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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 | 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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The Mindful Mouse

By Yvette | 18/04/2019

This is my story of the mindful mouse! It starts with me looking out of my bedroom window with my binoculars. Straight onto a bank of tall beech trees with gnarled roots and magical hidey holes. I am spotting the birds and still hoping I might see where a nest may be.    The nuthatch scurries…

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Mindful Time Out

Mindful Time Out

By Yvette | 11/04/2019

Step off the Treadmill for Mindful Time Out We all need to step off the treadmill and take mindful time out. We need stillness in order to get perspective and let go of all the stuff in our heads that’s surplus to requirements. Physically we need rest Mentally we need rest Emotionally we need rest…

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Place of Serenity | Live from your heart

What does it mean to live from your heart?

By Yvette | 22/03/2019

How can you live from your heart instead of inside your mind with linear thinking, logical thoughts, problem-solving and story-telling? Follow your breath and notice your posture and find yourself moving towards your heart-space. You might like to place a hand gently on your heart centre which is in the centre of your chest up…

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Keep Calm

Keep Calm Throughout your Day!

By Yvette | 11/03/2019

All kinds of tension builds up in our bodies as we grapple with stress. Here we share easy tips to help you keep calm throughout your day, smoothly and stress-free. Dog-sledding A recent student described how she brought her newly acquired skill of mindfulness to the wonderful experience of dog sledding in a snowy climate.…

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Place of Serenity | wisdom is within

Trust yourself − wisdom is within

By Yvette | 07/03/2019

Sometimes we forget to listen to the answers that are already sitting quietly within us. Your wisdom is within you. Your wisdom is within We spend a lot of time seeking answers all around us. From the internet and the opinions of other people. When we face challenges, our first thought might be, what have…

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Place of Serenity | value

How to Honour and Value Yourself

By Yvette | 22/02/2019

Today we live in a society that places value on financial wealth. But I don’t want to focus on that, let’s look instead at how every single one of us has value, and how it’s not related to finances of any kind. ‘Namaste’ In India, the Hindu greeting of ‘Namaste’ acknowledges that there is something…

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Place of Serenity | love letter

A Love Letter

By Yvette | 14/02/2019

Here is my love letter for Valentine’s Day. What would you write in a love letter to someone, or something, that inspires you? Mine is a simple love letter to Mother Earth: I want to express my love and deepest gratitude for you, Mother Earth. My heart is filled with joy and wonder at your…

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10 Tranquil Tips

10 Tranquil Tips

By Yvette | 12/02/2019

How can you stay tranquil and calm as you go about your day? The key is awareness – to notice yourself in the here and now. And implement some of these 10 tranquil tips: 1. Sunbeams! Sit in some sunbeams as they flood through a window. Or if there’s no sunshine stop and listen to…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and meditation

What do you want from Mindfulness and Meditation?

By Yvette | 31/01/2019

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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Find calm

Find Calm in a Queue

By Yvette | 29/01/2019

Are you stuck in a queue? How can you find calm in the situation? Today we seem to be even more intolerant of delays in our everyday lives. You might be at the supermarket or any shop, the bank or the bus stop. Use these enforced pauses to be more mindful and get into a…

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Place of Serenity | New Year more mindful

It’s a New Year – become more mindful

By Yvette | 01/01/2019

New Year is a great time to set your intention to become more mindful ‘Mindfulness’ is an umbrella term for a way of life. The New Year is your time to embrace mindfulness – one tiny step at a time. It’s a New Year – become more mindful! Eckhart Tolle says about Mindfulness: “As far…

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Place of Serenity | Nature blessings

Counting my Nature Blessings

By Yvette | 07/12/2018

The thing about taking photos on your phone is that you can have a ready-made record of your nature blessings. Places and moments in time from the year that’s just been. You can do this alongside keeping a ‘Joy Jar’. Jot down moments of joy and thanks on scraps of paper. Add them to your…

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Place of Serenity | Top 10 mindfulness gifts

Top 10 Mindfulness Gifts

By Yvette | 03/12/2018

The great thing about mindfulness and meditation is that you can implement it any time and anywhere. It keeps you calm and relaxed. And connects you to your inner wisdom. We all make the choice whether to be present. However, the other kind of presents are also very welcome! To keep you inspired (for Christmas…

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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 | stress busting tips

5 Simple Stress-busting Tips

By Yvette | 16/11/2018

  You might be busy with numerous tasks at work. Experiencing worrying family news that is out of your control. Spending a lot of time feeling despondent, anxious or regretful. Everyone’s lives are uniquely different, but here are 5 simple stress-busting tips you can adapt to suit your kind of day. Remember that you have…

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what to do when your world caves in

What to Do When your World Caves in

By Yvette | 11/11/2018

What is the first thing you do when your world caves in – through bad news or a shocking experience? Christiane Wolf suggests that rather than having to face it – knowing you can’t force acceptance straight away, the best response is to ask yourself, ‘What is the kindest thing for me right now?’ When…

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There is power in stillness

By Yvette | 20/06/2018

Stillness is at the heart of meditation When I started my business I named it ‘Place of Serenity’ because my surroundings were peaceful. I enjoyed the South Downs with their gentle green slopes and trees. And I liked the double meaning that we can all carry our own place of serenity and stillness within us.…

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Magic things

Magic things you discover through mindfulness

By Yvette | 06/06/2018

‘The universe if full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to become sharper.’ Eden Phillpotts Magic things We take for granted so many things. We don’t always stop to appreciate them. Magic things you discover through mindfulness. In her book, ‘An Altar in the World’, Barbara Brown Taylor reveals the countless ways we…

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Shift from anxiety to self-compassion

Shift from Anxiety to Self-compassion

By Yvette | 22/05/2018

We tend to be hard task-masters, tough on ourselves. We sometimes view gentleness, compassion and kindness as weaknesses. Does this sound familiar? Our media and the world around us is aggressive and harsh, cruel and judgmental. This further supports the idea that kindness and self-compassion are soft options. Yet a shift from anxiety to self-compassion…

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