Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor might be the only person you’ll meet who wouldn’t take back the massive stroke she suffered at age 37. In her book, My Stroke of Insight, she says the feelings of bliss and connection to the universe she experienced while her left brain shut down has taught her to appreciate life in the present moment more than ever.
In preparing to interview Dr. Taylor, I watched her 4 part special on Oprah’s Soul Series. Oprah referred to Jill as not a stroke survivor but a “stroke triumphant” and she truly is.
As a Harvard trained brain scientist, Dr. Taylor was able to observe and later write about the actual experience of having a stroke and the ensuing recovery. The book is her personal story along with the science behind stroke. She also gives us some incredible insight into her mind, the medical profession and ways we can all work to quiet the non-stop chatter in our left brains.
I was able to chat with Dr. Taylor on the phone just a couple hours after the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. It seemed a perfect time to talk to her about her book and her message of peace.
If you’re as fascinated with Dr. Taylor’s story as I am, of course you’ll want to listen to the podcast and you might also want to check out her famous TED talk.
Enjoy the interview, and click here to check out the rest of the great authors talking about their books on our podcast!