Jill Bolte Taylor

“My Stroke of Insight”

 

Crystal Bridges Museum

September 22, 2018

Professional Development Workshop

Jim Young

 

Food for Thought

 

 The inspiring story of Jill Bolte Taylor’s recounting of her recovery from a stroke to her left brain offers first hand scientific supporting evidence of the unique functions of the right brain/mind.

 

 The following quotes from Jill’s book My Stroke of Insight speak for themselves and beg serious consideration:

 

 Deep Inner Peace:  a right brain activity

 “Based on my experience with losing my left mind, I wholeheartedly believe that the feeling of deep inner peace is neurological circuitry located in our right brain.” (P. 165)

 

 Live in the Present

 “When we are hooked into cognitive thought and running (past and future) mental loops, we are not in the present moment.” (P. 170)

 

Our skin, our largest organ, informs the right mind through the five senses

 “The skin has various receptors that detect touch, pressure, heat and cold, vibration and pain.” (P. 175)  “By remembering smells, tastes, sounds and therapeutic touch, I can transport myself back to Nirvana in an instant.” (P/ 175)  “In this moment I reclaim my Joy.  In this moment I am whole and beautiful, a child of the universe.” (P. 179)

 

 Joy

 “If I had to chose one word to describe the feeling I feel at the core of my right mind, I would have to say Joy.” (P.1 81)  “My right mind is thrilled to be alive!  I experience a feeling of awe when I am simultaneously capable of being at one with the universe while having an individual identity whereby I move into the world and manifest positive change.” (P. 181)

 

Happiness

“I really like the way happy feels inside my body and therefore I choose to hook into that circuitry on a regular basis.”  “If it’s a choice, then why would anyone choose anything other than happiness?” (P. 181)

 

Gratitude

 “Deep inside your right mind (deep within your heart’s consciousness) rests eternal peace.”  “The easiest way I have found to humble myself back into a state of grace is through the act of gratitude.”  “When I am grateful, life is simply great.”

 

Einstein

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”

 

Gandhi

“We must be the change we want to see in the world.”

 

Taylor

 “I find that my right hemisphere consciousness is eager for us to take the next giant leap for mankind and step to the right so we can evolve this planet into the peaceful and loving place we yearn for it to be.” (P. 187)