I believe that meditation and mindfulness practice is the most powerful endeavor we can devote ourselves to, because through this practice we become aware of who and what we are; we discover how our brains work; and we discover that we can choose how we behave and react. Through this practice, we come to understand our thoughts ~ what they are, where they come from, where they go; and we come to see that we are not our thoughts, we are not our emotions, we are not our bodies. Meditation and mindfulness practice teaches us how to live more fully in the present moment; which, as I learned today, is where the right hemisphere of our brain lives. This practice helps us touch that inner peace within us; it helps us develop patience and tolerance (with ourselves and others); it build compassion within us. And as we cultivate those qualities, we become more peaceful beings. As we each become more peaceful within, so our world does without.
Just today, a friend passed on a link (see below) to an amazing video. Jill Taylor is a brain scientist who had a stroke; and her experience of the stroke is like no other you’ll ever hear told. In this video she explains how the right cortex of our brain processes all the energetic input from our sensory perceptions; and how our right hemisphere experience of life is that of the oneness of all; complete non-separation; the very present moment. No YOU, no I … just all; and a deep inner peace. She also explains how the left cortex of our brain processes all the details; how it manages all the thoughts, reminds us to get bananas at the store on our way home; remembers the past, plans for the future; defines us as an individual living in time and space.
What is amazing is to hear how this experience of hers showed her the truth of existence; and motivated her to recover so she could share this experience to encourage people to choose to exist in the world of the right hemisphere … as she puts it “I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep, inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be.”
The video is 18 minutes; get yourself a cup of tea and allow yourself these 18 minutes. It’s not only educational, but incredibly moving, and dare I say … enlightening. You’ll be inspired to develop a relationship with your right hemisphere 🙂