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Former Harvard neuroscientist, Jill Bolte Taylor has taken a strange path on the road to enlightenment—and not one that most of us would want to follow—it was while she was having a stroke that she reached nirvana. Now she’s written a book, “My Stroke of Insight,” detailing how the left brain is what gets in the way of our happiness, and everyone from The New York Times to Oprah Winfrey is jumping on Dr. Taylor’s bandwagon.

In The New York Times article “A Superhighway to Bliss,” Leslie Kaufman details the story of Dr. Taylor’s stroke, which led to her discovery that “people can choose to live a more peaceful, spiritual life by sidestepping their left brain.” Taylor explained to Kaufman:
“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…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.”
For Oprah’s “Soul Series” webcast where she interviews Dr. Taylor, click here.

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