The Power of the Human Spirit

A Meditative Life

On April 26th, I interviewed a man who broke his neck diving into a river. Just a year and a half ago, 29-year-old Uel Uel HospitalMaree was the epitome of athleticism. Now, paralyzed from the neck down, he is committed to a lying on a make-shift chair for most of the day, or when he goes out, restricted to the use of a wheel-chair. The incredible and awe-inspiring thing about Uel- he is adamant that he’ll not only walk again, but get back to his previous health and fitness.

Uel’s description of his experience when he dove into the river is one that has stuck with me most. He said, “When it happened, there was this incredible peace about me- like a peace I’ve never experienced before.” He related it to God, and how everything just “fell in to place”. He didn’t experienced no anxiety whatsoever, as one might expect to…

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