Be Still and Know

(c) Carl Studna

We live in a society that constantly promotes and awards us for our various acts of doing. Outer accomplishments warrant praise. Rich insights that don’t bare the fruit of material achievement usually go unnoticed. In the workplace, most companies primarily care about the end objective; how quickly and efficiently we produce the desired results in a cost-effective way. Our training teaches us to either brainstorm with others for the answers or be a lone wolf and forge the unchartered territories … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Seeing Through New Eyes

(c) Carl Studna

Every moment offers us the opportunity to see anew, both through our inner landscape and through our outer eyes. When we are living in the state of open and perceptive awareness, our curiosity is heightened and every thought, word, feeling and action serves as a new adventure.Remember times as a child when exploring new terrain felt like you were conquering the world? Everything appeared new and fresh, bringing a sense of mystery and wonder. This inquisitive state is our natural way of … [Read more...]


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