Fantastic read. I recommend it to anyone who has ever enjoyed anything about which I’ve written here.
Basically, it’s a neuroscientist who describes what her own stroke was like. It turns off the part of her brain that deals with recalling the past and envisioning future events. This means that all she can do is experience the present. And she articulates it beautifully well. She asks you to imagine if, for a moment, you lost all your past baggage and ceased thinking about future possible events. How amazing and ‘releasing’ would that feel?
There are two paths you can take after reading this depending on your area of interest:
1. I recommend reading this book and then reading Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Jill’s book will show you how powerful being just in the ‘now’ is while Tolle’s book gets into the more nitty gritty of it from a philosophical point. However, his book Practicing the Power of Now is much shorter and digestible than the large The Power of Now.
2. She also talks about her recovery and the plastiticity of her brain which allows her to heal and regain functions. If you’re interested by this, you could also go down the brain plasticity path and read things like The Brain that Changes Itself. I’ll be reviewing that soon too.
Full disclosure: read this book about 3 years ago.