Archive for April 2nd, 2014


4.2.14 … “Her desire to teach others about nirvana, Dr. Taylor said, strongly motivated her to squeeze her spirit back into her body and to get well.” – Jill Bolte Taylor …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten labyrinth walks,   Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte (25/40):
A. and I began our morning together at Amelie’s … love this place.  It was strangely empty.  Is the controversy with the former employee causing this or is it just an off time?
After our extended coffee, we head to the labyrinth.  It is great weather and the trees are budding, every day a little greener.
Two days in a row I am able to snatch some time with a friend on my walks. I realize there is significant value in walking alone. But there’s also significant value in sharing this time with another person, especially a friend.  And that’s my friend Allison in the pink shoes!
Each walk is unique. I really enjoy time with A because she always challenges me.  We talk of everything: religion, illnesses, parents, kids, relationships … I have several things to research including Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, Barbara Brown Taylor’s new book about darkness and the possibility of doing a “private” book study with A. Oh, and job opportunities.
After I return home, I re-watch  Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk  and research her book My Stroke of Insight.

Her desire to teach others about nirvana, Dr. Taylor said, strongly motivated her to squeeze her spirit back into her body and to get well.

This story is not typical of stroke victims. Left-brain injuries don’t necessarily lead to blissful enlightenment; people sometimes sink into a helplessly moody state: their emotions run riot. Dr. Taylor was also helped because her left hemisphere was not destroyed, and that probably explains how she was able to recover fully.

Today, she says, she is a new person, one who “can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere” on command and be “one with all that is.”

To her it is not faith, but science. She brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities. Generally, the left brain gives us context, ego, time, logic. The right brain gives us creativity and empathy. For most English-speakers, the left brain, which processes language, is dominant. Dr. Taylor’s insight is that it doesn’t have to be so.

Her message, that people can choose to live a more peaceful, spiritual life by sidestepping their left brain, has resonated widely.

via A Stroke Leads a Brain Scientist to a New Spirituality –

What a great day … lots of positive energy to move  forward …
PS to A … I tried that yoga relaxation thing … it worked.  🙂


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