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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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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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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Kindness

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Kindness

By Yvette | 29/06/2016

If you’re feeling disillusioned at the state humans seem to be getting themselves into, how can you stay open-hearted? With the power of kindness! Kindness can truly be powerful and memorable. Oskar Schindler ran a factory during the Second World War.  He employed Jewish men and women, thus saving them from death. Thomas Keneally’s book…

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Stay calm and centred

Stay Calm and Centred

By Yvette | 24/06/2016

How can mindfulness help you to stay calm and centred when it feels like chaos all around you? Our body’s naturally in-built defense system means that we’re hard-wired to react with fear. It’s the default setting of our ancestors based on wanting to survive. It is readily triggered in every one of us in our…

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meditate

If only I could meditate

By Yvette | 08/06/2016

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 have to ‘do’ something. You…

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Nature Inspires Calm

Nature Inspires Calm!

By Yvette | 27/05/2016

When you’re feeling frazzled by life and need to take a moment to slow down, let nature inspire you to be calm. When you bring your awareness to your breathing, this directs your focus to the present moment. It’s helpful to remind yourself that you are in this living, breathing body, not just a busy…

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Transform your life

How to transform your life with one single thing

By Yvette | 20/05/2016

You have the power right now to transform your life with one single thing. Pretty much everyone experiences stress at one time or another. It’s not all bad – as humans we do enjoy challenges and even a little bit of fear! But it can get too much. Do you recognise any of these? tight…

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Stay calm and focus

Stay calm and focus

By Yvette | 22/04/2016

A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just…

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Something's got to change

Something’s got to change

By Yvette | 25/03/2016

What prompts you to try something new? It might be curiosity. Or following a trend. Perhaps you don’t want to miss out. Maybe you’re desperate to make changes in your life. We are surrounded by the need for change. (Sexism, power inequality, corruption, greed – a need for underlying change in our society.) You may…

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Feeling bad about yourself

3 Ways to Avoid Feeling Bad About Yourself

By Yvette | 04/03/2016

You’re going about your day when you suddenly start feeling bad about yourself. Do you know that experience? Out of the blue you get one of these strong feelings that you aren’t doing very well. Your inner critic starts bad-mouthing you. Here are 3 common situations and how you can become more resilient in their…

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The trouble with mindfulness practice

The Trouble with Mindfulness Practice

By Yvette | 22/01/2016

The trouble with mindfulness practice is that you forget! You get immersed in your busy life. The reasons you want to be more mindful are the same reasons that make it feel you have no time for it! Life feels like you’re on a carousel, where whirling thoughts take you round in circles. Or maybe…

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A seasonal round-up of mindfulness

A Seasonal Round-up of Mindfulness for Christmas

By Yvette | 18/12/2015

I’ve scooped up a few festive blog posts for you to dip into. Here you will find a seasonal round-up of mindfulness for Christmas. Easy tips and reminders to keep it simple. So you can enjoy what you have and share your goodwill out to others. By staying mindful, present and open-hearted, you can bring…

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