Blogging From A to Z: Near Life Experiences (NLE)


Have you ever had a Near Life Experience (NLE)? I bet you have and if you haven’t, you probably know someone who has. I know I’ve had it. The opposite of a Near Death Experience (NDE), an NLE is a situation where someone almost lives. Instead of sincerely living life and being awake in its moments, they live life based upon the opinions and judgments of others and not their own experiences.

Many of us are sleepwalking through our lives. There is a Zen blogger who wrote about succumbing to NLE’s and described it as not living in the moment and being distracted by our own preoccupations. I completely agree with her but I also want to take the concept of an NLE deeper and a little sideways. I believe NLE’s also means that we have designed our conclusions about life and what it should be based on what we see on TV or read in newspapers and magazines. We are so quick to judge and form an opinion but how much of it is really our opinion and not one parroted by the more popular consensus?

When do we stop designing our opinions according to the latest news or stories in the magazine or newspaper? I’m including myself in this observation of following the crowd. I know I do, but I’m breaking free of it by forming and voicing my own opinions through my writing and art and really looking at things beyond face value. Waking up from an NLE doesn’t have to always mean taking your views publically like I have, but you can clearly show it by being an example. And yes, it can be scary!

Someone I know recently said that life has a habit of prompting us to act and many times it is through illness or a traumatic event. This prompt does not have to be life-threatening event but enough of one to threaten an existing quality of life. With a direct impact immanent, we snap out of our doze and begin to take an active role in our lives and find the courage to voice our particular opinions and beliefs. We begin to live according to our life’s voice and not the voices of others.

Don’t let illness or traumatic event become the motivator. Getting out of our NLE’s doesn’t mean extreme acts such as planning a pilgrimage to Tibet or hiking Kilimanjaro (unless you want it to be!), but it does mean stepping out of our comfort zones and not being afraid to form our own opinions and beliefs. Yes, it takes courage, but it is so worth it as I am learning while I continue to wake up to life and take things deeper. Join me!

10 thoughts on “Blogging From A to Z: Near Life Experiences (NLE)

    • Wouldn’t that be fun? Me too! Sometimes I’ll gather books or magazines and read up on all there is to do on some completely wild and off the wall trek, just as if I were going. Any idea how what you’re going to do to get out of that zone? 🙂

  1. I’ll join you! I never heard the term NLE before but wow, it is a powerful jolt! So true: so many of us just get caught up in the everyday routine and forget to LIVE! Thanks for the reminder!!! I’m going to go live right now… 🙂

  2. Hi Renata, great post thank you. It’s so important to get out of our comfort zones and become one’s self. I loved this post on NLE and it is a timely reminder. Life is for living, not for slothing and being a stay safer! (I climbed Kilimanjaro some years ago – am still amazed that I summitted it!)

    Garden of Eden Blog

    • Thank you Susan. I am deeply impressed by your achievement! It has been a dream of mine for such a long time to summit Kilimanjaro or Everest. It’s one of those things on my life’s to-do list but it will be okay if I just read about it even. Do you have any writing you did from the experience? I would love to read about your experiences. It’s so easy to be caught up being in the zone and I’m so happy that you’ve found this to be timely!

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