Place of Serenity | If Only I Could Meditate

If Only I Could Meditate

By Yvette | 20/01/2022

If Only I Could Meditate: Which of these Categories do you Belong to? You’ve dismissed ‘meditation’ as not for you. There are moments when you think,  ‘If only I could meditate.’ You’ve learnt to meditate but you’re still resistant to doing it! For all 3 of these situations, you’re thinking that to meditate means you…

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Place of Serenity | 10 Blog Posts from 2021

10 Blog Posts from 2021

By Yvette | 30/12/2021

Here are 10 blog posts from 2021 for you to dip into. Mindfulness, Appreciation, A Peaceful and Meaningful Life, and Heart Coherence are included in this round-up. 1 How Words Empower You with Their Magic Both spoken and written, your words hold power. That power is revealed through your intentions, attitudes and self-beliefs. As you…

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Place of Serenity | My Favourite Experience of 2021

My Favourite Experience of 2021

By Yvette | 18/12/2021

Do you have a favourite experience of 2021? It has been another challenging year but what has lifted your heart? In a blog post I wrote in April 2021, Listen to the Dawn Chorus, I shared my Dawn Chorus joy and a tiny snippet of a recording I had made. To go outside and experience…

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Place of Serenity | Meditation for Midwinter

Meditation for Midwinter

By Yvette | 16/12/2021

Midwinter Celebration Midwinter, or the Winter Solstice, is a time of celebration for the light within the darkness. The longest day of dark hours, here in the Northern Hemisphere, is on 21 December. And from then on, the days become lighter again! Midwinter is nature’s natural time for replenishment. Beneath the soil, animals and plants…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and meditation

What do you want from Mindfulness and Meditation?

By Yvette | 28/11/2021

If you are considering learning about mindfulness and meditation, perhaps through a course, here are the key reasons for doing so. Learning in this way is practical and enjoyable, and I wouldn’t be without mindfulness and meditation in my life. If you already have a practice, this may also remind you why! The words ‘mindfulness’…

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Place of Serenity | What Does it Mean to Be Present

What Does it Mean to Be Present?

By Yvette | 25/11/2021

We have all heard of the term ‘Be Present’. But What Does it Mean to Be Present? It’s perhaps easier to start with recognising how most of the time you are NOT present. This is because your mind is either influenced by the past or thinking of the future. When this happens, all your thoughts…

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Top 10 Mindfulness and Meditation Gifts

By Yvette | 03/11/2021

The great thing about your capacity for mindfulness and meditation is that you can implement them any time and anywhere. As life skills they keep you calm and relaxed. And they connect you to your inner wisdom and higher self. Since so many of us have been spending more time in our own homes due…

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Place of Serenity | Every word is an Incantation

Every Word is an Incantation

By Yvette | 29/10/2021

An Incantation is described as a Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect. From The Free Dictionary by Farlex Your words, both spoken and thought, are immensely powerful. When there is intention behind them, they are like the charms and spells which we associate with magic. You yourself are the…

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Place of Serenity | I am enough

I Am Enough – 1 Mantra Worth Knowing

By Yvette | 20/10/2021

Every moment, it seems, that as human beings, we give ourselves a hard time. We ask ourselves, ‘Am I enough?’ when we need to shift these words to ‘I am enough’. An Endless List In our work, relationships, appearances, behaviour, choices, the words we speak, the list is endless. All of it is up for…

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Place of Serenity | Little things

Notice Little Things of Beauty

By Yvette | 29/09/2021

Notice Little Things of Beauty Whatever is happening for you right now – perhaps this is a helpful reminder: Take pleasure in little things of beauty and create poetry from each moment ~ Adapted from Almine Save your energy – instead of railing against the world, soften into acceptance. Look around you for the little…

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Place of Serenity | The power of your awareness/ Image: Stefan Keller/Kellepics

The Remarkable Power of your Awareness

By Yvette | 30/07/2021

With the remarkable power of awareness, you can take a step back from your thinking to notice your thoughts and emotions. – Ah yes, I’m thinking that storyline again. – Ah yes, I’m feeling that familiar fear/envy/sadness. Your Awareness is your Consciousness A moment of Presence, a brief stepping out of the voice in your…

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Place of Serenity | Celebrate the Ordinary Moments

Celebrate the Ordinary Moments

By Yvette | 19/07/2021

When you start to celebrate the ordinary moments you discover how they transform and are no longer so ordinary after all. Where are the Ordinary Moments? Afternoon tea as you sit outside in the garden with a friend or sibling. The relaxing seconds that welcome your arrival home from spending an over-heated day in the…

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Place of Serenity | Seashore mind

The Clarity of a Seashore Mind

By Yvette | 14/07/2021

Footsteps in the sand Quickly washed away; The seashore mind. ~ Deng Ming-Dao A New Day The seashore mind is like the purity of the beach every time the sand is washed clear by the waves. You could think of each day starting anew, without attachment to previous worries or judgments. A clean slate. An…

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Place of Serenity | Beginner's Mind Photo by James DeMers

Open up your World with a Beginner’s Mind

By Yvette | 28/04/2021

Beginner’s Mind You may have heard the term: Beginner’s Mind. It is a Buddhist concept and means: A mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn Perhaps this doesn’t seem a useful idea, but put another way, it is to experience each day free of prejudice and…

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Place of Serenity | Listen to the Dawn Chorus

Listen to the Dawn Chorus

By Yvette | 21/04/2021

In the UK we have the chance to listen to the Dawn Chorus between March and July. This amazing free symphony happens every day and many of us sleep through it! I invite you to check out the time of sunrise, it is slightly different each morning. Then set your alarm to wake you in…

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Place of Serenity | Celebrate your Achievements

Celebrate Your Achievements

By Yvette | 05/04/2021

It’s good to stop and celebrate your achievements, however small they are! Every day, we’re each given the gift of life. The celebration and praise of this alone can be a daily practice. I especially love the song of the skylark as it spirals up into the air singing in a way that seems so…

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Place of Serenity | Nothing is Ever Lost

Nothing is Ever Lost

By Yvette | 31/03/2021

Feel into the truth of this, that nothing is ever lost, does it make sense to you? When we do this, we connect with gratitude and blessings. As you sit here now, you can think of all your family members and people you know out there living their lives. Places too, that you’ve visited recently…

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Place of Serenity | Anger and mindfulness

4 Steps to Harness Anger with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 11/03/2021

We’ve All Experienced Anger It surges up in a split second and if we react to it, our actions may cause us to feel guilt, shame or further resentment afterwards. The emotion floods our body and that wave takes no more than 90 seconds to move on. Yet we can be ruminating over it, gathering…

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Place of Serenity | Resistance to Reality

How Your Resistance to Reality Causes Stress

By Yvette | 09/03/2021

How Your Resistance to Reality Causes Stress ‘I don’t want this to be happening!’ This phrase could be referring to any events or experiences in your own life and in the world around you. It is relevant to the last year or so as your life will have been affected by global events. When you…

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Place of Serenity | How to Live a Meaningful Life

How to Live a Meaningful Life

By Yvette | 03/03/2021

  Whatever you are doing right now, you can live a meaningful life. What does it mean to live a meaningful life? Start with your awareness. Your awareness moves everything, it is your power ~ Anita Briggs In each moment when you are present, you’re the observer of your thoughts, actions and feelings. As humans…

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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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