Are You Vulnerable to Love?

(c) Carl Studna

Remember when being vulnerable was seen a bad thing? In reference to war, a common expression has been, “being vulnerable to attack.” In personal terms, being vulnerable to your feelings has been deeply discouraged as we’ve been told that this leads to getting hurt. We clearly come from a culture that has viewed the notion of being vulnerable as one to avoid at all costs in order to preserve safety and security. As we continue to evolve as a culture growing into greater … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]


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