Thoughts on autopilot

Are your Thoughts on Autopilot?

By Yvette | 15/09/2020

Your brain likes to conserve energy. Lots of things you do occur on autopilot so that you can function easily and swiftly. But possibly less helpful are your thoughts on autopilot. Me and My Big Mouth! You may find you go through the motions of your life on autopilot. Default settings. Programming. Habits. Yet it’s…

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Place of Surrender | Power of Surrender

The Power of Surrender

By Yvette | 09/09/2020

The Power of Surrender might seem like a paradox as you visualise yourself waving a white flag with drooping shoulders and a label displaying ‘FAILURE’. Yet here’s the thing, resistance is futile By turning around the meaning of surrender to acceptance, it might make more sense. If you’ve lost your job, one of your children…

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Place of Serenity | Powerful

You are Powerful in this Present Moment!

By Yvette | 07/09/2020

However your day is, you can be powerful in each and every moment Access short moments of calm that allow you to cut through the chaotic momentum of your day. A powerful pause allows you to do this. Wherever you are, you can ground yourself and tap into a deeper place of wisdom and calm.…

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Place of Serenity | Claustrophobic

It’s Claustrophobic in Here!

By Yvette | 19/08/2020

How does it feel inside your mind? With constant thinking, worrying, problem-solving and self-criticizing, it can sometimes feel claustrophobic. A bit like being stuck in your head with blinkers surrounding your eyes. A small space that walls you in and fear shuts you down. You go round and round in circles with the same old…

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Easy meditation

Easy Introduction to Meditation

By Yvette | 16/07/2020

6 easy steps to help you with meditation Intention: decide that meditation is something you want to do. Schedule your practice each day. Choose a 10 minute slot at a time that suits you the best. Choose a comfortable place to sit undisturbed. Notice your body, mood and thoughts. Continue with your stillness and soften…

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Place of Serenity | Benefits of Nasal Breathing

Benefits of Nasal Breathing

By Yvette | 10/07/2020

Your Breath Breathing is intimately connected to every part of your body. Your breath is your life! We take approximately 25,000 breaths a day but many of us are not breathing correctly. We breathe through the mouth or shallow breathe, resulting in other parts of the body having to compensate for this. Breathing correctly with…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Walking for clarity and calm

Mindful Walking for Clarity and Calm

By Yvette | 25/06/2020

Mindful walking has been essential for me in these recent times. Have you also found a greater connection to walking and enjoying nature? Mindful walking in nature, which for me, often means ‘sauntering’, leads to clarity and calm. When it’s Not Mindful Walking Mindful walking is a great way to connect back with your body…

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Place of Serenity | Perspective Image: Nathan Dumlao from Unsplash

A Change of Perspective

By Yvette | 11/06/2020

Two ways to think of ‘perspective’ It seems fitting that the word ‘perspective’ has many perspectives! Here we explore two ways to think of ‘perspective’. The first is when we sometimes get hooked into anxiety and lose our perspective. The second is when we realise that our perspective keeps us more unconscious than we ever…

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Place of Serenity | How are you feeling?

How Are You Feeling? 3 Aspects to Explore

By Yvette | 08/05/2020

This is a useful question to ask yourself. How are you feeling? It’s an invitation to have a conversation with yourself. A chance to go deeper within. There’s sure to be lots there in this unique year of 2020. So How Are You Feeling? Notice if a quick response trips off your tongue or your…

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Place of Serenity | Earth Day

A Deep Bow of Respect to Mother Earth on Earth Day

By Yvette | 22/04/2020

Spring is a celebration of nature! Everything is bursting into life. The perfect time to honour the earth today on Earth Day 2020. A deep bow of respect to Mother Earth on Earth Day and every day of the year. Our precious Earth, our precious health Yet we’re so careless of this precious world. The…

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Place of Serenity | How mindfulness helps

How Mindfulness Helps in this Time of Covid19

By Yvette | 07/04/2020

Perhaps you wonder how mindfulness helps in these unusual times of Covid19. We don’t know what the future holds, but then we never did. This is mindfulness in action; the habits and assumptions we’ve perhaps always made, we now realise were never certainties. Mindfulness invites us to be present and not take things for granted.…

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Place of Serenity | Grow through the difficult stuff

How We Grow Through The Difficult Stuff

By Yvette | 01/04/2020

We’ve All Experienced Difficult Stuff In The Past It’s what makes us humans. At one point in my life I was considering whether to study politics or religion because I thought there was some area of knowledge I felt was missing in my life. Ha! This was immediately followed by the experience of illness which…

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Place of Serenity | Mindful Gilbert White

The Mindful Life of Ecologist Gilbert White (1720-1793)

By Yvette | 12/03/2020

This year, 2020, celebrates 300 years since Gilbert White was born. He is said to be England’s first ecologist. Gilbert White’s ‘Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne’ was his one and only publication yet it has been consistently published in many languages around the world since its first publication in 1789. I bought myself a…

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Place of Serenity | Reluctant Human Being

Are you a Reluctant Human Being?

By Yvette | 05/03/2020

David Whyte, poet and philosopher, says that humans are the only part of creation that can refuse to show up. We are reluctant to be fully here. Reluctant human beings. I absolutely recognize this, do you? We’re often ambivalent about what we’re doing and who we are. We wish time away. We look ahead to…

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Place of Serenity | my true self when I am so busy

Can I Be My True Self When I Am So Busy?

By Yvette | 28/11/2019

Can I Be My True Self When I Am So Busy? Be you… let your confidence rest in your essence, not function ~ Aubrey Marcus Your ‘function’ is when you describe yourself as your work and things that you ‘do’. Remember that your true self is more like this: Your essence is you. Without anything…

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Place of Serenity | empty cardboard boxes

The Magic of Empty Cardboard Boxes

By Yvette | 09/08/2019

What is the Magic of Empty Cardboard Boxes? As I saw a friend’s cat enjoy playing with an empty cardboard box, it reminded me of the hours of fun my children used to have too. Perhaps there’s even a connection with the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching: Thirty spokes meet in the hub. Where…

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Place of Serenity | know about mindfulness and meditation

What Do You Want to Know About Mindfulness and Meditation?

By Yvette | 02/08/2019

One of the most common things people want to know about mindfulness and meditation is what the difference is between them. What is Meditation? They are really interchangeable but here’s how you might make some distinction between mindfulness and meditation. Our daily lives are often full with a busy mixture of thoughts and things we…

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Place of Serenity | knee-jerk reaction

Mindfulness and your Knee-jerk Reaction

By Yvette | 19/07/2019

Your knee-jerk reaction or unthinking habitual responses to everyday life are pretty much set within you, unless you become more mindful and aware. Your knee-jerk reactions (also known as autopilot) can come from a good, inspirational place. Yet they can also come from a place of habit. It’s natural to have a range of daily…

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Mindfulness can be as easy as ABC

By Yvette | 28/06/2019

A – Awareness right now in this moment B – Breathe slowly & deeply C – Choose where to place your attention Mindfulness can be as easy as ABC! Right now, before you start a conversation, on getting home from work, as soon as you wake in the morning… empower yourself with mindfulness! These 3…

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Sitting still

Sitting Still – How Hard Can it Be?

By Yvette | 10/06/2019

In the Beginning Sitting Still Can Be a Challenge 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…

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Place of Serenity | Place of Serenity news and inspiration

May News & Inspiration

By Yvette | 05/05/2019

Hi everyone, News and inspiration from Place of Serenity for May: With attention to detail, the simple can become a celebration, and the moment can change from mundane to extraordinary. In celebrating the moment, we demonstrate acknowledgement that there are no unimportant moments. – Almine I hope you are having many extraordinary moments! I invite…

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