Friday, April 11, 2008

Blessings Friday: Who Are We?

Since I don’t blog on weekends, my Friday posts are for sharing blessings I’ve received throughout the week, anything that touches me in some way—large or small.

My friend Heidi sent me an email Wednesday about a video that is so fraught with meaning. It gave me enormous insight into who and what I am, and my role in conjunction with you and the rest of humanity. Life’s dynamics are awesome.

Published by
TED, their description of the video is as follows:

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened—as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding—she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another."

This isn’t just a story about having a stroke; it’s so much more than that. It’s about the magnificence within us and our connectivity to that same splendor in others.The video is rather lengthy in respect to today’s demand for instant gratification, but I was willing to spend 18:44 minutes of my life watching it. I hope you will, too. I couldn’t get the video to post properly so here’s the link.

Just existing is a blessing for which I am grateful. Life is indeed extraordinary!


Pat said...

Good morning June!

I tried to watch the video from the screen on the blog but it kept loading and loading, so I'm going to now go to the link and see if I can see it there. It sound so very interesting!

There was a movie out recently called "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" a true based on a true story about a French man who had a stroke that was so severe he could not move or speak --he could barely blink his eyes, but he was still aware of his surroundings. It is called "locked in syndrome" and the movie got excellent ratings.
I've been trying to get it from Netflicks.

I hope you have a chance to drop by my blog and tell me what your favorite cookbooks are!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs, Pat

PS My friend adores the apron site, and asked me send a big *thank you* from her!

Pat said...

Back again June to tell you I watched the entire video. So amazing! What a difficult journey she must have had to recover, and how lucky she was to be able to!

Her "nirvana" experience sounds like heaven, doesn't it?

I had a patient tell me once after we resuscitated him from a cardiac event that he heard music and felt so good, as if he were floating, during the resuscitation, and he actually seemed angry that we brought him back to life.

Thnaks for passing on this very interesting video.


Stacy A. said...

June, Thanks for giving me a nice perspective about the blessings in my life to get my weekend started. Sometimes we need a little reminder, before everything piles up around us, making us feel out of control.
I will give the video a looksie later today. The body and mind are spell bounding instruments. I thoroughly enjoy your site and look forward to all your posts. Have a great weekend, Love Stacy

Inspired Tokens said...

Dear Junie-Moon...

Wishing you a simply wonderful weekend. Everyday is a beautiful blessing. We should live each and everyday artfully and caring for one another!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Have the most wonderful weekend! :-) Rosie

Heidi said...

Thanks for posting this, June. It really spoke to me!

Many other talks on all kinds of typics are available at

(TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.)

shannon said...

I am grateful for just existing too, and I am grateful for your inspirational posts. Thanks June, I will watch the video tonight.

nicolette said...

Excisting with all it’s ups and downs is pretty amazing. I embrase life every day now, from the moment I lost my sister, many many years ago.

I love your new haircut, you look so beautiful!
Your aprons are pretty amazing! All the ideas with the rose petals are so wonderful. To use them as food...! I used to use them when I made my own paper.

Kristie said...

What an amazing talk. I was moved to tears, and the ideas are ones worth taking to heart. Thanks for sharing this, June.

Robyn said...

June! I have missed you dear sweet friend! Thanks for stopping by the other day! I will be back to catch up on here!

albertapostcards said...

life indeed is so special; just being is something we should all be grateful for. Since my mother died last year, each and every day I feel immensely grateful for what I have, what I've known, and for being. If only I had been as grateful before she died ... I may have given her even more pleasure than I have tried to do ... that's what this post reminds me of. Thank you June.


albertapostcards said...

June, I just had to come back to let you know I watched the video: Thank you so very much!