Living Life Anew

(c) Carl Studna

In our day-to-day lives it’s so easy to become accustomed to a repetitive thought, feeling or decision to the degree that it breeds an outlook of expectancy and stagnation. If you’re driving on your daily commute to work and all you notice are the same shops, cars and stop lights, that drive will soon become pretty lifeless and boring.There’s an area of the brain that’s called the reticular activating system and it gets triggered whenever we place our attention on a particular thought, ac … [Read more...]

Living Life Steeped in Intimacy…It’s Not Just About Sex

(c) Carl Studna

When you think of intimacy, does your mind immediately reference sexual opening and awakening with a partner? Yes, this is certainly one form of intimacy, but we actually have the choice to live a life steeped in intimate relations throughout our daily experience.Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes the word intimate in its full definition as follows:• Belonging to or characterizing one's deepest nature. • Marked by very close association, contact, or familiarity. Intimate knowledge of … [Read more...]

Dare to Speak Your Authentic Truth

(c) Carl Studna

Seem scary? What’s the worst that can happen? Perhaps you lose your job, dissolve your marriage or distance yourself from all of your friends and find yourself alone in the world, destitute, in pain and dying of hunger.I gest, but many of these lingering thoughts pass through our minds to some degree or another when we back away from speaking our full truth and instead of honoring our needs, we play it safe and settle for some form of mediocrity. Most of us in Western Culture have been r … [Read more...]

Trust As a Life Path

(c) Carl Studna

How often in your life have you made choices out of safety, only later having wished that you had taken greater risks and dared to be bolder? We live in a world that largely encourages us to play it safe and strive for comfort, so it’s no wonder that so many of us opt for a sense of false security.Recently, I was asking myself a question that I like to ask every so often. “If I were on my deathbed and reviewing my life, what would be my biggest regret?” The answer rang out loudly and clear … [Read more...]

Nature’s Resilience

(c) Carl Studna

Can we all agree that the human race is a part of nature’s grand design? In the course of human history, it’s been but a brief moment that we’ve been moving away from a time of reason and science ruling our thoughts and choices. Collectively as a culture, for hundreds of years we’ve held the belief that humanity is separate from nature, able to control our destiny apart from the natural elements. It’s now becoming clear that we are indeed a part of nature’s complex ecosystem. In fact, so integral … [Read more...]

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...]

Making Horse Sense

(c) Carl Studna

From the time I was a child, I’ve always felt a deep resonance and sense of connection with horses and have always held the dream of owning and caring for these majestic creatures. Just recently, this dream has become a reality. All of the elements finally came together thus supporting the responsibilities that come with the ownership and care of these animals, allowing me to take the leap of faith and become a “horse person.”My horse’s name is Rumi, and he’s one of the most present, sensitiv … [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...]

Be the Fit

(c) Carl Studna

Most of us grew up in a culture telling us directly or indirectly that we must fit in and not “rock the boat.” Consequently, many of us have succumbed to jobs, relationships and activities that have been based in radical compromise to our inherent calling. There are an enormous amount of people that aren’t even aware of their innate gifts and highest purpose due to an early on decision based in settling for mediocrity. Yet, at the time, it didn’t feel like a decision, as our society tells us that … [Read more...]

Relieving Spiritual Growth Pain

(c) Carl Studna

Remember what growth pains felt like as a child, especially when going through massive growth spurts? As if you were being stretched from the inside, a dull and constant discomfort pulsated throughout your legs and arms which made you feel a bit down and cranky.Not too different from Spiritual growth pains except that our childhood pains naturally diminish as our bodies grow into their full development. Perhaps our Spiritual growth pains only exist when we choose not to listen to our inner … [Read more...]


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