It saddens me to write this post.
It always saddens me when someone who has touched my life and the lives of millions of people in a positive way passes from this realm.
Robin Williams, I will miss your light.
When I first heard the news, I reacted with a sense of shock and sadness.
His life was stolen from us much too soon.
I have complete compassion and empathy for him. I also thank him for all the laughter he brought to this world.
His energetic presence was so big and his life touched so many people on this planet, that now in his absence, we feel that void and share a collective grief from the loss.
Have you faced a serious health wake up call at some point?
Or maybe help a loved one recover from one?
I know what it’s like when you’re totally out of control and not sure what’s going to happen to them or what the outcome is going to be.
Two years ago, my husband Jonathan had a serious stroke.
He was a pretty healthy man at the time (or so we thought) so it seemed to come out of nowhere.
My husband’s stroke taught us a lot and it was a wake up call to him to make some changes in his life.
He’s made an amazing recovery! So I invited Jon to share with you an update on his progress.
Find out how the stroke changed him and the actions he took to support himself both physically and emotionally to recover it.
What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without talking to anyone?
A few hours? Maybe a day or two?
Our busy society doesn’t make a lot of space for us to be silent and go within.
So in 2008 I traveled to Southern India to spend 21 days at a meditation retreat center.
When I got there, one of the opportunities they presented to all 200 of us at the retreat was to take a vow of silence for the entire 21 days. This meant that you would not have any verbal interaction or online interaction with another human being for three whole weeks!
It was common for most attendees to keep their vow of silence for 2–5 days, then break it by talking to people, and then recommit to silence.
True to my nature, however, I seem to take these kinds of challenges to heart and I decided I was going to keep my vow of silence the entire 21 days without breaking it.
Here are a 7 things I learned about myself and humanity by not talking to anyone for 21 days—as well as which part of it was the hardest for me to keep silent.