean to live from your heart?

By Yvette | 22/03/2019

How can you live from your heart instead of inside your mind with 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 up…

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Place of Serenity | value

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 | love letter

A Love Letter

By Yvette | 14/02/2019

Here is my love letter for Valentine’s Day. What would you write in a love letter to someone, or something, that inspires you? Mine is a simple love letter to Mother Earth: I want to express my love and deepest gratitude for you, Mother Earth. My heart is filled with joy and wonder at your…

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Place of Serenity | appreciate

What you appreciate increases in value

By Yvette | 25/01/2019

Active appreciation = what you appreciate increases in value It seems obvious doesn’t it? I know I’ve spent much of my life dealing with a lack of self-worth and self-value. Only when I value myself do I draw experiences and people into my life who also value me. So if you perceive yourself as lacking…

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Place of Serenity | Place of Serenity News

December 2018 News

By Yvette | 22/12/2018

21 December 2018 Hi everyone! There is much to celebrate in the month of December with today’s Mid-Winter Solstice and Christmas. A chance to remember the simple things in life – nature, family, yourself! I invite you to grab a cuppa, sit back and have a relaxing browse. Best wishes for a peaceful, joyous season. …

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Place of Serenity | Nature blessings

Counting my Nature Blessings

By Yvette | 07/12/2018

The thing about taking photos on your phone is that you can have a ready-made record of your nature blessings. Places and moments in time from the year that’s just been. You can do this alongside keeping a ‘Joy Jar’. Jot down moments of joy and thanks on scraps of paper. Add them to your…

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Place of Serenity | Top 10 mindfulness gifts

Top 10 Mindfulness Gifts

By Yvette | 03/12/2018

The great thing about mindfulness and meditation is that you can implement it any time and anywhere. It keeps you calm and relaxed. And connects you to your inner wisdom. We all make the choice whether to be present. However, the other kind of presents are also very welcome! To keep you inspired (for Christmas…

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Place of Serenity | negative thinking

Your constant companion – negative thinking

By Yvette | 20/11/2018

Do you wake up every day to negative thinking? Your Constant Companion As soon as you surface from sleep, you hit the road running and bring with you that day’s emotion. It could be contented joy, excitement or steely determination. Or it might be a gnawing anxiety, the bleakness of being lonely or a general…

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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

Magic things you discover through mindfulness

By Yvette | 06/06/2018

‘The universe if full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to become sharper.’ Eden Phillpotts Magic things We take for granted so many things. We don’t always stop to appreciate them. Magic 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 | Happiness is a choice

Do you Think Happiness is a Choice?

By Yvette | 22/03/2018

Can you choose happiness? And how is mindfulness connected? For many of us, we live huge portions of our lives on auto-pilot. So that gets us through all our tasks, but it also means we skim over all the good bits too quickly. Have you ever been in a situation, that in theory, gives you…

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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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Have yourself a mindful christmas

Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

By Yvette | 16/12/2016

Being mindful is neither a chore nor a rigid set of rules. Experience a mindful Christmas of joy and quiet pleasure. Enjoy these simple reminders! ‘During the next few weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player watching a three-year-old learn the moves. Notice when you become stressed, manic, demanding, anxious, or seized by…

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Mindfulness is a string of pearls

Mindfulness is a String of Pearls

By Yvette | 18/11/2016

Mindfulness is a string of pearls that holds together the best values you might wish to embody: acceptance peace patience gratitude compassion joy love and so many more strong qualities Mindfulness If you practice mindfulness and meditation, it doesn’t mean you shut the world out. It’s not about staying safe in your own little bubble.…

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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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Home sweet home

Home Sweet Home

By Yvette | 18/03/2016

How to keep the energy uplifted in your home ‘Home sweet home’: is it your place to relax, have fun and be nourished? How do you keep the energy of your surroundings uplifted in your home sweet home? You might have a work or study area where tension builds up. And then there’s your kitchen…

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You are lovable

Know that You are Lovable

By Yvette | 12/02/2016

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 are wondrous and…

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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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