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Place of Serenity | Let go of the old

Nature’s Reminder: Let go of the Old and Nurture the New

By Yvette | 13/09/2019

Outside my window I can see the beech leaves as they reveal their innate colours of red and yellow. They will hang on a bit longer, looking beautiful in the sunlight, then let go without fuss. It’s a timely reminder for us to declutter as we hurtle three quarters of the way through the year.…

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Sitting still

Sitting Still – how hard can it be?

By Yvette | 10/06/2019

In the beginning You’re starting to meditate. So you’re sitting still and you begin. How hard can it be? Extremely hard! But everyone knows how to sit still and do nothing, right? Yet this doesn’t naturally happen in life often! You intend to meditate, but find yourself doing ‘just this’ or occupied with ‘just that’.…

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Place of Serenity | manage your emotions

How to Manage your Emotions

By Yvette | 07/06/2019

Guess what? You and I are very alike. In fact, we share something in common with every single human on the planet. We all experience emotions. And how do you live with, and manage your emotions? Sure, happiness, joy and excitement are all great. But how do we deal with everyday emotions that are more…

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The wise information of your body

Start something new!

By Yvette | 10/04/2019

It’s never too late to start something new! You have the chance to start something new – big or small. So be curious. The little voices in your head may pipe up with fears and excuses. You’ll not be able to rise to the challenge You’re ‘not good enough’ There’s not time! It just won’t…

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Place of Serenity | we are what we think

We are what we think

By Yvette | 05/04/2019

  We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, With our thoughts we make the world … Buddha   Be in charge: with our thoughts we make our world You may be finding it especially difficult right now to feel that you’re in charge of your thoughts. Aside from your…

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Place of Serenity | creator of your life

You are the masterful creator of your life

By Yvette | 28/03/2019

Every single one of us is creative. I don’t simply mean to be artistic or musical – I mean that you are the masterful creator of your life. It is utterly unique to you! However, it may not feel as though we are in charge of our lives! As humans, we tend to automatically think…

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Place of Serenity | Everyone is your teacher

Everyone is your Teacher!

By Yvette | 28/02/2019

You know the people who press your buttons? They stir strong emotions within you. Everyone is your teacher and there are always learning opportunities! Be curious about your response Sometimes our closest family members or work colleagues drive us mad. But what if you were to be curious about your own response? Focus on you…

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Place of Serenity | Feeling overwhelmed

Help! I am Feeling Overwhelmed

By Yvette | 23/11/2018

How to unhook from feeling overwhelmed Maybe right now you are overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, loneliness, difficult thoughts or low mood? Whatever it is, you feel as though an avalanche is happening. You have a sense of drowning. Engulfed in the overwhelming experience. So what do you do? Turn to your heart ‘…Do not strengthen…

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Place of Serenity | negative thinking

Your constant companion – negative thinking

By Yvette | 20/11/2018

Do you wake up every day to negative thinking? Your Constant Companion As soon as you surface from sleep, you hit the road running and bring with you that day’s emotion. It could be contented joy, excitement or steely determination. Or it might be a gnawing anxiety, the bleakness of being lonely or a general…

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Place of Serenity | Feelings of separation

Connection is what 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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Place of Serenity | Resilient

4 Phrases to stay Calm and Resilient

By Yvette | 25/05/2018

Place of Serenity’s mission is to help you stay calm and resilient in your life! Here I share 4 powerful phrases to help you stay calm and resilient as often as you need. When you fall During Mo Farah’s fall in the 10,000 metre race in Rio 2016 he had the mental strength to continue.…

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Place of Serenity | Stress awareness

April is Stress Awareness Month

By Yvette | 05/04/2018

April is stress awareness month It’s good to highlight an issue that so many of us experience to varying degrees. Small amounts of stress are part of life, yet it can so easily become overwhelming. I’ve pulled together some links with information and podcasts that may provide you with ideas and reminders. Stress awareness month…

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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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Negative Thoughts

Negative Thoughts and the Sabre-toothed Tiger

By Yvette | 10/09/2017

If you were to count up the number of negative thoughts you had in a day, how many would there be? My guess is plenty pop up unbidden! Negative Thoughts The human brain has a negativity bias and we are alive today because of this! Our ancestors were on the alert for danger every second…

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Rage against reality

My rage against reality causes stress

By Yvette | 31/03/2017

My rage against reality causes stress ‘I don’t want this to be happening!’ Well, I could be referring to political events here in Britain or around the world. It certainly would be true! My rage against reality causes stress. Do you recognise how this happens for you in your daily life? ‘I wish my child…

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earworm

Repetition and the Mindful Earworm

By Yvette | 03/03/2017

I’ve had an earworm stuck in my mind for several days now.   It’s unwanted An earworm is an unwanted tune that’s in your head, on repeat! Mine is ‘Let it go!’ which comes from a Disney film I never saw. But it’s currently being used on a TV ad. Earworms are a bit like…

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bubble

Are you Living in a Bubble?

By Yvette | 27/01/2017

We create the bubble We all are living in a bubble. Each of our bubbles are a mixture of the things we choose to watch and interact with on our computers and TV. All the activities we do. The people we spend time with. The books and newspapers we choose to read. And the thoughts…

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Hate and blame

Hate and Blame

By Yvette | 08/07/2016

What can we do with hate and blame? I was in Amsterdam not long ago and re-visited Anne Frank’s house. It’s a place that provides a powerful memory of Anne’s life so cruelly ended with the atrocities that took place. Also while there, I read ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, a slim poignant read. It details…

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Kindness

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Kindness

By Yvette | 29/06/2016

If you’re feeling disillusioned at the state humans seem to be getting themselves into, how can you stay open-hearted? With the power of kindness! Kindness can truly be powerful and memorable. Oskar Schindler ran a factory during the Second World War.  He employed Jewish men and women, thus saving them from death. Thomas Keneally’s book…

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Stay calm and centred

Stay Calm and Centred

By Yvette | 24/06/2016

How can mindfulness help you to stay calm and centred when it feels like chaos all around you? Our body’s naturally in-built defense system means that we’re hard-wired to react with fear. It’s the default setting of our ancestors based on wanting to survive. It is readily triggered in every one of us in our…

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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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