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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Smile for the Camera

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What is it about our constant desire in Western culture to have people smile when in front of a camera? It’s as if we want others to look happy and relaxed without us (those taking the picture) putting out much effort to fulfill that desire. It’s no wonder that most people feel so uncomfortable in front of a camera, being asked to put on a genuine smile with no true engagement from the picture taker.Having been a professional photographer for thirty-four years, I’m quite aware of the dysfu … [Read more...]

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...]

Adversity as our Teacher

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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...]

Saying Yes to Greatness

(c) Carl Studna

At first glance, who wouldn’t say yes to living a life of greatness, of fully embodying our innate talents and letting them soar? Sounds good in theory, but how often do we choose a safer path for risk of failure or ridicule? Many of us did not grow up in an environment that fostered taking risks, and if we didn’t meet our goal, we were often (to put it lightly) not encouraged or supported to try again.It’s up to us as we grow into adulthood to place a new spin on taking risks and see the … [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...]


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