insight

I want to share with you an excerpt from My Stroke of Insight, the neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor’s book about having a massive stroke and recovering from it.

“I remember that fist day of the stroke with terrific bitter-sweetness. In the absence of the normal functioning of my left orientation association area, my perception of my physical boundaries was no longer limited to where my skin met air. I felt like a genie liberated from its bottle. The energy of my spirit seemed to flow like a great whale gliding through a sea of silent euphoria. Finer than the finest of pleasures we can experience as physical beings, this absence of physical boundary was one of glorious bliss. As my consciousness dwelled in a flow of sweet tranquility, it was obvious to me that I would never be able to squeeze the enormousness of my spirit back inside this tiny cellular matrix.”

I was reminded of how lovely it was to sleep following my diagnosis of Stage III ovarian cancer. Taylor continued, “My escape into bliss was a magnificent alternative to the daunting sense of mourning and devastation I felt every time I was coaxed back into some type of interaction with the percolating world outside of me…”

There will be more about left- and right-brain effects.

Goodnight!

Carolyn

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