December Intentions

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December Intentions

I find the month before the new year to be a wonderful time to set our gaze.

The word intention is used a lot in the wellness industry, and to clear up the confusion, here is a brief history lesson: 

"The sages of India observed thousands of years ago that our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires. The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares, you are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” - Deepak Chopra

It starts as a seed within our mind. In order for this seed to manifest and blossom, we must release it, share it, nourish it, and watch it grow; being a witness to our experience and not attaching to what we think the outcome should look like. That's right friend - no control, just trust & complete faith!  Action is still required ;) 

I love this example I found from Deepak Chopra: 

"You have released your intentions into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and they will bloom when the season is right." - Deepak Chopra

Before I begin the process of writing anything down, I meditate or walk in nature. No phone, no Instagram, no one telling you what you need or should follow. 

Sit with yourself and see what pulsings, sensations, or thoughts might arise.  From there listen.

What needs are you seeking to fulfill in your personal life, relationship, business, passion project, or simply just yourself? What fills your soul and supports your highest truth? 

...deep, I know. 

Grab that journal and write your heart out! 

(Mercury is in retrograde so be kind & take things slow.) 

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Intentions for December

  • Move from a place of abundance with projects, creative ideas, and passions. Believe your work has value and share it. Practice Gabrielle Bernstein's abundance meditation.
  • Step away from the phone and into nature. Nature has so many lessons to share and reminds me to stay soft. Watch the clouds dance, birds fly, waves crash. 1 to 2 times a day.
  • Presence. Be here now. Rather than focus on what could be, focus on what is. When worried, try your best to go into meditation. 
  • Step back into dance. Heal your connection with dance and remind yourself of why you started in the first place. Dance is your soul's most honest expression. You are craving release. 
  • Plan e-book, meditations online, and turn thoughts into action. There is no better time then now. Remember: abundance.
  • Re-connect. Self care ritual every Friday or Saturday. Practice more self massage for hands & feet. They are craving some extra love from holding you up on this journey. 
  • Refill the cup. Don't be scared to take a break. Plan a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains or somewhere new for you to re-energize your soul. 
  • Take time to draw, paint, and write. No phone allowed. Just music. 
  • Consistency with blogging schedule 2x a week.
  • Focus on building and supplementing my business for longevity. What will help others in a world that feels choatic and out of sorts?
  • Learn how to drive stickshift so the stress of driving is released and I can heal. Move forward. 
  • Read a book with Jared and dedicate time to talk amongst all the planning, dreaming, and working. Non-negoataible. 
  • Reach out and support other creatives more . Learn more about peoples stories and root for one another.  LIFT ONE ANOTHER UP! 
  • Give. Love. Set boundaries. 

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Book pictured above: Practice You by Elena Brower

Now that I've shared mine, feel free to share yours down below or tag me on Instagram using #setyourgazedecember with your written out intentions, drawings, yoga practice etc...

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Basically, I want you to be the first to know. 


Keep spreading your light.

Keep on keeping on. 


Much gratitude, 

Caroline Jane 

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Things that bring me joy! | September Edition

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Things that bring me joy! | September Edition

Oh, summer. It was an adventure.... 

...but I'm ready to embrace this season of change with arms wide open. If you've been keeping up with me on the Instagrams, you know that Jared and I moved into our first apartment together. It has been a magical season of firsts. Our soul is so grateful for this space and everything it took for us to get to this exact moment in time. So, I thought it would fitting to share with you the things that have brought me immense JOY! The kind of joy that makes you want to dance & sing out loud all day. The pictures below give a glimpse into our neat little humble abode. We're steering towards a very minimal stress-free environment. I've been advocating the idea lately of enjoying the simple pleasures of life and focusing on creating experiences. September has been deemed that month of transition. Holy Guacamole! It was a crazy emotional month. I can't wait to share with you what October has in store and finally getting to share a deeper look into our lives and who we crazy humans are. But for now, get to scrolling on all the beauty we found in September,... can anyone guess the song? 

 

"Do you remember the 21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away3

Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing.
As we danced in the night,
Remember how the stars stole the night away

Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de
ya, never was a cloudy day"


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Black Figs from Trader Joe's are magical little things. I used to despise these galaxy looking alien fruits(? veggies?) but popping them on warm steel cut oats has been the fig on top!


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Mindful mornings with my love or a good book. I tend to wake up with an anxious mind, so filling my mornings with self-care has become a special ritual. 


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These embroidered cut-off jeans make my heart happy. I can't take credit, my girl Jordan reminded me to treat myself. These jeans are a staple in any wardrobe. If you're curious, Anthropologie is the store these traveling pants came from. 


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Ditch the car. Ride a bike. Since I'm currently deciding to remain car-less for the time being, I bought myself a bike that takes me back to long weekend bike rides as a kid. Linus bikes are beautiful and timeless. If you're in the market, give them a peek. This one is the Dutchi 3. 


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Painting watercolor puts my soul at peace. It helps me express myself from a quiet, loving place. This has really help keep my mind calm, especially in the wake of tragic events.


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I've seen this at almost every health food store. I recently finished off the Osea Malibu vitamin boost spray, and realized I loved the product, but it was a little pricey. SO I opted for this spray and it's so addicting. Jared sprays it on his face after a long day of roasting coffee and I love it after a workout to refresh and cool down. 


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Wool balls instead of dryer sheets. I love finding new eco-friendly alternatives in replace of every day products.


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One of the things that have brought me the utmost joy was making the decision to buy linen sheets. We made a commitment to buy them from a lovely independent business in Belarus, which is near Estonia. It was a random turn of events on Etsy finding linens we loved from a random country in Europe, but we bit the bullet and we absolutely adore them. 

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Plants as decoration bring me great happiness. The concept of caring and nurturing something is a beautiful process. Just like in life, the right amount of water, soil, sun, and love can give way to magical things. 


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This little guy's name is Terry the Terrarium.


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Bandanas are everywhere you go these days and these have been such a fun add on to any outfit. I want to start a tradition to collect them on my travels. This one's from Madewell! 


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YogaGlo is great for a convenient at-home practice filled with teachers that I've dreamed of taking from. No matter if you're just starting out or are craving more in the department of yoga, meditation,  and mindfulness, this app has been a joy to use. They have a free trial for first time members if you're curious, and the monthly subscription is only $19.99/month which is the cost of one class in some areas. As a student first, keeping up on my personal practice is very important.


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This candle was picked out by my love at Anthropologie. It was a bit of a splurge but if you're in the need of candles, this brand is the one I love. Plus, I can't wait to reuse the glass jar to reduce & recycle. Maybe make another candle?1


Let me know some of the little things that bring you JOY? 
Be on the lookout for October & November! 

Thanks for stopping by!  

I was hoping to get this out two weeks ago, but life happened and here we are in the middle of October. ;) 

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Say YES

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Say YES


1. YES to self-exploration and investing in your craft

The universe is abundant and when you invest in something that can enhance who you are as a whole, you can experience growth, and growth gives way to abundance and new found joy to share with those around you. 

 

2. YES to traveling for the sake of traveling

Life can feel stagnant, low energy, and non-spontaneous, which leads us to feel as though this is all there is. Work, money, and materialistic items are not the end all - be all. We have one life, so why not make memories that we can reminisce on and share with future generations? We learn a lot about who are and what we want out of life when we travel to a new destination. New perspective. New outlook. Recharge your soul.  

 

3. YES to who you are

Hey, friend! Take a moment to find something good about yourself right now. We always focus on what we are NOT in this moment, but what about celebrating who you are? There is no one out there like you on this humongous planet. That's insane. SO STAND UP. Lift that chin. Open your heart and take the deepest inhale and exhale. Shout "I LOVE MEEEEEEE" from the roof tops. 


4. YES to starting your own business

Play the game or stand on the sidelines.

Which do you choose? The sidelines are comfortable, you get to watch and support your friends and you get to THINK about what you want to do. HOWEVER, there comes a time where it's time to jump off the bleachers and start throwing yourself into the game. Comfort is lovely, money is needed, but what about that burning sensation in your heart that you shove into the depths? She matters too! It doesn't have to be perfect to begin. JUST GET STARTED. GET THE WHEELS TURNING and start manifesting a life worth living - not dreaming of. The universe responds to joy, love, passion, and the undying yearning to share our work. Trust that all is coming, know that in the discomfort, growth is happening. 


 
 

 

"I am learning to say Yes, to be daring and spontaneous, to hurl myself into people and places and moments without hesitation or second-guessing myself -- to challenge my anxieties, to confront my fears, and trust unwaveringly in chance and fate to lead me to where I'm supposed to be."  - Beau Taplin

 

 

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Vegan Skincare: OSEA

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Vegan Skincare: OSEA

My skincare routine has been non-existent. Life happens, and with that, all sense of routine seems to slip through the cracks. The products I had were full of coconut oil and it seems to throw off my skin - and from what I've learned, it doesn't even absorb into our darn skin (coconut has not been a miracle in my routine). So as I began my quest for a fresh skin care routine, I noticed that most vegan skin care I came across (although cruelty-free) seemed to still be packing chemicals or other things I couldn't pronounce. Luckily, I found the gold at the end of the rainbow. After sifting through Instagram, I came across OSEA - a vegan skin care brand that made we want to pack up my life and live out on the beaches of Malibu. I was immediately curious. So, if you're like me, needing some extra TLC and wanting to be in tune with the environment at the same time, this may be a good place to start. I thought I'd share my honest thoughts and take you on my skincare journey. 

Nature Lovers Must Know that OSEA is:

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty free
  • Gluten free
  • Petroleum free
  • No Animal by-products
  • No Parabens 
  • No Sulfates 
  • No Phthalates 
  • No Synthetic Fillers

All of their products are Plant-Derived vegan ingredients. Seaweed is front and center to Osea Malibu which I thoughts was a genius idea. 



I was drawn to Sea Vitamin Boost - not only because of the eye capturing color, but also for it being packed with antioxidants and naturally moisturizing ingredients (madder root and pomegranate extract). They recommend putting it in the fridge to cool so that after a yoga class, you give yourself a magical spritz to lift your spirits. All of the sudden, you feel like a mermaid. 



I'm still new to skincare, and I was happily met with a person online through the website who let me know they have a sample kit that was fairly priced for someone on a budget. So I opted for the normal to dry skin kit. Let me just say - everything smelled amazing, and I've been using the product for around four days. It's a couple days before my lady period, so hormones are raging. The products so far have helped ease my hormonal break outs which are very always so lovely. I've been very happy with Osea so far!

 

P.S.- I'm in no way affiliated with this brand I just happened to love sharing businesses with beautiful humans that are respecting mother nature and as well as our skin. Good things are meant to be shared. If you are interested in learning more about their products check out the link below


So, what I've learned navigating the skin care world is this: I want to be in tune with the world around me. Using products that are respectful of the environment and are transparent with their customers, and this is hard to find. I want to stress on here that I didn't purchase these products out of feeling like I needed to perfect myself or look younger at age 24. I find that I'm in a place in life that I need to respect my body more and nurture this one vessel I have the best I can. May this inspire to give yourself the extra love you deserve, not just in your skin care routine, but in your everyday life, because honestly - who doesn't want to feel like a magical mermaid?

Explore Osea Malibu website here: https://oseamalibu.com

Much gratitude , 

CAROLINE JANE

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Change, Trauma and Uncertainty

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Change, Trauma and Uncertainty

"Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, and taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path... exactly where you are meant to be right now... and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love." - Caroline Adams


For some of you, this may be the first time ever reading my blog. For others, hello again! So grateful to be back writing on the interwebs.

Have you ever caught yourself staring off into the big sky, wondering "how in the world did I get here?" That's been me these last couple of weeks. Raise your hand if you've been there.

The waves of change came barreling down from behind me, out of nowhere. Leaving me feeling washed up, lost, and completely out of my element. With every rise, there is a fall. Sometimes, life likes to serve you a giant wave-like wake up call. With these waves, I believe, comes a new beginning. 

You may or may not relate, but I find that we spend a lot of our life trying to control every outcome possible. It could be anything from health and family to jobs and everyday choices. We think we are the puppeteer to our story, holding the strings to what happens next. Let me serve some truth: I find that it becomes increasingly obvious during a traumatic event or season of change, that we come face to face with the reality that the control we thought we once had over our life was never really there. I thought if I was a safe driver, obeyed all the rules, never got a ticket, and stayed vigilant on the road that nothing bad would ever happen. I found out very fast that this was never true. In the blink of an eye, everything changes. So, what's the answer? Do we truly have control of everything that happens in our life?  My answer from my personal experience - no. Most aspects of our life are out of our jurisdiction. Life ebbs & flows, and maybe life would be less of a struggle if we stopped trying to swim against the crashing waves and surrender to current. This is a hard concept to grasp, and nor is it a once-size-fits-all concept. The true test is what we do in the moments of change, new beginnings, and trauma. WE ANSWER IT. 


Right here, right now, is where you're supposed to be.


What I've Learned: 

WHEN LIFE IS HARD, STAY SOFT

What do I mean by staying soft? Well, be gentle with yourself on all levels. The way you speak to yourself, your movement, your breath. Nurture yourself through this process so that you can approach each day with some form of clarity, and re-energize you soul.


YOUR BREATH WILL LIGHT YOUR WAY BACK HOME

Before every inhale, there is an exhale. Breathing has to be one of the most powerful tools we have as humans. Not only does it help calm our nervous system, relax our body, re-connect the mind, and bring back a sense of balance; it brings you back home to yourself. It creates a sense of security within our being, that may, at times, feel distant. 

 

DEEP BELLY BREATHING

Place one hand on the lower belly. After a few soft rotations, on your next inhale, fill the bowl of the pelvis and lower belly. Notice subtle life and waves of breath moving with you, nourishing your body. Let it float up to the ribs and depths of the chest. On your exhale, softly draw the wave back down your body. Chest, ribs, and belly fall, expanding and grounding down into the Earth. You are home, safe and secure. 

Try and repeat this 10x or more. 


MOVE TO FEEL AGAIN

Movement is expression. It's a way to express or release our story and emotions when we don't have the energy or need to say it aloud. This allows us to come home and experience a deeper connection with ourselves. Yoga can help bring this practice to life. 



PRESENT MOMENT

Shifting our focus to the present moment can be a freeing experience. I find that during times of change, it can feel as though we're worrying about the future or reflecting on the past. All too often, our thoughts consume us. We dwell in the pain and fear and don't see a way out.  So, how do you tune in to the present moment? Personally, my breath is a wonderful way to anchor my monkey mind. I also take walks in nature. Simply take five minutes to close your eyes, sit with yourself, and notice what arises.


SIT WITH YOUR EMOTIONAL SELF

Quite simply, the act of sitting. Resist the urge of holding it all in, pushing it away, ignoring it, and notice how you feel from a kind, non-judgemental place. From there, we can create compassion towards ourselves, giving ourselves permission to feel again. 

Observe, accept, and focus on the now. 


LET GO OF ATTACHMENT

I love these three inquiries from Deepak Chopra. This practice helps us release the hold we have on the world around us. Stepping into the unknown with open arms is a process, but once embraced, it can release a lot of struggle in our life. 

1. Today I will commit myself to detachment. I will allow myself and those around me the freedom to be as they are. I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be. I will not force solutions on problems, thereby creating new problems. I will participate in everything with detached involvement.

2. Today I will factor in uncertainty as an essential ingredient of my experience. In my willingness to accept uncertainty, solutions will spontaneously emerge out of the problem, out of the confusion, disorder, and chaos. The more uncertain things seem to be, the more secure I will feel, because uncertainty is my path to freedom. Through the wisdom of uncertainty, I will find my security.

3. I will step into the field of all possibilities and anticipate the excitement that can occur when I remain open to an infinity of choices. When I step into the field of all possibilities, I will experience all the fun, adventure, magic, and mystery of life.



SELF LOVE

Creating a ritual of self love re-kindles the connection to ourselves. Massaging your own feet, eating food that nourishes your body, creating boundaries, taking a warm bath, using essential oils to calm your spirit, choosing words that uplift your soul. There are so many life-chasing habits. Create your own love ritual and make a vow to yourself - you are worthy of love. 

 

EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY, A NEW OPPORTUNITY

This has to be one of the most powerful things we can say to ourselves each morning. 

"TODAY IS A FRESH START."

Remove the heaviness of yesterday. Today is a blank canvas and you hold the paint brush to what you create. Find gratitude for this moment, the Earth that supports your being, and the breath that moves freely within you and around you. No matter how hard life gets, there is always light and there is always beauty to be found. 


Peace begins with you.

I hope this blog is of service to some.

Feel free to share these words with someone who needs it!

If you feel the need to share your experiences comment down below.

 

Much gratitude, Caroline Jane

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SOFTEN

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SOFTEN


 

Be soft. The rigid mountain of muscle with each nourishing breath gives way to a soft landscape where no tension is kept. 

 

Soften the creases of your forehead that tighten with stress, allow them smooth out, falling away like rain that hits the pavement. 

 

Soften the space around the eyes, allowing a new prespective to arise.

 

Soften your words. Once harsh and reactive, now loving and empathetic. Full of introspection.

 

Soften the space between the eyebrows where your third eye resides, allowing your intutuiton to flow freely like the soft glow of the moon's light. 

 

Soften your dear heart that can feel so stiff and so cold. Visualize a green light uplifting your soul.

 

Soften your solar plexus, it may feel dark and unknown. Imagine a burst of yellow light energizing, vibrating, illuminating & never cold. Ready to RISE. 

 

Soften the voices that tell you you can't.

For they do not own you or understand .

 

Soften the critic that awakes with perfectionism.

The imperctions are perfection that are not to be messed with.

 

Soften your breath that is short & shallow. 

Let it move freely and take you to the present.

 

Soften your steps that you take on this Earth.

Let your footsteps tread lightly on your journey ahead.

 

Lastly, soften your worries that consume your mind,

For right now in this moment is where true happiness resides.

 

Soften your spirit that weighs you so heavily to the ground.

Be a healer, a constant light that shines for those who cant seem to find the ground.

 


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Letter To My 8 Year Old Self

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Letter To My 8 Year Old Self

Sweet, sweet Caroline,

Don't let anyone harden your soft subtle heart. The world can be cold, but you have the power to create light. Don't stop dancing in your room alone - that's how you will heal your future. Despite the influences that will come, despite whatever will tell you that this is not your reality, it is and will always be the place where you first saw that glimmer of your light and knew this is how you would reach out to those who need to feel that spark again. Dance in the grocery store aisles. Do yoga in the middle of a crowd, when you hear the music, and remind people of what it's like to feel again. Listen to the tune of your own heart. That's your mission statement. Go live it out until that heart needs to rest. Remember the forts you created behind your house in the middle of summer; you imagined it and brought it to life. Once a lifeless pile of sticks and some mud, and you created something out of nothing. Take this life lesson with you and know that all you need to create a life for yourself is within you and around you - just waiting to be transformed. Your hands are the creator. Always be a life-learner like you were, stay curious, and always be in pursuit of love. What is done with love will always prevail and stand the test of time. Remember this life you have been given - it is a gift. Treat every being with empathy and this earth like a gem. I know at this age you're starting to hate your body - when this occurs, stop. Take a moment, smile, and know that this vessel is carrying you. It's the way you're showing up in the world. Treat your body like a home painted, fully-furnished, well-lit house with a strong, sturdy foundation. Unshakable.

Lastly, be you.
Know that the urge you wake up with every morning in the depths of your being is where your purpose resides. Listen every so quietly. Close your eyes, find the vast ocean of your breath. Life isn't as complicated as it's made out to be. You can always come home; the light is always on. 


I wrote this letter to inspire others to come back to their inner child - it will always be with you as you age. I found this letter to be a very therapeutic way to work through the overwhelming feeling of trying to find myself during a time of change in my life, through sharing my own stories. I encourage others to write a letter to your 8, 11, 5, 20, or 30 year old self. What would you say to them?

I hope you find the answer to what you are seeking.

Namaste.

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Dry Brushing

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Dry Brushing

Skin is our largest organ. You can imagine it can feel rather run down at times. I found dry brushing after learning about it from Kris Carr (Crazy Sexy Cancer). Out of curiosity, I decided to give it a go! The first time was rough for me because I wasn't used to dry bristles against my skin, (sand paper) but over a period of time, my body adapted. It became a more meditative experience for me & left me energized. I love simple self-care tips that are affordable for all, so you won't be breaking the bank to add this to your daily routine. I purchased my dry brush at Whole Foods, but you can find them at any health food store or online. Just be aware of what the brush is made of, since the bristles will be touching your skin. Look for non-synthetic, natural bristles. Alright lets get to detoxing!


Benefits

Exfoliation - The dry bristles help exfoliate & shed away the dead skin cells that hang around on top of the skin. I have read that it can also help unclog pores, helping those who may suffer from acne. For me, I noticed immediate results after 2x through. My skin felt polished, vibrant, and velvety smooth. I could breathe again! Shed away the old right?!

Lymphatic System:

"The tissues and organs that produce, store, and carry white blood cells that fight infections and other diseases. This system includes the bone marrow, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and lymphatic vessels (a network of thin tubes that carry lymph and white blood cells). Lymphatic vessels branch, like blood vessels, into all the tissues of the body."

Dry brushing has been said to assist the lymphatic system in its crucial job. When you sweep the brush up towards the heart, it promotes lymphatic drainage and naturally detoxes the body. We need all the help we can get in this department, due to the harsh toxins we're exposed to all the time!

Cellulite Reduction?

Now, I have researched this one up, down, and sideways. Some people believe it can help eliminate cellulite, but some say NAH! Regardless. what I've found is that it can help reduce the appearance of cellulite...for a moment, but not for good. Why? When you brush, it causes the tissue to swell, creating more blood flow and reducing the appearance for a moment in time. We'll see what science says later down the road. For now, keep doing your thing & loving your body.

Energized and Flowing

Speaking from my experience, I can definitely say I had a spurt of energy after dry brushing. It creates a tingling sensation in the body due to increased blood flow. So, doing it in the morning before a shower is a great way to start your day.  Add a little dance while you do it! The dry brush can double as a microphone...


How To

  • Buy a good quality brush: http://yerba.com/tampico-skin-brush/
  • Do not wet the brush
  • Do this in a bath tub or shower since you're shedding away dead skin cells
  • Starting at the bottom, you begin at the good ole feet brushing the bottoms of your feet to and making your way up the legs using long smooth strokes, moving towards the heart.
  • Repeat the whole process on your hands, arms, armpits, back, and torso. 
  • Once done, jump in a cold shower for a minute to help invigorate & energize the body even more. Cold showers are great for your health!

 

HEY FRIEND: Avoid sensitive parts of your body and be kind when brushing. Try not to brush too hard or aggravate the skin. Everyones skin is different, so just be aware of what's best for you.  Your skin will be slightly colored, but shouldn't be beet red. If so, cool it down.  


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LESS TALK / MORE ACTION

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LESS TALK / MORE ACTION

Everyday we make around 35,000 conscious decisions. These choices that seem minuscule in the moment, add up over a period of time. Most of the choices we make throughout the day unfortunately have a negative impact on the Earth we stand on. The environment always seems to spark heated descions on Facebook, filled with hate, sides, slander, and not a lot of action. I've noticed that people honestly seem overwhelmed at what's going on around them, or may think that small action leads to nothing. I make the choice each and everyday to say no to this mindset. As much as I like talking about the environment and advocating, I've realized that a lot of us - myself included - are all talk with this urgent situation. It's time we change focus and take action. Real life action. Away from the internet action. Simple, selfless action that creates big change. We look at taking care of environment like a chore; something we have to clean in order to live, but maybe if we start honoring and trying to better serve this beautiful, majestic planet, we'll appreciate it a bit more. Now I'm not telling you go buy a Tesla (unless you got the dough for that) nor do I think you should just start eating organic local kale sludge as your only reliable nutrition source. Together, we can plant the seed of change today. I find power in the 35,000 choices I make every day. Let's make things happen with those choices. Below, I want to share with you some everyday things we can do to make the world a better place. 

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Plastic & brown paper bags are not cool (it's 2017. Ditch em.) This is such a simple task! Friends, skip the plastic/paper bags already, it's a big NO NO.


  • Walk it out - if you're close enough to walk places, try it more often! 
  • Bike - it's emission free, plus your legs will look sexy + your cardiovascular system will thank you.
  • Pub trans - Try taking ye good ole public transportation. I see you rolling your eyes, I get it. When I lived in Cali, I didn't have a car. I took the bus and it wasn't bad at all, and I learned a lot about time management. The bus don't wait for NO ONE.
  • Car pool - Grab a friend and hit the road.
  • Keep cup over paper cup - I know we like taking pictures of our cute starbucks cups and posting them to Instagram for likes, but guess what? The Earth sure as hell doesn't like it. Keep cups are such a cute option - here are my favorites. Duh!
  • Ditch the stirrers - No more stirring you coffee with those little wooden sticks. Guess what? You can use you finger or give it a swirl like a nice glass of wine.

  • Compost it up - all the veggie scraps you throw away can actually help serve a greater purpose. Set aside a bin in your kitchen to throw away onion skin, apple cores, etc.
  • Grow your own - find out what veggies and fruit work best in your area and go to town. It's a nice family project and you gain a greater appreciation for what you have. Plus, you don't need to rely fully on the grocery store. Less gas used to get there too!
  • Go meatless more than once a week - Yes. Vegan would be optimal, but I think it's attainable right now for those that choose to eat to meat to slowly take out meat from one or two meals a day. 
  • Minimalism in the kitchen - the bulk section is a new friend to me, simply save your jars and canvas bags and fill up on all the goods without having to use any resources. Plus, it will allow you to eat cleaner foods and not buy processed snack foods. 
  • Cleaner diet, cleaner planet - processed foods are the culprit for a lot of waste. Plastic on plastic. Next time you go to the grocery store, buy food in its natural state. You'll be amazed how much this will help your mind and body feel. Buy raw foods!
  • No more straws - when we're out or get food to go, we use plastic tops to cover our drinks and straws to sip. Try to skip this part and just opt for the cup or stick with good ole water that's in your reusable bottle in your car so you don't reach for the sugary drinks.
  • Sharing is caring - so many communities have seasonal food shares providing you with farm fresh local food. This reduces your carbon footprint, and you're also supporting your local farmers. 
  • It's not what it seems - look further into where your food comes from. This tip is crucial. The food we so conveniently buy at the store is not always what it appears to be. Look past the wrapper, research and find out more about where they source their food and what their mission is. Invest in companies that are here to better the future of our planet - not destroy it. This means no palm oil.
  • Body products - check your body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and makeup. These products' ingredients can not only be harmful to our health, but the health of the waterways. If you are worried about the oceans, bays, estuaries, and helping the health of our water systems, start investing in products that won't harm the environment. 
  • Go makeup free - and use that money for a cause. Yes. Not only for your health, but for the Earth. Animal testing, the overuse of chemicals, and the plastic that it comes in is just not healthy for anyone. If you've been wanting to donate to a cause close to your heart, use that $50 you would have used on highlighter.
  • Time your showers -  water is precious. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Simple as that.
  • Cold water is the best water - not only for your blood flow, but its takes less energy. Why not?
  • Invest in cloth napkins - napkins on napkins. Buy cloth napkins that you can just throw in the wash. Same with paper towels.
  • Plastic water bottles - just say no. This is such a big issue. Use those reusable bottles that you have sitting on your shelf!
  • Fix leaks - (cars, sinks, showers.) The more efficient the better. If you notice water dripping, call a plumber. If your car is leaking coolant, send it to a mechanic. 
  • Plant a tree - clean the air!
  • Ditch the lawn mower - the bees need the clover! Lawns are a sign of social status, but it's not something worth investing your time into. Plant native flowers, use a rain barrel, and start researching how to repurpose your green lawn. It can still look fancy and be environmentally friendly.
  • Pesticides are icky - enough with the green lawn fascination. Seriously. We spend so much time seeding, using water resources and laying down pesticide, so we don't have any life near our homes! Again Garden over grass :)

Small steps may be small but a lot of small steps together makes a big one. Remember - a strong rope is only really a bunch of tiny threads woven together.

Start. Making. Your. Difference.


Share below some ways you plan on taking a stand for the environment, or what your next simple step will be.

If you want to be apart of a community of eco-friendly do-gooders, check out the link below for the Climate March Movement in Washington, D.C. 

https://peoplesclimate.org

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Fresh magical spring finds

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Fresh magical spring finds

I sit here after a series of 60 - 70 degree days, pondering if I should start the haul of putting away the big heavy jackets and gloves, and double check my knees to make sure they're well moisturized for shorts weather. But while I write this blog, we have winter storm "Stella" dancing its way to Maryland. I can't help but feel more confused with this weather. Lets press onward into some fun spring finds we can start slowly adding in our daily life.


Aloe Vera

This plant not only makes a good companion, but also looks great on your bedside table. It's the plant that keeps on giving. With the weather jumping around, I noticed my skin is just as lost as I am. So, I kindly rip off a little stem of this plant and use the flubber-like substance inside.

Plus, it's great for soothing sunburn, moisturizing that fine skin of yours, helps kick aging to the side, and also if you didn't know - can benefit your digestive system. 

Seriously, lets give a hand to this miracle worker!

P.S. for all the plant killers out there, don't worry - aloe vera plants are not fussy and require only minimal watering. Just some extra love. 


Dry Brush

Our skin can start to feel a little scaly. We've been hiding our gams for what feels like the longest hibernation ever. Let's give our skin the polish it needs - all year round. Dry brushing is a wellness habit that I've seen come to light these past couple years. So of course, being the curious cat I am, I read up on the benefits and headed to my closest health store to find this glorious brush. Last year, I remember I was afraid to touch the rough bristles to my skin. It felt like a porcupine at first, but slowly my skin started to crave and I immediately noticed a difference. Our skin is our biggest organ, so why not give it that extra TLC it deserves?

 

Check out  this Amazon link to take a look at different dry brushes on the market:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_2?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adry+brush&page=2&keywords=dry+brush&ie=UTF8&qid=1489365628&spIA=B01DHHJ9S6,B013F2K5PO

(I bought mine at Whole Foods)


Maca Powder 

I noticed that Maca was in my favorite smoothie that I get from Rutabaga Juicery in Annapolis (it's called Lush.) Recently, I've become interested in natural ways to help balance my hormones (PMS and all those fun lady adventures.) I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Remember friends, always check with your holistic doctor/doctor/midwife etc. if you're having sudden changes in mood, bodily function, or if you notice something is off. I don't push "superfoods" or "supplements", nor am I into the one size fits all approach when it comes to our bodies (I'm not a doctor...even if I did watch Grey's Anatomy for years) But personally, I'm excited to add this into my daily smoothie to see if I notice a difference in my time of the month and leading up to it. 

PMS, Menopause, and women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Energy, Memory and Mood

Lowers Blood Pressure

I would love to know if any of you are using Maca in your daily well-being routine or have had positive or negative side affects using it. 


Dried Lavender

I will never get enough of having dried lavender in some way apart of my daily routine. I thank my mom who introduced me to these little magical plants. 

I sprinkle lavender everywhere - like confetti. You can put the dried lavender in empty tea bags or mesh bags in your dresser or your pillow case to help you de-stress and bring the smell of Spring indoors. Oh so fresh!

Spring cleaning is around the corner - instead of investing in harmful air sprays, throw the lavender onto your carpet and vacuum over it creating a fresh smell throughout your home. Who doesn't want to be apart of this party? Good for your soul & that dirty carpet. 

You can buy lavender in bulk at your health foods store, and I find that it's fairly cheap, unless you go bananas.

Be sure that it doesn't have any added perfumes or additives!

What are some ways you love using lavender? I'd love to know.


I hope this makes it feel like Spring in your home, even if it's just for a day - or in my case - in my heart. My toes are currently popsicles.
Spring is a time of re-birth, allowing us to refresh our mind, body, and soul! 

What ways will you be freshing up for spring? 
I know I need some good old vitamin D!

(currently ghost status)


As always, I am grateful for you.


Never stop being a light.
Share your magic.

Peace to all, 
Namaste 

- Caroline Jane

 

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Let's Talk: Perfectionism

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Let's Talk: Perfectionism

This is a word I know all too well - one that I've been on a personal journey with for years.

Our obsession to be perfect can be one of the biggest roadblocks in our life. This mentality of trying to obtain or maintain the standards of perfectionism is instilled in our society from social media and magazines. Message after message, like after like, follow for a follow and everyday life. 


NEWS FLASH: 

"Perfect is an idea that has no answer." - Alexi Panos


When you live in the shadows of the word perfect, you find yourself - day in and day out - in a viscous cycle of never being good enough. We compare ourselves. We avoid things. Our work that we've been putting blood, sweat, and tears into will never feel ready. There will always be one more thing that has to happen. We will never live up to those expectations. We will never find contentment at any point in our life. The only person that can stop this merry go round is yourself.


“Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.”

- Cheryl Strayed


I speak from experience. I grew up in front of the mirror dancing, critiquing my body, my dancing, and my overall appearance. I told myself if I'm not perfect, then I'm not ready and I'm not successful. What the hell did perfect even mean? It's like a scavenger hunt with no map. No buried treasure at the end. That speed bump was always there, and I was always kicking it, trying to move it, screaming at the top of my lungs to start moving forward, but to no avail. I was resisting the ebb and flow of my life, living in fear and in turn, it caused me to struggle on all levels. I didn't know myself anymore because I spent so many years trying to be something I wasn't. I was so good at accepting others and giving others praise rather than giving these things to myself. 


This is your ego speaking:

I'm afraid of being seen, exposed, raw

I'm afraid of rejection

I'm afraid of someone not liking me 

Criticism is bad

Failure is the end of road

Falling is bad

Disapproval is bad

Stay safe, it's better here

I don't have this

I need this or that to start


Your friend the "ego" is really good at helping you avoid your truth, magic, and purpose. Ooh is he good.
One thing that I've had to work on recently was stopping myself from being a chameleon. I try to blend into everyone else's opionions of me. If someone doesn't like you - other than discarding who you are - practice the art of staying in truth and knowing that not everyone is meant to like you, your content, or your message. That's okay.


So...what do we replace perfectionism with? 

BE 100% HUMAN
NO MORE FILTERING

Turn perfectionism into excellence.

Realness. Commit to yourself. Put yourself out there, despite the disapproval of others. Focus on the vision.
OWN the person that you are. 

Show up. Yes, it's scary. But not as scary as being something you're absolutely not.
It's exhausting to not be our true selves. It's like a full time job to create this facade of who we think we should be and trying to please others. This is the job we need to quit. 

Quitting this will free up space for so much more possibility, connection, and love on a deeper level beyond the surface. 


Be the Where's Waldo in the crowd and embrace who you are. BE SEEN.

The most beautiful thing you can share with the world is you. 
We are all interconnected on a deeper level. 
Human to human
Heart to heart
You serve a unique purpose.


What do you like about yourself?

This question might make you feel icky inside or seem childish. 

Don't scroll past because this is where the energy is put into action.

Do it. Write out what you love on your terms. Build on it.

The choice to love yourself is always there, but you have to give yourself the chance to get there. 


I'm still working on this journey one day at a time. I'm right there in the thick of it. For years, it took me swimming upstream, struggling, only to realize that I need to simply choose to let go - let go of person that the world tells me to be - and shed the layers. Come back to yourself. It's all there and it's all gorgeous.


Excellence vs. Perfection
 

Perfection is being right.

Excellence is being willing to be wrong.
_____________________________

Perfection is fear.

Excellence is taking a risk.
_____________________________

Perfection is anger and frustration.

Excellence is powerful.
_____________________________

Perfection is control.

Excellence is spontaneous.
_____________________________

Perfection is judgement.

Excellence is accepting.
_____________________________

Perfection is taking.

Excellence is giving.
_____________________________

Perfection is doubt.

Excellence is confidence.
_____________________________

Perfection is pressure.

Excellence is natural.
_____________________________

Perfection is the destination.

Excellence is the journey.
_____________________________

- Author Unknown

 

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Fall in Love with Your Natural Self: MAKE UP FREE

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Fall in Love with Your Natural Self: MAKE UP FREE

For some, I realize this may be a frightening experience. If you told me in 9th grade to go to school without some ounce of coverup on, I would've cried. I find that most women (me included) at one some point in time will become dependent on makeup. Where do we create this attachment? Maybe it's our constant use of social media, comparison, social status, a personal trauma, lack of confidence, perfectionism, or the fear of being vulnerable. Others find it as an art in their work, a way of making women feel beautiful. We will all have differing causes regarding our use of make-up, but one thing I know to be true - it has become society's obsession to hold women at high standards, rather than embrace our individuality. We find ourselves lost in a sea of people who look exactly the same.

At bottom, attachment is based on fear and insecurity. When you forget your true self – which is pure consciousness, pure potentiality – you begin to believe that you need something outside of yourself to make you happy.
— Deepak Chopra

When I started practicing yoga seriously, I noticed myself naturally wanting to shed away all the excess in my life. The things outside myself that I thought made me happy were just things I held onto out of fear of being seen. In truth, no ounce of makeup could ever bring me internal happiness as much as I thought it could. I gained a more loving view of myself and started not wearing makeup in yoga class, on the street, in the store. A lot of that time at the beginning was spent in shame. If I'm honest, I was not confident in my own skin as a young girl. I was the one in high school terrified if I was caught without a dash of makeup. I was seriously lacking in the self love department, worrying if people thought I was ugly in my natural state. I never felt enough. Running away from taking pictures that I know will be posted to social media, avoiding intimate gatherings if I didn't have makeup. As I grew older, I slowly grew to notice from observation that society paints women in the work place who don't wear makeup as "sloppy, plain, disheveled, not trying, unpolished, weak, powerless, unprofessional." This leads me to this question: are we being defined by our look or our work?  In no way am I anti-makeup. I wear a nice blush every now and again, I apply a light amount of mascara and a little powder during the days when I need a little lift. The tough question is the WHY. What is the intention behind it? What are the negative affects on our mind, our body, our soul? You can be the ultimate bad ass woman without an ounce of makeup on, and still be professional.

So why live this way? This is not to force you to follow my path - this is to remind you that I love you for you, with or without makeup. I want to inspire all women to feel good, to feel free, and to know that your worth is not based on what others may say. We should be empowering one another. 



I asked myself these questions during the process:


Is this to impress others?

The answer was yes. It left me feeling like I couldn't keep up with society. I felt like it was my obligation as a young woman, in order to be taken seriously in any profession. I felt like I needed to look "put together" for anyone and everyone. If I didn't wear makeup, I was seen as weak, broken, powerless, or disheveled. This created a vicious cycle of self-destructive thoughts. Rarely was I wearing makeup out of personal enjoyment. It was for approval.

Does this help my body?

Nope. It actually caused me to break out. It dried out my skin and clogged my pores. It made me more self conscious. Mind you - I was wearing "organic" brands that claimed to be healthy, and they did nothing for me.

Does this help show my true self? 

Not at all. I constantly felt like a different person when I chained myself to wearing makeup everyday. I worried more about conforming to others, rather than celebrating my most natural true self. I didn't know why I was doing it, I just knew I had too. Like it was wired into my being. The truth is, it wasn't me.


* The most vital piece of advice I can give is this: when I do wear makeup, it's for my own personal enjoyment, and no one else's. It became more of a fun process, rather than a chore or an upkeep. I also found that in the past, my makeup products were detrimental to the environment, my health, and animals. And make no mistake - nothing in my eyes should ever be misused or hurt in the name of makeup. I researched vegan, plant based makeups and became more conscious with what I put on and in my body. *


How to start embracing a lifestyle aside from makeup: 

  • Start by applying less primer, concealer, foundation. Stick with a loose powder foundation. That way, you slowly become more and more self confident. You wont even notice.
  • When you run out of the makeup you have, rather than buy more, instead buy something that will help your skin feel good (face mask, serum, cleanser, facial, score.)
  • Look up make up free looks on youtube to help with the transition!
  • Replace the time you spend in the morning applying makeup with a self-care routine (mediation for 10 minutes, quick workout, making yourself a nutrient dense breakfast, bubble bath, skin care, esstienal oils.)
  • Start to take a look at your diet rather than the makeup you're wearing. Eating a well rounded diet can help create a healthier complexion.
  • Start surrounding yourself with people who love you for you.
  • If you aren't ready for a Monday thru Friday cleanse, practice this ritual on the weekend. 
  • Let your husband/best friend/boyfriend/mom know that you're making this decision for yourself, and ask if they can help offer their support during the journey. 
  • Invest in companies that are environmentally conscious. Use clean ingredients made from fruits, veggies, or natural oils (no palm oil.)

Building self confidence in your own skin: 

  • Look at yourself for 5 minutes once a week in the mirror. This has to be the most powerful, yet vulnerable thing you can do to build self love. Immediately, you might notice yourself nit picking all your so called "flaws." I struggled with this exercise for a long time, but now I look at myself in a more loving way, embracing my freckles, creases, and blue eyes. I connect to my true self on a deeper level.
  • Smile, smile, smile. Your most unique attribute is your gorgeous smile.  "When a smile flashes across your face; dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released into your bloodstream, making not only your body relax but also work to lower your heart rate and blood pressure."
  • Tell yourself one thing each day that you love about yourself. 
  • Next time the critic, perfectionist, or negative nancy starts shouting, focus your energy on your breath. This will bring you to the present moment and calm your mind and body.
    Inhale  1  2  3  4. Exhale  1  2  3  4.
  • Gratitude - be grateful for all that you are. The quirks and magic that only you can bring to this world. 

BENEFITS OF GOING MAKEUP FREE: 

  • more time
  • saves money
  • appreciate yourself in your rawest form
  • less environmental impact (plastic, toxins, animal cruelty)
  • freedom!
  • healthier skin
  • empowerment
  • better connection with yourself
  • less stress
  • conviction
  • less acne 

I find more and more, women are embracing their true selves. But to getting to a point where you feel confident takes some time, filled with a lot of self love and honoring your body. So ladies: UNITE! #nomakeupmovement is taking off, so snap a picture of yourself and share your story. Let your inner self shine through. Encourage one another, whether you wear makeup or not.

Repeat these lines to yourself

I am enough
I am powerful
I am me
No apologies.


Namaste.

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Mindful Mantras / Speak to Yourself with Love

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Mindful Mantras / Speak to Yourself with Love

Mantra

Sanskrit:
man = mind
tra = vehicle or transportation

This word has become very popular, but is sometimes misconstrued in meaning. Upon further research, I came upon a beautiful visual to help further explain:

Like a seed planted with the intention of blossoming into a beautiful perennial, a mantra can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of practice. You nurture them and over time they bear the fruit of your intention.

Where the mind flows, our energy follows. Mantras allow us to shift to a single point of focus. By repeating the mantras below or creating our own individual mantra, we can direct the flow of energy to a positive place. Thus, reshaping the way we talk to ourselves, and cleaning the lens of which we see the ourselves and the world around us. 

Implementing this as a daily ritual can recharge your energy, rid the body of what no longer serves it, and create a strong foundation for your wellbeing (mind, body, and soul.) 

Personally, mantras not only guide me on the mat, but allow me to find the beauty in the simple things. Our "monkey minds" can get the best of us with the chaos of life swirling (anxiety, stress, depression, judgement, expectations, anger, fear etc.) I find my roots and ground down, knowing I'm fully supported. I hope through these mantras, you can do the same.

Our self talk can dictate the choices we make. Positive thoughts energize our souls. 


To be home,
is to be in the present moment.


Dedicate a moment of silence and close your eyes,
choosing a mantra that comes naturally.

Repeat.
Believe what you're saying, as if you already have this within you or around you.

Namaste.



I am confident in who I am.
I respect who I am.
I am strong, I am powerful.
I am enough.
I will make time to nourish my mind, body, and soul.
I am capable.
I am filled with the life I have been given.
My body is a temple, rich with love and light.
I am of service to myself and those around me.
All resistance melts freely from me now.
I am worthy of love, and full of love for others.
I treat my body with utmost respect.
I honor who I am in this very moment.
My heart is beating with peace and love.

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Heart Chakra Bath / Peace + Clarity

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Heart Chakra Bath / Peace + Clarity

The magic is all around us, open your heart to it and you will inherit mountains.
— anonymous

A magical remedy to tap into your inner goddess (YES YOU QUEEN OR KING.) 

Bath time for me is a sacred place. If you're looking to add one ritual into your self-love routine, adding a bath must be at the top of your list. This time we bring the element of nature into the tub, creating an earthy feeling - allowing you to feel grounded, ease your body from the built-up tension that you hold onto, and find the calm amongst the chaos. 

This combination is great for the end of your day to spend a moment alone settling you down for slumber. Calm the chatter of the mind and come back to a place of peace. No fancy spa needed - this feeling can be found in your own home. 

Set the space. Diffusing your favorite blend, grabbing a cold glass of lemon water and maybe some light reading. If you're into crystals, find the stone that corresponds with this chakra. 

Bath Mediation: Closing your eyes, begin to count the length of your inhale and exhale (one, two, three, four.) Notice how the warmth of the bath makes you feel, and shift your focus to your heart center - visualizing a soft green light at your sternum and between your shoulder blades illuminating. 


Heart Chakra Bath Recipe

- Dried Lavender

- Epsom Salt 

- Dried Rose Petals


LAVENDER 

It brings a calming vibe to your experience - aiding in your beauty sleep, relaxing the nervous system + circulation of the blood, and so much more magic. Research to find more benefits. 

My obsession with lavender started from a very young age, when my mom would diffuse it around the house. It gives me a sense of peace. Add a half cup to your bath + a couple drops of therapeutic grade essential oil to elevate your experience.


DRIED ROSE PETALS 

Adding the rose petals brings a luxurious feel as if you just stepped into a 5 star spa. A very romantic feeling that can help alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, alleviate menstrual cramps, and promote healthy skin. If you have therapeutic grade rose oil, add the recommended amount to your bath experience. 

Let your inner goddess shine through. Who doesn't want to bathe in rose petals?

YOU HAVE TO TRY IT! 



Add in a soft cleanser to your ritual. Witch Hazel has been a life changer in my skin care routine. Plus, it goes along with lavender (vegan, cruelty free, organic)

Add in a soft cleanser to your ritual. Witch Hazel has been a life changer in my skin care routine. Plus, it goes along with lavender (vegan, cruelty free, organic)

 

Find time to soak in the silence (literally.)
Set out an evening to create a lovely bath experience. If you have a shower, improvise. You've got this. I believe in you! 

HAPPY SELF LOVE DAY!

I'd love to hear about your favorite essential oils to use in the bath down below! 

If you haven't yet, subscribe to receive good vibes to your inbox. 
Check out Instagram for our self love giveaway.

Much gratitude,
Caroline Jane

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Be a Force for Good

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Be a Force for Good


Compassion should be the north star of our final destination in this ethical GPS.
— Dalai Lama

Our world is at a stand still. A shift is happening. Our connection to one another has been replaced by screens, social media, and the influence of others. Our hearts are frozen in fear & our minds set in survival mode due to the loss of control that we feel. Where does this leave us? Broken, narcissistic, aggressive, separated, selfish, numb, angry, revengeful, disconnected, closed minded, and unhappy. How can we possibly find the light in such a dark, desperate place? Well, each day we are given a series of choices that influence us and those around us. From the moment we rise to the moment we lay our heads to rest every day, we make an average of 35,000 conscious choices a day. How many of those choices represent a FORCE FOR GOOD, and how many of those do not? Imagine a world where each decision we make revolves around compassion, love, and clarity. Each choice giving way to elevation, not depression. 


"Emotional Hygiene"

If someone has a certain virus, we need to use the appropriate hygiene. Similarly, there’s a hygiene of emotions, when destructive impulse comes, but we show restraint - that’s emotional hygiene.
— Dalai Lama

One solution is to take moments of reflection. To be present with ourselves. We're faced with distractions each day that draw our energy away from the deep grievances that lye deep within our being. Our negative feelings towards ourselves. These can build up inside us over time, but once we become aware of these thoughts & the source of which they came, we can give ourselves tools to help better manage these pesky feelings. Applying simple mindfulness techniques, finding the source of our destructive thoughts, and coming into a greater state of awareness can help build a strong foundation of cultivating a more compassionate way of living to ourselves + the world around us. The fog that once surrounded us suddenly lifts, and we see a fresh view of the world. 


Humanity = Oneness

Despite surface differences, we are similar. Under our skin, our hearts and minds are wired alike. We are all brothers of humanity.
— Dalai Lama

Next time you refer to something or someone, think about how you say it - more "we" and less "us" and "them." Having a whole-hearted concern for one's suffering & realizing that we all deserve happiness (no matter our ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, etc.) can cultivate empathy. I am no greater than you & you are no greater than I. We walk as one together. Our hearts beat to the same rhythm. Our lungs breathe the same air. Within each us of lies an unspeakable magic that deserves to be shared with the world & celebrated. 


Connection

When was the last time you looked straight into a stranger's eyes? Thats where the the real story begins. Our storybook, the trials, the tribulations. Do you notice the trash on the ground that needs to be thrown away? Do you notice the hurt in the eyes of another when their life is threatened or they live in fear? Do you notice the environmental destruction around us? The oil spilling into our water? Do you hear the cries for help when someone has lost all hope? Do you notice the animal hurt on the side of the road? The lady who needed help carrying her groceries? Did you hold the door, or focus on your phone?  What about that person who is always smiling, but is fighting something inside their head? The single parent who struggles to make ends meet? Have you noticed the fear in an animal's eyes before it's separated from its' child? Have you noticed our lack of communication as a society? We're looking past one another. 


Take notice.

Open your eyes to the hardships we each face. 

show affection.
be a hug.
a safe place.
a hand to hold.
a light.
a breath of fresh air.

Be a human being.
The time is now.



We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.
— March Luther King Jr

Let us walk together down this road of unknown certainty. To rise with love flowing through our veins, eyes that see with compassion, and a world that does not accept anything but the utmost good. 

We the people. Together.


Tomorrow, you'll be given another 35,000 choices. How will you use that time to be a force for good?


The world needs you.


Call to Action:

Today I encourage us all to be a light.
To be of service through our words, actions, and hearts. 
Follow your intuition.
Shine your light.
connect on a deeper level

Whenever. Whereever.

I do not claim to know all the answers.

 But taking a mindful step in the direction of love is a place to start. 

BE A VOICE.

Thank you for reading.


Always appreciated,
Caroline Jane

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7 Tips to Help Refresh Your Mornings

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7 Tips to Help Refresh Your Mornings

"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."
- John C. Maxwell


With a new year, comes a time of reflection. We can take this time to dissect each aspect of our life and start fresh by cultivating new habits that will elevate the rest of our 24 hours. 

Mornings are either a time of complete ease, or complete choas.

I feel ya. It can be a mad house (for some coffee is the only good thing.)

As I've gotten older, I've had my fair share of battles with my morning rituals. Let's just say it wasn't pretty in high school, rushing to make the bus, not eating breakfast, throwing my clothes around my room because I couldn't find my favorite jeans or ballet shoes. 

Since then I've become more mindful (not perfect) and I continue to dive into research based around creating meaningful mornings. There are some serious morning gurus out there. I truly believe that how we start our day is a sure sign of how the rest of our day goes. Not just physically, but mentally. I mean take a look at Richard Bransons morning routine: "Branson spends his morning  kitesurfing, swimming or playing tennis."

Obviously most of us don't roll like that in the morning. Also I don't own my own island, otherwise I would be inviting you to it. Seriously though, there are small FREE attainable habits we can start implementing that don't require anything but you.

So when that sun hits your face, you are more than ready to kick butt like the girl boss or guy boss you are. 


Queue the good vibes.

Lets start small. Take a moment to think back to this morning. 

How did it go for you?

What parts really set off your anxiety, making you feel unsettled, or not present? 

Any thoughts that occurred upon rising? 

Did you drink water after you woke up?


FLOWERS BY THE BED

How does this help: Flowers have always been a mood changer for me. I always thought bringing the outdoors inside could be a way to lift your spirit, and studies show it can be! Based on several studies they have found that it can increase creativity, help lower blood pressure, improve well-being, aid in relieving anxiety and may boost your attention span. Plus, plants are magical little beings that can help purify the air in your home. So, think about it next time you're looking at flowers. Start with a little succulent on your desk at work, aloe plant in the bathroom OR even better, by your bedside. So when you wake up, it greets you with good vibes. 



COLD SHOWERS (YES)

 Yes. I know, cold showers aren't my thing. Obviously we know the environmental impacts of taking cold showers. But it's been in the news lately about how good it is for us comfort-loving humans to be exposed to cold water. I've read that taking cold showers can help with alertness, blood flow, lowering inflammation, reduced stress levels, better recovery from working out & so much more. Now if you are into this idea and can't wait to take your next ice bath, check out the Wim Hof method. He has three pillars to the training: Breathing. Meditation. Cold exposure. The benefits are endless & from what I've read, it will help reignite the mind-body connection.  So for starters, begin by testing yourself for a minute in a cold shower & work your way up. If interested in learning more on the training check out Wim Hofs site for a life changing journey. Comment below if you're a cold shower taker!


MOTIVATION OVER NEWS

According to some psychologists, exposure to negative and violent media may have serious and long-lasting psychological effects beyond simple feelings of pessimism or disapproval. The work of British psychologist Dr. Graham Davey, who specializes in the psychological effects of media violence, suggests that violent media exposure can exacerbate or contribute to the development of stress, anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The news is just not a positive place these days. Not everything is sunshine & rainbows, I know this. But to begin your day with such negative thoughts & feel emotionally drained by the time you leave for work is no good. So instead, switch it to audiobooks, motivational speeches, or classical music. Some of my favorite people to watch or listen to in the morning are Alexi Panos, Lewis Howes, Marie Forleo, Gabby Bernstein, and Preston Smiles. Elon Musk is a fun innovator too.


STRETCH YOUR LIMBS & GET DOWN

Yoga. Yoga. Yoga.

Whether you have a mat or not, beginner or advanced, you can still find easy ways to make this apart of your morning routine. Maybe schedule yourself to take a morning yoga class or when you get out of bed, do a couple sun salutations. Check out the yoga section of the blog for inspiration. Tell me if you're interested in a morning yoga video down below. 

BENEFITS:

Increased Energy

Increased Blood Flow

Improved Posture


DITCH THE STANDARD AMERICAN BREAKFAST

Move over eggs, plants are the new king in town. Start your morning with nutrient-dense foods. 
Plants, grains, fruits. These foods will give you quick, sustaining energy for the beginning of your day.
Check out my avocado toast recipe!


MINDFULNESS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

A minute of quiet time goes a long way. Find a moment of stillness when you rise from bed. Close your eyes and follow your breath. Notice how you feel & stay there for a minute or more before you pick up the phone to scroll through social media. Other ways I like to practice mindfulness: sipping hot tea or coffee and just taking in the warmth of each sip. Again, no phone, just you, the cup, and maybe some journaling to release your thoughts or creativity. Lastly, in the shower you can meditate by closing your eyes (safely) and drawing your attention to the water hitting your skin. Very soothing, and a great way to release tension held within the body.


Take these tips with you and
go rule the world.


Tell me about a morning ritual you have for yourself?
Any tips you would like to share as well!
Thanks for stopping by.
Cheers to 2017!

- Caroline Jane


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Don't Give Up Now

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Don't Give Up Now

This is my personal letter to you. 


Dear beautiful soul,

Yes. YOU. 

Remember this. Right now, in this moment, you are amazing. I don't care about your faults, successes or shortcomings. I care about the person you are; that burning flame that radiates within your heart. You are not what the world has told you you are. You do not need to be fixed. You are human. A being with the utmost light. Capable of climbing the tallest mountain and diving to the deepest depths of the ocean. YOU WILL OVERCOME. Today is not the end. The past is a stepping stone and tomorrow is full of new possibilities

You did not come this far to only go this far. 

The gaping discomfort you feel that you carry around your back day in and day out is there for a reason - despite what you may think. It serves as a reminder to bring an awareness to what truly is going on. Try not to let this mislead you into the darkness. Step into it, do not resist it. Surrender to the flow of your life. When you feel the chaos ensue, get still and simply just listen to the words in your heart. Repeat to yourself. 

I AM ENOUGH.

SHOUT IT.


 
 

Your voice is valuable. Your true desire is valid. You made it this far. Hell yes! Give yourself a chance. Take a moment to relish in how far you've come. BREATHE. I know you aren't where you want to be, but keep building. Your time is coming. This time is for evaluating your path, the next brick you lay. The hardest part that will give way to something extraordinary

Your time is coming, believe in your abilities. Connect with yourself again. Cry. Feel the emotions that swirl within you that make you human. It's okay to feel. Lay in the sunshine, find what you are grateful for, let out a big laugh, cultivate self love through meditation, immerse yourself in community, serve, travel, take up a new hobby, sit in the confusion & let go of all the expectations you make for yourself. Free yourself of the judgment that you so harshly cast on yourself daily, and welcome in loving words of encouragement & fearlessly step in the direction of your true light.

Do not wallow in yesterday, honor your past and step into the now


Because you see my dear friend, we need your spirit. Your energy. Your creativity. Your soft heart. Your unique perspective. Your smile. 


No one can make you happy but yourself. Spend less time pleasing everyone around you. Start looking within. That magic is in you.

Today is not the end. The sun rises tomorrow.
The leaves will fall but they will grow back again.
he flower will blossom but it will plant the seeds for Spring's beauty.

You deserve to take up this space. 

Give yourself some grace, look in the mirror, and repeat

I AM ENOUGH.

Sweet soul. please do not give up. Rise like the sun.  

Shine, shine, shine.

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10 Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

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10 Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

Have you ever had one of those days were you literally find yourself in a funk? It feels easier to duck and cover then put yourself out there. For me, those days look like staying in bed, wrapped up in a warm cocoon of blankets, instead of facing the day to take the next big step on the other side of fear. I've been there. Fear is ugly. It can play a big role in our quality of life & even at times cause our vessel to stall out, completely causing us to miss out on the beauty life has in store for us. As humans, we all have been face to face with fear. I personally had a fear of starting this blog. Would anyone care? My voice doesn't matter. These very thoughts pass through my brain. "Holy moly I'm putting myself out ther , people can criticize me or throw shade at my work." But  remembering that a thought is just a thought, nothing more a then a thought. It does not define you or control you. With a change of focus, we can make a choice to direct our energy into a positive direction and get our wheels moving once again. Even if it means jumping out of your warm bed into the cold winter air, trust me. Although it may seem tempting, there is something beautiful on other side of the covers. What is it you may ask? 

Soul Changing Experience

 Below are some quotes from light makers that have made an impact. Words that have helped me get out of the depths of my head and back into the space of gratitude, acceptance & possibilities.  I hope you find some relief my friend. Trust the journey & just breathe. Things are unfolding before you. 

 - Namaste 


"I heard a voice that told me that I'm essential. How all my fears are limiting my potential. Said its time to step into the light and use every bit of power I have inside."
- Inde Arie

"Fear is often excitement without the brakes on. It's just energy. Fear can be instructive and directive. Its a guide that'll show you exactly where you have to go."

-Marie Forleo 


“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”
- Brene Brown

“Much of our anxiety and stress comes when we’re focused on fear and disconnected from the voice of our inner guide.”
- Gabrielle Bernstein

"When you are Grateful fear disappears and abundance appears."

- Anthony Robbins

"Fear comes from the heart. If ever you feel overcome by dread of some illness or accident, you should inhale and exhale deeply, slowly, and rhythmically several times, relaxing with each exhalation. This helps the circulation to become normal. If your heart is truly quiet you cannot feel fear at all."
-Paramahansa Yoganandya

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”


- John Lennon

“The Ego, however, is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image; it is your social mask; it is the role you are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power, because it lives in fear.”

- Deepak Chopra


“Positive energy is like muscle. The more you use it the stronger it gets. The stronger it gets, the more powerful you become. Repetition is the key and the more you focus on positive energy the more it becomes your natural state.”

- Jon Gordon


Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us.”
- Steven Pressfield

Share your favorite quote with me and others down below. 
What ways do you step out of fear?

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How to Stay Positive in a Negative Nancy World

 
 
People tend to be generous when they share their nonsense, fear, & ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity , please remember that the diet we need to be on is a spiritual & emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed you mind & soul. Fuel yourself with positivity & let that fuel propel you into positive action.”
— Steve Maraboli

Let's be frank.

The world is cray cray. Throwing in a double cray just because. 

Our news feeds feed our fragile minds fear, violence, and hate (except for the random segments of a cheetah making friends with a dog.)

When we go to the depths of social media or out into the chaotic world, we can get stuck in the mud. How can we not let this cray cray feeling mess up our zen?

The weight of the world is on our shoulders more than ever, and what we do moving forward could create a more compassionate world for the future.

I'm not naive. Trust me, negative thoughts, feelings, actions, and external voices are always going to be there. We can't control the world around us. Instead, we can focus on how we can change ourselves. We need to look into that shiny mirror & give ourselves a pep talk. 

"HEY YOU! YOU'VE GOT THIS."
"BE A LIGHT. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE NO ONE'S BUSINESS."

When we make a personal vow to not let the yucky circumstances define us & be a light amongst the darkness, it can cause a shift in the universe.

 

POSITIVE + POSITIVE = SUPER POSITIVE

Simple acts of kindness (verbally or physically) can create a positive reaction & may cause the person you interact with to pass the good vibes on to the next. A simple smile to someone at the grocery store can create a wave of positive. Look up from your phone, interact, & spread the love love love. Share positive thoughts online through social media. People need hope, compassion, and trust. 

 

TURN OFF & TUNE IN

We can get caught up in the rants of others online. Shut down the phone. Look up & find something that's worth your time and energy (like a puppy.) News is yucky & can confuse the way we truly see the world. We're feeding ourselves hateful crap and harsh judgements. Opinions ain't my thing. You can pick up the remote and click power off. 



SPEAK WITH INTENTION

I find that I have been really working on this one & here's why. I've been really upset by the posts I've seen my peers blast lately. The words that we speak to others can really change someone in a good way or a bad way. We don't know what others are feeling or going through. I came to this realization in yoga, observing my teachers. They speak with clarity, intent, and love, and it woke me up. I remember always formulating my opinion in school, work and online, and I didn't even hear or consider anything. It was always "me me me."

  • Think before you post. Does this thought serve anyone? 
  • Listen when others speak, even if you disagree. 
  • Observe. Watch. Speak with kindness.
  • Coexist. Putting others in groups is a recipe for disaster. 
  • Let go of "I" 

 

REFLECTION

OMMMMMMmmmmm. 

Meditate.
You don't need to be Yoda (although he wasn't a bad guy.) 

Caroline, why in the world should I sit still? 

Hell, don't take my word for it. Look at what science says.

 

LAUGH

LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH 

Laughter is proven to make us feel good. I don't have to tell you that. Everyone is capable of chuckling. The best kind is when your eyes tear up & your stomach hurts so bad you feel like you may pass out. We let down a tension filled wall. We all become human again. 

Plus you could always try a laughing yoga class. Why not?!

Let loose & live a little. 

 

GRATITUDE 

The negative cocktail consumes us all sometimes. We start looking at everyone & everything as an evil villain.

Call upon your alter ego superwoman/man in this time of need to drop kick those negative thoughts, by writing down what you're grateful for. Simple jots on a piece of paper can remind us of the good kicking the negative crooked thoughts to the curb. Also, sharing these thoughts with your friends, family, and pets helps us (yes, pets.)



MOTHER NATURE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

Take a walk in nature to find peace of mind. Talk to the trees a little.

 

GIVE WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED

"SEVA" derives from sanksrit, meaning "SELFLESS SERVICE." Working without the expectation of reward or payment.  Helping is something we all can do to make the world thrive. I used to think that financial support was the only way to help. It's not. Donating your time & craft is a great way to connect to the world around us. 



DANCE, SING, BE UNIQUELY YOU

Last advice I give is to be your own person. Dance out the cray. Find positive outlets to let out the negative. Look for the good & let's be leaders for change. Using your platform to promote something bigger is wonderful.  Live out your passion. Work together. LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY.

 

The world needs us now more than ever! 

We are capable of making change. 

May we stop & ask ourselves each day

" What can I give to the world?'

 

With a humble heart, 

Caroline Jane

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Music to My Soul

Yoga is like music; the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
— B.K.S. Iyengar

My life has been one big playlist

My taste in music is constantly being challenged, due to the many hats I wear. 

One minute I'm teaching ballroom/latin, and the next minute I'm teaching meditation.

Honestly, music is a must in class, although I do believe in finding moments of complete silence in yoga AND dance.

But when I build a playlist, I set an intention. "What does this song make me feel?"

 

Music is a guide for my movement in yoga/dance/the grocery store. It should always speak with purpose. I need the goosebumps factor always. When I teach yoga my intent is to take everyone on a journey - a constant flow allowing the body, breath & music to move as one. It helps me get out of my head & be present with all that's in front of me. 

Sometimes it's the little things. When "Gravity" by John Mayer comes on in yoga, while you're in the middle of Savasana, letting gravity (literally) realign & heal your body. When a student cracks a smile because it relates to something going on in their life or brings up old memories that have been stored away.

Call me obsessed, but music is truly a magical thing & it's where I find my voice. 

Release, start observing, and let the music take you away.

 

So here we go! I'm excited to share with everyone my current personal playlists.

These playlists are ever-changing. I've also included links for you Spotify users, where you can open it up and follow it as I add new music!

Shout out to those who waited - thanks for your patience! :)

 


REFRESH

https://open.spotify.com/user/carolinerobins/playlist/0SZccyBbn8nt5dpdMEHXMB

We Move Lightly - Dustin O'Halloran

Slow Down - Scott Orr

The Tourist - Message to Bears

Sunrise - Norah Jones

Love Someone - 9 Theory Magical Mystery Mix - Jason Mraz

Dawn - Filous, ROBB

I Am Mine - Beta Radio

Believe - Mumford & Sons

Not Today - Imagine Dragons

Not Fire Not Ice - Ben Harper

Shimmer - Tracey Chattaway

Hari Om - Janet Stone

Grandmothersphere - East Forest

I - Benn Jordan

Sun - Sleeping At Last

Blackbird - The Beatles

Spirit Bird - Xavier Rudd

South Tree - Helios

Light Home - Matt Corby

Dream wood - Hiss Golden Messenger

Just Like a Child - James Morrison

Incomplete - James Bay

Re:Stacks - Bon Iver

O - Coldplay

Halving the Compass - Helios

Radiate Blue Light - Jessita Reyes

Moon - Sleeping At Last

 

FLOW 101

https://open.spotify.com/user/carolinerobins/playlist/6VO9XxSfaWvjM0c2wDwCSo

Follow The Sun - Xavier Rudd

So They Say - Rukhsana Merrise

Beautiful Day - U2

Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay

Mirror Maru - Cashmere Cat

Happy Home - Sam Feldt Remix

Im Alive (Life Sounds Like) - Michael Franti

Here For You - Kygo, Ella Henderson

When We Were On Fire - James bay

I Wanna Be (Free) (Acoustic) - Brandyn Burnette

Smooth Sailin' - Leon Bridges

Fire And The Flood - Vance Joy

Free - Rudimental, Emelie Sande

Put a Light On - Generationals

One Dance - Drake

Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root

New Soul - Yael Naim

On Top Of The World - Imagine Dragons

You & Me - Flume Remix

Upside Down - Jack Johnson

Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine

Free - Broods

Do It Now - Ingrid Michaelson

Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

Need The Sun To Break - James Bay

One Day - Matisyahu

Heart Is a Drum - Beck

Shanti (Peace out) - MC Yogi

Outro - M83 

 


My hope is that you connect with a song & allow your mind to be free.

 

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More music to come your way.

 

Be a light, 

share the light, 

lead with your heart. 

 Namaste. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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