My Stroke of Insight
Some background; Dr. Taylor is a Harvard trained Neuroanatomist who specialized in the postmortem investigation of the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and the severe mental illnesses. Her interest in brain disorders began with her brother's diagnosis of schizophrenia. In her book My Stroke of Insight she describes what it felt like to have a stroke and watch her brain completely lose its ability to process information and what life has been like since.
Jill takes the complicated science of the brain and talks about it in language that is understandable and down to earth. The science and knowledge of the brain is changing rapidly. Science once believed the brain had no resiliency to grow new neurons. Now we know just the opposite.
We all know the terminology Right Brain and Left Brain - as in "I'm a Right Brain person" or vice versa. Dr. Taylor explains that the right side of our brain is a parallel processor. It thinks in pictures, in the present moment, is compassionate, non-confrontational and joyful. Whereas the left side of the brain is a serial processor. It thinks in language, remembers the past and thinks about the future, seeks difference, is competitive and has a sense of urgency.
The left side of our brain would rather be right than happy and the right side of our brain would rather be happy than right. Dr. Taylor suffered a stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain.
When it comes to the brain, Jill's advice is to strive for balance. Develop both hemispheres of the brain, if one side is affected by an accident, stroke or aging we have the other side to rely on.
She explains her discovery that through the right hemisphere of the brain, the part of her brain not affected by the stroke, inner peace is just a thought away. She encouraged the audience to pay attention to your thinking, and then decide if those thoughts are creating the kind of life you want, and if not, then change your thoughts. It's really that easy.
Her advice: If you have a thought that you want to get rid of - focus on it for 90 seconds, and then let it go.
More on Jill: http://www.mystrokeofinsight.com/