Are You Vulnerable to Love?

(c) Carl Studna

Remember when being vulnerable was seen a bad thing? In reference to war, a common expression has been, “being vulnerable to attack.” In personal terms, being vulnerable to your feelings has been deeply discouraged as we’ve been told that this leads to getting hurt. We clearly come from a culture that has viewed the notion of being vulnerable as one to avoid at all costs in order to preserve safety and security.As we continue to evolve as a culture growing into greater consciousness, we’r … [Read more...]

Dare to Be You!

(C) Carl Studna

Sounds simple? Try it for a day. Most of us that have been raised in Western culture have been deeply indoctrinated from the time of our birth with a whole lot of programing about how we should act, look and be in the world. Between the advertising, fashion, and pharmaceutical industries, many of us have had pretty heavy doses of the message that we need to be someone other than who we are. So much so, that we stop questioning our own internal wisdom and begin to believe that if we look a … [Read more...]

Expressing Your Inner Beauty

(c) Carl Studna

Imagine being at a bank and walking up to the window to make a transaction. You’re greeted with a warm smile by the bank teller as she asks how she can help you today.  As you proceed with your transaction, you notice how light and good that you feel inside and you realize that this teller’s way of relating with you brings forth an inner warmth and feeling of goodness. You observe that her eyes are alive with a compassionate presence and her smile emits a feeling of joyfulness. You think to your … [Read more...]

Leading from the Heart

don Miguel Ruiz (c) Carl Stunda

Who doesn’t remember the expression, “a child should be seen and not heard!” What a potent and suppressive statement this is for a child to receive. It’s no wonder that so many adults have lived a life of devout seriousness, largely void of joyful expression and playfulness. Our society has been deeply steeped in an unspoken agreement telling us that in order to reach our goals and be successful, we must be seriously focused and (at times) heartless.Fortunately, more and more of us are choosi … [Read more...]


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