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In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness. Read the transcript & see more talks at TED.com
Our parents: Were they ever that young? Here they are, deceased 20 years ago, smiling at their baby grandchildren. Our children - now grandparents themselves - are in diapers, playing on sliding boards and swings, tumbling in the grass, laughing so infectiously that I can almost hear them now, 50 years later.
Old photo albums bring back memories, of course, and although they rekindle the joy of happy moments, they are a stark reminder that life rolls by k’heref ayin, like the blink of an eye, a reminder to make our days count. Those thousands of days and nights, those years and decades – into which black hole did they disappear as if they never existed?
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