Episode #1593 Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on Cultivating Peace of Mind

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“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. 


Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

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