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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on How You Embrace Whole Brain Living

Are you ready to unlock the power of your mind and live a more intentional life? Join me and special guest Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor as we explore the anatomy of choice and the four characters that drive our lives. Discover how you can tap into your rational thinking, emotions, goals, and compassion to create a harmonious and fulfilling life. Dr. Taylor is the author of the Whole Brain Living.

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Embrace Intentional Living: Unlocking the Secrets of Whole Brain Living with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

In this episode of the Passion Struck podcast, host John R. Miles engages in a captivating conversation with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on the topic of whole brain living and the anatomy of choice. Dr. Taylor, a renowned neuroanatomist and author, brings a unique perspective to the discussion through her personal experience of losing her left hemisphere due to a stroke.

Through this conversation, Dr. Taylor emphasizes the power of choice in shaping our lives and highlights the importance of mindfulness and intentional living. She introduces the concept of the four characters that sit at the heart of decision-making: the rational thinking brain, the emotional tissue rooted in past experiences, the emotional tissue of the present moment, and the thinking tissue of the right hemisphere. Dr. Taylor encourages listeners to get to know each of these characters within themselves and recognize the value they bring. By practicing whole-brain living and utilizing the four characters, individuals can tap into their creativity, productivity, and peace.

In this episode, you will discover how to:

  • Foster a culture of self-awareness, embracing the practice of whole-brain living for optimal wellness and self-preception.
  • Decipher the powerful influence of your choices, subsequently enhancing your ability to steer your own course in life.
  • Embrace the virtue of patience, learn to trust the perfect timing of the universe, and streamline your life’s flow.
  • Explore the four key characters within yourself that reveal interesting insights about your brain’s hemispheres.
  • Challenge popular myths about the brain, paving the way for a truer understanding of this crucial organ and its connection to emotion.
  • And much, much more!
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More From Our Guest Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on How to Embrace Whole Brain Living

During an unexpected and dramatic turn in her life, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor first began to delve into the complex world of whole-brain living. A respected and accomplished neuroanatomist, Jill was known for her deep understanding of the brain’s intricate workings. Yet, it wasn’t until she experienced a stroke that she could witness the astonishing interplay between our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors from a completely new perspective.

Whole Brain Living by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor for the passion struck recommended book list

As her left brain functions started to fade, she became acutely aware of her right brain’s intense focus on the present moment. This unique experience provided Jill with a rare glimpse into the fascinating duality of the human brain. By observing her own brain’s response to the stroke, Jill unraveled the mysteries of whole-brain living – the delicate balance between our individuality and our connectedness, between the past, present, and future.

This journey taught her the importance of patience and resilience and the power of our choices. As she pieced together her experiences and observations, Jill gained an in-depth understanding of the four characters that drive our lives, ultimately leading her to the realization that we are part of a bigger universal energy.

Develop perseverance and accept life’s ebbs and flows
Acceptance of life’s highs and lows is a fundamental theme in Taylor’s teaching. Understanding that emotions and thoughts are transient – lasting no more than 90 seconds at a cellular level, can help one cultivate resilience. By practicing perseverance and acceptance, individuals can move closer to living a harmonious life, replete with personal growth and meaningful relationships.

Harness the transformative power of choice
Taylor underscores the transformative power of actively making choices. She emphasizes that every person has the ability to make cognitive choices that can shape their life experiences. Exercising this power can help individuals manage emotions effectively and lead them to a state of peaceful euphoria by fostering intentional living.

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  • Visit Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s personal website to learn more about her work and stay updated on her latest projects and articles.
  • Read Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s book My Stroke of Insight.
  • Practice the Brain Huddle, a powerful tool introduced by Dr. Taylor, to facilitate conversations among your four characters and tap into heir strengths in different situations.
  • Consider attending a workshop or event led by Dr. Taylor to further explore the concepts of whole brain living and develop practical skills for implementing them in your daily life.
  • Share this episode and Dr. Taylor’s insights with others who may benefit from her transformative perspective on the brain and consciousness.
  • Follow Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on social media for updates on her work, upcoming events, and additional resources for whole brain living.
  • Consider incorporating the concept of patience into your own life, allowing the universe to bring you what you are meant to receive.
  • Reflect on your own journey and consider choosing a word or phrase for 2023 that aligns with your hopes, dreams, and possibilities.
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About Today’s Guest, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

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Renowned brain scientist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, while best known for her bestselling book My Stroke of Insight, has a truly profound and inspiring journey. Having experienced a major stroke in her left hemisphere at just 37, Dr. Taylor found herself thrown into a curious and complex world of consciousness that forever changed how she viewed the human mind. Her eight-year recovery journey allowed her to connect insights from her academic experience at Harvard to her own physical and mental transformation.

Her approach, carefully documented in her revolutionary new book, Whole Brain Living, maps out the existence of four different characters within us and offers readers a chance to create a healthier and harmonious relationship with their minds, promoting personal growth and intentional choices.

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