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...]

Cultivating Inner Peace

(c) Carl Studna

Given the tragic events this past week related to the Boston Marathon coupled with the escalation of random shootings over the past several years, combined with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we as a society are being faced more consistently with painful, life-threatening situations that provoke deep sadness, fear, and often a sense of helplessness.Perhaps these trying times are an act of evolution calling us to go deeper in our need to reevaluate our current local and world conditions and … [Read more...]

Through Mystic Eyes

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Usually when we think of someone that’s considered a mystic, they are seen as deeply holy, in the realm of a sage or avatar; individuals such as St. Francis, Joan of Arc, and Meister Eckhart  come to mind. All of these people have had faith in, and followed an inner vision that the society have not seen or believed possible.Perhaps these rare individuals are not so rare in today’s world. As humankind continues to open to our unlimited possibilities, our senses expand and we become more attu … [Read more...]

Leading from the Heart

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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...]

True Vulnerability is Not for Wimps!

(c) Carl Studna

In past generations, the act of being vulnerable was seen as a weakness, a sign of letting your guard down and being small. As a culture, we’re clearly in the process of redefining what it means to be vulnerable. It takes a lot of courage to let down our defenses and simply show up in the present moment being open, receptive, honest and compassionate. It’s as if there’s a collective fear that in so doing, we’ll be run down by those that are “stronger” and more aggressive.Yet, isn’t this minds … [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...]

Seeing Through New Eyes

(c) Carl Studna

Every moment offers us the opportunity to see anew, both through our inner landscape and through our outer eyes. When we are living in the state of open and perceptive awareness, our curiosity is heightened and every thought, word, feeling and action serves as a new adventure.Remember times as a child when exploring new terrain felt like you were conquering the world? Everything appeared new and fresh, bringing a sense of mystery and wonder. This inquisitive state is our natural way of … [Read more...]


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