My brother Rodd, one of my four older brothers, is a very smart guy. The troubling thing is that all of my brothers are extremely bright, and I fear I will not learn all I can from them.
Rodd posts a lot of great websites, and web tools, and links to things that are mind-blowing on his del.icio.us account. He was also the guy to tell me about the TED conferences in Monterey, California every year. A conference of ideas. They have a website, TED.com, where you can watch just about ever speech, demonstration, and talk that happens at the conference.
Rodd chose one of these talks to post to his del.icio.us account, which I subscribe to, and I was happy to watch the presentation given by neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor.
She had a stroke one day, and as a brain researcher, she knew what was happening, and was fascinated by it as it happened. I was particularly impressed with her description of losing touch with her left side of the brain, where the stroke occurred. She remembers dropping all of the “brain chatter” and feeling a oneness, a connectedness to everything around her, even the walls and floor.
I think her experience is akin to what is achieved when meditation specialists reach a place of inner silence, solace, and sensory disconnect. It only made my own hunger to learn to meditate that much stronger. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW THE TED.com VIDEO! I hope you like the video, as it was something I was happy to have passed on by my brother.
His delicious link is cleversheep if you are looking to follow the interests of a man who teaches teachers how to implement technology into their classrooms in southwestern Ontario. His blog is here.