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Introducing Arash…

Allow me to introduce you all to  an amazing young man who is suddenly faced with the greatest challenge of his lifetime . You will see that he exemplifies all that is grace, fortitude and courage. It is my great honor to introduce you to Arash, and my prayer that you support him here in his brave healing journey by seeing him through your  “healing lens”.
Much Love Always     ~ Robyn

Arash Recovery

I’m laying in bed, slowly waking up and adjusting my eyes to the winter sunshine as I glance out the window, when I decide to do some visualization exercises with my legs and feet. I go through the usual exercises that I’ve been doing as frequently as possible in my free time: flex my feet, bend my knee, rotate my legs in and out. Since my accident, I don’t get any movement in my lower body when I do these exercises but I’ve stubbornly and consistently kept at it. The reason why everyone – from the nurses in the ICU to my spine surgeon to my acupuncturists – has emphasized the importance of visualization is the belief that there is enormous value in sending a signal from the brain to the lower body and by thinking and trying to move those limbs, one can repair the neural pathways and reestablish that…

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22 responses

  1. I would agree Robyn , this young mans story is truly an inspiration.

    January 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    • Thank you Benjamin. I rarely reblog here, but met Arash a month back and he’s been on my mind a lot…. I just felt compelled to introduce him to everyone here at my blog, especially knowing what an amazing group this is, and that the collective power of healing support may be very valuable to him right now. I think it’s time he met all of the “angels” we know and love here ~ Blessings and Love to you my friend ~ R

      January 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      • oh robyn, i have tears rolling down my cheeks. what an amazing story and told with such a tender spirit. bravo to WP for picking it up too. i am now following him and would probably never have seen his story if not for your reblogging. i may do the same and i never do either. the healing spirit within each of us is so strong, we endure so much and have such capacity for things we have no idea of. this is one of those examples. i know one day this young man will walk again.

        thank you, sweet friend, for having the loving kindness to share him with all your followers. linda

        January 12, 2013 at 12:14 AM

  2. Yes Linda ~ I thought the same…. I love WordPress more than ever now 🙂 I was communicating with Arash just yesterday ~ and kept thinking about how it would be so wonderful if he had more followers to watch his incredible journey and cheer him on. Then I did the “tweet” thing on his “about” post ~ and then I today I saw he was “freshly pressed” on his “wiggle” post !! ~ That was it, just had to reblog. His story breaks my heart too, but his spirit is so bright , and his determination a great example for all of us.
    Thank you so much for seeing him whole and walking again. This means so much to me,
    and it will even more so to Arash. Blessings and Love to you dear friend x R

    January 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM

  3. Robyn you are so kind and thoughtful. I feel blessed to have connected with you and am grateful for you sharing my story with your amazing community. By reading your blog and communicating with you, I’m learning more and more of your incredible spirit despite the challenges you face. Your attitude in the face of adversity is admirable and I’m continuously grateful for your support. Love to you Robyn. -AB

    January 12, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    • Arash ~ it is my honor and pleasure to feature your story, and mission here. As I’ve said, I rarely do reblog – but just felt incredibly connected to your plight from the moment we met…. and I also sense that all the more support you get — not only physically but energetically, emotionally, spiritually, will serve you in a huge way. I think the Universe feels the same as me these days (given the latest feature on the Freshly Pressed Edition!) . Keep your vision Arash — it is perfect – as you are… and I know good things are ahead for you. You are teaching so many (including me) by the clarity of your great example as you travel this brave path. So much Love and tons of LIGHT ~ Robyn

      January 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

  4. I am now following his blog – thanks Robyn!

    January 12, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest Julie. I know what will mean a great deal to him… especially once he gets to know your sparkling spirit — even in the face of adversity xxoo Much Love ~ R

      January 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

  5. What a loving and inspiring story… the human spirit is such an glorious and endless source of power, wonder and magnificence. Blessings to you Robyn and to Arash

    January 12, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    • Valerie thank you dear one. It is true — even given the very very devastating details of Arash’s story, there is the bright light that keeps shining though his words, that makes one realize, as you said, that the human spirit has unlimited capacity and more power than most of us realize. His life was altered so rapidly and yet, he’s facing each day with a smile and fierce determination. Thank you for your sweet blessings Valerie ~ so much appreciated ! ~ Love, R

      January 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

  6. pretty inspiring – wow ……………….xxxxxx

    January 12, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    • Thank you my dear sweet friend. Arash is extraordinary. I have been following his story for the last month, and then this week ~ felt very strongly that introducing him to the ‘angels’ that seem to land on my blog might be incredibly wonderful and healing for him. He has been so strong and inspiring ~ and I know all this collective prayer and emotional support and encouragement will serve him well in his goal for full recovery. Sending you love and heart Cat ~ Robyn
      ps: beautiful new gravitar for you ~ love it 🙂

      January 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      • i totally agree with the “collective prayer angel thoughts ”
        it’s all through thoughts right 🙂
        i think so xxxx
        i followed his blog and read his story
        pretty inspiring 🙂
        wonderful share RL xxxxx
        thanks about the pic
        it’s just me – 🙂 lol
        enjoying being a girly girl again 🙂 xoxoxoxo
        Lots of love xo
        C xxxxxxx

        January 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    • Yes – I am in awe of Arash’s ability to direct his thoughts and keep very positive…even in in the face of great adversity. He is a great teacher for us all…. and I know the collectively charged support and encouragement here will excel him to that next level of recovery, that he so passionately desires. You are an angel for watching over him too… You are a gorgeous “girly- girl”by the way ~ LOL!! ” ~ very retro hollywood effect – fun!! 🙂

      January 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      • – no – just eyeliner – lolololololololololol 🙂 and my fave Picasso print – self portrait 🙂 put the camera on the table – and there u go xxxx
        love you
        we all watch over one another right ?
        that’s the whole point of life xxxxxxxx
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 do you know the song “someone to watch over me ” xxxxxx we all have angels 🙂
        sometimes – we forget we do xxxxxxx

        January 12, 2013 at 11:33 AM

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this incredible, inspirational story with all of us dear Robyn. My heart goes out to Arash and I will pray for his continued strength to fight for a full recovery. His out look is so positive and he seems so strong and motivated. Have a wonderful day dear friend! XO Robyn

    January 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

  8. Thank you Robyn ~ this is one of those stories that makes us all just pause and hold our breath for a moment. Arash is exceptional in his will and determination. I rarely participate in reblogging, but could not stop thinking about how the wonderful supportive group of angels that visit me here could encourage and support Arash in his challenging goals, and how much that would mean to him. Thank you so much for your healing prayers for him Robyn ~ I know they will go a long way to keep his spirit bright and help him heal. Much Love to you always ~ Robyn

    January 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    http://catforsley.me/2013/01/12/just-silly-fun-xx-cat-forsley/553116_4618116903434_583771278_n/ pass him on to anyone whom needs some love xo

    January 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

  10. Hey Robyn! I don’t know what’s wrong but I check all my emails so I can see everyone’s blogs through there. But for some reason I’m not getting any emails on your updated blogs! I don’t know why and I’m so sad I’ve been missing all your blogs 😦 I’ll have to try and adjust it somehow, I’m not sure how lol! But I’ll have to come by every couple of days to check it out! I’m sorry, I promise I haven’t been ignoring you, I just thought you weren’t posting anything lol!

    January 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    • no worries ~ I never take personally 🙂 ~ but nice to see you, and have you visit.. let me know if glitch keeps up … maybe I’m in settings to go into your “reader” only? & You just keep clicking those lovely photos ~ and with your new lens!! xo RL

      January 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      • Oh my gosh yes I went to “Reader” and I had over half the people I’m following that says “Never email new blog notifications” WHAT?? I’m so sad! Over half of these people think I probably ignore them I feel awful! So it’s all fixed now and I’m expecting a whole lot more emails lol! Thanks again for being so patient! I can’t wait to finally see more blogs now lol

        January 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      • 🙂 So happy I could help. Reader is also a nice way to follow your blogs — maybe check it out! ~ Love and Light RL

        January 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

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