I first heard of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor several months ago when a friend posted one of her lectures on Facebook. I watched it and was mesmerized.
So, what's her story? Well, Dr. Jill is a Neuroanatamist who survived a massive stroke. In other words, she's a brain scientist who suffered a hemorrhage of the brain and survived to tell the tale. She describes the event in her talk. She also describes what it's like to lose your sense of self, your ego, your identity and how it's actually quite beautiful and peaceful. Imagine having a truly quiet mind, a mind that isn't constantly buzzing with to-do lists and how to operate that dumb Blackberry and that annoying conversation you had yesterday and so on. Dr. Jill experienced an absolutely still mind following her stroke and now lectures on the peace she found while there. Take a look for yourself:
I first watched this on TED talks. Are you familiar with TED? It's an amazing site that showcases folks with some fascinating things to say. I loved this talk given by Temple Grandin. Temple is autistic, has earned a PhD and has changed the way we understand those with autism. She offers wonderful insights into those we often assume don't think much or don't have must to say. Those assumptions are wrong.
Both of these talks drive home the fact that people of all kinds have
thoughts and are deserving of our kind attention. Whether a person can
communicate or not, their mind is working and receiving your intention
towards them be it good or not. They may be quiet but
they are in there and how you treat them matters.
How we all treat each
other matters... every time.