“In recent years there has been a great deal of attention paid to near-death experiences. You have probably read or heard some of the many fascinating accounts of people who have been clinically dead for short periods of time, and then returned to life.
I think it might be even more urgent to do a study of near-life experiences! The question is not, “Is there life after death?” The question is, “Is there life before death?” How many people eat, work, have sex, and die without every having really lived? It is quite possible to act our way through the postures of living, look really cool, amass many revered symbols, utter the popular catch-words, and not be fully alive. A woman told me that for many years her life script was, “How much pain can I be in, and still look like I have it together?”
Life is not about how it looks, but how it is. Inside, that is. In the heart. In the gut. In our sense of purpose, integrity, creativity, expression, vulnerability, outrageousness, and in our willingness to risk, play, and be fully present.”
Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”
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