How our brains define us

Living ‘Right’

Over the years, my Yoga and meditation practice has resulted in some pretty wild experiences, not the least of which was one instance when I felt the physical boundaries of my body dissolve and every molecule expand into space until I was one with all that is. For years I have also believed that humans will eventually evolve to a point where we vibrate at a higher frequency, allowing us to connect on an energetic level, and that by the sheer force of our collective consciousness, we will be able to ‘think’ peace into being. I have long been reticent to share these views because I realize most people will either think I am crazy or write me of as a kook. But today my friend, Mary Jo, sent me a link to an 19-minute video that seems to back up my experiences and theories.

The video is from TED.com, the website that is devoted to giving millions of knowledge-seekers around the globe direct access to the world’s greatest thinkers and teachers. In it, Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist specializing in the study of the brain, describes waking up one morning and realizing she was having a massive stroke. As she felt her brain functions slip away one by one: speech, movement, understanding, she studied and remembered every moment. Taylor vividly describes moments when she had access only to her left-side, analytical, linear brain, followed by moments when she could only connect with the creative, universal consciousness that is her right-side brain. It is a fascinating video and is confirmation for me that my ideas are not so wacky, after all. I hope you will take time to watch it.

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