Clarity Amidst Confusion

(c) Carl Studna

With all of the constant stimuli around us, remaining clear and focused each day has truly become an art form. Distractions are everywhere, ranging from the media to the internet, we are constantly being tested on how focused we remain in our center without being swayed by outside influences. Most of us in Western culture grow up in an atmosphere where we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others; in school, in our homes, on television, in magazines and through the worldwide web. Our circle of … [Read more...]

Your Expansive Life

(c) Carl Studna

In every moment, we are either thinking thoughts that are expansive or constrictive.  It’s pretty easy to determine which of these states of mind we’re in if we’re simply paying attention. Currently, I’m sitting on a plane with very little room to write, people brushing by my shoulder, and a constant shakiness as I’m typing these words. I have the choice of feeling challenged by my environment and constricting my energy, or seeing the entire scenario as an inventive adventure. In choosing the lat … [Read more...]

Creating Your Day

(c) Carl Studna

If a genie were to magically appear before you granting one wish, and you told him that you would like to create the perfect day for yourself throughout the rest of your life, what would you create? Who would be with you? Where would you be, and what would you be doing?It’s imperative that we ask these questions and truly envision how our lives would look if we were living our ultimate dreams. What would it feel like in your body and in your energetic field if you felt fully free, e … [Read more...]

Just Breathe

(c) Carl Studna

Most of us take the act of breathing for granted, going about our days accomplishing our tasks with little or no thought given to our breath. Why would we? We’re not taught in school to pay attention to our breath as that would appear to have no academic value. Few of us were raised in a home environment that encouraged breath awareness. Yet, the act of taking full, gentle breaths in and out throughout our day can be one of the most beneficial and simple actions to relax our body and m … [Read more...]

Winds of Compassion

(c) Carl Studna

Our world today presents us with daily opportunities to practice compassion in every passing moment. All you need do is turn on the news, or be driving in your car and you’ll be gifted with the critical choice of either reacting out of fear or delving into a richer understanding and care for each other and the world condition.In the last U.S Presidential election campaign, there was a lot of talk about our system being broken. This word, broken, when we take it apart can serve as a powerful m … [Read more...]

Photography as a Spiritual Practice

(c) Carl Studna

What if every time that you picked up a camera, you regarded this tool as a mechanism for revealing the inner and outer light around us? How wondrous this black box would become as we viewed the radiant essence of everything and everyone!This has been my relationship to the camera since age sixteen, and I’ve grown to constantly see the world through the lens of life’s brilliant light.Think about it….the camera only imprints what is light enough to see, and the most striking pictures are o … [Read more...]

Believing is Seeing

(c) Carl Studna

Have you ever noticed how we begin to see certain things around us when we place enough importance on these things? Say you buy a new car and all of a sudden, you begin seeing that model everywhere you go. It feels as if your model has miraculously reproduced all over the highway, like rabbits during mating season! Yet we know that this realistically can’t be the case.There’s a section of the brain called the reticular activating system, and its role is to alert our vision to things that … [Read more...]


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