I read an incredible book, My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor. Jill is a brain scientist and experienced a stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain at the age of 37. In her book, she explains what it was like to experience a stoke from a scientist’s perspective and her journey to recovery.
Jill says that our left brain thinks linearly and methodically. Like a computer, it takes data from our present moment and links it to the past, calculating possibilities of the future. It contains our judgment center, thinks in language, and is responsible for our “brain chatter” that keeps us on track.
Our right brain is the creative side and it keeps us in the present moment. By consciously tapping into our right hemisphere, Jill promises that each of us has the ability to “step to the right” hooking into our right brain circuitry which keeps us in the right here, right now.
While I was in Cabo, I watched an array of people walk on the beach— including the passed out man and the man with many hats who showed grace. One morning, I was fascinated by a guy jogging on the beach who was living in the moment.
As he jogged along, he took in every experience; glancing at the waves, the rising sun, and pausing to pet a dog passing by. He took in everything, never looking back from where he came from. He even stopped from time to time to let the waves wash over his feet and his face beamed at the pure experience of it. Feeling each moment and making each deliberate step, he continued down the beach and out of sight.
This morning, I have tapped into my right brain so I don’t miss a single thing. As I woke, I thought about how wonderful my morning haze feels after a good night’s sleep. My warm legs on soft sheets, the caressing of my pillow, and my husbands embrace.
At the computer with coffee in hand, I enjoyed every hot sip. I looked out of the window and peered at the vast number of stars in the pitch black sky, feeling wonderment.
As I wrote, I glanced up from time to time, watching the outside world as it turned into shades of gray as light appeared over the horizon.
At breakfast, I took in my husband beautiful blue eyes that were modeled after Papa’s. I listened to him without letting my thoughts run ahead to my day’s to-do list.
Today, I will bring it back to the present. Engaging in each experience. One moment at a time. Not wasting my right now by living in the past or worrying about the future.
It’s a conscious choice and it works.
Will you join me?
How do you stay in the moment?
Share your experiences with me.