Neuroplasticity, Stroke Awareness & Mindfulness

“They thought that the brain was too sophisticated for its own good. That during evolution it became so complex that it lost the ability to repair itself and to restore lost functions or to preserve itself. They were wrong. Because it turns out that its very sophistication can be the source of a unique kind of healing… The brain’s way of healing…”


Neuroplastic healing is truly one of the life-changing breakthroughs of modern science—“mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff,” in the words of The New York Times, describing Doidge’s first book. Here, he uses both astonishing, moving human stories and reports from the frontiers of an exciting field in brain science, putting it all together to help us recognize how mind, brain, and body, as well as the energies around us, are all essential elements that combine in health and healing. This is a book with the potential to transform, to heal, and to offer hope.

“In the course of my travels I met a scientist who enabled people who had been blind since birth to begin to see, another who enabled the deaf to hear; I spoke with people who had had strokes decades before and had been declared incurable, who were helped to recover with neuroplastic treatments; I met people whose learning disorders were cured and whose IQs were raised; I saw evidence that it is possible for eighty-year-olds to sharpen their memories to function the way they did when they were fifty-five. I saw people rewire their brains with their thoughts, to cure previously incurable obsessions and traumas. I spoke with Nobel laureates who were hotly debating how we must rethink our model of the brain now that we know it is ever changing.” – Norman Doige

The idea that the brain can change its own structure and function through thought and activity is, I believe, the most important alteration in our view of the brain since we first sketched out its basic anatomy and the workings of its basic component, the neuron. Like all revolutions, this one will have profound effects, and this book, I hope, will begin to show some of them. The neuroplastic revolution has implications for, among other things, our understanding of how love, sex, grief, relationships, learning, addictions, culture, technology, and psychotherapies change our brains. All of the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, insofar as they deal with human nature, are affected, as are all forms of training. All of these disciplines will have to come to terms with the fact of the self-changing brain and with the realization that the architecture of the brain differs from one person to the next and that it changes in the course of our individual lives.




Brain researcher Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness …

Why you should listen

Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent nine years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the “Singin’ Scientist.”

What others say

“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.” — Jill Bolte Taylor

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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor explains why the ultimate goal, in order to be a functional human being in the real world, is to have a balanced brain, to be able to use both left and right hemispheres equally and to be able to call upon the skills of each of them, recognising that we are at one with the ‘All That Is’ at any point in time, that we are in fact all brothers and sisters on this planet because we all made from the same stuff ie: share the same atoms and molecules, enabling one to say: I have compassion for you because you are part of me, focusing upon the 99.9999r% that we have in common with each other, rather than wasting time over focussing upon the 0.00001% that is different.

Oprah Winfrey interviews Jill Bolte Taylor: full interview –

Be responsible for the energy you bring” says Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Oprah says “We all need that. That’s just one of the greatest life lessons I’ve ever heard. Take responsibility for the energy that you bring. And I’ve used that in my life I don’t know how many times over since I first heard her say that. I actually have a sign in my make-up room that says: ‘Be responsible for the energy that you bring into this space’. What that has meant for me is that I’ve had to do a clearing, in my life of some people whose energy I realise was not supportive of who I wanted to be in the world and I recognise that there are people in the world who are not going to take responsibility for their energy so I now have to take responsibility for the energy that I allow to be brought into my space. Life changing for me. And what I know is that you cannot continue to move forward in your life to the level, and level, and level that you need to be, if you are surrounded by energy that brings you down, that sucks the life force from you, so not only are you responsible for the energy that you bring, is what I learned, you’re also responsible for the energy that you surround your self with. Huge, huge, huge, huge. And anyone who is watching me now I know that you know this is true, there are some energy suckers in your life (slurp) just literally taking the life force out of you, and you will never be able to do and be who you’re supposed to be in the world as long as you continue to buy into the energy suckers.” – Oprah Winfrey In an interview

“I’m in here. Come find me!” – Dr. JBT

“So when I look at people whom have had any kind of trauma I ask: ‘What have they gained, what have they gained?’ Because now something is missing and that has removed an inhibition off of something else, and what I gained was this incredible knowingness of deep inner peace, an excitement of realising that everything was interconnected, and I lost the boundaries of my body so that I felt that I was enormous, as big as the universe because I no-longer defined that this was where I began and this was where I was ended.” – Dr JBT

My Stroke of Insight PDF: My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey –

My main stroke of insight was that: “Deep inner peace exists at the core of the right hemisphere… I was no longer separate from God… I understood that I was just visiting here”



Oprah Winfrey interviews Thich Nhat Hanh about becoming a monk, meeting Martin Luther King Jr; The powers of mindfulness, insight, concentration and compassion, How to transform warring parties and how to deeply transform relationships.

“I think we can learn, always learn from our suffering
In the ashes of suffering a phoenix can be born
And that is why mindfulness helps us
To look deeply into the difficulty
The suffering we have
And many positives will come out of that
It depends upon our way of responding to the event
There are ways that can bring more suffering
Then there are ways that can bring relief, right way and hope
It depends upon our mind
And that is why mindfulness and concentration
Can help tremendously in bringing insight” – TNH

“Anger is the energy which people use in order to act
but when you are angry you are not lucid
and you might do wrong things
that is why compassion is a better energy
and the energy of compassion is very strong” -TNH