You can…be Happy

Have you ever met those people that are so happy it can sometimes make you feel ill at ease? You wonder where this endless energy comes from, the positive outlook, you contemplate the way that you want to be around them more because it makes you feel better too? {that answer is simple, they radiate love}

‘I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.’ Arthur Rubinstein

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From what I have been told, the messages I am now getting (& I feel it) I am now one of these people. I actually LOVE life. I am now one where every problem is an opportunity, I possess a ‘can do’, ‘will do’ attitude, and sport the ‘I wont quit’ determination.

This is me now, grateful for every day. Every possible opportunity. Every moment. Not a day goes by I dont feel blessed, feel my heart fill with love and gratitude for everything I have created.

This wasnt always so, I used to live in the darkness and saw no reason for life itself. I gave the purpose of my life, my heart and my soul to another person, needless to say when that didnt work out I wasnt left with very much. I didnt want to live. It has taken time, and hard work, but I have found my very own happiness.

Through cultivating a sense of self, appreciating who I am, exactly as I am, not worrying about what happens tomorrow or when I reach the goals I set for myself, but now. Here, in this moment. I have cultivated an attitude of gratitude. For everything and everyone in my life, now, the past and yet to come. I have made peace with my past, the person who I used to be that wasnt necessarily good, and acted in ways that are the opposite. My past does not define me. Through taking the time to find myself, I have found my passion, my pure purpose in life.

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I have become my own best friend. Without speaking from ego, I love the person I am, that includes the extra 5kg, the facial lines of wisdom, signs of my life, the cellulite, the grey hair…these things are all me. I have learnt to understand my emotions, to actively change my thoughts, and to live every day blessed. To trust myself and the decisions I make, and know that its ok to make mistakes.

You can create your very own happiness.

Be Well; the Project is my 21 day program designed to introduce you to the healthy habits I use every day to live my life content, in bliss…happy (and healthy).

This project is about becoming the best version of yourself, after all the best & priceless relationship you will ever have is with yourself. You are your best investment. It is not a diet plan; however there will be personalised nutritional advice. Together we will find healthier, manageable options to enhance the life you are living. Whether you choose the program for weight loss, after an emotional upset, or just to feel better, together we will work towards your goals.

‘Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.’ William E. Gladstone

The program is 4 weeks long and is divided as follows:

Intro week: Responsibility and awareness. Begin your journey by completing daily awareness forms, understand how food makes you feel, evaluate your energy levels. *Upon completion of each week you will send your completed forms to me. I will then provide a personal recommendation for the following week. Week 1: Mind. Learn to focus your mind with tips and tools. Plant seeds of positivity and create a healthy mindset to ensure success of the lifestyle change. Learn to change your automatic thought patterns.

Week 2: Body. Personalised nutrition and exercise advise. Nutrition consultation & begin to alkalise. Find what works for you. Learn to appreciate the beauty that your body is. Understand how to listen to its cravings and how to eat for your hormones.

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Week 3: Soul. Learn the art of Self-love and balance. Take time for yourself. Cultivate a sense of self trust, belief. Practice gratitude and acts of kindness.

 

‘Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.’ Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

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The 4 week program is $100.

If you would like to partake in the program, please email me charlie@charliedehaas.com.au

I would love to work with you and be a source of support.

‘Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.’ Dalai Lama

 

Love & light, Charlie x.

There is light & greatness within us all, are you prepared to be more of the gorgeous creation you already are?

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A dedication…Nelson Mandela

Yesterday the world lost a true leader. A fighter for the free world. A man who dedicated his life to peace and love.

 “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

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Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

As I watched social media fast fill up with dedications and posts, I began to truly understand just how immense his effect was and began to completely feel his power. This was a man that believed in something and dedicated his whole life to the cause, despite the controversies and struggles he faced.

Re-reading his words of wisdom and reflecting on the life he led, really rocked me to the core.

Today I just wanted to share some words from a man who truly believed in change; change that we can create with every small act of love, every 1 person who believes; we can create the change the world needs.

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He devoted his life as a freedom fighter.

As a leader of a freedom, anti racial movement he was branded as a terrorist by a white government. Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison, working more than 7 hrs a day for nearly 12 years until force labor was abolished on Robben Island. His cell was small and contained a bucket as a toilet. He was allowed one visitor per year for only 30 minutes. Of his time in prison Mandela wrote “People tend to measure themselves by external accomplishments, but jail allows a person to focus on internal ones; such as honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, generosity and an absence of variety,” “You learn to look into yourself.

When he walked hand in hand with his wife…“As I finally walked through those gates … I felt — even at the age of seventy-one — that my life was beginning anew.” Here was a man the world had waited to see.

In his time as president (the first black south african president) he created a government of national unity, focusing on anti racial, poverty and equality rights.

‘Poverty is not natural’.

Although a controversial figure for most of his life, Mandela was rewarded with a Nobel peace price in 1993. He also received the US presidential medal of freedom, in his time he received over 250 medals of honour.

He wil be remembered now and forever as a man who dedicated himself to a goal. A goal to create a better world.

 

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Words of wisdom…

‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’

‘It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.’

‘For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.’

‘There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.’

‘We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.’

“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

 

 

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Mandela; the father of a nation. Bless.

Love & light, Charlie x.

After reflecting on these powerful/strong words I am reminded that I can create my dream reality; I just have to work harder for it.

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My Yoga Matt…my Magic Carpet.

Last night during our yoga class we were invited to make our intention…Triumph, to celebrate every small ‘win’ we have in our life, for having a better day than yesterday, for choosing happier thoughts, healthier foods, for making it to the yoga matt (in yoga you are welcomed to set an intention/focus for your class, whatever it is that you are needing today, in this moment of your life).

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Some of you may know, I have made a commitment to my yoga practice; 5 x per week. I do believe that yoga changed my life in ways I couldn’t begin to imagine over 12 months ago (I would try to practice 1-2 x per week then). Now, as my life is immensely changing I wanted some form of structure, so I choose yoga (I am also lucky enough to have the flexibility to fit this into my current work/life schedule), the most rewarding practice for my mind, body and soul during one of the most exhilarating, special and possibly scariest times of my life.

Now, I come from an athletic background, I love feeling my body work, pushing it to its limits, running; long distance, sprints, weights etc. Therefore, Yoga for me is extremely challenging, to keep my active mind focused on and in my practice.

Its been over a month now since Ive made my comitement and keeping it (probably one of the longest commitments Ive kept in a while), and I have been experiencing a new feeling, something out of this world.

‘Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes’. Thich Nhat Hanh

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As I lay on my matt, my body is automatically filled with a sense of familiarity, of thanks, it nearly feels like a ‘hello’, a sense of ‘welcome’. I presume this is because as I continue my practice I am starting to reap the rewards of which there are many, and my body senses this as I am welcomed onto my matt, ready to experience the joys of yoga.

In Aladdin, Aladin says to Princess Jasmine ‘Its a magic carpet, lets get out of the palace, see the world’.

My yoga matt is my magic carpet, it offers me a whole new world, filled with love, peace and positivity.

‘I can open your eyes, take you  wonder by wonder. On a magic carpet ride, a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view, no one to tell us no or where to go, or say were only dreaming, a whole new word, a dazzling place a I never knew.’ Aladdin

You create a sense of connection between your mind, body and soul on your yoga matt. Yes, there are struggles, to keep focused and present is part of the practice that is yoga. It’s important to find a yogi and studio you connect with, this will make the difference to your practice, whether you enjoy it or dread it.

“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” Rumi 

I practice at Flow Athletic (www.flowathletic.com.au) and my favourite yogi is Lynsey W. She speaks to us as we hold postures, struggling between feeling the fire within our body and keeping focus within the mind. She speaks about celebrating the feeling, last night she said ‘its called yoga practice, not yoga perfect’, I couldnt help but smile, all to often as we attempt these postures that the yogis make look effortless, we become so serious, demanding on our bodies trying to force our way into the posture.

Yoga is a reward. My yoga matt my transportation to a better world.

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In this world I am free from negativity, free from stress, I am filled with love and peace. For yoga teaches you how to be calm in the midst of a storm (situation), that no matter what happens or where you are on your own life journey, you can always return to this place of peace, your yoga matt adn generate a feeling of love and wellbeing within yourself.

‘When you find peace within yourself, you become th kind of person who can live at peace with others’. Peace Pilgrim

 

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‘A whole new world, unbelievable sights, indescribable feeling.’ Aladin

Shavasna is the final posture (destination) in yoga practice and I’ve recently been finding myself filled with something that feels like (I imagine) light would feel, I am filled with a sense of bliss, so much so I’ve begun to notice that I lay with a gentle smile on my lips, in my eyes and in my heart.

Yoga practice, not perfect. Thank you, you are changing my life and allowing me to become a better version of myself.

‘Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.’ Unknown

Love & light, Charlie x.

Let me share this whole new world with you.

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Just hold on we’re going home…

I am completely head over heals in love with this song at the moment. I love the words, the beat and of course the sweet sound of drakes voice and what the words represent.

‘I live in my own little world, but thats ok, they know me here’. Lauren Myracle

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What is home to you? Where do you feel ‘at home’?
We use this term to describe a place we feel completely at ease, a place we feel free to just be.

There aren’t to many places you will find that feel like home; a sense of familiarity, a sense of belonging, a sense of complete peace.

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We often to look to other people to create this sense of home, sometimes we can find this feeling of contentment within another’s arms and love, but what happens when that isn’t or is no longer available?
When things go astray, go wrong or just the beauty that is life happens, we reach out to others in our world to offer condolences, support and guidance.
What if anytime you reached a crossroad or a mountain, you could simply return to a place of love within you? Your home. Your sense of being. Your essence.

Be your own place of love.

Feel compassion and a sense of self by learning ways to self soothe and return to your inner stillness and you will always be able to feel at one with yourself, contentment and fully ‘home’.

‘You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.’ Alan Alda

Sometimes when I feel a little lost, a little unsure, I ask myself ‘what do I need to make this better?’ To solve the issue? ‘What do I need to do in this moment?’

When things would go wrong for me I would automatically long for my mothers bed, for when I was little this was my safe place, if I was sick, she was there, if I was suffering heart-break, she was there, if I felt I’d ruined my life (yes I used to see every small ant hole as a mountain of ruin), she was there.

But now, it’s not so easy to just return to her. I have to find my own place of security to return to.
For me; to generate this ‘home’ feeling of love, belonging and peace, I have created ways to self soothe; I return to my yoga mat, write my thoughts to clear my mind, run (exercise releases the happy hormones, endorphins & dopamine to make you feel good), or I simply get my ‘quiet’ on…no phone, no electrics, no LED lights to interfere with my melatonin, snuggle into bed with a good positive book or hopelessly romantic movie.

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When things go not quite right, it’s an automatic protection response for our minds to think with negative thoughts. When I find myself in a position of reevaluation, I have found that this is the best time to read inspirational material, the best time to plant seeds of positivity (it doesn’t matter if I’m distraught with salty tears washing over my skin); practise healthy habits.

‘The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.’ Julien Green

Home; it is within you. It is very the essence of being.

Love & light, Charlie x.

‘Cause your a good girl and you know it.’

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