Place of Serenity | love letter

A Love Letter

By Yvette | 14/02/2019

Here is my love letter for Valentine’s Day. What would you write in a love letter to someone, or something, that inspires you? Mine is a simple love letter to Mother Earth: I want to express my love and deepest gratitude for you, Mother Earth. My heart is filled with joy and wonder at your…

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Find calm

3 Ideas to Find Calm in a Queue

By Yvette | 29/01/2019

Are you stuck in a queue? How can you find calm in the situation? Today we seem to be even more intolerant of delays in our everyday lives. So here are 3 ideas to help you to find calm in a queue. You might be at the supermarket or any shop, the bank or the…

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what to do when your world caves in

What to Do When your World Caves in

By Yvette | 11/11/2018

What is the first thing you do when your world caves in – through bad news or a shocking experience? Christiane Wolf suggests that rather than having to face it – knowing you can’t force acceptance straight away, the best response is to ask yourself, ‘What is the kindest thing for me right now?’ When…

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Place of Serenity | Feelings of separation

Connection Heals your Feelings of Separation

By Yvette | 09/11/2018

It might appear very simple to remember that connection is what heals your feelings of separation. Yet feelings of separation are very common. We feel separate from other people, from what is going on in the world, from our family and loved ones, and even from ourselves. We’ve bought into the great big fat lie…

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Magic things

Magical Things You Discover Through Mindfulness

By Yvette | 06/06/2018

‘The universe if full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to become sharper.’ Eden Phillpotts Magical Things We take for granted so many things. We don’t always stop to appreciate them. Magical things you discover through mindfulness. In her book, ‘An Altar in the World’, Barbara Brown Taylor reveals the countless ways we…

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Shift from anxiety to self-compassion

5 Steps to Transform from Anxiety to Self-compassion

By Yvette | 22/05/2018

Let’s look at how you can transform from anxiety to self-compassion We tend to be hard task-masters, tough on ourselves. We sometimes view gentleness, compassion and kindness as weaknesses. Does this sound familiar? Our media and the world around us is aggressive and harsh, cruel and judgmental. This further supports the idea that kindness and…

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Place of Serenity | inner self

Access your Inner Self for the Dark Times

By Yvette | 16/04/2018

You have an Inner Self beneath the surface level! You can access this Inner Self in particular during dark times. Through meditation you can spend time with your Inner Self and connect with those often unstoppable thoughts. Quite understandably, not all of us wish to do this! The Dark Times and your Inner Self This…

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Place of Serenity | Tackle your anxiety

4 Tips to Tackle Your Anxiety

By Yvette | 13/04/2018

    Anxiety is one of many emotions we all experience. A certain level is normal but when it becomes crippling or feels as though it is in charge of you, then it’s time to tackle your anxiety. Tip 1 Stand your ground! If you’re quaking in your boots or trembling like a leaf, guide…

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Place of Serenity | Spring

Spring is On its Way

By Yvette | 01/02/2018

The only thing I can be sure of right now, is that spring is on its way Everything else is uncertain. Yet the truth is, we lull ourselves into certainties. Really, every day is an unknown. So take heart in the sound of birdsong; robins, sparrows and crows. Nothing fancy. Just the joyous sound that…

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Place of Serenity

10 Tips for Tranquility over the Festive Season

By Yvette | 01/12/2017

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 We have much to appreciate at this time of year.…

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Place of Serenity | 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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Trust Your Own Decision-Making

By Yvette | 10/10/2017

Do You Trust Your Own Decision-Making? There are always decisions to make. You’re sitting on your own, in your home. You’re relaxed. No-one is around. Who are you when everything else has dropped away? Your name, age, religion, job title and any other labels you have for yourself no longer define you in this moment.…

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The wise information of your body

Listen to the Wise Information of your Body

By Yvette | 07/04/2017

‘All our reactions to people, to situations, to thoughts in our mind – are actually reactions to the kind of sensations that are arising in our body.’ Tara Brach, ‘Radical Acceptance’ It’s easy for us all to forget that our bodies are finely-tuned towards wisdom. You can access the wise information of your body every…

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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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Have yourself a mindful christmas

Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

By Yvette | 16/12/2016

Make it a Mindful Little Christmas Being mindful is neither a chore nor a rigid set of rules. When you experience a mindful little Christmas it can be one of joy and quiet pleasure. Enjoy these simple reminders! Mindful Listening and Presence ‘During the next few weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player…

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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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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

By Yvette | 17/06/2016

What 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 are 4…

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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, remember that nature inspires calm Your breath is with you all the time, so 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…

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You are valuable

You are Valuable

By Yvette | 13/05/2016

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

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Place of Serenity | Value Yourself

A Timely Reminder – Value Yourself

By Yvette | 19/02/2016

The things I value the most are priceless As a mother, do you make time to value yourself? Many of those valuable 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…

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