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If Your Life Were to End Today

You Don't Have to Face Death to Make a Choice

Terri Cole | Posted 02.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Terri Cole

Ruminating about the past or fearfully projecting into the future both rob you of your ability to be mindfully present in this moment. The amazing gift in Ric's TED Talk is that you do not have to face a near-death experience to gain the benefit of his.

What Will They Say About You?

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 02.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

We rarely get that kind of preview to hear another person's perception of us at the end of our lives. Hearing the engine turn off thousands of feet above ground served as Ric Elias's wake up call. What about us?

The Meaning of Your Life

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 02.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Andrew Z. Cohen

It's only a rare few that come back from the brink of death deeply sobered and humbled by the event. In fact, it seems that too many of us are able to survive such confrontations relatively unchanged at a soul-level.

Living Life to Our Own Personal Fullest Before We All Die

Chris Abraham | Posted 02.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Chris Abraham

Unlike Ric's experience of desiring to become a better man and work harder and connecting with his family and children after meeting Death at it's door, my dad, Bob, took another tact.

Being Present for Our Lives

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 01.31.2013 | TED Weekends
Dawn Gluskin

The past is dead. We can never change it. The future is not promised to anybody. All we ever have is this moment. So, imagine a life where we live each moment like it's our last, like children do. Think of all the joy we could experience!

Be Proud To Be Wrong

Ben Thomas | Posted 01.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

Being right feels good; there's no doubt about that. But isn't learning an actual truth more important than defending an ego?

What Can We Learn From Near-Death Choices

June Cohen | Posted 01.30.2013 | TED Weekends
June Cohen

2012-11-29-riceliaspullFew of us come face-to-face with death in such a clear and present way as Ric Elias, who was on board Flight 1549 when it crash-landed on New York's Hudson River four years ago.

The Two-Minute Defining Moment

William Horden | Posted 01.30.2013 | TED Weekends
William Horden

Imagine you are wide awake when your breathing gently stops. I had the good fortune to be lying in the emergency room when this happened to me some nine years ago. Like yourself, perhaps, I expected to gasp for breath, panicking, but instead felt entirely calm -- despite the doctor's quizzical look.

You Will Die Momentarily

Ira Israel | Posted 01.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Ira Israel

How often should one think about his or her upcoming rendezvous with non-existence? In my humble opinion, there are two main problems with death.

Not Dead Experiences

Victor Stenger | Posted 12.11.2012 | TED Weekends
Victor Stenger

The way to defeat ignorance is with evidence. After thousands of reported religious experiences of various kinds, including near-death-experiences, no one has ever provided a single item of verified new knowledge.