Inner critic

Place of Serenity | inner self

How your Inner Self gets you through the darkest times

By Yvette | 16/04/2018

You have an inner self that voices a constant commentary within you night and day! Meditation is a way to spend time with your inner self with its often unstoppable thoughts. Quite understandably, not all of us wish to do this! The Darkest Times and your Inner Self Yet this inner self is the place…

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Place of Serenity | storytelling mind

How can mindfulness reduce your storytelling mind?

By Yvette | 29/03/2018

You’ve been told stories all your life! So it’s no wonder you, and I, each have a storytelling mind. Easter Holy Week in the Christian Church is a story shared annually while every religion has its own catalogue of rich and inspiring stories. We love watching film and drama and love our daily fix. Advertisements…

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Bombarded by thoughts

Bombarded by thoughts – let mindfulness help

By Yvette | 19/11/2017

Do you find yourself with no control over your thoughts? They become overwhelming, unhelpful and relentless. When you are bombarded by thoughts, let mindfulness help! Step 1 Thinking is normal and natural There are no right or wrong thoughts. With mindful awareness, you can notice you’re having these thoughts without judging yourself. This can be…

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Be a winner with mindfulness

You can be a winner with mindfulness!

By Yvette | 16/06/2017

How can you be a winner with mindfulness? I attended the Mindful Living Show in London in the summer of 2017 and discovered how! It was through Saturday’s Keynote Speech by 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Etienne Stott alongside his coach Katie Warriner, Mental Skills Coach for Team GB. The C2 Canoe Slalom is a…

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Perfect time for mindfulness

The Perfect Time for Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/04/2017

The lilies are so perfect … But what in this world is perfect? I bend closer and see how this one is clearly lopsided – and that one wears an orange blight – and this one is a glossy cheek half nibbled away – and that one is a slumped purse full of its own…

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Be kind

Why should I be kind to myself?

By Yvette | 17/02/2017

‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’ To yourself. To others Be kind to yourself Have you noticed that you don’t often apply this idea to yourself? To others, yes, but to be kind to yourself? This might even seem a strange concept – you are getting through your days with a…

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The myth of the new you

The Myth of the New You

By Yvette | 06/01/2017

Do you feel you’re not Being or Doing enough? At the start of a new year it’s easy to look critically at ourselves. We decide that we’re not being or doing enough. All the things that need improvement seem glaringly obvious. We read how everyone else is setting goals for success. When we compare ourselves…

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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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Feeling bad about yourself

3 Ways to Avoid Feeling Bad About Yourself

By Yvette | 04/03/2016

You’re going about your day when you suddenly start feeling bad about yourself. Do you know that experience? Out of the blue you get one of these strong feelings that you aren’t doing very well. Your inner critic starts bad-mouthing you. Here are 3 common situations and how you can become more resilient in their…

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Have you listened to yourself lately?

Have you Listened to Yourself Lately?

By Yvette | 23/10/2015

Notice what kind of language you use for yourself. 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 aware of the kind of thoughts you…

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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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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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Negative emotions when you meditate

Negative Emotions when you Meditate

By Yvette | 04/03/2014

Negative emotions when you meditate When I teach my courses in Mindfulness and Meditation, those new to it can be surprised or even overwhelmed by the depth of emotions they feel. Quite often you may not know where these emotions have come from and it feels confusing and scary. It’s not unusual to experience what…

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