Does Our Planet Need a Stroke of Insight?

In this wonderful inspiring and touching TED talk neuroscientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor gains new insight into how the brain works when she suffers a stroke. She explains that the right side of the brain allows us to connect with our environment and each other and experience the present moment. The left side of the brain analyses the past and makes prediction about the future but most importantly it gives us a sense of self awareness.

Each side of the brain can be said to have a different personality. The right side focuses on our similarities and is considered compassionate, expansive, open, and supportive of others. While our left brain focuses on our differences and specializes in critical judgment of those unlike ourselves it tends to be our source of bigotry, prejudice, and fear or hate of the unfamiliar.

She ends the talk with an important message. We have a choice to view the world skewed through our left-brain values as individuals focused on profit, personal gain, power, prestige, authority, advantage, and the material goods money can buy. Alternatively we can step into the consciousness of our right hemisphere thereby focusing on connecting with our environment and those around us. This shift towards our right-brain values will ultimately bring more peace to the world.

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