May 27, 2012

The Power of ‘And’ & the Tyranny of ‘Or’

I’m in an afterglow today after an amazing evening of heart centered play, connection and energy exchange. Today I’m struck by by the powerful feeling of masculine play. As boys we learn how to interact and play with others. We learn about the value of masculine play. As adults, however, it’s all to easy for me to forget about the value of play and get stuck in my left brain hemisphere where it’s all about tasks, to do’s, language and the past and future. Last night was an opportunity to spend several hours at play pretty much completely in the present moment of my right brain.

One of the highlights of the evening was hearing Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight talk on Ted. When my friend first stated the talk, I really wasn’t paying much attention. However, as I began to listen to her talk I notice my left brain asking lots of questions. “Who is this person?” “Is she crazy?” “What is this?” My mind wanted to categorize the points of her talk. After a bit, I consciously let go of having to ask myself questions and just listened. That’s when the magic happened: the talk was about right/left brain experiences and I had to listen with both parts of my brain. I all too often filter much of my experience with primarily my left brain; consequently, I never see the entire picture.

It’s so easy for me to get caught up in a ‘right brain or left brain’ dilemma. After my experience last night, I’m really aware that the word or is very limiting. I’m choosing the word and instead. When my right brain and my left brain work together magic can happen!

If you haven’t heard her talk, please take the 19 minutes to hear it – it was inspiring.

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