KATYA’S BLOG

LEARNING TO LOVE ONESELF

One of the most challenging parts of life can be to learn to love oneself. Why is it easier to feel love for another person than it is for myself? This last month I’ve been faced with some difficult challenges, and I’ve been forced to do a lot of soul searching. Having to attend to some health issues that seem to be like a revolving door swung

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FACING DEMONS

When dealing with health issues, I find myself having to face my internal demons who have skillfully hidden in the recesses of my subconscious. They lurk in the shadows of my consciousness until my fears over my physical condition feed them, making them strong enough to surface. As we age, most people experience some health decline. But at 72, I’m amazed and frightened at how steep that

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LIVING WITH A STRANGER

Family caregivers of those with dementia commonly say, “Mom has changed, I don’t recognize her anymore, this isn’t the man I married or Dad was such a quiet, sweet person, and now he’s angry all the time.” “I feel like I’m living with a stranger.” Personality changes are one of the most common dementia symptoms and usually the most significant cause of families emotionally distancing themselves from

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CONSCIOUS AWARENESS DURING DEMENTIA

Our brain is a very complicated piece of physical machinery, but is it the source of our consciousness? Yes, we think, reason, and analyze, but is this all there is to consciousness. Science states we consciously use less than 5% of our brain; the other subconscious 95% controls automatic bodily functions, emotional programming and processing of our perceptions, and more that’s still not understand. Our subconscious is

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INTUITION & DEMENTIA

Everyone has intuitive abilities; some people are more skilled than others. Intuition is an instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning; it is an inner knowing. It’s not a thought until we begin to question it and consider other possibilities. Often following our counterintuitive decisions, we end up saying to ourselves, “I knew I should have listened to my gut!” As dementia progresses, the individual experiences the inability

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THE UNIVERSE CONSPIRES IN HELPING

Yesterday on a rainy afternoon, I shared a collective taxi with a man, and the conversation we had strengthened my belief there are no coincidences, just coinciding incidences. I have continuously encountered this phenomenon throughout these months of developing the Infinite Mind Dementia project here in Costa Rica. Kenneth is a Costa Rican living in the small mountain town of Puriscal. Turns out he was on his

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THE MIND PLAYS TRICKS

Take a look at the dots in the box and try and find the black one. Wow, what happened! Optical illusions show us we can’t believe everything we see? People with dementia often see something we don’t, but yet, do we actually see or perceive what others do? Our brain constructs our reality, and it unconsciously alters our perceptions of what’s there to meet our desires or

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