Place of Serenity | My intention

An intention is an aim or a plan. It’s a gentle invitation. Simple yet profound.

And this is the number one intention I invite you to bring to your life.

Whatever you are experiencing:

  • health issues
  • obstacles
  • failure
  • confusion
  • hopelessness
  • loneliness
  • a wobble in confidence or self-belief
  • you’ve lost your way
  • you’re on the receiving end of hate or exclusion

Whatever emotion is overwhelming you:

  • anxiety
  • grief
  • humiliation
  • shame
  • sadness
  • anger
  • fear

Keep this one simple intention in mind:

Place of Serenity | Be Kind to Yourself Course

Be kind to yourself


Fear contracts the heart. Its worries and anxieties stop the flow of love.

Jack Kornfield


And so with any difficult experience or emotion be kind to yourself like this:

  1. Notice where in your body you are feeling tension. The tension will be there. Can you find it?
  2. Soften the tension. On each out-breath, let go. Breathe right to the very end. Pause before you breathe back in. Soften, let go, soften, let go. With each out-breath, let go.
  3. Draw on feelings of tenderness and kindness. You can do this if you think of a child you love, a baby you know, a cherished pet or yourself as a child.
  4. Once you remember these tender kind feelings, let yourself feel them. Allow yourself to sit and bathe in these feelings of kindness, tenderness and compassion.

Love and compassion … are woven into our human spirit and our very cells. The only nourishment they require is our intimate and heartfelt attention.

Jack Kornfield

An Open Heart

With an open and kind heart, the effects ripple out towards others too.

With the intention of kindness in mind, you may wish to join me. I run short 4-week courses and more in-depth 6-week courses.

These are for you if you wish to be kind to yourself and get to know yourself better. To give yourself some time each week to deal with stress and remind yourself of the joy in your life.

Details here: Be Kind to Yourself

6-Week Mindfulness & Meditation Course: Live from your Heart


Further reading:

Jack Kornfield quotes come from his book: ‘The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace’

Be Kind to Yourself blog post from the archives

Mindfulness and Meditation


Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Guide

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