Redefining Faith

(c) Carl Studna

Recently, my wife and I were listening to a well-respected, politically-based comic give a brilliant routine at a local venue.  I was feeling completely aligned with his point of view and his values until he broached the subject of faith. I was aware that he considered himself an atheist, yet was surprised when he completely debunked the entire concept of faith. Explaining that he was raised Catholic, he became very cynical at a young age, associating faith with living blindly and giving all … [Read more...]

Living Life Anew

(c) Carl Studna

In our day-to-day lives it’s so easy to become accustomed to a repetitive thought, feeling or decision to the degree that it breeds an outlook of expectancy and stagnation. If you’re driving on your daily commute to work and all you notice are the same shops, cars and stop lights, that drive will soon become pretty lifeless and boring.There’s an area of the brain that’s called the reticular activating system and it gets triggered whenever we place our attention on a particular thought, ac … [Read more...]

Trust As a Life Path

(c) Carl Studna

How often in your life have you made choices out of safety, only later having wished that you had taken greater risks and dared to be bolder? We live in a world that largely encourages us to play it safe and strive for comfort, so it’s no wonder that so many of us opt for a sense of false security.Recently, I was asking myself a question that I like to ask every so often. “If I were on my deathbed and reviewing my life, what would be my biggest regret?” The answer rang out loudly and clear … [Read more...]

Nature’s Resilience

(c) Carl Studna

Can we all agree that the human race is a part of nature’s grand design? In the course of human history, it’s been but a brief moment that we’ve been moving away from a time of reason and science ruling our thoughts and choices. Collectively as a culture, for hundreds of years we’ve held the belief that humanity is separate from nature, able to control our destiny apart from the natural elements. It’s now becoming clear that we are indeed a part of nature’s complex ecosystem. In fact, so integral … [Read more...]

Making Horse Sense

(c) Carl Studna

From the time I was a child, I’ve always felt a deep resonance and sense of connection with horses and have always held the dream of owning and caring for these majestic creatures. Just recently, this dream has become a reality. All of the elements finally came together thus supporting the responsibilities that come with the ownership and care of these animals, allowing me to take the leap of faith and become a “horse person.”My horse’s name is Rumi, and he’s one of the most present, sensitiv … [Read more...]

Be the Fit

(c) Carl Studna

Most of us grew up in a culture telling us directly or indirectly that we must fit in and not “rock the boat.” Consequently, many of us have succumbed to jobs, relationships and activities that have been based in radical compromise to our inherent calling. There are an enormous amount of people that aren’t even aware of their innate gifts and highest purpose due to an early on decision based in settling for mediocrity. Yet, at the time, it didn’t feel like a decision, as our society tells us that … [Read more...]

When You Wish Upon A Star

Growing up in the United States as a child of the early sixties, Walt Disney and his cast of animated characters served as deep influence throughout many young children’s lives, bringing a rich element of magic, joy and hope to our world.Remember Disney’s animated version of the mythic tale, Pinocchio? We met Geppetto, a kind-hearted woodcarver who has always yearned for a son. He creates Pinocchio, this wooden marionette, and through the unforeseen power of love and deep desire, Pinocchio tr … [Read more...]

Time to Unplug

(c) Carl Studna

When is the last time that you fully unplugged…..your television, radio, computer, iPod, iPad, telephone, and all electronic devices that engage you? Sound easy? Try it for a day and see how easy it is….not!We have become so accustomed to constantly being active and stimulated by these devices, so much so that many of us rarely find time to simply be still and listen to our inner guidance. For those readers over forty, remember when you’d have free time in a public environment? You might be w … [Read more...]

Being an Explorer

(c) Carl Studna

As children, our natural tendency is to be curious and open to the vast and wondrous new world around us. We enter into this life with an innate thirst for knowledge and understanding. At the core of our nature lies a rich desire to seek out the next new adventure which could be as simple as building a secret fort behind an overgrowth of bushes. Remember how exciting it was playing “hide and seek?” Both for the one hiding and the person seeking, every location that you hid or searched carried a r … [Read more...]

Adversity as our Teacher

Waterfalls-5jul13

Imagine if every time you felt challenged, hurt, stuck or confused you saw it as a sign to grow. Sound like a stretch? We’re so conditioned in our culture to think that something’s wrong when we’re not in the flow. However, think of how many times that you’ve learned a great lesson when, in retrospect, you’ve been able to review a life challenge and discover that it’s made you a wiser and more compassionate human being.Perhaps adversity is more a state of mind than a reality. The Random House … [Read more...]


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