Some of your comments on Special Places were about home being your special place, and Madhu posed an intriguing question: ‘The space within, is comfortable and serene…..but I do wonder what this really means?’
This question lingered and reverberated in my thoughts.
Around the same time, Dianne sent me an amazing video clip called ‘My stroke of insight’. (It’s in English with French subtitles, reference below.) I don’t usually spend time watching video clips, however I strongly recommend you watch this one. It’s about the stroke that a neuro-anatomist had, and her descriptions of her experience of living in the right and left hemispheres of the brain, each dissociated and dissociating from each other throughout the stroke, in a disturbing, complex, unsettling, terrifying and ultimately transformative dialogue. This experience offered her an opportunity to access a different way of being in the world. It was her ‘shaft of light’ moment.
It’s about the choice we have to live in our right hemispheres and the power this may have not just to affect our personal experience of the world, but also to affect the world itself. Listening to this story gave a deeper meaning to experiences I have had when practising yoga where I have felt an energy in me connecting with the world outside which feels like the boundaries of a discrete ‘me’ disappearing and the inside linking with the outside.
Our lives are dominated by the left hemisphere – if we let them be; and yet I have found I have a need, a craving, to step into the right hemisphere, and this is the space within that is comfortable and serene…the space within that we connect to when we are in one of our special places such as the garden at Ickwell Bury, experiencing the elements in the Australian outback, or possibly when experiencing ‘the Wales feeling’ … This is home.
See what you think, all views welcome:
La conférence de la neuro-anatomiste Jill Bolte Taylor traduite en français. La vidéo a fait le tour du monde tandis que son livre du même titre My Stroke of Insight (Voyage au-delà de mon c