Jill Bolte Taylor’s Raja Yoga? – Br. Shankara

Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Jill Bolte Taylor
Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., with one of her artful depictions of the human brain, in leaded glass
You may think of yourself as “one person” – that your ways of doing and being are all of a piece. That’s the opinion Jill Bolte Taylor had of herself, until a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain taught her otherwise. Taylor, a 37-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist (Ph.D.), watched as – over a four-hour period – her ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life deteriorated.

During an eight-year recovery of all her capabilities, Taylor discovered that she had much more control of her left-brain functions than she knew. She found that her right brain’s gifts of wellbeing, deep intuition, and a feeling of oneness with all of creation could be maintained by carefully watching and managing her “left-brain chatter.” Many of the very practical, moment-by-moment methods Taylor developed mirror Patanjali’s lessons on Raja Yoga. That’s what Br. Shankara discusses in this talk.

Two videos you may wish to watch before or after listening to the talk:

  1. http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html
  2. http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Dr-Jill-Bolte-Taylor-Describes-Her-Stroke-Video