This first week of the Sharon Salzberg 28 Day meditation challenge has been an journey of personal confirmation. This week marked the end of year two and beginning of year three without the Sun and Moon shining in my life. Karen, my wife of 30 years took a fall from her horse on February 5, 2017 and did not survive. This meditation practice has emphasized and reinforced tools I’ve been diligently developing. Self-regulation and self-realization through meditation, yoga, and Kirtan have been what has made this time bearable. The pain of loss is still there but just as in meditation there are glimpses/brief periods of hope.