Unconditional Love Is Not Enabling

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There is so much talk these days about the need to practice unconditional love, and for good reason. Our world is full of polarities that foster war, hunger, disease, loneliness, depression, and the list goes on. We live our lives with an unspoken agreement that we are separate from others, and from the natural environment. This misunderstanding breeds judgments within us and toward others. Without a doubt, the world is in need of our practicing unconditional love more than ever.But what … [Read more...]

Freedom From Habits and Addictions

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Let's explore the distinction between a habit and an addiction. As we all know, our lives seem to be woven together through a series of thoughts and actions that eventually become habits. Some of these patterns that become ingrained into our daily lifestyle clearly serve us in healthy and productive ways, like brushing our teeth and bathing daily, while others take us down a path of frustration, depression and dis-ease. Some habits may seem incredibly difficult to break, but given enough … [Read more...]

Living the Life of Your Dreams

(c) Carl Studna

Imagine waking each morning with this deep-rooted passion, knowing and feeling the boundless potential for this new and glorious day. Every cell and fiber of your being is ignited with light and joy and you’re filled with an unstoppable sense of awe. You can’t wait to jump out of bed and greet the mystery and enchantment that the day beholds.Sound like a stretch? Is there a part of you that senses this might be possible or does this seem way too airy-fairy and in the clouds? Do you rec … [Read more...]

Living in the ‘Let Go’

(c) Carl Studna

Here we are at the beginning of the new year, and for many of us, it’s a time to evaluate what’s really important, anchor our priorities and set promising goals for the next twelve months. We might reach certain goals, while falling short of others, bringing feelings of disappointment, guilt, or self-blame. The goals that we do reach might cost us our sense of wellbeing if we carry any remnants of stress, anxiousness, worry, or anger into the process.We’re so conditioned in Western Cultu … [Read more...]

Self-Care versus Selfishness

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It’s common in our culture to place others' needs before our own. Many of us our taught from an early age that our needs are not as important as those around us, so we become accustomed to doing for others; sometimes as a loving gesture, sometimes to make ourselves feel good, and other times to meet an unquenchable thirst for approval.Some of us are taught that it’s selfish and indulgent to give to ourselves, so we shy away from any form of self-care. Others are raised believing that it’ … [Read more...]

Life in the Past Lane

(c) Carl Studna

Do you ever feel as if your life is repeating a series of past events, akin to looking out your driver’s side window and constantly seeing the same scenery? Are you opting to be a creature of habit, largely living in your reptilian brain, or are you choosing to see new sights and open to new thoughts that are always at hand, waiting to be accessed?Years ago, I was having an in-depth conversation with my seventy-six (at the time) year old father asking him detailed questions about his r … [Read more...]

Be Still and Know

(c) Carl Studna

We live in a society that constantly promotes and awards us for our various acts of doing. Outer accomplishments warrant praise. Rich insights that don’t bare the fruit of material achievement usually go unnoticed. In the workplace, most companies primarily care about the end objective; how quickly and efficiently we produce the desired results in a cost-effective way. Our training teaches us to either brainstorm with others for the answers or be a lone wolf and forge the unchartered territories … [Read more...]

Strengthening Our Spiritual Muscles

(c) Carl Studna

Have you noticed how great your body feels after working out at the gym? How powerful it feels to get your heart pumping and your muscles toned? Doesn’t it feel like a small breakthrough as you walk out the door, knowing that you’ve worked through any resistance in getting yourself there? Often, an added benefit is a greater sense of mental acuity as well.As we age, it’s more important than ever to maintain a weekly regimen that helps to keep our muscles strong and vital. Yet, the same is equ … [Read more...]

Relieving Spiritual Growth Pain

(c) Carl Studna

Remember what growth pains felt like as a child, especially when going through massive growth spurts? As if you were being stretched from the inside, a dull and constant discomfort pulsated throughout your legs and arms which made you feel a bit down and cranky.Not too different from Spiritual growth pains except that our childhood pains naturally diminish as our bodies grow into their full development. Perhaps our Spiritual growth pains only exist when we choose not to listen to our inner … [Read more...]

Taking a Spiritual Time-Out

(c) Carl Studna

Navigating throughout our lives in such a goal oriented culture, it’s easy to slip into a fast moving pace and feel as if we need to keep up the momentum by giving ourselves little or no time to pause. How often do you hit the pillow at night and breathe a deep exhale due to a day of non-stop activity? There appears to be so many demands throughout the day ranging from responsibilities at the workplace to the raising of a family, and the hours often feel way too fleeting without enough time to g … [Read more...]


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