Wise guidance will show up in remarkably similar ways, across time and space and in unrelated fields of study. I loved discovering the serious application of yoga by a woman who would likely give me a quizzical look if I called her a yogini. If you're unfamiliar with the person and story of Jill Bolte Taylor, check out the video below to hear the remarkable journey that brought her to this understanding, in her own words.
"This stroke of insight has given me the priceless gift of knowing that deep inner peace is just a thought/feeling away. To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life. I realize that for many of us, the distance between our thinking mind and our compassionate heart sometimes feels miles apart. Some of us traverse this distance on command. Others of us are so committed to our hopelessness, anger, and misery that the mere concept of a peaceful heart feels foreign and unsafe.
Based upon my experience with losing my left mind, I whole-heartedly believe that the feeling of deep inner peace is neurological circuitry located in our right brain. This circuitry is constantly running and always available for us to hook into. The feeling of peace is something that happens in the present moment. It's not something that we bring with us from the past of project into the future. Step one to experiencing inner peace is the willingness to be present in the right here, right now.
The more aware we are of when we run our loop of deep inner peace, the easier it is for us to purposely choose to hook into that circuitry...Let that feeling of celebration and gratitude flood your consciousness."
- Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, excerpted from My Stroke of Insight
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.
Dana Wyss Healing Arts