QUICKLET ON JILL BOLTE TAYLOR'S MY STROKE OF INSIGHT (CLIFFSNOTES-LIKE SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS)
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ABOUT THE BOOK Curled up into a little fetal ball, I felt my spirit surrender to death and it certainly never dawned on me that I would ever be capable of sharing my story with anyone. In 2006, ten years after she recovered from a debilitating stroke, neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor self-published her book, My Stroke of Insight. The book is, as Taylor describes in her introduction, ?a chronological documentation of the journey I took into the formless abyss of a silent mind, where the essence of my being became enfolded in a deep inner peace.? Taylor's aim was to share the unusual story of a brain scientist experiencing her own cerebral hemorrhage, the resulting journey to an inner state of bliss, and subsequent recovery. The book's online success was fueled by a riveting video, then followed by an appearance on Oprah. Eventually, the book was sold to Viking Press and published in hardcover, subsequently becoming a number one bestseller. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK She then tried to blurt out the words, ?This is Jill, I need help!? Apparently Vincent could only discern grunts on the other end of the line, but he recognized Taylor's voice and understood she was in trouble. Employing similar painstaking methodology, Taylor was also able to reach her doctor. While she awaited help, Taylor alternately spent time engulfed in bliss, and then periods feeling despondent with the awareness of her mental degeneration. As a scientist, she was aware of the implications of her stroke and already grieving the possible loss of her life and/or potential for severe brain damage. When her colleague finally arrived and while she was being transported to McClean hospital, Taylor felt herself let go: ?My body fell limp and my consciousness rose to a slower vibration...in the absence of sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, fear, I felt my spirit surrender its attachment to this body and I was released from pain.