Place of Serenity | Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

By Yvette | 23/06/2020

Lockdown in your Home ‘Home sweet home’: is it your place to relax, have fun and be nourished? Most of us have been spending a lot more time here with recent pandemic experiences. You might have a work or study area where tension has been building up. And then there’s your kitchen with all the…

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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 | Live in beauty

What Does it Mean to Live in Beauty?

By Yvette | 22/05/2020

Beauty is the subject for many poets, artists and philosophers. Let’s look at a patchwork quilt of ideas about what it could mean to live in beauty. Beauty as a feeling ‘Bear Heart’ from the Muskogee tribe of Native American Indians says: ‘… the way to attain the beauty in life is through harmony. Be…

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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 | 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 | Childhood Happiness

Let’s Explore 3 Happiness Myths!

By Yvette | 06/12/2019

3 Happiness Myths Perhaps you unconsciously buy into these happiness myths, as described by Dr Russ Harris* (who created ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): Happiness myth number 1 That if we have food, water, shelter and friends our natural state will be happiness. The reality is that our normal state is everchanging. Just like the…

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Place of Serenity | empty cardboard boxes

The Magic of Empty Cardboard Boxes

By Yvette | 09/08/2019

What is the Magic of Empty Cardboard Boxes? As I saw a friend’s cat enjoy playing with an empty cardboard box, it reminded me of the hours of fun my children used to have too. Perhaps there’s even a connection with the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching: Thirty spokes meet in the hub. Where…

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Place of Serenity | know about mindfulness and meditation

What Do You Want to Know About Mindfulness and Meditation?

By Yvette | 02/08/2019

One of the most common things people want to know about mindfulness and meditation is what the difference is between them. What is Meditation? They are really interchangeable but here’s how you might make some distinction between mindfulness and meditation. Our daily lives are often full with a busy mixture of thoughts and things we…

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Place of Serenity | wellbeing in nature

Boost your Wellbeing with Nature

By Yvette | 23/05/2019

You already know that you can boost your wellbeing with nature. The world offers you a treasure trove of landscapes that can inspire you and help you feel more calm, joyous and free. Let’s see how simple this can be. When you are surrounded by nature your body naturally produces endorphins (the feel-good hormones). There…

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Place of Serenity | body stories

Make Peace with Your Body Stories

By Yvette | 17/05/2019

Let Your Body Stories Go We all have our own body with our own unique stories. Most often, nobody else knows these body stories. We judge ourselves and we judge that others are judging us. I simply want to put this thought to you: turn judgment to kindness and gratitude. Imagine that your body is…

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Place of Serenity | creator of your life

You are the 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 creator of your life. It is utterly unique to you! You create your life, just as you might create your home. However, it may not feel as though we are in charge…

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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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Blog posts of Place of Serenity

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 | 10 Tranquil Tips

10 Tranquil Tips to Stay Calm

By Yvette | 12/02/2019

How Can you Stay Tranquil and Calm as you go About your Day? The key is awareness – to notice yourself in the here and now. And implement some of these 10 tranquil tips: 1. Sunbeams! Sit in some sunbeams as they flood through a window. Or if there’s no sunshine stop and listen to…

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Place of Serenity | appreciate

February Updates

By Yvette | 02/02/2019

I have so many updates for you in this February newsletter which I hope you will enjoy. There are several dates for courses, weekly meditation and blog posts, all of which lead you in some way to connect with ‘that circle of your own soul’. So have a browse, and do get back to me…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and meditation

What do you want from Mindfulness and Meditation?

By Yvette | 31/01/2019

If you are considering learning about mindfulness and meditation, perhaps through a course, here are the key reasons for doing so. Learning in this way is practical and enjoyable, and I wouldn’t be without mindfulness and meditation in my life. If you already have a practice, this may also remind you why! The words ‘mindfulness’…

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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…

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Place of Serenity | Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas Advent Calendar

By Yvette | 25/12/2018

I am sharing the following thoughts from my Place of Serenity Facebook, where each day’s image and words are all together here for inspiration. Every image invites you to carry the phrase in your heart & notice how it feels! You can click on any image to see & enjoy a larger picture. From this,…

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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 | Feeling overwhelmed

Help! I am Feeling Overwhelmed

By Yvette | 23/11/2018

How to Unhook from Feeling Overwhelmed Maybe right now you are overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, loneliness, difficult thoughts or low mood? Whatever it is, you feel as though an avalanche is happening. You have a sense of drowning. Engulfed in the overwhelming experience. So what do you do? Turn to your Heart ‘…Do not strengthen…

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Magic things

Magical Things You Discover Through Mindfulness

By Yvette | 06/06/2018

‘The universe if full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to become sharper.’ Eden Phillpotts Magical Things We take for granted so many things. We don’t always stop to appreciate them. Magical 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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