But I think all organizations should have one.
Neuroscientist, Jill Bolte Taylor, woke up experiencing a stroke in 1996 and lost her ability to speak, read, talk, walk or remember her past within a span of four hours. Since she studied the brain, she gained incredible insight about how the two hemispheres function.
Taylor explains that the right hemisphere thinks in pictures and focuses on right here right now. She says that energy streams in through all our senses and explodes into a collage about what “right here right now” looks, smells, tastes, and sounds like. And it registers that in the moment that we are whole and beautiful and perfect.
The left hemisphere focuses on the past and the future. It takes the collage the right hemisphere creates and picks out details and categorizes and organizes. It takes what we’ve learned in the past and projects into future. The left hemisphere thinks in languages. It talks. It connects our inner world to outer world. It’s calculating intelligence. It tells “me” who I am and also separates “me” from others.
Since Taylor lost the language function of her left hemisphere she experienced the expansive and peaceful nature of the right. She imagined a world of loving, peaceful people who had the opportunity to see each other as part of themselves – part of the bigger whole – all made up by the same molecules.
What would change in our workplaces and our families if we experienced and understood we were not separate from one another? What would be different if we put as much emphasis on loving one another as we do for measuring outcomes?
Taylor challenges people to step to the right of the left hemisphere. To be. To love. To experience the present moment and the connectedness of energy we all are.
In a business, a school, and a family, loving others helps us all to experience the connectedness that exists. Rather than continue to divide and compete or compare, love becomes the mortar that holds the individuals pieces together as one.
The one lesson I could measure the success of my entire life with is this: Did I learn to love?
That is worth measuring to me.
Reflect: How well do you love others at work? At home? Where are you getting in your own way?
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