Everyone who has had a stroke knows the name Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor. Maybe not everyone, but if you don’t know that name, you should. She has dedicated her life to studying the brain and then she had a stroke herself. She’s been through the HELL, she knows. Hers is the first book I read right “after.” To say it was an emotional read would be an understatement. But it’s a really good book. The main premise of the book is – well I forget what the main premise is. But a strong message of the book is that your brain can change and adapt until the day you die so don’t believe all those medical practitioners who told you that recovery is over at 6 months or 2 years or whatever. F’ em! I forget if she talks about meditation in the book, but she does here. She’s a big advocate of meditation and how it can help to balance the brain, which is pretty damn important for someone who had a stroke because the stroke will have caused one part of one side of the brain to go bye-bye. I started to meditate for emotional reasons but oh man, I got a heck of a lot more benefits from it than just emotional. Hopefully by the day I die, although that might never happen as I can’t seem to die, but hopefully by the time I do expire meditation will be prescribed by doctors and not just recommended by some people. If you’ve never meditated, try it. Give it a few months. Seriously, try it. Meditation changes the brain.
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