Don’t Give Up On Your Vision

caption: (c) Carl Studna

Some of us have had a calling since a young age, something that has inspired us or filled us with a creative sense of wonder or fulfillment. Others have felt that creative spark at some point in their lives yet never followed it though to fruition. Most of us were never encouraged to follow our vision, or for that matter, cultivate a vision that deeply inspires us.Vision is an interesting word. It can literally be defined as how we see through our eyes. John has 20/20 vision, it’s fully s … [Read more...]

What If It’s All Good?

(c) Carl Studna

You’ve likely heard the expression, “It’s all good,” and perhaps a part of you has thought, “Yeah, yeah, easy to say, but really??” Let’s look at the word, Good. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Good as:bountiful, fertile of a favorable character or tendency suitable, fit profitable, advantageous agreeable, pleasant salutary, wholesome amusing, clever well-founded, cogent true , deserving of respect, honorable adequate, satisfactory ,choice, discriminatin … [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...]

Unconditional Love Is Not Enabling

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There is so much talk these days about the need to practice unconditional love, and for good reason. Our world is full of polarities that foster war, hunger, disease, loneliness, depression, and the list goes on. We live our lives with an unspoken agreement that we are separate from others, and from the natural environment. This misunderstanding breeds judgments within us and toward others. Without a doubt, the world is in need of our practicing unconditional love more than ever.But what … [Read more...]

Freedom From Habits and Addictions

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Let's explore the distinction between a habit and an addiction. As we all know, our lives seem to be woven together through a series of thoughts and actions that eventually become habits. Some of these patterns that become ingrained into our daily lifestyle clearly serve us in healthy and productive ways, like brushing our teeth and bathing daily, while others take us down a path of frustration, depression and dis-ease. Some habits may seem incredibly difficult to break, but given enough … [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...]