Cynthia Lawson clinically died of a heart attack – vitals stopped, and doctors thought she was a gonner – until she came back to life, with a story to tell. In the cold moments when she flat-lined, Cynthia says she left her body and entered a dark tunnel, where she met angels, who shared a message with her. She also encountered an all-consuming bright light while she was dying. Near-death experience commonalities:
Did this really Did this really happen? Her story is known as a near-death experience and has been widely reported throughout the country regardless of religious background, ethnicity, age or gender.
In the wake of escalating tension and prejudice throughout the country, MSU’s Muslim Student Association hosted an Islam Awareness Week to promote understanding of the religion to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Anti-Muslim assaults and hate crimes have reached peak levels, exceeding 2001’s rate, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. The FBI reported 127 assaults in 2016 as compared to 93 during the year of 9/11. Across the board, vandalism and intimidation against Muslims is also increasing. Islam Awareness Week spanned six days in early October and featured presentations from an imam, seminars about different branches of Muslims worldwide, and a talk on ISIS and how it perverts the Quran.
If you Google “mindfulness” you’ll find the ancient Buddhist practice has been prescribed for stress, concentration, introverts who want to be more social and academic performance, among other things. Barnes and Noble has an inventory of over 2,000 mindfulness books while the Apple app store carries a myriad of mindfulness options for meditation on-the-go. Devotees swear by its life-changing potential, and its even being employed in schools and work places. The principle has become increasingly trendy in recent years, as shown by an increasing interest in mindfulness products, yoga and Google searches. Mind the Hype
A new study appropriately titled “Mind the Hype” argues it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Cigarettes kill 1,200 Americans a day. That’s more people than HIV/AIDS, car crashes and alcohol combined. Michigan State has banned smoking on campus, but the behavior is still common with young people. Now, a new court order might change that. After nearly a decade of court battles, Big Tobacco companies are being forced to pay for ads that tell consumers just how deadly their products are.
An increase in religious “nones” challenge religious leaders in East Lansing, Mich.
While those of faith become more devout, the number of nonbelievers drifting further from religion grows, according to a study conducted in 2015 by the Pew Research Center. And millennials are the least devout of any generation, a trend observed by religious leaders around East Lansing, Mich. “There is a trend of people who shy away from the term ‘religious,’” said Matt St. Germaine, a 21-year-old volunteer at 242 Church, a nondenominational Christian organization based in Brighton, Mich.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take
You could say Cynthia Lawson has nine lives. She clinically died from the deadliest kind of heart attack but was resuscitated to tell the tale – recounting details about what exactly happened in the emergency room in the moments that her heart stopped beating. “[The Doctor] looked at me and he said it’s a miracle that you’re here,” Lawson said. She shocked doctors with a play-by-play account of the chaos. And while they were reviving her lifeless body, Cynthia said, she was sucked into a dark tunnel where she was joined by angels, who shared a message.
EAST LANSING, MICH. — What’s tall and puffy but invasive all over? Phragmites, large-stature cattail plants which are taking over Michigan wetlands. The tall reeds steal food, water and sunlight from native species. The phragmites grow in dense clusters making them hard to eradicate and manage.
97-year-old Polish immigrant Irving Griffel came to the United States at 18, leaving his family and the old country for a better life. But when WWII broke out, his family never got the chance to follow. It was 1938. Irving Griffel was just 18 when he arrived in the new country. It had been a long journey from his native Poland that had started years prior.
It’s a dream that has been five years in the making – the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center is finally open for business.
Thirty-three research teams will move into the 162,800 square foot space this fall to research neurological disorders, cancers, women’s health issues and more. The six story building has room to grow and will eventually accommodate 44 teams.