Place of Serenity | Mindfulness Practice

Introduction to a Mindfulness Practice

By Yvette | 22/01/2016

Introduction to a Mindfulness Practice 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 it feels more like…

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Listening In

Listening In

By Yvette | 08/01/2016

Does life sometimes feel tough? When you go through these moments of self-doubt or bleakness, give yourself the gift of listening in. Sit, wrap a blanket round your shoulders and ‘cradle your heart.’ Light a candle. And allow yourself to be vulnerable. Ask yourself, ‘Dearest heart and mind, I’m not afraid to hear your secrets.…

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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, highlighting the power of quiet. 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…

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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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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

3 Circumstances in Which to 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 make room for the present moment and develop resilience in challenging situations! It feels quite common to rush through tasks in order to beat the clock or get somewhere…

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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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