Place of Serenity | Start with compassion

Start With Compassion

By Yvette | 03/12/2021

Your Inner Critic It is an easy default-setting to listen to your inner critic, the voice that attacks you for your failings. Almost like self-flagellation, we berate ourselves for not behaving differently – when we experience fears, old mindless habits and less than generous thoughts towards others. We tend to think that attacking ourselves for…

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Place of Serenity | World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

By Yvette | 12/11/2021

World Kindness Day is 13 November When we have a day to celebrate it, World Kindness Day gives us an opportunity to delve into the term ‘kindness’ and think about our own kindness skills. There can be a very dismissive attitude to the term kindness. As though it is a weak quality to have. Something…

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Meditation as a Political Act

By Yvette | 25/10/2021

Have you ever thought of meditation as a political act? I invite you to turn to Jack Kornfield’s book, ‘The Wise Heart’ especially chapter 22 ‘Tending the World’ when the world feels unsettled, violent, hurting and unwell. Here, Jack Kornfield talks about the Buddhist approach to dealing with politics in the world and looks to…

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Place of Serenity | The Power of Heart Coherence

The Power of Heart Coherence

By Yvette | 03/06/2021

Joe Dispenza describes ‘Heart Coherence’ as ‘your capacity to cultivate and sustain elevated emotions. These include gratitude, appreciation, kindness, care, compassion, love and joy.’ As humans today, we try to find solutions to our emotions and feelings by using our minds. Yet the mind looks at everything in a polarised egoic way, so our thoughts…

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Place of Serenity | Words Empower You With Their Magic | Flower Image by Prawny/3373 Pixabay

How Words Empower You with Their Magic

By Yvette | 26/03/2021

Words Empower You with Their Magic Both spoken and written, your words hold power. That power is revealed through your intentions, attitudes and self-beliefs. As you express words into the world, they continually emit the intentions and attitudes within them. Like a mandala they reverberate indefinitely. And never more so than in this age of…

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Place of Serenity | Magic of Grace Photo: Tunglam89 from Pixabay

Harness the Magic of Grace

By Yvette | 23/03/2021

As a child, I recited the Catholic prayer: ‘ Hail Mary, full of Grace The Lord is with thee. Blessed art though among women …’ And there was ‘Grace before Meals’ – a prayer of blessing and thanks before eating. These words would trip off the tongue, without thought for most of us as young…

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Place of Serenity | 5 Effortless Tips to Tackle Overwhelming Emotions Photo: TemperateSage

5 Effortless Tips to Tackle Overwhelming Emotions

By Yvette | 17/03/2021

A mindful perspective lets you tackle overwhelming emotions more skillfully. It empowers you to untangle your mind and deal more effectively with difficult emotions that sometimes appear with huge force. Our brains have already stored a lifetime of prejudices, judgments, opinions and beliefs. So without mindfulness, our minds regurgitate the same old reactions again and…

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Place of Serenity | A year of Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness

A Year of Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness

By Yvette | 16/03/2021

A year of covid pandemic and mindfulness has shown what a useful approach it is to manage anxiety and overwhelm. Not only that but also nurturing a sense of wellbeing and inspiration to be engaged with a deeper level of spiritual self. Mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing has never been so important and at the…

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Place of Serenity | Freemodels agency Heal your Heart

Your Heart Holds the Scars: How to Heal Your Heart

By Yvette | 12/03/2021

To live from your heart you need to heal your heart You carry the scars and they don’t simply disappear. When you feel hurt or experience any extreme feeling, it is tapping in to the deepest places of your heart. Even if you don’t realise it, when you are hurt, this is affecting your inner…

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Place of Serenity | Covid Pandemic and Mindfulness 4 Keys to Combat Covid Blues

4 Keys to Combat Covid Blues

By Yvette | 20/02/2021

Covid Blues You are not alone in feeling like you want to give up right now. Everything feels tough and you may well be experiencing moments of self-doubt and bleakness. You might call it the Covid Blues, so here are 4 keys to combat them. 1  I AM INCUBATING Firstly, with our limited access to…

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Cells are constantly eavesdropping

Our Cells are Constantly Eavesdropping

By Yvette | 18/10/2020

Continual Daily Anxiety ‘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 or self-destructive thoughts aren’t…

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Place of Serenity | Achieve a Balanced Mind-Space

The Simplest Way to Achieve a Balanced Mind-Space

By Yvette | 02/10/2020

How often do you feel that you have a balanced mind-space? The phrase ‘all or nothing’ might well be applicable. Feeling the extremes of one emotion to the complete opposite. Impossible to experience a balanced mind-space. Do you recognise this? For large portions of the time you have a busy mind full of anxiety. Or…

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Place of Serenity | Self-criticism to self-compassion

Transform Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion

By Yvette | 23/09/2020

Move from Critical Thinking and Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion At the moment our lives continue to be in a state of uncertainty at a global level. In response to this, you may be experiencing an increased level of self-criticism and critical thinking generally. In my Mindfulness Courses, I only have to mention the term ‘inner critic’…

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Place of Serenity | Meditate for Vibrant Serenity

Meditate for Vibrant Serenity

By Yvette | 24/07/2020

When you sit and meditate you are entering your own inner space. It’s not a passive, stuck space. Nor is it an escape, but a place that contains an active, vibrant serenity. A Vibrant Serenity Firstly meditation can be a space of calm and peace. As you gather in your scattered thoughts you let yourself…

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Place of Serenity | Have You Listened to Yourself Lately

Have you Listened to Yourself Lately?

By Yvette | 06/07/2020

Notice your thoughts. 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 mindful of the kind of thoughts you are having. To feel happier and…

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Place of Serenity | The healing power of acknowledgement

The Healing Power of Acknowledgement

By Yvette | 02/07/2020

Acknowledgement from others during difficult experiences You know when you have experienced something difficult in your life? You may recognise the healing power of acknowledgement which smooths the way forward. It’s the experience of being accepted, being seen. Whatever you’ve done or are going through, you still know that your life counts, that you matter…

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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 | How mindfulness helps

How Mindfulness Helps in this Time of Covid19

By Yvette | 07/04/2020

Perhaps you wonder how mindfulness helps in these unusual times of Covid19. We don’t know what the future holds, but then we never did. This is mindfulness in action; the habits and assumptions we’ve perhaps always made, we now realise were never certainties. Mindfulness invites us to be present and not take things for granted.…

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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 | Being kind to yourself

How Does Being Kind to Yourself Help You?

By Yvette | 23/01/2020

How does being kind to yourself help you? Being kind to yourself can feel at odds with your usual thinking. It perhaps doesn’t come naturally, would you agree? Yet being kind to yourself, also known as self-compassion, is one of the most important qualities we can nurture as human beings. And of course, kindness towards…

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