Duane Elgin is a speaker, author, and non-partisan activist for media accountability. He is the author of "Voluntary Simplicity," "The Living Universe," "Promise Ahead," and other books. His website offers articles and videos on thriving in challenging times. This article is reprinted with permission from the Huffington Post's Good News Channel. More from them: Man Who Was Given 14 Days To Live Climbs The World's 7 Highest Peaks A Ugandan Teen's Incredible Journey From A Village School To Harvard 10-Year-Old Invents Groundbreaking Video Game For The Visually Disabled
Me, there is nothing after death but I am not going to buy crap from religious people that use the near death experience as a tool to prove that there is life after death, ja ja screw religion, it has been proved by science that particular experience is a natural response of our brain to make the end of our life more pleasant.
If we do not understand Death, we
will not understand Life. Don't die with the question. Die with the answer
Excellent article. Embracing death as an ally 40 years ago helped me rise above a terrifying suicidal depression and mind-savaging anxiety. I didn't fully understand it, and still don't. But it has been a good strategy for me over these years. Indeed, this year has been tough. An already simple income down. Voluntary simplicity becoming involuntary simplicity (poverty) at times. Close friends moved away. Work sporadic. Depression never far away. I slid into "poor me" stories, toyed with the idea of ending it.
But last week the man who lives in the apartment above me attempted to take his own life. The landlord asked me to enter the apartment with him to do a check while the tenant was in the emergency ward. The detritus of his long night of the soul (and almost his last one) was shocking. Pills. Blood. Vomit. Stark reality!
Later, trying to process these events, I once again chose death as my ally. A friend to hover just above my right shoulder and keep me present, keep me open to the beauties and mysteries of life. No more toying with the idea of ending. A clear sense of how wonderful life is and what a challenge it is -- and a strong desire to own my own feelings and behaviour and to embrace that challenge with all I have to bring to it. Life is precious, and death is part of life. I believe it's best to strive to be fully alive, even as we embrace the ultimate fact of our death. To hide from death is to fear it, and worse, perhaps, to fear death and, seeking relief from life's difficulties, even pursue it.[Hide Full Comment]
A very true Article. In today's world of material hunger, the reminder that death is the real end will help us lead smarter lives and a better understanding of each moment.
Thank you so much for sharing the article..)
If you are (or want to be) doing research on how this psychology works, it behooves you and those who read your work -me- to address people who seek death along side those who embrace it's inevitability. It's not always as clear cut as taking people that do not want to live as being suicidal. Failure to thrive is a social disease that gets very frustrating for everyone while governments are footing the bills, but not addressing the ills.
There are a lot of people challenging death and a lot of people seeking it. Magnitudes more so than there are people that have been near it and live these exciting fulfilling life after near death lives.I hope to be more positive in the future as I write about what I'm doing to be part of the solution. I read Daily Good to feel good. I just felt overly compelled to make a note on the bottom of a barrage of nice sentiments where I think a huge reality is in need of discussion before I can feel good about death being around the corner. I've spent a great deal of my life wanting it to find me sooner rather than later.[Hide Full Comment]
We need such reminders of the Art of Living and the Art of Dying especially when the focus is more on search for anti-aging. We tend to forget the each day, each night, and each moment is worth living mindfully and fully and we all are mortal beings.
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