PINEDALE – It stands to reason that a
man who can mentally track and troubleshoot
computer problems would rely on the
same method to solve his own.
Matt Daniels, owner of Pinedale Computers,
life coach and founder of The Satisfied
Soul, told an Oct. 25 audience of 60 or so curious
people that after an operation, he had
a bad reaction to the anesthesia that left him
with difficulty putting things together like he
was used to.
Daniels also recognizes that he suffered
from post-traumatic stress disorder after an
earlier personal loss. All together, things that
once came easily grew more complicated and
did not make sense to him as they had.
“I am very analytical,” he said. “I follow
through to the end and I am relentlessly curious.
I look for absolutes that can be clearly
explained or proven.”
So it troubled him that his mind didn’t
work the way he expected. Daniels began
studying with a friend, Terry Lowen, who
had his own questions. With Daniels’ “mind”
and Lowen’s “emotion” they explored how to
reach good balances.
“At first I drew those two (emotion and
mind) as opposites to each other,” Daniels
said. “But that turned out to be two-thirds of
Two years ago he met “Jacobe,” whom
Daniels identified as “will dominated.”
“I realized we were dealing with these
three imbalances in our soul,” he said.
He drew new charts of the “thinking” mind
of the present, “feeling” emotion of the past
and “doing” will for future and explored how
they function in and out of tune with each
other. Added layers led Daniels to new insights
about how to deal with pain, reawaken
dreams and become a “satisfied soul.”
“More than Surviving” is how he describes
“the content” he personally developed in his
search for purpose and satisfaction. On Oct.
25, Daniels invited the public to his first Satisfied
Soul workshop at the Pinedale Library
to present the deep questions he asked (and
still asks) himself, his charts and lessons
learned. Daniels handed out fill-in-the-blank
pages and also showed his Powerpoint of key
vocabulary and overlapping areas that arose
from his personal quest.
Codependency, confusion, obsession and
depression are some indicators of personal
struggles within the mind, emotion and will
that affect our physical and spiritual selves,
he explained. Being in balance grows into integrity,
direction and connection – the three
pillars of his program.
“As a system it seems complicated at first
– until you compare it to how complicated
things get when you don’t have a structure for
it,” he pointed out.
The first stage is to find balance with the
mind, emotion and will. A highly logical person
might need to express past emotion to
prepare the “will” to take future action, for
“The second stage is strength and the final
stage is growth,” he explained of releasing
pain. “Trauma in the past … you have to handle
with all three functions of your soul. First
with the mind – list the facts and be objective.
Second is the heart – be subjective. The third
is the will – list the actions and give yourself
“Make a list and be ready to move on,”
Daniels said of coping with pain. “I’ve expe-
Joy Ufford photo
Matt Daniels is branching out from trouble-shooting computers to share his messages of ‘More than
Surviving’ with the public.
rienced so much pain in my life – when you
have to handle it and deal with it, it changes
things. There’s more to it than just not dying.”
Daniels’ “Satisfied Soul” content isn’t in
book form yet but he “did a brain dump” and
has a written manuscript.
“It’s stuff I’ve never seen presented this
way before,” he said. “I’m new at using it this
way but I know it’s sound.”
Recent feedback tells him he strikes a
chord with others, giving him incentive to
continue sharing his work with the public.
“‘More than Surviving’ is where many of
us feel we are right now. So often we feel like
we need to stick up for ourselves. It teaches
you why you need to be strong for yourself
before you can be strong for anybody else.”
For the past two years, Daniels felt it was
enough to share “More than Surviving” with
friends and congregations but wants to stretch
farther – always checking in with himself to
make the right decisions for the right reasons.
He now feels this is his calling.
“There are four factors and I can’t ignore
any one of them,” he explained. “The first
goes back to my upbringing that was profoundly
Christian, so a lot of the terminology
is extremely consistent with biblical concepts.”
Daniels has delivered his writing as a sermon
with Bible quotations and also recognizes
that not everyone has a religious background.
He created “a very specific structure and vocabulary
for people to understand themselves
on a level they never could before.”
“The second factor is a sense of calling that
I’ve been seeking my whole life and never
found,” Daniels said. “Searching for purpose
leaves you with a lot of time for contemplation.”
Third is that his mind is “endlessly analyzing”
for meaning and he now has the tools to
“As I pursue this life calling, I realize it’s
okay to make money helping people,” he
added. “I am happy to help people with more
than their computers.”
He’s not in a hurry but wants to make as
many connections as he can, to move his and
his family’s lives along. Using his own content
makes him the inventor and instructor, he
“I’m ready to declare it now,” Daniels said
with a new sense of authority after his “More
than Surviving” workshops at the Pinedale
Library. “We talk ourselves out of our hopes
and dreams. My own self-doubt was my biggest