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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stroke of luck . . .

This was an interesting story - it appeared in the November/December AARPS magazine and on Opray October 21st. It's also a book - saw it at Barnes and Noble.
This is taken from Oprah's Website - hope you enjoy -

Jill Bolte Taylor

"When she was a young girl, brain scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor became fascinated with the functions of the human brain. Jill, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2008, has a brother with schizophrenia, and his brain disorder led Jill to dedicate her career to studying severe mental illnesses as a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist. While she worked to uncover the differences between the brains of people born with mental illnesses and those who were not, something remarkable happened to Jill's own brain—it went silent.

On December 10, 1996, at age 37, Jill awoke with intense pain behind her left eye—a blood vessel had exploded in the left hemisphere of her brain, and within hours, Jill could no longer walk, talk, read or write. She was suffering from an arteriovenous malformation—a rare type of stroke. While Jill struggled to phone for help, she was aware that the left hemisphere of her brain was shutting down, taking with it her language, organizing and other analytical skills. Without the dominant left side of her brain controlling her thoughts, Jill says her mind went silent, leaving only the right side of the brain functioning. Through the right side of her brain, Jill says her consciousness shifted away from reality—and the trauma her body was suffering through—and into a place of inner peace and Nirvana.

The experience was life-changing. Not only did Jill face years of recovery after her stroke—and major brain surgery to remove a large blood clot in her brain—she also discovered a better quality of life through increased use of the right hemisphere of her brain. She's now an artist as well as a scientist, creating anatomically correct stained-glass replicas of brains that are sold as fine art. She's also published My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. The book explains in scientific detail exactly what happened during Jill's stroke and how she recovered. It also takes a closer look at how the right hemisphere of the brain works and how Jill says people with normal brains can access it to find their own inner peace and improve their quality of life and the lives of others. "

AARPS-November/December 2008

"Can a person tap into this bliss without suffering a stroke? Absolutely. When you're really paying attention to the richness of the present moment, that's right minded awareness. The left hemisphere is preoccupied with past and future, projecting fears, contemplating ideas that aren't relevant to the hear and now.

You have to learn to choose.

Stress is a frame of mind. If you're in traffic, relax and enjoy the moments. Standing in line? Observe rather than engage.

How can we learn to pull the plug?

Use your senses to pay closer attention to your environment. What does the air smell like? What are the sounds, the colors? What's happening in the distance. Focus on details. Try dancing."

In other's words - like I keep saying, breathe and pay attention to the movement of your breath - look at your diaphragm moving up and down.

If I ever got the nerve up to get a tattoo (one thing on my list that I want to do one day ?) - I would have the word ~breathe~ tattooed on my left wrist. Simply breathe. I've seen it done - it's beautiful.

Love, Chatty


Corgidogmama~ said...

Oh my dear friend, this really hit home today. Thank you for making me think, reflect, and breathe. It's tense here tonight, and your entry is exactly what I needed to read! Bless you.

JeanMac said...

Thank you for this post - I, of all people, needed these words. Love Jean