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Episode Info: Chances are most people have not seriously thought about taking a Vow of Silence.. let alone not speaking for a year! Today we talk with Andrew about his interesting life experiences, inspiration behind a 40 day vow of silence, and how that relates to his next journey inward of not speaking with a Vow of Silence for a year. As he came to the door you wouldn't think that this very unassuming guy with a decent size beard sporting a simple Superman shirt would have such interesting life stories to share. The old adage rings true.. you can't judge a book by its cover. Have you ever had strep throat or something that made it very difficult to speak for a while? Ok now imaging going for an entire year not speaking or verbally communicating with what most of us never give much thought to.. speech. Today we are talking with Andrew just days before his personal journey he was taking with a vow of silence for a year. Ironically I ran across an ad on craigslist he had posted looking for a documentary film maker to follow his experiences just days before he was set to voluntarily stop talking. For most of us speech is more than likely taken for granted most of our lives.Walking through life we are presented with many options to have various experiences in life and most of them are a direct result of the choices we make. While on his first journey inward with a 40 day Vow of Silence Andrew learned a lot about himself and others he interacted with on a daily basis.Listen now to Andrew as he shares his unique story ups and downs in his life leading up to a 40 day vow of silence. It takes a very strong person to share some of his deep personal and heartfelt emotional struggles publicly with the Listen Now Podcast listeners. From the podcast: "Its a big deal. You know most people view talking as kind of an indispensable thing.. and so when you come along and just through it in the garbage can there is a reaction there. The brain has to ask a lot of questions".They say 90% of communication is non verbal but that can be difficult to fully appreciate if we put so much of our energy and expression into verbal form. When asked what forms of communication he was excluding for his Vow of Silence Andrew said mostly everything except for laughing (he loves to laugh)! Non verbal communication such as a shrug or nodding a simple yes or no and also provisions for compassion (like letting loved ones know he was ok if he was running very late - as an example were allowed. Not speakingRead more »

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