Guided Meditation

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For those who struggle with meditation this will help you get started. Meditation is the act of observing your own thoughts and not being critical about what you’re thinking. The best way to describe meditation is to pretend your thoughts are clouds in the sky and you are laying in a field watching the clouds go by. You aren’t there to follow the clouds you are just there to observe them as they past.

You are not there to follow one constant thought you are only there to observe. The good thing about guided meditation is that it talks your through the whole entire process. It helps you focus on the present and calm your mind with a bit more help. A guided mediation talks you through everything which helps you focus on the present more and not let your mind focus so intensely on one thought.

To find good guided meditations just check them out on youtube and see what one works best for you. I also recommend downloading an app that will help as well. Once or twice a day anywhere from 5- 20 minutes is enough for you to relax and let your mind settle down. Some of my favourite guided meditation apps are Sleep Easily, Smiling Mind, Take a Break and Headspace.

Try guided meditations and see how you go!

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Carly Jensen xo

Enthusiasm is Key

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One of the best traits you can have is enthusiasm. It changes your world from dull and boring into a place that dances with excitement. Some people think you either are enthusiastic or your not, however, I believe enthusiasm can be created on your own terms. People have always said to me that I get excited about things very easily. I sometimes get confused after people say that because inside I genuinely think most things that I have to do are great. Now don’t get me wrong, cleaning dishes daily isn’t the greatest nor is having to go for a daily run but I believe with most things if you think about the outcome, enthusiam starts to grow.

Why be enthusiastic?

Some of the happiest and most successful people are the ones who are excited to live. They wake up with a zest for life and bring that into everything they do. When you have enthusiasm in your life it brightens you up and gives you hope that you too can get excited again. Some of you might be reading this right now and are thinking that you have to be all daisies and sunshine. The more I thought about it I realised that enthusiasm is a choice. The ones who aren’t enthusiastic are choosing to see their life and situations as negatives. With that all being said, here are my 3 easy tips on becoming more enthusiastic:

1) Think about the outcome – Obviously you get excited about things you like, but what about getting excited about even mediocre things?  For instance, by having to clean the dishes and tidy up your house rather than thinking about the not so fun task at hand, how about think about the outcome. After you get through the short term pain, your house will be cleaned and you will feel better. Same goes for when you have to hit the gym, rather than making it a big hassle, think about how good you are being to your body that will help you in the long run.

2) Think about how fortunate you are – For those who know me, I almost fall off my chair in excitement when someone mentions food. Whether their is a pizza box in front of me or someone is talking about a new restaurant I go mental. Now I know everyone doesn’t get as excited about little things like that but instead of just rubbing the small things off, express gratitude. While you shrug your shoulder to that same pizza you get weekly, think about how many people in this world would kill for just a bite. The more you start feeling enthused towards minor things the more you will understand how lucky you are to be able to have them.

3) Accept it, make the most of it – No matter what you are doing, good or bad, accept it and make the most of it. If you are stuck at a function you can’t get out of, you have two choices. A) Be angry and sulk all night B) Enjoy yourself and have fun. Fake it till you make is one of my favourite quotes and it is so true. Wherever you are, be completely there and make the most of it, enthusiasm will come naturally later.

Carly Jensen xo

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Freedom

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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
personal liberty

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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Get Excited!

Get Excited!

If you didn’t know it by now, you must be prepared because the best is yet to come. Fasten your seat belt and get ready for the ride of a lifetime. Your life, yes I mean you is going to get better. No not just better, it is going to get great. You haven’t even lived the best days of your life yet so just know that it is going to get even more exciting. Let go of all fears, open your heart up to new experiences and new times and be ready for all the possibilities this world has to offer. Smile, wherever you are right now, smile. Each day that passes is going to be wonderful if you believe it will be. With an open mind and spirit get ready for the opportunities that are coming your way and know that without a doubt, the best is yet to come.

Namaste – Carly Jensen

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Learn To Dance In The Rain

Learn To Dance In The Rain

Life is about the imperfections, it’s about the messy days and dealing with tough situations. It’s not always about being happy, it’s about overcoming obstacles. Some of the most beautiful people are the ones who have seen disappointment and faced struggle and never gave up. Our whole lives we are constantly dancing between the lines of positive and negative situations. It is inevitable that we will come across both. It isn’t hard to deal with happiness and good things; it’s how you bounce back once you have been knocked down. One of my favorite quotes is by Mike Tyson and it goes “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” That quote could not be truer. Be ready for anything and make sure to always deal with things as they come. The people with the most success in life weren’t always dealt the best cards; they just knew how to play the game.

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Don’t Forget To Be Kind To Yourself

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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

Be a Visionary in 2014

Be a Visionary in 2014

Do you ever wonder why you cannot stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? They tell us our whole lives that we must “make goals” for ourselves and see these goals through. Realistically, any human would find it hard to accomplish a list of 20 things that are different than what we have been doing an entire year before. In order to create change and see it through, we must envision ourselves in these new situations. What does your dream life taste like? What does your dream life smell like? What do you look like? How are the people around you affected? These are all things that are so important because you have to have a strong vision in order for yourself to ever become that “new person.” I am declaring that 2014 we all become “visionaries.” We are not going to set goals and not achieve them. We are taking it a step further by actually becoming that person. We will envision ourselves living to the highest of our potential. I wish you all luck, health and happiness in 2014 and that you have a strong vivid vision for the future.

Namaste – Carly Jensen

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Live It!

Live It!

The time is now. Stop what you are doing and look around you. This is your only life. This is not a game, you are the age you are and you are only going to get older. There is only now. What is it that you have always wanted to do? Where do you see yourself? It’s not too late to make a difference. Book that plane ticket and travel the world. Join that volunteer program you have always wanted to. Apply for that dream job, start doing the things you want to. I look around and see people doing the same things, day in and day out, and are missing out on all the dreams they had for themselves. Why not conquer those goals? You only have now since tomorrow isn’t promised, so live for today. Why live a mundane life when you can live an extraordinary life? As 2013 comes to a close and 2014 is the start of a new chapter, make a list of the things you want to get accomplished in the next year. It is not too late to change the world and it is never too late to show your loved ones how much you care.

Namaste – Carly Jensen

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Why Simplicity is the Key to Happiness

Why Simplicity is the Key to Happiness

Some people find peace within the chaos of life while some people find their happiness once it is calm and relaxed. For me I find both aspects of life important but to become calm for myself I must practice relaxation regularly. For people who suffer from anxiety and even those who just need to slow the pace of their life down take these tips and you will be on the right track to simplicity. Have you ever had too many options in front of you and not known what one to choose? This is because the mind actually doesn’t like to have too many options. It causes more stress and anxiety to have to figure out which option you would regret the least. If your choices were less it would make it simpler, which is why I believe that we must simplify our lives as much as possible. Less is more; you don’t need hundreds of materialistic items to bring you happiness. You can actually practice your own happiness. It comes from within, so simplify your life, find your calm and conquer each day. Here are a few things I do that bring me happiness and they are all quite simple:

1) Drink Tea
2) Yoga
3) Going For Walks
4) Read
5) Meditate
6) Bubble Baths
7) Massages

Namaste – Carly Jensen

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Carly’s Choice – Weekly Top 5 in Music

1) The 1975 – Chocolate
Chill, laid back and perfect for a summer’s day on the beach, The 1975 bring us a tasteful indie rock jam that I guarantee you will love.

2) Deadmau5 – Suckfest9001
What can I say, the Mau5 is good at what he does. Making music comes natural for this guy and Suckfest9001 is a grungy electronic tune that will get your head moving.

3) The Head and The Heart – Shake
This band continues to impress me. Ever since I head their first single “Lost In My Mind” I was completely in love with their music.

4) RAC Feat. Kele & MDNR – Let Go
Indie Electronic Music is popping up everywhere lately and it is only going to get bigger. Such a perfect mix of indie rock and dance music!

5) Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws
Peaceful, moving and full of beauty, Dirty Paws is one of the best tracks of 2013.

Namaste – Carly Jensen