***this is a particularly poignant story here, now as a sweet, 13-year-old girl in our community, isabela rainey, has recently suffered a stroke due to a rare birth defect. please send reiki and prayers. donations are also being collected by the outer banks relief fund to help isabela and her family. information can be found here. thank you. thank you. thank you. ***
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i have a folder in my browser called ‘brainfood’. it’s where things like TED and this american life live. every once in a while, i feed myself a little piece from this folder, like a candy treat for being productive (oh yes, i know what this says about me). today i found this talk on TED, and if you haven’t seen it before please gift yourself the time to watch. it’s a fascinating story and she is a moving speaker, and yes i even got goosebumps.
i often call myself a scientist (as well as artist, teacher, and all those other things that i’ve worked hard to claim) because as yogis, i believe we are all scientists. yoga, to me, is all about observing and allowing the body and the practice to be an experiment. i’ve been drawn to anatomy and physiology my whole life, and love understanding how we are made and why we are the way we are, why we move the way we do. yoga does it for me because in addition to all that good left brain stuff, it goes beyond and links the science to these ideas of vibes and energy and intention. teaching us that we are able to go within and actually create peace…
lately, i’ve found myself being drawn more and more to sitting meditation (apart from the moving meditation that is my yoga practice) and as i watched dr. taylor speak, i felt myself saying “yes, yes…that make sense…and that’s where i need to spend more of my time.”
below is some transcript from the video, it doesn’t really give you any real sense of the story, but i found the information interesting…and inspiring.
“Our right hemisphere is all about this present moment. It’s all about “right here, right now.” Our right hemisphere, it thinks in pictures and it learns kinesthetically through the movement of our bodies. Information, in the form of energy, streams in simultaneously through all of our sensory systems and then it explodes into this enormous collage of what this present moment looks like, what this present moment smells like and tastes like, what it feels like and what it sounds like. I am an energy-being connected to the energy all around me through the consciousness of my right hemisphere. We are energy-beings connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect, we are whole and we are beautiful.
My left hemisphere — our left hemisphere — is a very different place. Our left hemisphere thinks linearly and methodically. Our left hemisphere is all about the past and it’s all about the future. Our left hemisphere is designed to take that enormous collage of the present moment and start picking out details, details and more details about those details. It then categorizes and organizes all that information, associates it with everything in the past we’ve ever learned, and projects into the future all of our possibilities. And our left hemisphere thinks in language. It’s that ongoing brain chatter that connects me and my internal world to my external world. It’s that little voice that says to me, “Hey, you gotta remember to pick up bananas on your way home. I need them in the morning.”
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 theconsciousness of my right hemisphere, where we are. I am the life-force power of the universe. I am the life-force power of the 50 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.
And I thought that was an idea worth spreading.”