Place of Serenity | Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

By Yvette | 23/06/2020

Lockdown in your Home ‘Home sweet home’: is it your place to relax, have fun and be nourished? Most of us have been spending a lot more time here with recent pandemic experiences. You might have a work or study area where tension has been building up. And then there’s your kitchen with all the…

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Place of Serenity | Stillness and calm

How to create space for stillness and calm alongside Coronavirus

By Yvette | 19/03/2020

I won’t bore you with stating the obvious so let’s move straight into how to let this Coronavirus phenomenon impact you for good; how to create space for stillness and calm. Whatever your circumstances, either working on a frontline somewhere or at home, NOW poses the question of an alternative! Life as we’ve known it,…

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Place of Serenity | My own light

Winter Solstice, the Light and You

By Yvette | 19/12/2019

The Darkness and Light of Winter Winter Solstice (22 December 2019) is the deepest part of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Our ancestors celebrated this darkness before the days began to lengthen again. Now this celebration of Yuletide sits beautifully alongside the light and joy of Christmas. Although it is the darkest time of the…

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Place of Serenity | your inner serenity

An Essential Skill: Your Inner Serenity

By Yvette | 16/08/2019

Mindfulness and meditation are the starting points for you to find your inner serenity This is a deep most powerful place within you. Albert Einstein called it ‘deep time’, a state of ‘only being’. You’re Wearing Disguises As you grew up, you found your way through a life which may have felt hostile and harsh.…

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Place of Serenity | wellbeing in nature

Boost your Wellbeing with Nature

By Yvette | 23/05/2019

You already know that you can boost your wellbeing with nature. The world offers you a treasure trove of landscapes that can inspire you and help you feel more calm, joyous and free. Let’s see how simple this can be. When you are surrounded by nature your body naturally produces endorphins (the feel-good hormones). There…

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Place of Serenity | inner meditation space

Create your Inner Meditation Space

By Yvette | 13/12/2018

When you sit down to meditate imagine that you are entering a different space. A place of serenity, of inner stillness. Imagine you are opening a door to your inner sanctuary. So all the noise and chaos around you fades into the distance gradually. Create your inner meditation space Sit down and anchor yourself with…

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slippers

The Reason you Need a Good Pair of Slippers

By Yvette | 05/12/2018

Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. Eleanor Brownn Winter is the season of retreat Winter Solstice takes place on 21 December in the northern hemisphere. It was originally a celebration of…

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Meditation retreat

What’s it Like on a Meditation Retreat?

By Yvette | 27/02/2018

Do you ever feel like escaping your life for a bit, to a place where there are no emails, twitter or phone calls, just countryside and peace and calm? Such a place exists –  a Meditation Retreat known as the Sharpham Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon. I have stayed there a few times over…

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The healing power of nature

The Healing Power of Nature

By Yvette | 07/01/2018

One of the most supportive things you can do for your wellbeing is to enjoy the healing power of nature. ‘… during difficult times we should endeavour to stay close to one simple thing in nature. When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of…

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The incredible power of relaxation

The Incredible Power of Relaxation

By Yvette | 13/01/2017

It’s not a dirty word – relaxation. Yet it’s easy to forget the incredible power of relaxation. We need to relax when we feel tired and run-down. But we also need to relax in our everyday reactions. The Power of Relaxation Every Day When challenging things happen, our tendency is to react swiftly. This is…

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Mindful Morning of Peace and Calm

Mindful Morning of Peace and Calm

By Yvette | 09/12/2016

This January you are invited to join us for a Mindful Morning.  Gift it to yourself! Set all your worries aside to experience mindfulness, peace and calm. Your Place on Our Mindful Morning of Peace and Calm Your good health is essential for life to run smoothly. Your wellbeing and sense of peace are priceless.…

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6 Tips for a Truly Relaxing Holiday

6 Tips for a Truly Relaxing Holiday

By Yvette | 29/07/2016

Do you find it can sometimes feel just as stressful on holiday as it is to be working? Why is this and how can you have a truly relaxing holiday? Things that worry you don’t just go away! Although you want a truly relaxing holiday, you may still find yourself thinking. About work issues, colleagues…

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Asleep or awake?

Are you Asleep or Awake?

By Yvette | 11/03/2016

Are you living your life asleep or awake? Consciously or unconsciously? With mindfulness or without it? You might find yourself going through the motions of your life. Your journey to and from work, the seasons outside your window, wishing away your hours at work, anticipating the weekend and dismissing weekdays. You may well have learnt…

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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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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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Calm day

What Would a Day of Mindfulness be Like?

By Yvette | 04/09/2015

A day of mindfulness could be any day in your life. The difference to any of your other days is that you would be fully present in everything that you do. So that would be a challenge! It would be like a young child who greets each day as it really is – completely new!…

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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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