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...]

The Camera Never Lies

(c) Carl Studna

All people, whether a high profile celebrity or an everyday person have the choice of either putting on a mask or being real in front of a camera. It comes down to how safe we feel within ourselves to express our true nature.When we’re in front of a camera, I call this devise a revealer of truth as it has no bias and is impartial; it simply reflects back to us where our consciousness or awareness is being placed in each moment. We can use the camera as a tool for either presenting a genuine o … [Read more...]

Pain as Our Teacher

(c) Carl Studna

I’ve recently been dealing with soreness in my left ankle, making it extremely challenging to walk up and down the three levels of stairs in our home. The immediate and constant feedback I’ve been receiving, known as pain, has brought forward several insights related to how I view and interpret pain. My insights and train of thought below apply specifically to localized pain that can be treated, whether referring to physical, emotional or spiritual pain.The act of healing is expansive, wh … [Read more...]


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