zen, the right brain and existence

Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk made me think about meditation and the functioning of the brain.

Here’s an excerpt about the talk posted on TED.com

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness –- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

What I got out of the talk is that once we have the ability to think selectively from the right side of the brain, we enter a sort of zen mode of existence. Which makes me think about the mode that we (or people who can) get into when they’re meditating. Even more fascinating is the possibility of switching from the right to the left at will, and being able to co-relate the individuality aspects (left brain) with the connectedness and universality aspects (right brain) in day to day life.

Fascinating stuff. This probably adds more to brain research and our place in existence than all the mind/brain research done in the last hundred years.

The content on TED is amazing. Chris Anderson (of Wired and long tail fame) has done a tremendous job of ensuring that the content is available for everyone to view. Contrary to what I’ve heard from some folks, I don’t believe TED is elitist at all.