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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Cultivating Inner Peace

(c) Carl Studna

Given the tragic events this past week related to the Boston Marathon coupled with the escalation of random shootings over the past several years, combined with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we as a society are being faced more consistently with painful, life-threatening situations that provoke deep sadness, fear, and often a sense of helplessness.Perhaps these trying times are an act of evolution calling us to go deeper in our need to reevaluate our current local and world conditions and … [Read more...]

Leading from the Heart

don Miguel Ruiz (c) Carl Stunda

Who doesn’t remember the expression, “a child should be seen and not heard!” What a potent and suppressive statement this is for a child to receive. It’s no wonder that so many adults have lived a life of devout seriousness, largely void of joyful expression and playfulness. Our society has been deeply steeped in an unspoken agreement telling us that in order to reach our goals and be successful, we must be seriously focused and (at times) heartless.Fortunately, more and more of us are choosi … [Read more...]

Believing is Seeing

(c) Carl Studna

Have you ever noticed how we begin to see certain things around us when we place enough importance on these things? Say you buy a new car and all of a sudden, you begin seeing that model everywhere you go. It feels as if your model has miraculously reproduced all over the highway, like rabbits during mating season! Yet we know that this realistically can’t be the case.There’s a section of the brain called the reticular activating system, and its role is to alert our vision to things that … [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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