Near-Death Experiences Bring People Into New Way of Being

HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

….FULL ARTICLE

WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

….FULL ARTICLE

….FULL ARTICLE

Use the buttons below to scroll through more great articles from Living Well 60 + Magazine

MORE ARTICLES

Be Sociable, Share!

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Bookmarks Share on LinkedIn Share on LiveJournal Share on Newsvine Share on Reddit Share on Stumble Upon Share on Tumblr

MORE ARTICLES

CONTACT INFORMATION

© Living Well 60+ Magazine - All rights reserved | Design by PurplePatch Innovations

MORE FROM ROCKPOINT PUBLISHING

LIVING WELL 60+ MAGAZINE

HOME | FEATURE ARTICLES | COLUMN ARTICLES | DIGITAL ISSUES | CALENDAR | DIRECTORY | ABOUT | CONTACT

subscribe to living Well 60+

Until the day comes when we can somehow prove these experiences are real in the minds and bodies of those who report them, we continue to wonder about their place in the human drama. Even if one day NDEs are proved, tested and accepted, naysayers would still be naysaying. What is important is the undeniable role NDEs play in the human experience and how they have shaped lives, nations and the world.


For more information about Roach and The Midway Center for Integrative Health, visit www.themidwaycenter.com

The subject of near-death experiences (NDEs) has long fascinated the public. It has made its way into many books and movies. These occurrences vary, from the classic “I saw a bright light” to “My life flashed before me” to “I had a visitation from a family member who passed on.” Are these simply light-and-shadow plays of the mind or actual experiences on some level yet unknown to us? Whether NDEs could one day be proven real or not is irrelevant to the fact that they can turn people’s lives around and drastically change their behaviors and perceptions.


Dr. Jim Roach, who helms The Midway Center for Integrative Health in Midway, has heard numerous NDE accounts over his many years in practice. He is the author of the spiritual near-death book, “God’s House Calls,” in which he cites 45 patients who had spiritual NDEs.


“One [patient], an alcoholic, had a negative near-death experience,” Roach said. “He didn’t share details, but it shook him up. The next two years he did everything he could to make amends, then had a blissful near-death experience. Maybe it matters if we are making the world a better place.


Because of the different experiences in the near-death category, not only is there the “was it real or only in my imagination” effect, but the truth of some experiences seems more or less plausible than that of others.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES BRING PEOPLE INTO NEW WAY OF BEING

“Maybe Einstein had it right: E = mc2,” Roach said. “We look at each other and see solid mass; in reality, we are just an energy field. Almost every week I encounter someone who has been out of body. Famous psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, author of ‘Death and Dying’ and many other books, interviewed 2,000 people with NDEs, including blind people who, while their doctor did CPR, from up above could see every detail and describe every color.”


While NDEs vary in form, fashion and delivery, they all have the common thread of taking the subject out of his or her comfort zone and somehow showing the person something new. The experiences bring the person into a new way of being and dealing with the world.


“[I have] hundreds [of patients] with premonitions, intuitions, out-of-body experiences or [who have] heard voices or seen visions with positive, transformative messages,” Roach said. “Half of my serene, upbeat female patients have had these experiences; they are incredibly common but so personal they are rarely shared.”

CHARLES SEBASTIAN

Charles Sebastian is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

more articles by charles sebastian