Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist. In 1996 she experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain causing her to lose the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Her memoir, My Stroke of Insight, documenting her experience with stroke and eight-year recovery, spent 63 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and is still routinely the #1 book about stroke on Amazon.
Dr. Jill is a dynamic teacher and public speaker who loves educating all age groups, academic levels, as well as corporations about the beauty of our human brain and its ability to recover from trauma. In 2008 she gave the first TED talk that ever went viral on the Internet, which now has well over 26 million views. Also in 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” webcast.
Episode #1593 Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on Cultivating Peace of Mind
“When your heart says one thing and your head says another, it is simply a dispute between the different parts of your brain.”
Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor had a traumatic brain hemorrhage that caused her to lose the functioning of her left hemisphere. Simultaneous to losing her ability to walk, talk, and remember the details of her life, she lived in the blissful state of peace and presence that we access in our right hemisphere. She chronicled her eight year recovery in her bestseller, My Stroke of Insight, and TED talk, which was the first ever to go viral. Soon after, she received over 300,000 letters asking the same pressing question: How can I find that deep inner peace?
Her response is her game-changing new book, Whole Brain Living, which explains how intentionally linking the thinking and emotional parts of our brain - that she refers to as our Four Characters - gives us the agency to choose how we feel, think, behave, and live. We break down the role each character plays in our life, how to bring them together as a team, and implement her highly effective strategies to maintain a state of equilibrium. Dr.Bolte Taylor believes that “peace is just a thought away.” Her work illuminates the path there.