The present moment

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 | 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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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, swimming, yoga, 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…

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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 easy for us all to forget that our bodies are finely-tuned towards wisdom. You can access the wise information of your body every…

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