I did a 2 week silent retreat a couple of years ago and it changed my life. After 14 days of silence I was a different person. I listen more now, talk less. Other people tell me I'm a brilliant conversationalst. Not because I talk but because I listen which makes me the most interested person in the room. The person the most interested in other people. This whole experience made me aware of the need for others to be heard. We have so few listeners in the world. Anyone else have a life altering experience? One that changed how you view the world?