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Sunday, September 9, 2012

If You Could Choose to Live in Nirvana, Would You?

How do you like to start your Sundays? My favorite way to spend a Sunday morning is watching a TED Talk with a nice big cup of coffee. . . after a few rounds of Scramble with Friends, of course.

This TED Talk is not only one of my favorites, but also tops many published lists of the best TED Talks of all time. In it, neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor talks about how it felt (intellectually) to have a stroke (in a way only a brain scientist can describe) and how she experienced a state of nirvana and oneness with the universe when the right side of her brain took over. She argues that we all can choose to step into the right hemispheres of our brains and experience this state of peace and expansiveness (this, incidentally, is one of the primary purposes of yoga and mediation, but rarely do you hear scientists talk about this stuff).


Happy weekend!