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Why Serene in the City?

Updated on October 19, 2017

What Psychology has to say about stress...

WebMD states:

"Some stress can be good. It can be a challenge that keeps us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. But too much stress can make us sick. And it can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases, research shows. If you're constantly under stress, you can have physical symptoms, such as headaches, an upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, and problems with sex and sleep. Stress can also lead to emotional problems, depression, panic attacks, or other forms of anxiety and worry."

Psychology Today says: "A wide range of studies have shown that the stress caused by things like: untreated depression, social isolation, long-term unemployment, anxiety attacks... can speed-up the aging process by shortening the length of each DNA strand."

Psych Central reports: "Neff and Karney found that spouses — especially wives more so than husbands — experiencing greater amounts of stress reacted more strongly to the normal daily up-and-downs of relationships. This occurred regardless of their amount of self-esteem or their relationship attachment style. The take-away for couples is simple — each individual needs to learn to deal with stress in positive ways outside of the relationship (through activities to minimize the buildup of stress in the first place, regular exercise, and other stress-relief activities)."

Thai Beach


How I woke up

I was a typical University student overcome with stress. I studied Psychology and Sociology for five years diving into research about life. My sleep cycles were too long, my avoidance remarkable and I was diagnosed with depression. I began taking Paxil and that little pink pill blurred my senses but it got me through. My longing to find myself on a beach was a practiced image in the back of my mind since high school.

After graduating from University, I went overseas to teach English, continuing the only cycle I knew of just hanging in. Finally, after completing my one year term, I had saved enough money to travel to my paradise, the much awaited 'tropical beach'. Thailand welcomed me with open arms and through serendipitous events, I ended up on a powdery, soft beach with enough money to stay for a while.

This period in my life completely changed me. I could finally hear my inner voice after it was drowned out in adolescence. I stopped the medication. My body started to relax deeply and I began to remember the things that were important to me in life. I found myself again.

After I left Thailand I wrote a book called Serene Surroundings, recalling every juicy, rich, delicious morsel of life in Thailand that caused me to reconnect with my self and my purpose. Once I found my inner thread, I held on! Life is more of a viewing gallery for me than a tumultuous roller coaster ride that it is for so many.

So I'm here to help. And since my beach days in Thailand my life has been immeasurably richer, more profound and happy! I learned valuable lessons on that beach that have guided me ever since, and I daily cultivate the meaning and messages in those sacred days. Now I teach them to others at Serene in the City.

Thai Beach


What Humans Really Want

6 Basic Needs - Tony Robbins

1) Comfort/Certainty

2) Variety/Uncertainty

3) Significance

4) Love & Connection

5) Growth

6) Contribution

These are the factors we are all wanting in life. Growth is an important one that people overlook. But your soul and inner voice knows this is what you need. Can you hear it?

All of these factors are more easily obtained when you can hear what you are really wanting, what you really strive for. But if you are stressed and regularly running in chaos, how often do you think these true needs are met?


Knowing Your Self

How often do you do what you want?

See results

Why be Serene?

When you become serene, yes, even in the city (with my help) you can hear your inner voice. When you slow down, you can feel the intuitive nudges in one direction or another.

Sure, you can muddle through as you are, but you are wasting time. And time is the one factor you can not replace.

When you still yourself, by using the practices I show you and immerse you in (creating real change) you can align more closely with your spirit and fulfill more of your life's dreams and ambitions. When you turn off the noise, your music becomes what guides you.

You can recover yourself, and the most satisfying relationship you could have.

When you hear yourself, your life becomes more fulfilling and your dreams show up in your life!

Health Benefits of Being Calm and Serene

Being calm...

  • Reduces your heart rate
  • Lessens cortisol in your blood
  • Reduces signs of aging
  • Lengthens your breath
  • Extends your tolerance
  • Protects your nervous system
  • And could extend your life!

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Just to recap...

  • Stress is a leading factor in illness, signs of aging and decreased quality of relationships
  • Our busy world creates chaos and confusion much of the time
  • You need to do something different to have a fulfilling life
  • Becoming serene is a valuable tool to harness your inner power
  • Helping you become serene in the city is our joyful work!

These things help you feel serene

Vegetarian, vegan food choices
Exercise, such as walks outdoors
Soothing music
Beautiful imagery
Enjoyable companionship
Healthy relationships
Time in nature
Daily activity
Quiet time
Reduce white noise

Join us at Serene in the City

Find us on Facebook at The Horizon Centre.

Email us to inquire about free workshops, courses and programs for individuals, groups and offices at

We look forward to sharing Serene in the City techniques with as many people as possible! Contact us to hear more.

By Cassandra L. Wilson


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