I have been deeply touched by the story of Jill Bolte who is a brain scientist who had a massive stroke at age 36 which took her 8 years to recover from. Through her experience she learned a great lesson about not only how the brain works but how to live her life like the "genie out of the bottle".
As an artist I have learned that the right side of my brain that connects to the world around me in a sensory way with pictures, smell and sounds is generally not rewarded in our current dominant culture. We tend to live our lives disconnected from not only the natural world but from our own bodies and deeper instincts. We have headaches but we do not know why. We sit in one place without changing position for two hours and get up to go to the kitchen and our back goes out and we fall to the floor in pain. The schools decide to keep math and science and English programs running but cut out the athletic programs and all the art and music classes because, well they are just not as important after all. Sir Ken Robinson has said that the typical academics only use for their body is to get it's head from one room to the other.
To listen to Jill Bolte relate her personal story and how it has impacted her life is to witness a woman who has struck a beautiful balance between both sides of her brain.