Strengthening Our Spiritual Muscles

(c) Carl Studna

Have you noticed how great your body feels after working out at the gym? How powerful it feels to get your heart pumping and your muscles toned? Doesn’t it feel like a small breakthrough as you walk out the door, knowing that you’ve worked through any resistance in getting yourself there? Often, an added benefit is a greater sense of mental acuity as well.As we age, it’s more important than ever to maintain a weekly regimen that helps to keep our muscles strong and vital. Yet, the same is equ … [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...]

Relieving Spiritual Growth Pain

(c) Carl Studna

Remember what growth pains felt like as a child, especially when going through massive growth spurts? As if you were being stretched from the inside, a dull and constant discomfort pulsated throughout your legs and arms which made you feel a bit down and cranky.Not too different from Spiritual growth pains except that our childhood pains naturally diminish as our bodies grow into their full development. Perhaps our Spiritual growth pains only exist when we choose not to listen to our inner … [Read more...]

Dare to Be You!

(C) Carl Studna

Sounds simple? Try it for a day. Most of us that have been raised in Western culture have been deeply indoctrinated from the time of our birth with a whole lot of programing about how we should act, look and be in the world. Between the advertising, fashion, and pharmaceutical industries, many of us have had pretty heavy doses of the message that we need to be someone other than who we are. So much so, that we stop questioning our own internal wisdom and begin to believe that if we look a … [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...]

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...]


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