“Who gives a rat’s ass which side of the brain is functioning, as long as the dang thing is making us happy?” ~Two-Bit Guru.
A few weeks ago on my Friday Link List I linked to the video above, a fascinating TEDtalk by the neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor. The gist of Ms. Taylor’s story was that while having a stroke her consciousness bounced back and forth between the two hemispheres of her brain. She wrote a book about it, too.
The talk got me thinking about how many aspects of our bodies beside the brain are divided into two components. Along with a bunch of other beings, we have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, two lungs, two kidneys, two hands, two feet, and more. Each part of a dual unit is quite a bit like the other one in function. It would be nice if we had two hearts with one resting on a shelf somewhere in the torso but maybe that’s too much to ask of nature.
The dual units not only cooperate within each pair but with all the other pairs, too. We hear a sound with our ears and we look for the source with our eyes. The brain is a different animal.
The brain has a mind of its own, actually two minds of its own. We’ve heard how the left brain is the cognitive thinker and the right brain is the poet. If the left brain wrote poetry it would probably look like an equation. If the right brain wrote an equation it might look something like this: A + B = tulip. But each hemisphere doesn’t do what the other one does. Not only are there distinct mental and emotional functions in each side of our heads, they are often at odds with one another.
After having experienced a stroke, Ms. Taylor urges the importance of the right hemisphere, the bliss, the joy, the oneness, the love that she experienced. That right brain combo is pretty hard to beat. What could be more wonderful than that? How about both sides of the brain working together?
I live at the threshold of that unity when I do this blog. I bring the experience of my meditations into the left brain where I express myself as well as I can. At least that’s what I think I do, and that’s what I think Ms. Taylor does in her TEDtalk. With eloquence, beauty, logic, and joy, she brilliantly uses both sides of her brain to create an ultimate harmony.