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Videos and Podcast of Jill Bolte Taylor

Updated on October 22, 2012

Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who had a stroke in 1996 that had disabled her left brain hemisphere. With her left brain not working, the brain-chatter that we often experience also disappeared.. This event gave her insights into the workings of the right hemisphere, which she discovered is the place of present-moment euphoria that is possible for humans to experience.

The insight she discovered was that the right hemisphere of the brain is the origins of the feelings of peace and tranquility.

In her book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey [page 111], she writes ...

"I believe the experience of Nirvana exists in the consciousness of our right hemisphere, and that any moment, we can choose to hook into that part of our brain. ... My stroke of insight would be: peace is only a thought away, and all we have to do to access it is silence the voice of our dominating left mind."

After eight years, she had fully recovered. But she is still able to turn off her left hemisphere and experience that peaceful blissful state of her right-hemisphere at will. She now shares her story in lectures, videos, and interviews.

Her story teaches us that we do not have to have a stroke to try to access that part of the brain that is the origin of feeling of peace.

Because of this, she was selected as 2008 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

Jill Bolte Taylor TED Talk

She is probably most noted for her TED conference video that had spread like wild fire across the Internet.

Oprah did a series of detailed interviews with Jill Taylor on Oprah's Soul Series Webcasts where you can watch in the link provided. The webcast comes in four parts. Oprah read excerpts from the book, you get see a real brain being brought out, and Jill sings the Brain Bank jingle.

Terry Gross of Fresh Air National Public Radio also interviewed Jill Taylor which you can hear on

To learn more about Jill Bolte Taylor, see her websites and as well as the Wikipedia entry.


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