Book Review: My Stroke of Insight ~Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
At age 37 Jill B. Taylor had a massive stroke and survived. Her career is teaching Neurologic Anatomy at Harvard and she has spent a lifetime studying the brain and how it works. This is an easy to read book in which Taylor has shared the amazing feelings she had while having the stroke, the many parts of her 8 year recovery process, all the amazing things she learned about how we as people think and work, and vital information for assisting other’s in the process of recovery from a major traumatic event.
Every medically trained worker and therapist should have a copy of Dr. Taylor’s “Appendix B: Forty Things I Needed Most”, and “Appendix A: Ten Assessment Questions”.
I was very happy to learn that Dr. Taylor was able to experience Nirvana/bliss while having her stoke and she had to relearn how to access her left brain’s resources again after the stroke. I found it remarkable that she was able to discover from the experience that we all can make choices about our thinking and how we process ideas. It is within our power to reach and teach our brains all the time; we can reprogram ourselves if we desire to do this.
Dr. Taylor also speaks about the 90 seconds of emotions (90 seconds of anger/90seconds of happiness – on this blog) and how after 90 seconds the brain’s message about an event is beginning to leave our systems and how we have a choice as to how we are going to react to any situation. It is within our power after the 90 second message.
I was deeply moved by Jill Taylor’s story and her suggestions. I was inspired to change my thinking and reprogram myself in several areas of my life. I can highly recommend this book for anyone to read and learn from her experience or to assist someone you know into recovery.
I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from this book:
“ …to experience pain may not be a choice, but to suffer is a cognitive decision.”
“The easiest way I have found to humble myself back into a state of peaceful grace is through the act of gratitude.”
“When I am simply grateful, life is simply great!”
“Internal Verbal abuse is not acceptable behavior.”
And one of the most perfectly placed quotes I have ever experienced is one from Einstein:
“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”
I read this book on my Kindle – it was an amazingly fast read on this new reader!
Have you read this book? What did you think?
How do you change your thinking about something?
Do you know someone who also recovered from a stroke? Or had a stroke? Head Injury?