Today is not just another day in our life. “Today” is THE one day that is given to us as a gift. The only appropriate response to this gift is gratefulness. Let us awaken to this incredible blessing and let our hearts overflow with gratefulness and love towards all.
Gratitude – a phrase that we should consider each and every day, but yet can be so easily forgotten in the hecticness of life. Each year as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, most of us do take some time to reflect and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, both great and small. This year, living in Manhattan in the wake of hurricane Sandy, it is quite easy for me to be in a state of gratitude. After being sans electricity and heat for almost a week, and witnessing first hand the devastation and tremendous loss that this storm has inflicted, I am grateful to be able to power up my computer to write this blog, to feel the warmth of heat in my apartment, and to be able to turn on a light as the sun goes down here in New York City.
I am sure you have all seen the epic tragedy post Sandy – I was not privy to much of it, since I was without cable during the first week of news coverage. And I suspect that what I experienced post Sandy was much different than what was broadcast on television. Amidst the devastation, I witnessed tremendous acts of kindness, generosity and compassion – and that is the side of Sandy that I would like to share with you.
The following is my Thanksgiving gift to you – a sampling of the goodness of the human spirit that I witnessed in the wake of catastrophe:
Men and women of the National Guard who made me feel safe and protected standing ground 24/7 just outside my door at the 69th Regiment Armory, offering me friendly conversation (even sharing family photos), glow sticks to light my apartment, and apologies for the ‘chaos and noise’ outside my door…(Little did they know that my NYC street was actually MUCH quieter than usual that week)!
A young employee at a hardware store in the upper west side who was genuinely apologetic when he delivered me the sad news that they were all sold out of flashlights and battery powered lanterns. He said he was without power in his home too, but he had one extra flashlight of his own…and he offered it to me. Continue reading →
We tend to take sleep for granted. If there is some work to be done, we usually squeeze in the extra hours at the expense of our sleep. We then hope to catch up with our sleep in the next few days. In most cases this is fine until we have built up too big a sleep deficit. Then our sleep shortage catches up and we see its effect on our health and mental wellbeing. Here are some facts about sleep that may surprise you:
1. You can live longer without food than sleep.
In experiments on rats, sleep deprivation for between 2 to 5 weeks led to death. Scientists do not expect this period to be much different for humans. On the other hands you can survive without food for many months longer. When it comes to our health we obsess on food, but sleep may be equally if not more important.
2. You need more sleep than you think.
A study done by Harvard Medical School of 82,000 nurses showed an increased risk of death among those who slept less than 6 hours a night. If you are sleeping 6 hours or less then you need to make sure that you get at least 7 hours of sleep. If you find it hard to keep your eyes open during the day and periodically nod off, then you need more sleep. Most of us think we get adequate sleep but unless you are sleeping 8-10 hours per day you may be getting less than you need. Continue reading →
Last year (2011) Sam Goddard – a vibrant, good looking 24 year-old man – was playing in a charity soccer game when he suffered a series of massive strokes that left him fighting for his life. Doctors gave him just five percent chance for survival. They also told the family that if he even survived he would be unable to walk or talk. At one point the doctors told his fiance, Sally, that the best outcome for Sam and his family was that he get an infection and die.
Fortunately for Sam, Sally was not the one to give up easily. She took him home to his family and started researching on the web. She found that some people in similar situations were getting amazing results from this discredited sleeping pill. Thus started a period of experimentation that led to this amazing breakthrough.
This is a story of a medical miracle where an ordinary sleeping pill is able to awaken portions of the brain that are otherwise unreachable. But more than the story of a miracle medical finding, this is an incredible love story. The love story between Sam Goddard and Sally Nielson shows us the incredible and beautiful power of love. It shows us that when love reaches a state of egolessness then it turns into a deep yogic journey and becomes something divine.
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