Recently I read a book called, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. It was written by a Woman who had had a stroke. She was also a “brain scientist” which means she was able to observe what was happening to her and look back on it and understand in a way that most people can’t.
She observes that after having been through this experience she looks at people with abilities different from the norm as having different abilities–not disabilities. The author talks about her perceptions as being very different at this time. I was fascinated by the left brain right brain ideas that she brings. The right brain is the brain that doesn’t have so much chatter–that belongs to the left brain. Consider that during meditation we are always working to quiet our chatter–maybe that’s because we are working towards working our brains equally.
Anyone who knows someone who has had a stroke or any health care provider or stroke survivor should really take a look at this book. It’s a marvelous perspective that we don’t always get to see.
In searching for an answer to why do we think that sickness is wrong, I came across Deepak Chopra’s book, Quantum Healing. I’m familiar with Chopra’s work and have probably read this book long ago. However, reading it with fresh eyes, I need to recommend it to others because of a couple of important conclusions.
On issue that I had with his Perfect Health book is that health is available to us all. He makes it sound so easy. But in Quantum Healing, Chopra points out that health and illness are very complicated issues. It’s not just about the patient. It is about the environment. It can also be about karma. Chopra brings a very important detail about karma into the discussion. Karma isn’t a personal thing, as having something be personal is all about the ego. Therefore, it is not my karma or your karma, but simply karma. That means that any of us may choose or be chosen to balance help balance the karmic scales whenever there is something evil that has been done. This means that we don’t necessarily pay exactly for our sins but we pay for the collective.
Within this book there is a lot of good information and lots of things to consider. It may be a bit difficult for those without a medical background. Most of Chopra’s work is very accessible to anyone but there are parts in here where he attempts to explain some complicated ideas. Overall he does a fine job but impatient readers may get lost.