Please watch this fascinating and inspiring talk by brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor. One morning, she awoke to find that she was experiencing a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. In her lecture, she explains the differences between the right and left parts of our brains this way: The right brain is about the present, about sensing and being part of the energy of the world. The left brain is about organizing and judging this information using linear thought and language. The left brain defines us as separate from the rest of the world, and she lost this part of herself during the stroke. She describes the experience as nirvana-like, feeling like she was one with the world, like her soul/energy/self was so vast that it could not possibly fit into her body. Now, having recovered from the stroke, she is using her story and wonderful speaking skills to advocate living more right-brainedly.

My summary doesn’t do the talk justice. It is about 20 minutes long, but well worth the time. When I tried to load the page, I got an error message, but I clicked to continue, and it worked fine. Thanks to Maron for sharing this nugget!