Studying the brain from the inside out.

October 1st, 2010

The human brain is perhaps the most complex structure we know. And while the idea that we use only 10 percent of our brains is nothing more than a myth, there is truth to us understanding only about 10 percent of how the brain functions.

“Evidence would show over a day you use 100 percent of the brain,” says John Henley, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. So how do we make the most of our brains’ energy? How do we tap into and harness the energies of our own consciousness to create more expansive, highly satisfying and successful experiences?

After my post last week on studies of brain activity in effective leaders and the qualities associated with leadership success, I pulled up a relevant TED Talks video. It’s neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor’s presentation of what she experienced and learned when a blood clot interrupted the functioning of her brain’s left hemisphere. She calls it a “stroke of insight.”

When she realizes what’s happening, she admits thinking how “cool” it was. Because, as she puts it, “How many brain scientists get the opportunity to study the brain from the inside out?”

Information comes to us in the form of energy streams through all of our sensory systems. And how provocative that the internal world of our brain’s right hemisphere focuses on the spaciousness and power of the present moment. Now those simple ideas are not only worth spreading, they’re ideas each of us can use right now to create more satisfying, fulfilling and successful lives. Thanks, TED.

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3 Responses to “Studying the brain from the inside out.”

  1. Ramon Dorow says:

    Terrific. This really is one of the most beneficial websites I’ve ever read on this subject.

  2. Julie Tarney says:

    I appreciate the shout out, Ramon. Thanks.

  3. Your website is superior. You should certainly translate it to other languages.

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