Perfection amidst Imperfection

(c) Carl Studna

We live in a world filled with paradox and dichotomy. Just when you feel as if you have something figured out, you realize that there’s always more to learn, more dimensions than you had previously imagined.There seem to be three camps of perspective related to how we view life. The first group perceives all events and circumstances in life as flawed and imperfect, seeing life through the filter that nothing’s ever right. They might become apathetic or extreme activists. Either way, the … [Read more...]

Sculpting Your Life Masterpiece

(c) Carl Studna

When you think of Michelangelo, the artwork he’ll forever be remembered for are his exquisite sculptures and paintings. However, there is one particular piece of art that the world considers his masterpiece, the sculpture of David. When standing beneath this grand, chiseled figure, one cannot help but be in awe at the level of detail accenting every muscle and body part. Life emerges out of the stone that gives a sense of soul or essence to the subject.When Michelangelo was asked to s … [Read more...]

Our Life is a Journey

(c) Carl Studna

Whenever we travel abroad, we place ourselves in conditions that are out of the status quo, away from our usual routine and schedule. Because so many experiences might be different than in our day-to-day routine at home, the diverse environment around us persuasively invites us to broaden our horizons and be flexible amidst the differences in language and customs. If we choose not to go with the program, we’ll likely feel impatient, unhappy and frustrated.Traveling offers us the o … [Read more...]

What Shall I Wear When Meeting a Guru?

(c) Carl Studna

Recently, I was invited to share an intimate one-on-one meeting with a prominent Indian guru. Not something that happens every day. It required flying from Denver to the East Coast, lodging in a hotel and renting a car, all on my dime….but how could I say no!? With little hesitation, I confirmed a date and made all travel arrangements. I considered the invitation a great honor and trusted that the higher purpose of the meeting would become clear and be enriching for us both.The day b … [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...]

WHAT NOW?…….Listen……..

(c) Carl Studna

How often do we complete a task or a goal and immediately ask ourselves, “What now?” Most of us in Western culture are so conditioned to think that we must constantly be busy or on-purpose in order to feel accomplished and worthy. From childhood, we’re rewarded for excelling at one thing or another while moments of downtime or contemplation are seen as lazy or falling behind. From a very young age, children are often being pushed and encouraged to meet a higher standard whose bar is continually b … [Read more...]

What Are You Devoted To?

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In past generations, the word devotion was most commonly associated with your religious practice, how devoted you were to God. In current times, the meaning of devotion is often applied to various life practices.When examining beliefs and goals, I much prefer to ask myself, “What I am devoted to?”, rather than, “What am I committed to?” When we make commitments, they generally are created through our mind or intellect. We declare that we’re going to do or accomplish something by a certain dat … [Read more...]