I spent 13 days trekking on my own in the Himalayas, challenging my physical limitations and developing my endurance as I ascended to 12,700 feet [3,867 meters].And it was here that I witnessed the briefest of moments as a swirl of clouds parted to reveal a momentary glimpse of the majestic and enigmatic Mt.“One hypothesis is that people who don’t know me or have any expectations of me will not care whether I speak or not.Others may be curious or make assumptions about my silence but will honor and respect it.Imagine being plucked from your life, a life where you moan about the traffic and take your car for granted and rarely think about how grateful you are to have a clean toilet and an abundance of toilet paper, and being dropped into a faraway place with spectacular vistas and incredible history, where people know little, if anything, about contagious diseases and hygiene and throw trash everywhere, a locale where the people are so welcoming and friendly and kind, even if they don’t understand a word of your language, people so inquisitive, so hungry for knowledge and so accepting of whatever hand life deals them, a region of deep religious beliefs with Hindus and Buddhists sharing and revering the land where Buddha was born, while the country of more than 28 million, including more than 100 different ethnic groups, speaking roughly 93 different languages and dialects, and still abiding by a caste system, is governed by a majority of Maoists who killed thousands of Nepalis before coming to power and who still threaten to wreak deadly havoc if their demands aren't met with the support of voters.
I am aware that some people may disagree with my opinions, thoughts or choices.
Her first stop was Sydney and then on to Melbourne and Adelaide.
She then gets on the Ghan train that bisects Australia.
She believes that if we don’t have to think about what we are going to say next or how we are going to respond, we listen differently and ultimately better.“As a cultural anthropologist and former tv news anchor, I have spent many years professionally observing, interviewing and reporting on what other people are doing, saying or experiencing,” she expressed on her blog.
“As I explore and experience my personal journey of listening differently, I will be utilizing the tool of not speaking as a means to expand the space and energy to simply listen – without the need to opine, judge or defend.”Through her blog The Silent Project (SILENTproject.com,) Kaci will recount her experiences, insights and challenges of living and listening without speaking.