Woman Has Stroke, Finds bliss
Jill Bolte Taylor was a Harvard brain researcher when she had a stroke that disabled the left side of her brain. She lost functioning having to do with ego, analysis, and judgment. She lost her sense of physical boundaries, experiencing a sense of inter-connectedness. Her everyday worries were gone, and she lived in a field of shimmering energy. Her new life goal is to teach others how to reach nirvana, something she can do on command by being in touch with the consciousness of her brain’s right hemisphere and “be one with all that is.” She wrote about it in My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.
Taylor’s 18-minute address to the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference in February explains the whole thing, and has become somewhat of a sensation. The question for us is, can we each, at will, access the part of our brains that bring us joy?
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