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My Stroke of Insight

A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Penguin
 | 
May, 2009
ISBN:
9780452295544
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$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This brain scientist’s journey through a huge stroke to recovery has become an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities. See Jill Bolte
Taylor
’s astonishing talk on Ted.com, and also see her new interviews on Oprah.com.

In 1996,
Taylor
had a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuro-anatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. As the damaged left side of her brain—the rational, languaged, detail and time-oriented side—swung in and out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realties: the euphoric nirvana of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace; and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized Jill was having a stroke, and enabled her to seek help.

I now existed in a world between worlds. I could no longer relate to people outside of me, and yet my life had not been extinguished. I was not only an oddity to those around me, but on the inside, I was an oddity to myself.

In My Stroke of Insight,
Taylor
shares her perspective on the brain, its capacity for recovery, and the deep understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insights gained from her right brain that morning.

Today Taylor is convinced that the stroke was the best thing that could have happened to her. It taught her the feeling of nirvana is never more than a mere thought away. By stepping to the right of our left brains, we can all uncover the feelings of well-being and peace that are so often sidelined by our own brain chatter. 

Jill pushes the envelope in our understanding about how we can consciously influence the neural circuitry underlying what we think, how we feel, and how we react to life’s circumstances.  She teaches us through her own example how we might more readily exercise our own right hemispheric circuitry with the intention of helping all human beings become more humane. 

I believe the more time we spend running our deep inner peace circuitry, then the more peace we will project into the world, and ultimately the more peace we will have on the planet.

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

A brain scientist whose own stroke led to personal enlightenment brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities. ("The New York Times"). b&w illustrations throughout.Jill Bolte Taylor was a 37-year-old Harvard-trained and published brain scientist when a blood vessel exploded in her brain. Through the eyes of a curious neuroanatomist, she watched her mind completely deteriorate whereby she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Because of her understanding of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Jill completely recovered her mind, brain and body. In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Jill shares with us her recommendations for recovery and the insight she gained into the unique functions of the right and left halves of her brain. Having lost the categorizing, organizing, describing, judging and critically analyzing skills of her left brain, along with its language centers and thus ego center, Jill's consciousness shifted away from normal reality. In the absence of her left brain's neural circuitry, her consciousness shifted into present moment thinking whereby she experienced herself "at one with the universe."

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