Jill Taylor is a neuroanatomist (brain scientist) who not only has an in-depth knowledge of the brain’s anatomy and functionality, but has first hand experience in the down hill slide of her own brain due to a massive stroke that she suffered at thirty seven years old. This is a true story of courage, an amazingly articulate description of the deterioration of the brain, and a beyond inspiring journey to full recovery.
One may think that this book would only be of interest to those who care for someone who has had a stroke, but this book is so much more; it is both a microscope and a telescope into what is really going on inside our heads.
Dr. Taylor describes that as the left hemisphere (logical, analytical side) of her brain was being obliterated by massive hemorrhaging and she was losing the ability to speak, read, write, or remember who she was, and as the constant chatter in her mind was being silenced, fear was silenced. During the stroke and afterward, she experienced some of the most profound spiritual awakenings of her life, feeling peace, grace and at one with all of creation.
Dr. Taylor explains that although she couldn’t communicate, she could clearly feel the energy of others and how it affected her. If, for example, someone approached her with worry or trepidation, she experienced an uncomfortable body sensation, and felt her energy being drained; if someone approached her with a positive attitude, it increased her energy and literally made her feel good.
As she was working to rehabilitate her brain and once again find balance between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, Dr. Taylor consciously chose to strengthen neurocircuitry loops that support peace of mind, gratitude, and joy, through awareness and practice. Dr. Taylor teaches that in fact, peace is available to us in every moment, and that what we think really does matter. She reminds us that we do choose our thoughts, and ultimately, happiness is our natural state of mind.
Please read it and share it with those dear to you.
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