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Tranquillity

Finding Tranquillity

By Yvette | 05/08/2016

Life is busy and it’s easy to let stress build up. Yet even within the busiest of towns and cities where you might work you can find tranquillity. Find Tranquillity in Unexpected Places By seeking out nature you can enjoy a tranquil spot which provides space to reflect and recover from stress. I love these…

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Signs of stress

Signs of Stress

By Yvette | 17/06/2016

What, for you, are the most obvious signs of stress? A little stress is healthy but when you’re experiencing it for longer lengths of time, it can become a problem. Some of your most obvious signs of stress might be easy to pinpoint yet signs of stress can reveal themselves in more complex ways. There…

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Nature Inspires Calm

Nature Inspires Calm!

By Yvette | 27/05/2016

When you’re feeling frazzled by life and need to take a moment to slow down, let nature inspire you to be calm. When you bring your awareness to your breathing, this directs your focus to the present moment. It’s helpful to remind yourself that you are in this living, breathing body, not just a busy…

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You are valuable

You are Valuable

By Yvette | 13/05/2016

‘Name a quality or strength that you value about yourself’ Silence. This was a suggestion to each person during our Meditation Session. Everyone found this tricky – they either couldn’t think in that moment of anything, or were reluctant to say! Sit on your own and give yourself time to think about it. You may…

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Value yourself

A Timely Reminder – Value Yourself

By Yvette | 19/02/2016

The things I value the most are priceless. As a mother, some of those moments slip through your fingers as you quietly hold the space for your babies and young children to be themselves. You create the space for your children to learn through existence and to play. To care for them at bath-time, share…

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You are lovable

Know that You are Lovable

By Yvette | 12/02/2016

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 are wondrous and…

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The trouble with mindfulness practice

The Trouble with Mindfulness Practice

By Yvette | 22/01/2016

The trouble with mindfulness practice is that you forget! You get immersed in your busy life. The reasons you want to be more mindful are the same reasons that make it feel you have no time for it! Life feels like you’re on a carousel, where whirling thoughts take you round in circles. Or maybe…

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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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Why Relaxation is Your Superpower

Why Relaxation is Your Superpower

By Yvette | 18/09/2015

How can relaxation be your superpower? Fear is a common emotion that underlies many peoples’ days. So how can relaxation be your superpower in dealing with this? Think about what you do on a daily basis where you: • find yourself confronted with challenges – things that are outside your daily routine • anticipate scary…

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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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Decision-making with clarity

The Secret to Decision-making with Clarity

By Yvette | 02/12/2014

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. It’s easy to get caught up in other peoples’ advice, web-site…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and Meditation

Quiet miracles

By Yvette | 10/11/2014

‘Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention’ From ‘For Presence’ by John O’ Donohue Notice the everyday quiet miracles These quiet miracles are what keep me going! When my mind spins down towards negativity, I bring my awareness to the simplest things before me. Yesterday I got out of the house…

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Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself

By Yvette | 23/10/2014

Do you find it difficult to be kind to yourself? Ill-health I often hear women who give themselves a hard time. They are experiencing ill-health yet express guilt and frustration at their slow recovery. They are used to being loving mothers who wouldn’t dream of telling their child to hurry up and recover from chicken…

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stay with things the way they are

Can you stay with things the way they are?

By Yvette | 13/10/2014

‘Meditation develops our stamina to stay with things the way they are.’ I don’t know where I found this quote, but it’s a great reminder to accept the present moment! You can be mindful when you spend a few moments sitting with your breath, walking quietly along the street or noticing your thoughts as you…

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Mindful listening

I hear you with mindful listening

By Yvette | 29/05/2014

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? We listen frequently throughout our day. Yet the skill of listening has more to it than you might think. When a person is speaking to you, what do you…

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Cells are constantly eavesdropping

Our cells are constantly eavesdropping

By Yvette | 06/02/2014

‘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 Continual daily anxiety or self-destructive thoughts aren’t…

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Is there anybody there?

Is there anybody there?

By Yvette | 28/01/2014

I’ve always loved this atmospheric poem by Walter de la Mere. Yvette   Place of Serenity     The Listeners by Walter de la Mere (1873-1956) ‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller, Knocking on the moonlit door; And his horse in the silence champ’d the grasses Of the forest’s ferny floor: And a bird…

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January blues

January blues

By Yvette | 03/01/2014

January stretches ahead of us and it can feel a little daunting! Do you have the January blues? Keep inspired and beat the January blues During the winter months we might spend less time outside in nature. Yet we can still nurture our sense of belonging and connect with nature in other ways. On dim,…

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splinter

A splinter in the heart

By Yvette | 17/12/2013

One of my favourite ever stories is ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Anderson. An enchanted mirror On listening to a re-telling of this story recently, I had forgotten about how it all started. A wicked goblin put an enchantment on a mirror so that whoever looked into it, saw only bad and nasty things…

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