The present moment

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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Place of Serenity | natural highs

8 Tips to Feel Good with Natural Highs

By Yvette | 04/05/2018

Your body’s natural highs help you feel good – healthy, fulfilled and happy What are these natural highs?  We’re all familiar with nutrition and exercise (walking, dancing, running, sex etc.) and how influential they are for our health and wellbeing. Your brain is continually keeping your body in working order and does so with an…

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Thoughts on autopilot

Are your Thoughts on Autopilot?

By Yvette | 15/01/2018

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. Yet it’s not just your day-to-day…

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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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Life on auto-pilot

Life on auto-pilot

By Yvette | 26/12/2017

Every day our brain allows us to perform functions, actions and decisions. It’s almost as if it’s running the show for us and we’re on auto-pilot! Auto-pilot Sometimes it feels as though life is a treadmill. We lose the joy in our lives and get overwhelmed with responsibilities. We might feel like robots as we…

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Mindful Time Out

Mindful Time Out

By Yvette | 24/12/2017

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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Mindfulness in the workplace

The ‘quiet revolution’ of Being Mindful at Work

By Yvette | 17/12/2017

Could Mindfulness be responsible for a ‘quiet revolution’ spreading across our businesses and UK government? I wanted to learn more about how being mindful at work can be a powerful tool. So in September 2014 I attended the International Conference for ‘Mindfulness at Work’ at Cranfield University*. The event provided a platform to hear from…

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Take a break

Take a break!

By Yvette | 07/08/2017

When it’s the holiday season it can be such a relief to take a break! See Things with New Eyes It’s good to travel somewhere new. It replenishes you physically and mentally. When you take a break it can be a trip abroad or a walk round your local park. Whether it’s the holiday season…

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Perfect time for mindfulness

The Perfect Time for Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/04/2017

The lilies are so perfect … But what in this world is perfect? I bend closer and see how this one is clearly lopsided – and that one wears an orange blight – and this one is a glossy cheek half nibbled away – and that one is a slumped purse full of its own…

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The wise information of your body

Access the Wise Information of your Body through Mindfulness

By Yvette | 07/04/2017

‘All our reactions to people, to situations, to thoughts in our mind – are actually reactions to the kind of sensations that are arising in our body.’ Tara Brach, ‘Radical Acceptance’ It’s worth reading Tara Brach’s words carefully! It’s easy for us all to forget that our bodies are finely-tuned towards wisdom. You can access…

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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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The present moment

Why it’s so easy to avoid the present moment

By Yvette | 10/03/2017

What happens when you stop to be still and do nothing? Do nothing but be present with yourself? This is mindful meditation. You step into silence and stillness. Yet how easy it is to avoid the present moment. It’s not long before you feel out of your comfort zone! With no distractions, your mind starts…

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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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Easy meditation

Easy Introduction to Meditation

By Yvette | 24/02/2017

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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Have yourself a mindful christmas

Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

By Yvette | 16/12/2016

Being mindful is neither a chore nor a rigid set of rules. Experience a mindful Christmas of joy and quiet pleasure. Enjoy these simple reminders! ‘During the next few weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player watching a three-year-old learn the moves. Notice when you become stressed, manic, demanding, anxious, or seized by…

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Let this go

It’s Time to Let This Go!

By Yvette | 14/10/2016

Are you carrying round a heavy burden? It might be a secret, a grudge, resentment or regret. Maybe it’s busy-ness or sadness. Whatever your burden, you know it’s time to let this go. It’s time to let this go ‘I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of…

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Advocate for peace

Are you an Advocate for Peace?

By Yvette | 16/09/2016

Do you think of yourself as an advocate for peace? Perhaps not. Although we have the luxury of peace in our country, do you feel as though a feeling of peace eludes you? With busy, hectic lives are we creating our own inner turmoil? Yet by developing greater personal awareness, not only do we have…

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Mindful gardening

Mindful Gardening

By Yvette | 26/08/2016

We’re all gardeners! What is Mindful Gardening? Your mind is like a piece of land planted with many different kinds of seeds: seeds of joy, peace, mindfulness, understanding, and love; seeds of craving, anger…, fear, hate, and forgetfulness. These wholesome and unwholesome seeds are always there, sleeping in the soil of your mind. The quality…

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Living or surviving

Are you Living or Surviving? Mindfulness is the key

By Yvette | 19/08/2016

Are you living or surviving? Much of what we do is on auto-pilot where our minds are elsewhere or caught up in anxiety. Thich Nhat Hhan talks about ‘…hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance …’  We’re never present! In all areas of our lives this can…

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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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