Gratitude

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. Of course you can be mindful of your own breath, the tasks you are doing before you and be alert to the story-telling that your mind is getting caught up in. Yet all the time, nature is happening…

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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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Eat, drink and be merry

Eat, Drink and be Merry

By Yvette | 17/12/2014

We eat and drink all the time We couldn’t survive without food and drink. Yet how much ‘stuff’ goes on around this process! How often do we eat and drink thoughtlessly! How often are we worrying over what we eat and what we ‘mustn’t eat’. We eat for comfort. We nibble while we are busy…

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Mindfulness and health issues

Mindfulness and Health Issues

By Yvette | 13/08/2014

I am delighted to welcome Judy Bartholomew as my guest blogger. In this piece, she talks about how Mindfulness and Health Issues are linked: Each year, the week running up to my birthday is an opportunity for reflection and anticipation; a ‘lessons learned’ look back over the past year and a looking forward as I…

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How to be idle and blessed

How to be idle and blessed

By Yvette | 25/06/2014

‘… I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at…

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Thank you

Thank You!

By Yvette | 01/05/2014

‘If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.’ Meister Eckhart Thank you We often forget to say it. We overlook so many good things in our lives and take so much for granted. I wonder why! It’s easy to do. Start with whispering the words ‘thank…

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spring declutter

Spring Declutter

By Yvette | 01/04/2014

Is spring enticing you to do a declutter in your home? Hoarding is not confined to those people we see on TV. Many of us find ourselves weighed down with ‘things’. Whatever the season, a declutter can be daunting when you start. It might be your office, study or any untidy room in your home.…

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January blues

January blues

By Yvette | 03/01/2014

January stretches ahead of us and it can feel a little daunting! Do you have the January blues? Keep inspired and beat the January blues During the winter months we might spend less time outside in nature. Yet we can still nurture our sense of belonging and connect with nature in other ways. On dim,…

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