Place of Serenity | Seashore mind

The Clarity of a Seashore Mind

By Yvette | 14/07/2021

Footsteps in the sand Quickly washed away; The seashore mind. ~ Deng Ming-Dao A New Day The seashore mind is like the purity of the beach every time the sand is washed clear by the waves. You could think of each day starting anew, without attachment to previous worries or judgments. A clean slate. An…

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Place of Serenity | Defeat Tension with Progressive Relaxation

Defeat Tension with Progressive Relaxation

By Yvette | 02/04/2021

The technique called Progressive Relaxation is an exercise you can implement  to support your body to relax and defeat tension. Our bodies tense up automatically as a result of our Sympathetic Nervous System. Even as you are sitting reading this now, you may notice groups of muscles in your body that are tense, across the…

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Place of Serenity | Nothing is Ever Lost

Nothing is Ever Lost

By Yvette | 31/03/2021

Feel into the truth of this, that nothing is ever lost, does it make sense to you? When we do this, we connect with gratitude and blessings. As you sit here now, you can think of all your family members and people you know out there living their lives. Places too, that you’ve visited recently…

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Place of Serenity | Anger and mindfulness

4 Steps to Harness Anger with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 11/03/2021

We’ve All Experienced Anger It surges up in a split second and if we react to it, our actions may cause us to feel guilt, shame or further resentment afterwards. The emotion floods our body and that wave takes no more than 90 seconds to move on. Yet we can be ruminating over it, gathering…

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Place of Serenity | Resistance to Reality

How Your Resistance to Reality Causes Stress

By Yvette | 09/03/2021

How Your Resistance to Reality Causes Stress ‘I don’t want this to be happening!’ This phrase could be referring to any events or experiences in your own life and in the world around you. It is relevant to the last year or so as your life will have been affected by global events. When you…

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Place of Serenity | Spring Declutter

Spring Declutter

By Yvette | 28/02/2021

Spring is in the Air: Time to Declutter your Home? Many of us find ourselves weighed down with ‘things’. If you’ve had to work from home in recent times, you might be even more aware of the build-up of clutter surrounding you. I was looking in my kitchen for dried oregano, basil and cumin the…

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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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Reveal the True You

Reveal the True You!

By Yvette | 19/09/2020

What Does it Mean to ‘Reveal the True You’? The Clay Buddha Jack Kornfield reminds us in ‘The Wise Heart’ of a story from Thailand: A clay statue of a Buddha had sat for hundreds of years in a village square. One day a local monk noticed a crack in it and had a closer…

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Place of Surrender | Power of Surrender

The Power of Surrender

By Yvette | 09/09/2020

The Power of Surrender might seem like a paradox as you visualise yourself waving a white flag with drooping shoulders and a label displaying ‘FAILURE’. Yet here’s the thing, resistance is futile By turning around the meaning of surrender to acceptance, it might make more sense. If you’ve lost your job, one of your children…

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Place of Serenity | trust yourself

Trust Yourself

By Yvette | 15/11/2019

What does it mean to trust yourself? I have been quiet recently online and with my usual blog posts. The chaos going on around us in the world is like a turbulent ocean. Rather than be swept around at the mercy of the crashing waves, I dive deep beneath to the calm and I connect…

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Place of Serenity | Let go of the old

Nature’s Reminder: Let go of the Old and Nurture the New

By Yvette | 13/09/2019

Outside my window I can see the beech leaves as they reveal their innate colours of red and yellow. They will hang on a bit longer, looking beautiful in the sunlight, then let go without fuss. It’s a timely reminder for us to declutter as we hurtle three quarters of the way through the year.…

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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 | love and strength

A Meditation for Love and Strength

By Yvette | 26/04/2019

Love From the Heart For this meditation for Love and Strength, I invite you to begin by placing a hand gently upon your heart centre, which is in the middle of your chest towards your throat. With each breath you breathe in, imagine that your whole chest area is expanding. The heart chakra here, 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 | wisdom is within

Trust Yourself − Wisdom is Within

By Yvette | 07/03/2019

Sometimes we forget to listen to the answers that are already sitting quietly within us. Your wisdom is within you. Your Wisdom is Within We spend a lot of time seeking answers all around us. From the internet and the opinions of other people. When we face challenges, our first thought might be, what have…

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Place of Serenity | ruminating thoughts

How to Unhook from Ruminating Thoughts

By Yvette | 08/02/2019

You’ve probably tried before to unhook from ruminating thoughts. You know the ones – the unhelpful thoughts, memories and worries that are insistent and pretty tenacious! They often appear when you’re trying to sleep. Or before you are about to do something big because those thoughts include an inner critic who says you won’t be…

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The myth of the new you

The Myth of the New You

By Yvette | 07/01/2019

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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Place of Serenity | My intention

The Number One Intention to Bring to Your Life

By Yvette | 10/05/2018

An intention is an aim or a plan. It’s a gentle invitation. Simple yet profound. And this is the number one intention I invite you to bring to your life. Whatever you are experiencing: health issues obstacles failure confusion hopelessness loneliness a wobble in confidence or self-belief you’ve lost your way you’re on the receiving…

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awareness

The Simple Skill of Awareness

By Yvette | 30/06/2017

In this moment as you read these words, turn your awareness to your body. Are your shoulders hunched up, your breathing shallow, your neck tense? What else do you notice? Develop your Awareness It’s a fact that throughout the day your body experiences a continual flow of tensions. You only need to develop the simple…

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earworm

Repetition and the Mindful Earworm

By Yvette | 03/03/2017

I’ve had an earworm stuck in my mind for several days now.   It’s unwanted An earworm is an unwanted tune that’s in your head, on repeat! Mine is ‘Let it go!’ which comes from a Disney film I never saw. But it’s currently being used on a TV ad. Earworms are a bit like…

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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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