This TED Talk has already been viewed almost 17 million times, but the fact that I only saw it for the first time a few days ago means that you might not have seen it either. And it is tremendous. So I’m putting it here.
It is, furthermore, hugely moving and has utterly profound connotations for the way we live our life. It made me realise – not for the first time but in a way which I felt ran deeper than it ever has before – how I spend far too much time in the left hemisphere of my brain.
If you haven’t seen it, please watch it. If you haven’t seen it for a while, please watch it again. It can only do you good.
Jill Bolte Taylor‘s talk ends with these words. I’m putting them here so that whenever I see this page, I can quickly read them again…
So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here, right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere, where we are. I am the life-force power of the universe. I am the life-force power of the fifty trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form, at one with all that is. Or, I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere, where I become a single individual, a solid. Separate from the flow, separate from you. I am Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: intellectual, neuroanatomist. These are the “we” inside of me. Which would you choose? Which do you choose? And when? I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner-peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be.
Featured image by NotKeith.