Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
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Will I caught the twitter yesterday on this video. WOW! The left-side of my brain loved her explanation of how our brain works. The right-side of my brain loved how her experience touched her spirit. I was deeply moved watching this video. Thanks for reposting!
Thanks Will! I noticed the other day that most of my “leisure reading” has involved some sort of neuroscience and/or music.
This lecture was perfect for my inner-infovore.
Will, I too was very moved by this video. However, my left brain kicked in and wanted to find or define the “how to” of stepping into my right brain. This is something that I have always wanted to do, but I have never been able to stop the chatter of my left brain. Thank you for sharing.
My left brain says that was waaaay too melodramatic. My right brain says “groovy”.
I too found this through your tweet, and I thank you.
For Suzanne, re: “how to”: I have recently been doing some contemplative prayer…essentially a type of meditation. I think that this is one way to “turn off” or quiet the left brain, inasmuch as that is possible without a traumatic brain event. It has very interesting effects in day-to-day life. I’m trying to do it more. It feels good.
Here’s a link to a Christian take on the concept: http://www.centeringprayer.com/methodcp.htm
Don’t be turned off by the Christian frills on this. You can find this approach in almost any spiritual tradition. I believe it fulfills a basic human longing to reach exactly the kind of awareness Bolte Taylor is talking about here. I also believe it is possible to practice such techniques outside of a religious tradition, and her talk provides an interesting context for those whose view of the world is strictly grounded in science.
Thank you for the post. That was wonderful. I will share this with many people.
This video clip helps me see that both sides of the brain are necessary for survival in our world. I’ve been reading some of Eckhart Tolle’s stuff and was skeptical of his idea of “living in the now”. You have to think about the past and the future at some point. This video helps me put ideas I’ve been reading about together in a way that makes a lot more sense. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Thanks for the post. I have a lot of left-brain chatter going on and a very left-brain career, so I decided to take an art class based on the book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” This might be of interest to some who want to experience a temporary shift to the right hemisphere. The first time I managed to shift to my right hemisphere during class, I finished drawing a picture and as I started shifting back to my left brain, I thought I’d been drawing for 15-20 minutes and worried about what I’d do with all the extra time since we were given an hour to draw. Turns out an hour actually had passed and I’d just lost concept of time. I also could hear voices in the hallway while I was drawing, but couldn’t make out what they were saying while drawing– something I’d find impossible to ignore in left-brain mode. (In fact, in left-brain mode I’d have been very irritated by the voices. Even someone’s cell phone ringing during class didn’t bother me– it just sounded like an interesting noise in the background.) I now crave drawing as a way of learning to tap into my right hemisphere and experience a delightful peace from the usual non-stop, left-brain chatter that goes on in my brain. Thanks again for the post. Very interesting.
How can I contact Jill? It is so very important that I do.
It could change my entire life as well as many others.
Please help me here, Will.
Or better yet, have her contact me, you have my email address.
I will not get into any specifics here, because this is not a joke or anything to be made fun of.
This was a very inspiring life experience for my Monday wake up. Kudoes Dr Jill!!!
I have made a total and compete recovery from a diagnosis of Bipolar Manic Depression.Spirituality had an enormous impact, as did my steadfast desire to loose all man made medications.
It is not a fact and I don’t have an bipolar thoughts,just human, humane thoughts,with which I plan to use in my effort to work with children who have been labeled with bipolar.
15 years, was a tremendous price, as I lost my sons and all civil rights, but I learned this lesson very well.
Thank you, Dr Jill, for your heroic survial and recovery is another inspiritation.
You go Girl!!!
Hm. Nice stroke. I got the point and like the goal. What is the method? Should I also get one stroke?
Does brain produce consciousness? If not, what is really there? Is it possible, that this insight was more into reality, then into brain functions?
I do think one can get liberated during life. This is normally something that needs a lots of diligence and practice of proper Buddhist meditation. And once it is reached it cannot be lost. Maybe Jill had done this in a previous life, just did not discover in the current, where body limited the experience.
I wish constant and indestructible happiness to all!
I was wondering how I can find a transcript of this lecture. I would like to send it to a deaf friend of mine as I find it remarkable and I think she will as well.
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