Anita Moorjani says that it wasn’t until she died that she understood how precious life truly is. When she was rushed to the hospital, her body had been completely crippled due to her lymphatic cancer, and she soon died, only to come back with an awe-inspiring message.
Doctors began explaining to her family that she would never come back, once she had entered the coma. However, as Anita explains, something happened while she was in that coma that would forever change her life. According to her, those moments in her coma were what she refers to as an awakening. It was during this near-death state that she realized that she had spent her entire life the wrong way.
“I used to believe I wasn’t good enough, and I had to be more… do more, work harder, and be better, in order to be worthy or deserving any rewards. Many of us buy into the fear that we are not good enough the way we are and we need to do whatever it takes to get ahead of everyone else. So we get on this treadmill, constantly trying to get ahead of the person in front of us… except that the person in front of us is doing exactly the same thing, trying to get ahead of the person in front of them.”
Continuing, she states, “Ironically, many of us are like that even in our spiritual practices, believing that spirituality needs to be pursued, and we need to work at it harder, meditate longer, or read more – to be more spiritual than the next person.”
However, dying gave her a new insight on what was truly important in her life. While she said that she had spent most of her life in the past dwelling on things that didn’t matter, playing it safe in all aspects of life, she has now decided to pursue her dreams, to love more, laugh more and to live fearlessly.
And thankfully, for the rest of us, Anita lives on to encourage us to live our lives in the same manner. Her story is beyond anything most have ever encountered, and her message is strong. In the following, newly released Ted Talk, Anita shares her message to its entirety, and if you aren’t rethinking your life when you finish it, then you weren’t paying attention.