Effortless calm

Effortless Calm

By Yvette | 22/11/2014

Do you want to make effortless calm and serenity an integral part of your day? The best way to start is by experiencing it when the pressure is not on. Take this coming weekend for example. You and your family may not be working or running your usual workday schedule, but are you booked up…

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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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Place of Serenity | 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! Let’s explore this – the fact that it feels quite common to rush through tasks in order to beat the clock or get somewhere else.…

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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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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.   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 flew up out of the turret,…

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January blues

Beat the 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 The prospect of another full year ahead may feel overwhelming and you could be experiencing the January blues. During these winter months we might spend less time outside in nature.…

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splinter

A Splinter in the Heart

By Yvette | 17/12/2013

A Splinter and an Enchanted Mirror One of my favourite ever stories is ‘The Snow Queen‘ by Hans Christian Anderson. 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…

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