First it was Quiet which helped me understand that a predisposition to introversion has many merits and that it’s perfectly OK to be “the quiet type.” Now it’s Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani which helped me understand what my purpose is—and everyone else’s is—in life.
I am a quintessential skeptic, so when something strikes a chord, that’s when I take notice. And everything Mooryani wrote in Dying to Be Me resonates with me. Many may dismiss Moorjani’s experience as unbelievable, but to me, it’s perfectly believable.
Moorjani had a near-death experience. One that brought her back after cancer left her in a wheelchair, on oxygen, and eventually dying in a hospital’s emergency room as her lungs filled with fluid and her organs shut down. One she remembers with amazing clarity. One she learned from and applies to her life.
Moorjani says others can benefit from her near-death experience—without going through what brought her there. Here’s what the experience taught Moorjani and what she would like others to know:
- Life isn’t meant to be so hard.
- Life doesn’t have to be so hard.
- We’re not meant to be so hard on ourselves.
- We’re not meant to beat ourselves up.
- We’re meant to have fun and laugh in this world. We’re spiritual beings having a human experience and our human experience is meant to be enjoyed.
- Your purpose on earth is to be yourself—fearlessly.
Moorjani learned that what matters most is how you feel about yourself. So if you love yourself, if you’re true to yourself, if you do what makes you happy (which may be doing nothing at all), and if you’re open to possibilities, then everything will fall into place—everything will be as it’s meant to be.
You’ve heard it before: Only when you love and accept yourself is it possible to love and accept others.
What does this have to do with health? When living life according to a purpose—being yourself—and accepting yourself, the mind is at peace and the body responds with health and vitality. The mind and body are inextricably interconnected.
If this sounds true to you—or even if it doesn’t—if you’re reading this blog post, then I believe you’re meant to read Dying to Be Me.