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Start by marking “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey” as Want to Read: See 2 questions about My Stroke of Insight. Jill Bolte Taylor is an American neuroanatomist, author, and public speaker. Welcome to the My Stroke of Insight website, an interactive place to read inspiring stories Dr. Jill's Book TED Talk, February Dr. Jill with Oprah, April My Stroke of Insight () is a non-fiction book by American author Jill Bolte Taylor. In it, she tells of her experience in of having a stroke in her left.

I sluggishly awoke to a sharp pain piercing my brain directly behind my left eye. Squinting into the early morning light, I clicked off the impending alarm with my right hand and instinctively pressed the palm of my left hand firmly against the side of my face. Rarely ill, I thought how queer it was for me to awaken to such a striking pain. As my left eye pulsed with a slow and deliberate rhythm, I felt bewildered and irritated. As I rolled out of my warm waterbed, I stumbled into the world with the ambivalence of a wounded soldier. I closed the bedroom window blind to block the incoming stream of light from stinging my eyes. I decided that exercise might get my blood flowing and perhaps help dissipate the pain.

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Surgery and eight years of recovery followed. Her desire to teach others about nirvana, Dr. Taylor said, strongly motivated her to squeeze her spirit back into her body and to get well. This story is not typical of stroke victims.

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Taylor was also helped because her left hemisphere was not destroyed, and that probably explains how she was able to recover fully. She brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities.

Generally, the left brain gives us context, ego, time, logic. The right brain gives us creativity and empathy. For most English-speakers, the left brain, which processes language, is dominant. Her message, that people can choose to live a more peaceful, spiritual life by sidestepping their left brain, has resonated widely.

Advertisement Continue reading the main story In February, Dr. Taylor spoke at the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference known as TED , the annual forum for presenting innovative scientific ideas.

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The result was electric. More than two million viewers have watched her talk, and about 20, more a day continue to do so.

She also receives more than e-mail messages a day from fans. Some are brain scientists, who are fascinated that one of their own has had a stroke and can now come back and translate the experience in terms they can use. Some are stroke victims or their caregivers who want to share their stories and thank her for her openness.

But many reaching out are spiritual seekers, particularly Buddhists and meditation practitioners, who say her experience confirms their belief that there is an attainable state of joy. I must have copies. Taylor has moved to Bloomington, Ind. Photo Dr. An explanation of the right and left hemispheres Have you experienced a stroke or other health issue?

Are you a caregiver to someone who inspires you with their strength and courage?

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Share your story of being a " Stroke Triumphant " and inspire others to find their way. Showered with love and ready for recovery!

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Do you practice yoga or meditate? What different techniques do you use to "Step to the Right" of your left hemisphere brain chatter in order to live a more balanced life?

Share your ideas in the Balanced Brain Techniques page. Jill's interactions with the thousands of people who have shared their anecdotes from insights learned through her book. Do you practice the Second Rule? How do you take responsibility for the energy you bring into a room?