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Today’s guest is a walking, talking miracle! Not only did she survive a massive stroke and fully recover, but because Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is also a Harvard-trained neuroscientist, she is able to explain what happened in her brain, and why ALL brains are miraculous.

Last week I reviewed Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor’s latest book, Whole Brain Living. In case you missed it, here is a bit of information about her: You may know her from her 2008 TED Talk and her best-selling book, My Stroke of Insight. In 1996 Jill Bolte Taylor, a 37-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four brief hours.

Although she did recover from that trauma and went on to write a best-selling book, she felt that she failed to help people see what the most important thing she discovered from that experience- that we are all one.

In this episode, Dr. Jill will share how getting to know the four quadrants of your own brain as four distinct characters will give you the power to CHOOSE who and how you want to be in any moment. What freedom!!! She also teaches how to have a “brain huddle” with these four characters whenever you need to make a decision.

I am so honored to share this interview with you and hope you find it as helpful as I did.

Watch the Full Video Episode:

Freedom is the ability to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be.” – Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor

Key Learnings:

1) Your brain is comprised of four main areas, and those areas have a ‘personality,’ so to speak: the Left thinking, Left emotional, Right emotional and Right Thinking.

2) Once you name them and begin to understand how they are influencing you, you can then CHOOSE who and how you want to be on any given day. You no longer have to feel like a victim to your emotions.

3) A “Brain Huddle” consists of these steps:
B – Bring your mind to the present moment – breath
R – Recognize which character called the huddle
A – Appreciate that there are four of us
I – Inquire- what do I want to be next?
N – Navigate life moment by moment


To find out more about Dr. Jill’s work, visit

Click here to purchase Whole Brain Living by Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor

To view Dr. Jill’s Ted Talk from 2008, click here

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