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Who are you


December 5th, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa
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When we are asked the question "who are you?" we have been trained to answer with our name and perhaps our profession. If probed further, we may talk about our ancestry or where we grew up. Nevertheless, privately we know that none of this information really communicates our true nature or identity.

Admittedly, you may find yourself unwilling to share very personal information with somebody you just met, so you opt for more superficial and socially acceptable answers.... [read more]


Philosophy


August 1st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa
293 Put philosophy centerstage in your life. This is the homemade bumpersticker to the car I used to own. Philosophy is the search for wisdom. Wisdom in turn is treasured because, when true, it allows you to live the best life possible. Philosophy gives, but philosophy also demands; it necessarily requires from us honesty, contemplation, internal coherence, and depth. Everybody has a philosophy (a... [read more]


Love and Conditionality


July 31st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa
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If you look carefully, you will see that every person has a unique and special way to love others, and that is what I would like to address in this article. For this discussion, when I speak about love I equate it to growth, whether physical or spiritual. Love is any action we take intended to help ourselves or others to grow. So providing morphine to relieve a patient's pain is loving but providing it to an addict is unloving. As this example illustrates intent and evaluating outcomes ... [read more]


Consciousness


July 31st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa
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Developing and employing your consciousness is the single most valuable investment you can make. If your current reading material involves romantic novels or time management, put down those books and start tuning into this message. Mental energy spent developing consciousness is orders of magnitute more beneficial than attempting to improve any specific life area be it physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual wellbeing. All of these areas will benefit from higher levels of self aw... [read more]


The opportunities of illness


July 31st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa
1200 At the age of thirteen I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and later with Crohn's disease. These are life-long chronic ailments that affects the intestinal track. Today my health is affected by these conditions, but I also enjoy moments of stability. In case you are in a similar situation, I wanted to share with you what silver linings I discovered in illness and the lemonade you can make with your lemons :o) Better use of time

Unless you are going out of your way to live in unheal... [read more]