This is an incredibly emotional and insightful talk from Jill Bolte Taylor, a woman dedicated to researching the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and severe mental illnesses.
Jill starts by talking about the two hemispheres of the human brain and how each process information differently (presenting a real human brain as an example). She than continues to share her story of one day realising she was having a stroke and her profound experience of the left hemisphere of her brain being impaired and how it led her to feel the sensation that Buddhists call “oneness with the universe”.
“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. Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.”
Today I would like to start a new habit. My intend is to expose myself to one inspirational TEDTalk video daily and share this with you.
For those of you who are not familiar with TEDTalks yet, it is a digital on-demand video archive of the best talks and performances from the international TED Conferences staged all around the world. TED stages events that bring people together with the mission to share and spread innovative, non-conforming and convention-breaking ideas across the globe.
A daily dose of boundary defying thoughts and ideas hopefully leads to a cause set in motion. The idea is to regularly be exposed to “outside the box” thinking that stimulates inspiration and will hopefully motivate decisions and actions that have a positive impact on how we live our lives, as well as provide food for thought on how we can contribute to and share our blessings with people around us and society as a whole.
Borussia Dortmund have beaten Bayern Munich on Wednesday night with a 1-0 win in a top of the table clash of the German football titans. Robert Lewandowski scored the vital goal in the 77th minute, his 20th goal of the season.
“I cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” (Nelson Mandela)
“The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” tells the story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela’s character, leadership and life’s method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies, adversaries, and his fellow prisoners and jailers on Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years. Continue reading →
I am officially a university graduate! My degree title is Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Marketing and Music & Media Management.
The following paragraph is all about stroking my ego and helping maintain my healthy self-esteem. Afterall this is what I worked hard for the last three years.
I am proud to announce that while studying in my second language in a foreign country, and at the same time traveling the world and gaining professional experiences, I was able to achieve a First Class Honours Classification. Continue reading →
This is why we all love football. Although for true fans, it was quite a dramatic change of emotions, giving some strain to the heart. In the end those emotions are what it is all about.
Borussia Dortmund drew 4-4 in a frantic finish to their home match against VfB Stuttgart last night. Continue reading →
I would like to share the following book with you, which I stumbled upon today. This is a definite one to be added to my reading list.
In a world where you can no longer plan or predict, when change seems to be the only constant, “Just Start” teaches you how to achieve success in a state of uncertainty. This is based on the approach developed at Babson College, one of the world’s top entrepreneurial business programs. Continue reading →
BVB beats Köln 6:1. We are now 21 games unbeaten and continue to lead the Bundesliga 5 points ahead of Bayern Munich. The double is still a possibility! What a season! I love it.
Here are the highlights including all the beautiful goals from the game on Sunday evening: Continue reading →