Habits

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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Learn Mindfulness Together

5 Reasons to Learn Mindfulness Together

By Yvette | 20/01/2017

I teach Mindfulness at venues across East Hampshire, including Alton and Liphook. So I thought you might like these 5 reasons to learn mindfulness together on a course: 1. Learn mindfulness together. With all the good intentions in the world, it’s easy to fall by the wayside on your own. You will benefit from the…

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feel good enough

‘I don’t feel good enough!’

By Yvette | 30/09/2016

Most of us put on a brave front. We push ourselves harder and we keep positive. And yet beneath the veneer of success or mask of serenity that we’ve created, we often don’t feel good enough. Those constant stories A ‘trance of unworthiness’ lies beneath all our endeavours. This is Tara Brach’s term – a…

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Transform your life

How to transform your life with one single thing

By Yvette | 20/05/2016

You have the power right now to transform your life with one single thing. Pretty much everyone experiences stress at one time or another. It’s not all bad – as humans we do enjoy challenges and even a little bit of fear! But it can get too much. Do you recognise any of these? tight…

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going round in circles

How being mindful stops you going round in circles

By Yvette | 06/05/2016

Have you noticed how all your thoughts – positive, negative and neutral, repeat themselves? You might realise that you are going round in circles. You experience thoughts and emotions that don’t differ greatly from when you were a child. Life-long circles of behaviour Many of the beliefs we picked up in our childhoods remain within…

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Keep Calm

Keep Calm Throughout your Day!

By Yvette | 05/02/2016

All kinds of tension builds up in our bodies as we grapple with stress. Here we share easy tips to help you keep calm throughout your day, smoothly and stress-free. Dog-sledding A recent student described how she brought her newly acquired skill of mindfulness to the wonderful experience of dog sledding in a snowy climate.…

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The Mind-body Connection

How to be a Jedi Knight: the mind-body connection

By Yvette | 07/03/2015

The discipline of a Jedi Knight Through years of disciplined training and meditation, the Jedi Knight honed body and mind into perfect harmony. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, there’s a lot of interest in the Mind-Body connection. What exactly does this mean? As a child, you may remember moments of exuberant joy…

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Powerful pause

The Powerful Pause

By Yvette | 16/12/2014

A swift reaction You know that split second when you open your mouth and say something without thinking it through? How can you gain control and implement a powerful pause? Your swift reaction comes direct from the most primitive part of your brain. It happens swiftly often disguising anger or fear. It hits you powerfully…

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The Power of Quiet

By Yvette | 10/12/2014

‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ is Susan Cain‘s best-selling publication from 2012. Cain has sparked a huge amount of interest as she highlights the power of quiet. She focuses on fundamental aspects of all our personalities. Are you introvert or extrovert or somewhere in-between? Introverts & Extroverts at…

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Manage your mind

How to Manage Your Mind

By Yvette | 03/12/2014

Every day we each have an average of 17,000 thoughts. How do we manage that amount of mind traffic? How do you manage your mind? We get carried along Most of the time we’re carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning. When good things happen, we’re too busy to fully enjoy them…

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The wise information of your body

Start something new!

By Yvette | 21/11/2014

It’s never too late to start something new! You have the chance to start something new – big or small. So be curious. The little voices in your head may pipe up with fears and excuses. You’ll not be able to rise to the challenge You’re ‘not good enough’ There’s not time! It just won’t…

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Befriend your inner critic

Befriend your inner critic

By Yvette | 17/11/2014

How often does your inner critic push its way into your life and spread fear? How can you befriend your inner critic? What you say to yourself matters You may well say cruel things to yourself. Give yourself a hard time. Believe the negative spin that returns to your mind constantly. Or perhaps you talk…

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World peace!

Who wants World Peace?

By Yvette | 17/09/2014

Yes?! World peace begins with you! World Peace You can be peaceful, calm and aware in your work, with your family and in your relationships. Who benefits? You, your work; all areas of your life! Number one reason why you may not be an ambassador for peace right now? You’re too busy. Too busy being…

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Habits

Are you stuck with your daily habits?

By Yvette | 11/06/2014

We feel safe with many of our day-to-day habits. Our routines get us out of bed in the morning and we don’t like to be shaken up by unexpected events. Of course we don’t enjoy the unexpected; unheated water in our shower or the car not starting for work. That’s fair enough But what if…

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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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Cells are constantly eavesdropping

Our cells are constantly eavesdropping

By Yvette | 06/02/2014

‘Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them’ Deepak Chopra states this in his book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. ‘A remembered stress, which is only a wisp of thought, releases the same flood of destructive hormones as the stress itself.’ Continual daily anxiety Continual daily anxiety or self-destructive thoughts aren’t…

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Great expectations

Great expectations

By Yvette | 02/12/2013

All of us have a tendency to great expectations. ‘The Snowman’ and great expectations I love Raymond Briggs’ animated film, ‘The Snowman’. It encapsulates the joy and happiness we long to experience and hold on to. The boy spends a magical evening with the snowman. Next morning he rushes outside with great expectations. He believes…

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Thanks

Thanks a lot!

By Yvette | 27/11/2013

Have you noticed how much of our lives run on assumptions and habits? We take a lot for granted and forget to say thanks. Thanks a lot! We sometimes use the phrase, ‘Thanks a lot’ ironically. But have you ever thought about all the things in your life you could be thankful for? We wake…

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train to get Buddha's brain

How to train to get Buddha’s Brain

By Yvette | 13/11/2013

The Buddha began his life with the same brain as any of us. How did he change his brain to become such a role-model for peace and wisdom? And is it possible that you can train to get Buddha’s brain? Buddha’s Brain In his book, ‘The Practical Neuroscience of Buddha’s Brain‘, Rick Hanson draws on…

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