10 Tranquil Tips for a Mindful Christmas

10 Tranquil Tips for a Mindful Christmas

By Yvette | 04/12/2015

10 Tranquil Tips It’s the time of year for traditions, memories and over-indulging. But don’t let it get stressful. Try these 10 tranquil tips for a Mindful Christmas! 1. Sit and Enjoy Despite all the planning and shopping that may need to be done, give yourself time to sit and enjoy the festive season. Sit…

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You are powerful in this present moment

You are powerful in this present moment!

By Yvette | 02/10/2015

However busy your day is, you can still access short moments of calm that allow you to cut through the chaotic momentum of your day. A powerful pause allows you to experience calm. And this empowers you when you are feeling out of control with your own thoughts or surrounding events. It’s easy to take…

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Let go of Negative Thoughts with Mindful Meditation

Let Go of Negative Thoughts with Mindful Meditation

By Yvette | 28/08/2015

‘At the most basic level, meditation is simply about thinking thoughts, then letting go of them,’ says Suze Yalof Schwartz, founder of Unplug Meditation. ‘It’s about learning to distinguish between thoughts that serve us and thoughts that don’t.’   How can you let go of negative thoughts with mindful meditation? Very often it seems to…

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Calm day

Your Timetable for a Calm Day

By Yvette | 07/08/2015

It’s great to experience a calm day. Yet for many of us, we are constantly busy with little or no time to stop and relax. In fact, it’s been found that we experience an adrenaline rush into our blood streams every time we respond to an email or press the key to a website. The…

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anger and mindfulness

Anger and Mindfulness: the Shift to Peace

By Yvette | 17/07/2015

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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Get started with Mindfulness

Get Started with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 26/06/2015

Get started with Mindfulness Mindfulness is all around us now! It’s frequently in the news and businesses, GPs, hospitals and schools are implementing it. World-renowned leader, the Dalai Lama, shared his thoughts with music lovers at Glastonbury in the summer of 2015. Get started with Mindfulness because it’s here to stay! Why are more and…

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less forgetful

How can I be less forgetful and more focussed?

By Yvette | 29/05/2015

Ok, so you’re a working mum, dad or other human being! Despite all your many qualities and skills, forgetfulness intrudes into the equation more frequently than you care to admit! How can you be less forgetful? The other week I was chatting with a young business-woman who runs her own business (es) and is raising…

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Let it go

Let it go!

By Yvette | 02/05/2015

Do you sometimes find yourself going over and over in your mind, something that you can’t stop thinking about? You can’t relax at night and you wake up with it still on your mind? Your body feels tense and tired. You’re short-tempered and cranky. You need to learn to let it go! Caught up in…

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feeling under the weather

Mindfulness and Feeling Under the Weather

By Yvette | 25/04/2015

It happens to most of us We have all experienced feeling under the weather at times. We feel a bit down, overwhelmed with life or we’re going through challenging experiences. In order to cope, we may find ourselves resorting to old tried and tested behaviours, without thinking too much about it. One of my most…

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Be Here Right Now

Be here right now

By Yvette | 04/04/2015

‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle was first published in the UK in 2001. But it’s still a brilliant book for illustrating what mindfulness really is and perfect as I re-read it while watching my daughter sleep in her hospital bed overnight! Be here right now The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant, or…

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The Mind-body Connection

How to be a Jedi Knight: the mind-body connection

By Yvette | 07/03/2015

The discipline of a Jedi Knight Through years of disciplined training and meditation, the Jedi Knight honed body and mind into perfect harmony. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, there’s a lot of interest in the Mind-Body connection. What exactly does this mean? As a child, you may remember moments of exuberant joy…

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celebrate your achievements

Celebrate Your Achievements

By Yvette | 20/12/2014

I’ve reached Day 30 of my Business Blog Challenge! So I am happy that I started this challenge and that I’ve finished it. 30 days in a row of blog posts! It’s good to stop and celebrate achievements, however small they are! I often start things with enthusiasm, and soon trail by the wayside, unable…

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The mini resources guide to mindfulness

The Mini Resources Guide to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 12/12/2014

Maybe you are just getting started with Mindfulness or you have recently completed a course. So I have put together a mini resources guide to Mindfulness for you to dip into. You can follow up on some of the best books to get started with and learn more about the subject. It’s like a beginner’s…

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Place of Serenity | In the flow

Be in the Flow

By Yvette | 28/11/2014

What do Tai Chi, Japanese Sword Fighting, Archery and performing a Japanese Tea Ceremony have in common? They are all activities which are encouraged in Japan because they develop a person’s ability to focus. The skill of concentrating and being fully focused is highly valued. You might know it as being ‘in the flow’ or…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and Meditation

Quiet miracles

By Yvette | 10/11/2014

‘Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention’ From ‘For Presence’ by John O’ Donohue Notice the everyday quiet miracles These quiet miracles are what keep me going! When my mind spins down towards negativity, I bring my awareness to the simplest things before me. Yesterday I got out of the house…

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Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself

By Yvette | 23/10/2014

Do you find it difficult to be kind to yourself? Ill-health I often hear women who give themselves a hard time. They are experiencing ill-health yet express guilt and frustration at their slow recovery. They are used to being loving mothers who wouldn’t dream of telling their child to hurry up and recover from chicken…

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stay with things the way they are

Can you stay with things the way they are?

By Yvette | 13/10/2014

‘Meditation develops our stamina to stay with things the way they are.’ I don’t know where I found this quote, but it’s a great reminder to accept the present moment! You can be mindful when you spend a few moments sitting with your breath, walking quietly along the street or noticing your thoughts as you…

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The Breath

By Yvette | 26/08/2014

Stay peaceful with the breath You have the most powerful tool to hand. It’s the breath. Become aware of it whenever you need a moment to become calm. You can access your breath anytime. Even amid the chaos choose to focus on the present moment with awareness of your breath. Focus on the breath to…

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Mindfulness and health issues

Mindfulness and Health Issues

By Yvette | 13/08/2014

I am delighted to welcome Judy Bartholomew as my guest blogger. In this piece, she talks about how Mindfulness and Health Issues are linked: Each year, the week running up to my birthday is an opportunity for reflection and anticipation; a ‘lessons learned’ look back over the past year and a looking forward as I…

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How to be idle and blessed

How to be idle and blessed

By Yvette | 25/06/2014

‘… I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at…

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Great expectations

Great expectations

By Yvette | 02/12/2013

All of us have a tendency to great expectations. ‘The Snowman’ and great expectations I love Raymond Briggs’ animated film, ‘The Snowman’. It encapsulates the joy and happiness we long to experience and hold on to. The boy spends a magical evening with the snowman. Next morning he rushes outside with great expectations. He believes…

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