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...]

Living Above the Clouds

(c) Carl Studna

It’s such a privilege to live in an historical time where living a life of freedom is becoming more prevalent throughout the world. In Western culture, it’s become common that many of us take the act of freedom for granted, but in terms of human history, we’ve been living free lives for such a short period of time…just a blink of the evolutionary eye. Given how recently we’ve acquired this precious gift, one would think that we’d hold this unalienable right in deep gratitude and cherish our abili … [Read more...]

Just Breathe

(c) Carl Studna

Most of us take the act of breathing for granted, going about our days accomplishing our tasks with little or no thought given to our breath. Why would we? We’re not taught in school to pay attention to our breath as that would appear to have no academic value. Few of us were raised in a home environment that encouraged breath awareness. Yet, the act of taking full, gentle breaths in and out throughout our day can be one of the most beneficial and simple actions to relax our body and m … [Read more...]

Winds of Compassion

(c) Carl Studna

Our world today presents us with daily opportunities to practice compassion in every passing moment. All you need do is turn on the news, or be driving in your car and you’ll be gifted with the critical choice of either reacting out of fear or delving into a richer understanding and care for each other and the world condition.In the last U.S Presidential election campaign, there was a lot of talk about our system being broken. This word, broken, when we take it apart can serve as a powerful m … [Read more...]

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...]


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