finding joy

Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who suffered a massive stroke, studying it as it was happening to her.  She has recovered and is now a spokesperson for stroke recovery. During this time her left brain hemisphere with its sequential orientation hemorrhaged, leaving her to perceive solely through the intuitive  right brain. Without the ego oriented, left hemisphere, she experienced an enormous sense of deep inner peace and knowing that brought her a sense of total connectedness to all life, formed and formless. This was an experience of enormous joy—a nirvana, if you will.

Joy (she says), because it occurs in the right hemisphere, cannot be stored as memory in the brain.  Memory is a left hemisphere function. The right brain does not store, it is the stage upon which the light show occurs. Because the world we live in is essentially organized in a male dominated sequence of left brain function, this is important information for we, glass-half-full (GHF) intuitive folks. Perhaps we’ve allowed the left hemisphere too much real estate in our skulls…allowed it’s inhibiting fibers to dictate a more linear consciousness. Since we predominantly right-brain individuals can’t store joy… can only feel it in the moment that it’s happening… perhaps we’d be well advised to pay more attention to the flashes and beams of light, love and fancy that come our way in any given moment of any given day! It’s not only the big stuff that counts, it’s also the tiny little things flashing by: watching my cats at attention while the bold chipmunk outside the screen porch prances by; feeling the sunlight streaking through after the rain. Those things are simple conveyors of joy. Blip, and they are gone.

Being predominantly a right-brain, GHF person, I should make note of this epiphany  and practice greater awareness of those moments, be grateful that I am not naturally over run with left hemisphere fibers and recognize that Grace abounds.  Maybe  I can, through greater awareness, grow those moments…weave them into whole cloth every now and then.  I can’t store it, but with effort, I can remember that they happened. That in itself could be joyful…maybe I could create my own rainbow in the dark of the half-full glass.

I can say to all those who suggest we GHF persons just think happy thoughts: Thoughts are not where joy resides and happy is not joy—just the container. After this is an advanced course in allowing joy a seat at the table of sadness or suffering. Sun

2 Responses to “finding joy”

  1. 1 Korin Heinz
    August 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I love this! It makes sense in a left-brained way and feels right in an intuitive way.

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