The astonishing international bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment. On the morning of the 10th December 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. As the damaged left side of her brain - the rational, logical, detail and time-oriented side - swung in an out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realities: the euphoric Nirvana of the intuitive and emotional right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace; and the logical left brain, that realized Jill was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely. In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Taylor brings to light a new perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery that she gained through the intimate experience of awakening her own injured mind. The journey to recovery took eight years for Jill to feel completely healed. Using her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insight gained from her right brain that December morning.
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A brain scientist discusses suffering a stroke at the age of thirty-seven, describing her discovery of differences in the left and right side of the brain and the steps she took over a period of eight years to recover her health.
Do you want more free book summaries like this? Download our app for free at https://www.QuickRead.com/App and get access to hundreds of free book and audiobook summaries. A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. If you’ve ever experienced a sudden revelation or an epiphany, then you might understand the power a sudden realization can have on your outlook on life. This is exactly what happened to Jill Bolte Taylor on December 10, 1996, at just 37-years-old. Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As a result of the stroke, Bolte Taylor’s mind deteriorated and she quickly lost her ability to walk, talk, read, write, or even recall any of her life. In a matter of four hours, Bolte Taylor’s life was changed forever. Soon, however, Bolte Taylor was alternating between the right brain and left brain, allowing herself to uncover feelings of euphoria and well-being that the average person doesn’t often have the power to access. The stroke allowed Bolte Taylor to experience the different traits of the two halves of the brain, and she believes with the proper training, inner peace can be accessible to anyone. As you read, you’ll learn the ins and outs of what occurs during a stroke, the incredible differences between the right and left brain hemispheres, and how Bolte Taylor was able to make a full recovery after suffering a rare stroke.
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- Release Date : 2018-08-31
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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (2008) is neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor’s reckoning with the stroke she had in 1996, when she was 37 years old. Describing her experience in terms of her brain anatomy and how her symptoms progressed, Taylor combines her perspectives as a scientist and a patient… Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.
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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (2008) is neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor's reckoning with the stroke she had in 1996, when she was 37 years old. Describing her experience in terms of her brain anatomy and how her symptoms progressed, Taylor combines her perspectives as a scientist and a patient.Purchase this in-depth analysis to learn more.
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- Release Date : 2012-02-16
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ABOUT THE BOOK Curled up into a little fetal ball, I felt my spirit surrender to death and it certainly never dawned on me that I would ever be capable of sharing my story with anyone. In 2006, ten years after she recovered from a debilitating stroke, neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor self-published her book, My Stroke of Insight. The book is, as Taylor describes in her introduction, “a chronological documentation of the journey I took into the formless abyss of a silent mind, where the essence of my being became enfolded in a deep inner peace.” Taylor’s aim was to share the unusual story of a brain scientist experiencing her own cerebral hemorrhage, the resulting journey to an inner state of bliss, and subsequent recovery. The book’s online success was fueled by a riveting video, then followed by an appearance on Oprah. Eventually, the book was sold to Viking Press and published in hardcover, subsequently becoming a number one bestseller. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK She then tried to blurt out the words, “This is Jill, I need help!” Apparently Vincent could only discern grunts on the other end of the line, but he recognized Taylor’s voice and understood she was in trouble. Employing similar painstaking methodology, Taylor was also able to reach her doctor. While she awaited help, Taylor alternately spent time engulfed in bliss, and then periods feeling despondent with the awareness of her mental degeneration. As a scientist, she was aware of the implications of her stroke and already grieving the possible loss of her life and/or potential for severe brain damage. When her colleague finally arrived and while she was being transported to McClean hospital, Taylor felt herself let go: “My body fell limp and my consciousness rose to a slower vibration...in the absence of sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, fear, I felt my spirit surrender its attachment to this body and I was released from pain.” Chapters 7, 8, 9: Bare to the Bone, Neurological Intensive Care,
The New York Times best-selling author of My Stroke of Insight blends neuroanatomy with psychology to show how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find our way to peace. For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it's not that simple: in fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain. In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of cells as four characters that make up who we are: Character 1, Left Thinking; Character 2, Left Emotion; Character 3, Right Emotion; and Character 4, Right Thinking. Everything we think, feel, or do is dependent upon brain cells to perform that function. Since each of the Four Characters stems from specific groups of cells that feel unique inside of our body, they each display particular skills, feel specific emotions, or think distinctive thoughts. In Whole Brain Living, Dr. Taylor shows us how to get acquainted with our own Four Characters, observe how they show up in our daily life, and learn to identify and relate to them in others as well. And she introduces a practice called the Brain Huddle--a tool for bringing our Four Characters into conversation with one another so we can tap their respective strengths and choose which one to embody in any situation. The more we become familiar with each of the characters in ourselves and others, the more power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. Indeed, we discover that we have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. And when our Four Characters work together and balance one another as a whole brain, we gain a radical new road map to deep inner peace.
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Western Yoga has been taught for about 3,000 years. It is the source of western civilisation and democracy. Western Yoga is very different to the yoga of India that is taught in yoga schools today around the world. Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle learned Western Yoga and then taught it in their Mystery Schools.
The stimulating saga of a man who, thanks to his never-say-die attitude, found the courage and the determination to bounce back despite being felled by a serious, disabling condition When Vijay Santhanam was afflicted with a stroke at the age of 41, he was paralyzed on the right side of his body. He couldn’t move without help and he couldn’t speak at all. But he soon realized that his powers of reasoning/thought were not lost to him. And he garnered his spirit and willpower within him to work at regaining his health and faculties; a stroke wasn’t going to get him down. Vijay goes on to get back to work, to write two books on one of the biggest passions of his life—cricket, a sport that was one of his greatest inspirations while in hospital and on the road to recovery, and to teach at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Lucknow. This is the inspiring story of a man who didn’t waste time bemoaning his fate; his immediate agenda was to understand what could make him healthy again and to start with, to return to the life he’d known before as a regional head of marketing in a multinational company in Singapore. My Stroke of Luck: Alphabet to Author is Vijay’s journey through long, sometimes painful, and often frustrating, months of therapy, relearning the alphabet and learning new strengths: emotional, mental and physical. Vijay’s attempt is not to describe the human brain and how it works in a scientific manner but to celebrate a man’s inspiring journey. He believes when a human being is confronted by a big crisis, often she/he summons all her/his spirit and willpower to fight back and win. His story is testimony and an eloquent example of it.
In Six Stages on the Spiritual Path, we learn about spirituality and its stages as well as how spirituality helps to reduce our suffering and create more love. Writings from ancient to contemporary mystics across the world provide us with practical and spiritual wisdom that will make our lives happier and more loving. In the first stage on the mystic way, children experience awe and wonder, but they do not realize that this is a spiritual experience. While all indigenous people recognize awe as a mystical experience, only some adults and most artists do. When parents and religious leaders teach children about God, they cause their spiritual growth to flourish or to become stunted at an elementary school level. Awakening is an experience of the Divine that helps us realize that the Sacred Spirit is within us and loves us. Awakening produces love for our neighbors and ourselves. Then love nurtures more awakenings. Illumination and union are deeper mystical experiences that the Holy One is not only within all of us and all of creation, but also that we are within the ONE. Illumination creates more love for all people and all the universe.
In Together in the Space Between, author Greg Kinsch compiles information from various disciplines not usually seen as compatible by postindustrial modern man. It discusses how the world and universe operate and how that knowledge can be used to help move the human species toward peace on earth. He begins with the premise that current paradigms wont work in the coming years because the exponential growth and decay that underlie their functioning is unsustainable. He goes on to say that our product-based way and view of life has had a devastating effect on our understanding of process in our lives. Kinsch goes to the root of the problem and discusses: How the workings of our brain show our perceptions may be unreliable and we may have some control over our own perceptions of happiness The phenomenon of near-death experiences and why they occur more frequently in the modern age Why man is progressing toward a higher consciousness and that these experiences are part of the evolutionary process The zero-point field, a part of quantum physics showing that what seems impossible is capable of being studied and researched World religions and the role theyve played in the world to this point After admitting the failure of religion to remain open to truth in others, Together in the Space Between offers hope through Kinschs unique interpretation of the Eucharist. He offers a survival guide to adapt to the changes that need to be made and are certainly coming.
My Cosmic Stroke is a remarkable true story shared by Ashima Kahrs, who at the tender age of twenty-one suffered a debilitating stroke. This narrative explores the personal trials, paralyzing fears, and conversations with death that were a part of the unfolding. Learning to embrace the grace of humility, the mystical gifts of compassion, and the potentials of treatment possibilities are explored. With her training as a speech-language pathologist, Kahrs provides a look at strokes from a medical professional's inside view through a unique blend of storytelling, humor, and humility. Kahrs also explores multiple alternative healing options that continue to enrich the healing process to this day. Lessons in humility and gratitude fill this narrative as deeper understanding unfolds. Divided into four parts entitled "The Wake Up Call," "Unfolding Wisdom," "The Integration Begins," and "Unlimited Potentials," these deeply personal tales bring clarity to a wide range of complex issues as they follow Kahrs's extraordinary-if erratic-journey, and the lessons she gained through gentle guidance and patience. These colorful, yet overwhelming, events encourage her to learn and explore the wisdom afforded her as her ongoing recovery exceeds expectations. In the vein of Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, this book is for health professionals and laymen alike who are curious about the broad range of available options for treating those with neurological issues-and who want to embrace the evolving nature of wellness.
Join over fifty Jewish spiritual leaders from all denominations in a candid conversation about the why and how of prayer: how prayer changes us and how to discern a response from God. In this fascinating forum, they share the challenges of prayer, what it means to pray, how to develop your own personal prayer voice, and how to rediscover meaning and God's presence in the traditional Jewish prayer book. Book jacket.
Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian David Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him. • A portrait of how a health crisis can truly shift one's perspective on life and purpose • Includes insider stories on the wild early days of Internet journalism, tech culture, and Hollywood • Powerful storytelling of the physical, emotional, and psychological impact a stroke has had on the author's identity Fans of My Stroke of Insight, The Devil's Chessboard and Season of the Witch will love this book. This book is perfect for: • Fans of David Talbot • Anyone dealing with or recovering from health issues (particularly stroke or brain injury) and looking for insight and inspiration • Gen Xers and baby boomers who understand their risk for stroke • Entrepreneurs scared of burnout
As a psychologist specialising in court assessments, David Roland often saw the toughest, most heartbreaking cases. The emotional trauma had begun to take its toll — and then the global financial crisis hit, leaving his family facing financial ruin. So when he found himself in a local emergency ward with little idea of where he was or how he got there, doctors wondered if he had had a nervous breakdown — if the strain of treating individuals with mental-health problems had become too much. Eventually they discovered the truth: David had suffered a stroke, which had resulted in brain injury. He faced two choices: give up or get his brain working again. Drawing on the principles of neuroplasticity, David set about re-wiring his brain. Embarking on a search that brought him into contact with doctors, neuroscientists, yoga teachers, musicians, and a Buddhist nun, he found the tools to restore his sense of self: psychotherapy, exercise, music, mindfulness, and meditation. How I Rescued My Brain is the story of David’s neurological difficulties and his remarkable cognitive recovery. It is also an account of a journey to emotional health and wellbeing. In the tradition of Marc Lewis’s Memoirs of an Addicted Brain and Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, this is an amazing tale of one man’s resilience, and his determination to overcome one of the most frightening situations imaginable — the fear that he had lost his mind, and might not get it back.
A highly original account of how literature and neuroscience interact to explain the relationship between the mind, body, and brain
Most people think that stroke victims end up looking like Frankenstein with a horrible facial expression and erratic movements. But, that is not the way it has to be. Today, it is possible for some stroke victims to make a full recovery. Gerry Purdy knows this because his wife, Alicia – a healthy, beautiful and smart person – suffered a stroke on August 23, 2011 and was able to return to her vivacious self. Our Stroke of Luck portrays the life they had together. Gerry and Alicia had dated in high school and got back together for their 45th high school reunion. Life was good. And then – Bam! – without warning Alicia suffered a stroke. Find out how Alicia’s neurosurgeon was able to remove the clot from her brain that caused the stroke. Experience the tense ups and downs of that night—one moment seeming as though she might be paralyzed on her left side for the rest of her life and then the next seeing a flash of hope. Gerry and Alicia were lucky that the radiologist was able to identify the clot in her brain and lucky to get her transferred to the Marcus Stroke Center at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. They were lucky that Dr. Nogueira was able to extract the clot from Alicia’s brain. And, finally, they were lucky that she was able to make a full recovery. Truly, this was their stroke of luck.
Mark Moore always believed he was in charge of his life. All that changed on a beautiful Saturday morning in May 2007. Suddenly he was no longer in control of anything. Though his life will never return to his pre-stroke normality, through this crisis, he has gained a deeper understanding of the centrality of God's role in his life and in all of our lives. A Stroke of Faith tells the story of moving from acceptance to surrender and from hope to faith. It reveals God's work in Mark's life as He transformed him from thinking he had everything under control to knowing God has had control all along.
Comparing Religions is a next-generation textbook which expertly guides, inspires, and challenges those who wish to think seriously about religious pluralism in the modern world. A unique book teaching the art and practice of comparing religions Draws on a wide range of religious traditions to demonstrate the complexity and power of comparative practices Provides both a history and understanding of comparative practice and a series of thematic chapters showing how responsible practice is done A three part structure provides readers with a map and effective process through which to grasp this challenging but fascinating approach The author is a leading academic, writer, and exponent of comparative practice Contains numerous learning features, including chapter outlines, summaries, toolkits, discussion questions, a glossary, and many images Supported by a companion website (available on publication) at www.wiley.com/go/kripal, which includes information on individual religious traditions, links of other sites, an interview with the author, learning features, and much more