the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint
exemption from external control, interference, regulation,
the power to determine action without restraint
political or national independence
Freedom. What is it? Who has it? Who wants it? Freedom is happiness, freedom is life, and freedom is everything. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, who you are with, everyone and everything wants to be free. Freedom of your own mind, freedom from society, freedom of choice. It is our whole goal as human beings to be free. Whether you are working hard all year to go on vacation, whether you are waiting till 5 pm so you can go home from work, everything comes back to freedom. The music you listen to that makes you feel liberated is what we hold onto. Every adult wishes they could close their eyes and be dancing in an open field like no one is watching. For all of you that do not believe you want freedom in some way, let me tell you here that you do. Freedom is happiness. Freedom is not being alone; it is having people around you that make you feel free. It could be your loved ones, your friends, your job, it doesn’t matter what it is as long as you feel some type of freedom.
Doing what you want, being who you are, these are all things that give you that sense of freedom. Wherever you are, whoever you are with remember that freedom is yours and always will be. You are never locked away, you always have a say. Speak up, be yourself, you are always allowed to dance. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Freedom is a state of mind just as happiness is.
Namaste – Carly Jensen
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We are told our entire lives to treat others with respect. I can still picture my grade 4 teacher saying “treat others the way you want to be treated.” We go on to believe that as long as we are treating others with dignity and respect then we are doing the right thing. I then realized one of the most important things people forget is that you have to be kind to yourself. If you are not kind to yourself how is the world going to love you back? I hope that everyone starts to treat themselves with love and never forget that you are always deserving of it.
Namaste – Carly Jensen
As I sat dipping my chocolate chip cookies into my milk I realized how perfect that moment was. It is exactly what gives our entire lives purpose and meaning. It is about the little things and the little things count more than you will ever know. Take a minute to think of something small like that, which means so much to you. Imagine if your favorite things were taken away from you, all you would want is another chance to be able to live that again. So in the midst of your chaotic life and big dreams, remember that the chocolate chip cookies in milk mean the most and that you must appreciate it while you still can. For me they symbolize my love for food, the simple things in life and how lucky I am to be able to sit and eat them in the first place. Namaste – Carly Jensen
Now when some people here the word “spirituality,” it makes them want to find the nearest garbage can and throw up in it. “I’m not spiritual, I don’t believe in religion.” These are often quotes you will hear from people that do not believe in a higher power, or those who just simply like to believe in nothing. I have never been a big believer in higher powers, and I was never really a spiritual person, but that all changed the moment I started doing yoga. It teaches you about life and how to become a more peaceful person, then once you start believing in yourself and the possibilities you have, you realize this force, this unforeseen power within you. That is what I like to call “spirituality.” You realize that your thoughts control your destiny and that when you are at peace with yourself the world works with you. There is this really great quote from “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and it goes … “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” I truly believe that all people in some shape or form should listen to themselves, and get connected with their soul. Follow what you believe is right and listen to the spirit inside you that holds your destiny. Whether you practice yoga regularly or attend church every Sunday, find what speaks to you and listen. Namaste – Carly Jensen
Peace, love and kindness, three simple words that mean so much. These words are the basis in which I live my life by. I recently made a commitment to myself that no matter what I do, I will abide by these three words. Life is too short not to treat people with peace, love and kindness. Everyone you meet has a story and is fighting a tough battle so the very least you can do is show some kindness. There is no need to hold anger in your heart; if you devote your life to being a kind person you will reap the benefits. Even during difficult times be light, be soft, and show love. The people around you will learn and grow from your peaceful nature and it will bring joy into their lives. I hope everyone can work on displaying peace, love and kindness to each person they meet. Namaste – Carly Jensen
The most beautiful people are kind no matter what.
The most beautiful people laugh until they can’t breathe.
The most beautiful people make mistakes time and time again.
The most beautiful people are real.
The most beautiful people are broken but continue to fight.
The most beautiful people help others.
The most beautiful people get angry and jealous.
The most beautiful people love deeper.
The most beautiful people don’t give up.
The most beautiful people trust.
The most beautiful people do good no matter what.
The most beautiful people see the light in dark situations.
The most beautiful people are there until the end.
The most beautiful people are crazy for life.
The most beautiful people strive for more.
The most beautiful people are wrong at times.
The most beautiful people smile.
The most beautiful people are themselves.