Place of Serenity | Beat the January Blues

Beat the January Blues

By Yvette | 07/01/2022

Keep Inspired and Beat the January Blues January stretches ahead of us and it can feel a little daunting! Perhaps you have the January blues? The prospect of another full year ahead may feel overwhelming and you could be experiencing the January blues. Days can often be overcast and sunshine scarce. During these winter months…

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Place of Serenity | 10 Tips for Tranquility

10 Tips for Tranquility over the Festive Season

By Yvette | 19/12/2021

Christmas is on it’s way once more! It is a very different experience for each of us and can get pretty stressful. Balance your health and wellbeing with these 10 tips for tranquility so that you can fully enjoy the festive season! 1. Gratitude Practice The first of your tips for tranquility is a reminder…

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Place of Serenity | My Favourite Experience of 2021

My Favourite Experience of 2021

By Yvette | 18/12/2021

Do you have a favourite experience of 2021? It has been another challenging year but what has lifted your heart? In a blog post I wrote in April 2021, Listen to the Dawn Chorus, I shared my Dawn Chorus joy and a tiny snippet of a recording I had made. To go outside and experience…

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Place of Serenity | Meditation for Midwinter

Meditation for Midwinter

By Yvette | 16/12/2021

Midwinter Celebration Midwinter, or the Winter Solstice, is a time of celebration for the light within the darkness. The longest day of dark hours, here in the Northern Hemisphere, is on 21 December. And from then on, the days become lighter again! Midwinter is nature’s natural time for replenishment. Beneath the soil, animals and plants…

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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 | What Does it Mean to Be Present

What Does it Mean to Be Present?

By Yvette | 25/11/2021

We have all heard of the term ‘Be Present’. But What Does it Mean to Be Present? It’s perhaps easier to start with recognising how most of the time you are NOT present. This is because your mind is either influenced by the past or thinking of the future. When this happens, all your thoughts…

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Place of Serenity | Every word is an Incantation

Every Word is an Incantation

By Yvette | 29/10/2021

An Incantation is described as a Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect. From The Free Dictionary by Farlex Your words, both spoken and thought, are immensely powerful. When there is intention behind them, they are like the charms and spells which we associate with magic. You yourself are the…

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Place of Serenity | I am enough

I Am Enough – 1 Mantra Worth Knowing

By Yvette | 20/10/2021

Every moment, it seems, that as human beings, we give ourselves a hard time. We ask ourselves, ‘Am I enough?’ when we need to shift these words to ‘I am enough’. An Endless List In our work, relationships, appearances, behaviour, choices, the words we speak, the list is endless. All of it is up for…

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Place of Serenity | The Secret to Decision-Making

The Secret to Decision-Making

By Yvette | 28/07/2021

Is your mind feeling cluttered and full, and you long for clarity to help you with decision-making? Decision-Making Can Get Confusing If you are confused over a choice you must make, remember that you have the resources within you to make a wise decision. You need clarity to make your decision. It’s easy to get…

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I Hear You with Mindful Listening

By Yvette | 20/06/2021

Many of us are blessed with the gift of hearing. Yet it is only through mindful listening that we really hear. What Do We Usually Hear? You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. ~ M. Scott Peck We listen frequently throughout our day. Yet the skill of listening…

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Place of Serenity | Beginner's Mind Photo by James DeMers

Open up your World with a Beginner’s Mind

By Yvette | 28/04/2021

Beginner’s Mind You may have heard the term: Beginner’s Mind. It is a Buddhist concept and means: A mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn Perhaps this doesn’t seem a useful idea, but put another way, it is to experience each day free of prejudice and…

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Place of Serenity | Listen to the Dawn Chorus

Listen to the Dawn Chorus

By Yvette | 21/04/2021

In the UK we have the chance to listen to the Dawn Chorus between March and July. This amazing free symphony happens every day and many of us sleep through it! I invite you to check out the time of sunrise, it is slightly different each morning. Then set your alarm to wake you in…

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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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Place of Serenity | Our Cells are Constantly Eavesdropping

Our Cells are Constantly Eavesdropping

By Yvette | 18/10/2020

Our Cells Are Constantly Eavesdropping Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them … A remembered stress, which is only a wisp of thought, releases the same flood of destructive hormones as the stress itself. ~ Deepak Chopra In Chopra’s book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, he emphasises the importance of…

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Thoughts on autopilot

Are your Thoughts on Autopilot?

By Yvette | 15/09/2020

Your brain likes to conserve energy. Lots of things you do occur on autopilot so that you can function easily and swiftly. But possibly less helpful are your thoughts on autopilot. Me and My Big Mouth! You may find you go through the motions of your life on autopilot. Default settings. Programming. Habits. Yet it’s…

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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 | 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 | How are you feeling?

How Are You Feeling? 3 Aspects to Explore

By Yvette | 08/05/2020

This is a useful question to ask yourself. How are you feeling? It’s an invitation to have a conversation with yourself. A chance to go deeper within. There’s sure to be lots there in this unique year of 2020. So How Are You Feeling? Notice if a quick response trips off your tongue or your…

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