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Insight into Pain

I just finished reading “My Stroke Of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor. She is a Harvard trained neuroanatomist doing brain research who woke up one morning and experienced a stroke on the left side of her brain.  She documents her stoke and recovery from an extremely unique perspective, she knew what was happening as it was happening. Among the many lessons she shares is  how we each possess the ability to find “peace”, to quiet mental chatter and exist in the moment. Here is a link to her TEDtv appearance.

For me, the book validates  the importance of activities, like meditation, that I employ  to quiet chronic pain. It addresses the unique relationship that our thoughts have in regards to our well being. The wisdom that she presents, in  a very readable form, impacts our understanding of the mind/body relationship.

Have you read or heard about the book? What are your thoughts?

About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

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