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Preference Makes the World Go ‘Round

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
~Claude Monet

“I hate flowers. I only paint them because they’re cheaper than models and don’t move.” ~Georgia O’Keefe

We don’t all have to love the same things. Having preferences strengthens our characters and personalities, whether it’s what you think God looks like, the type of peanut butter you buy, or what you look for in a mate… Preferences make the world go round.

The problem comes when we start judging that which is not what we’d choose. We judge our own choices, get annoyed with anyone who believes something other than we do, make laws against other peoples choices, and in extreme cases, engage in wars over them.

Now of course, I can’t control religious wars all over the world, but I CAN contribute an attitude of ACCEPTANCE & COMPASSION to this planet by embracing the varying array of choices out there. I don’t condemn them, because I know how scary the world would be if we all liked the exact same things!


Now, I jest… I love them polygamists– they spice the world up, with their intricate hairdos and high-necked frocks. I CHOOSE to be the only wife to my single solitary husband, and they can CHOOSE to do their thing! I don’t need to change them or be mad about it. I want to live in a world with lots of contrast 🙂


One of my very favorite excerpts from Abraham-Hicks’ book, Ask and It Is Given, is called Do Not Put Those Unwanted Ingredients in Your Pie!, and it goes like this:

Imagine yourself as a chef in an extremely well-stocked kitchen that contains every imaginable ingredient. Let us say that you have a clear idea of the culinary creation you desire, and you understand how to combine these easily accessible ingredients in order to fulfill your desire. And as you proceed, there are many ingredients that are not appropriate for your creation, so you do not utilize them, but you also feel no discomfort about their existence. You simply utilize the ingredient that will enhance your creation– and you leave the ingredients that are not appropriate for your creation out of your pie.

Some of the ingredients in this well-stocked kitchen are harmonious with your creation, and some of them are not. But even though adding some of the ingredients to your creation would absolutely ruin your pie, you do not feel the need to push against those ingredients, or to ban them from the kitchen, because you understand that there is no reason for them to end up in your pie unless YOU  put them in it. And since you are clear about which ones enhance your creation and which ones do not enhance it, you feel no concern about the great variety of ingredients that exist.

Mmmm… pie….

So embrace the contrast in your world today… There’s enough room for ALL of choices 🙂


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Oh My Gawd, You are a God!

It is believed that the Hindu God of Creation, BRAHMA, created the world simply by meditating.

Unbelievable, right?!

Can you only imagine if you had that ability? To create your world simply by meditating?

Sorry to break it to you…

But you DO.


Take a moment and ask yourself this question:

Based on the thoughts I’ve been thinking lately, what kind of world have I created?

Every thought we have, every image we create, every path we allow ourselves to walk down energetically, is a seed of our future reality. To be at peace, we must see ourselves at peace. To be in love, we must see ourselves in love. To live in a state of abundance, we must see ourselves as abundant.

To be happy, we must see ourselves as happy!

Imagine your life as you’d like it to be. On a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. What does it FEEL like? What does it feel like from the inside out? Feeling that way, how do you behave? How do others respond to you? How do your dreams manifest as reality?

Notice how your current thoughts create your reality, and meditate on your life as you would like it to be.

Starting on Monday, we are embarking on a 21 day journey of meditation on the theme of ABUNDANCE. Please join HAPPY-U as we create our worlds through meditation starting on Monday, November 5th… Fifteen little minutes a day is all that stands between you and the world you’re dreaming of.


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The most powerful act in the world




I came across this quote this morning from Wayne Dyer…

I meditate each day
to increase my awareness of the divine power within me.
Through meditation, I am able to realize
the beauty, grace, and love that directs my life
and fulfills my deepest desires. Start with 5 minutes a day.

And then I remembered…


And I thought that an hour sounded like a reeeeeally long time. But then I remembered, ooh yay, the next 21-Day Meditation Challenge with the Chopra Center starts in 10 days, and each meditation is only 15 minutes! Score!

And then I thought, I’d love for all my beautiful Bloggity Blog readers to join me on the journey so we can talk about it! So I decided to put the link here so you can register fo’ free 🙂


And then I got so excited because ABUNDANCE is one of my favorite topics, and this Meditation Challenge is all about it! It’s called, Creating Abundance!… how perfect 🙂

And THEN, I remembered this OTHER quote from Wayne Dyer…


…and I got really amped up about meditating, so I stopped typing, hit PUBLISH, and meditated.

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The Art of Allowance

“If you have a subject that makes you uncomfortable when you think about it, it means there is strong desire related to it. Which means it really, really, really matters. So finding a way to think about it and feel good is your work.” ~Abraham

This is some goooooooood stuff right here… let’s take a look, shall we?

Say you have some weird feelings about money. You don’t have enough and you want more. Your “inner work” is to find something to feel good about in order to attract more money. If you dwell in that “poor” mentality of “but I don’t have enough money”, you’ll attract more of the same. The feeling of lack you’re sending out attracts more lack. Like attracts like… it’s the Law of Attraction.

So, Karson, how am I supposed to suddenly feel good about the fact that I don’t have enough money? Haven’t you been preaching about truth this past week? If the truth is I’m poor, then I’d be lying to say I’m rich.

My answer to you is, what is rich? You don’t have to start saying you have a lot of money if that’s not true, but chances are you are rich in other areas of life. And if you can get yourself lined up with all the abundance in your life (be it in love, friends, shoes, whatever), you will attract more abundance in ALL forms, including money. 

Your work is to focus on the letting go of resistance so all your desires can flow to you. And if a subject makes you feel uncomfortable or any negative emotion, it is simply a sign from your system that there’s a blockage somewhere. Here’s the good news… you don’t even need to figure out WHAT the blockage IS! You just simply shift your perspective to some element that feels good about it, which softens your resistance and therefore ALLOWS the good stuff to come in!

It’s really not WORK after all… it’s a PROCESS of ALLOWING. You don’t need to force your desires into existence, you just want to ALLOW them to flow to you naturally, which they will if you become a magnet for abundance! And how do you become a master manifester? Simply by appreciating and being grateful at every possible turn. That’s it. Easy peasy and completely in your control.

Your emotions are powerful indicators of your areas of resistance. 

When Sophie (the Furry Happiness Guru) growls or barks, rather than get mad or frustrated with her, I’ve started saying, “Thank you for letting me know something is wrong!” And I act accordingly.

And that’s how I look at my emotions. When I feel angry or shameful, I try to say to myself, “Thank you for letting me know that something is vibrationally out of line here. What can I do to clean it up?” And then I act accordingly. By looking at your emotions as energetic indicators of how in alignment you are, you take control of life and can more easily slip into the vibration of abundance you so seek.

So here’s to the art of allowance!! Enjoy the journey 🙂

*Check out more from Abraham-Hicks in our Happy-U LibraryAsk & It Is Given is one of our absolute faves :)*

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I’m going to skip!

One of my foundation books– or happiness manuals, as I sometimes call them– is Ask & It Is Given by Abraham-Hicks. They are groundbreakers in the realm of manifestation and the Law of Attraction, and their books & workshops have been monumental in my discovery of the power of vibration & the laws of the universe. I subscribe to their daily e-mail, which is always a quote from one of their workshops from the past 10 years, and it almost always strikes something deep inside me. I love their work because it is so clear and functional. It’s not just theoretical, it’s practical. And when I line myself up with their guidance, I truly feel like I’m connected to my highest self.

This was today’s quote, and I just loved it, so I had to pass it on…

I’m going to be happy. I’m going to skip. I’m going to be glad. I’m going to smile a lot. I’m going to be easy. I’m going to count my blessings. I’m going to look for reasons to feel good. I’m going to dig up positive things from the past. I’m going to look for positive things where I stand. I’m going to look for positive things in the future. It is my natural state to be a happy person. It’s natural for me to love and to laugh. This is what is most natural for me. I am a happy person! — Abraham

If you’re interested in learning more about Abraham-Hicks, check out our Happy-U Library 🙂

Have a great day!! XO

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The Kite of Contrast

“There is not something you’re supposed to do. There’s not something that you should do. There is only that which you are inspired to do. And how do you get inspired except by the contrast? It’s the life experience that gives you the idea of the desire, and then as you focus upon the desire, the Energy flows.” — Abraham

I love remembering how much I value contrast. When I reflect on the most wonderful things that have ever happened in my life, they were ALL born out of contrast. Here’s how it works…

Something happens in your experience. You either love it and feel inspired by it, or you don’t. If you feel negative emotions toward it, that contrast of feelings causes you to launch a rocket of desire for what you DO want. And you expand. And become clearer about your intentions and dreams. It’s that simple.

Here’s an example. About 5 years ago, I applied for a grant at my job and didn’t get it. I was heart-broken. I had done everything right, and truly felt that I deserved the grant. But it didn’t happen. That disappointment (aka contrast) caused me to really think about what I DID want to feel in my job. I wanted to feel valued. I wanted to have amazing opportunities. Really, I didn’t want to have to rely on others people to determine my worth, so maybe I didn’t really want to work in an environment like that after all. Maybe I wanted to create a different life, where I COULD experience those desires, which were now clearer than ever before. And so that’s what I did. I left my job and moved across the country to San Diego, where I quickly found my life purpose, the man of my dreams, and a life where I get to put my toes in the sand every day.

And I think all the time… What if I had gotten that grant? 

So when things don’t go as I THINK they should go, I remember the winds of contrast. Without them, my kite would never sail. For when the contrast comes, and it always does, I try not to react to it. Instead, I sift my way through the contrast to figure out what it is I REALLY want, and then get my vibration in line with that desire, and it comes. Every time. It is the Law of Attraction at its best 🙂

**If you want to read a life-changing book that is one of my foundational life-guides, read Ask & It Is Given, by Esther & Jerry Hicks. You’ll be glad you did. Now get off your computer and go fly a kite. Have a great day!**

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What is this thing called HAPPY-U? I’m dying to know!

Hello, my sweet peas! I’m on a quest to bring what I’m learning to all of you who are seeking it… HOW TO FIND TRUE, AWESOME, UNSHAKEABLE HAPPINESS 🙂

An artist, yoga instructor, & holistic coach, I am beaming with excitement at my most recent discoveries in the path of… dun dun DUN… POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY!

But, Karson, what IS positive psychology? That sounds weird. Did you make that up?

No, silly one, it’s a real thing! And it’s changing the way people are living their lives. Here’s the lowdown… One day, a really important dude in the realm of Psychology decided that it was time to look beyond just what goes wrong with the brain, and (DUH) start looking at what works RIGHT with it! What happens in the brain when we experience positive emotions (aka good vibes, warm fuzzies, the feel-goods, etc.? Do we have any control over our happiness, or are we SOL if we were born under a dark cloud? How can we use what we know about the brain to help ourselves feel better, and do I have to take a pill to do it?

Well, all hail Dr. Martin Seligman, the founding father of this awesome science called Positive Psychology, because he has uncovered something MAJOR for ALL of us.

WE ARE TRULY IN CHARGE OF OUR OWN HAPPINESS! It’s not just hippy dippy, pie in the sky shit, this is REAL! And grounded in SCIENCE (so it must be true, right?!). But seriously, Marty (yeah, that’s right, I call him Marty) pioneered a movement that has led to countless studies, books (seriously, go on Amazon and see how many books there are on happiness right now), and even a Masters Degree at UPenn in Positive Psychology about, you guessed it, HAPPINESS.

Wait, WTF, this is crazy talk, why doesn’t everyone know about this??

Well I’m working on it, people 🙂

And so it is based on his work that I am now enrolled in the one and only Positive Psychology Coaching Certification in the country, which is teaching ME how to coach YOU to be the best, most happiest, & vibrant version of yourself based on the most up-to-date findings in PosPsych. How flippin’ cool is that?? So thanks, Marty, I owe ya one…

But here’s the rad part, I’m filtering it through my own awesomeness in a way that is totally unique…

Here’s my formula:


Whaaaaaaaa???? Am I blowing your mind yet? Because I’m kind of blowing my own here…

Happy-U stands for a Holistic Approach to Positive Psychology & Yoga. And U stands forYOU, obvi. But will eventually stand for University when the day comes that I have a fully accredited University of Happiness that everyone can enroll in and will provide millions of dollars for me and my family so my hubby and babies and puppies can all live in a treehouse or a yurt or wherever we want to live so we can play all day and be merry and eat mangoes and… wait, what was I talking about?

Oh yeah, HAPPY-U! Great name, by the way, right?

So Miss Karson, you may be asking, what exactly do you DO? Other than do yoga and daydream?

Well thank you very much for asking. I will tell you.

Here’s the skinny on what I do:

1)Holistic Coaching– I am a holistic coach who works with yoga students who want to extend their sense of wellbeing beyond the mat and into their lives so they can find true unshakeable happiness, health, and wealth. I meet via PHONE CALL with you wherever you are (how cool is THAT? You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your cushy couch!) weekly or however often you so choose to help you DREAM BIG and see how fun and happy life can be. And for you sad-sacks who DON’T practice yoga and are asking, But, but, Karson, what about me? Do you work with non-yogis too? I’m just an average Joe! To you I say, hells yes! I work with everyone! The only requisite is that you have to WANT to be happier and BE COMMITTED to making powerful changes in your life.

2)Yoga Workshops– I currently hold my workshops in San Diego, CA, where we combine yoga with journalling, goal-setting, & positive psychology principles to clean up our vibrations and get moving! What are your goals? Not just your run-of-the-mill daily goals, like go to the gym today (although ok, ok, that’s valid too… jeesh, I’m making a point here), but your BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOALS (BHAGS, baby!!) and how can we make them happen FOR REAL? This is like a group coaching session & yoga class all in one. It’s awesome, and I’m working on making this available via Skype and E-Course (which is on MY goals list, thankyouverymuch :)), so stay tuned…

3)MP3 Files– Since everyone doesn’t have the luxury of having me to guide them through inspired yoga practices 24-7 (except maybe my handsome hubster), I record classes for you to purchase as your very own Mini-Karson in your iPod! Much chiller than I am here in this blog (giggle), these classes are for you to maintain your home practice or yoga whilst you travel. They’re awesome, their cheap, and they’re yours forever. You’re welcome.

4)Yoga Classes & Private Training– If you’re one of the lucky ones who live in the San Diego area, I teach at several studios in several styles, and I can honestly say, just about every class I teach is the best class I’ve ever taught. I love this stuff, and I find IMMENSE joy in guiding you dear hearts through your asana practice. We listen to sweet tunes, challenge ourselves to quiet our minds & center our hearts, sweat a bit, and smile a lot. We find our balance and laugh at ourselves when we fall (For reals, this is YOGA, people, no need to be so dang SERIOUS about it. Relax with the angry face, you competitive power yogis!). And of course, I also do private sessions if you want me to come to your house and help you find your inner warrior in the comfort of your own home-shala 🙂

SO YEAH! That’s what I’m doing in a nutshell, (it’s tiny in here!), and I am on FIRE with bringing this knowledge to you. It is fun, it is moving, it is life-changing, and it is totally accessible to you, wherever you are. So contact me at karson@happy-u.org to find out more, schedule your first FREE coaching call, or just reach out to say hi and give me a virtual high-five!

Look, you’re awesome, I’m awesome, and I am totally excited to co-create with people who are ready to make POWERFUL CHANGES in their lives, and I TRULY BELIEVE, to the depths of my radiant soul, that I have the tools to help you get there. I won’t give you the answers, I’ll help you find them your SELF, and that’s the greatest gift I can give… Help you to find your own inner greatness. I think y’all are awesome beings with so much to give and I sincerely hope you’ll jump aboard this awesome adventure and stop wasting time in a mediocre life. All aboard the train to Happy-U, the view is loverly 🙂

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