I’m writing this tonite, after a week of travel — much to report from the front lines of neuroscience but right now a personal note: I’ve just learned that one of my dearest friends and colleagues has suffered a massive stroke. On the heels of Jill Bolte Taylor’s talk, it seems all the more auspicious to bring to your attention the wisdom of entraining your brain toward relaxation and restoration by means of some contemplative practice. Please take note of the followings symptoms of stroke which Dr. Taylor noted in her talk:From the American Stroke Foundation web page, http://www.americanstroke.org
If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs do not hesitate to call 911 for immediate treatment!
Suddenly feeling weak in an arm, hand or leg
Cannot feel one side of your face or body
Suddenly cannot see out of one eye
Suddenly have a hard time walking
Cannot understand what someone is saying
Feeling dizzy or losing your balance
Having the worst headache you have ever had
How to Recognize a Stroke
If you think someone is having a stroke, remember the 60 second test:
1. Ask the individual to smile.
2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
3. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “It is sunny out today.”
IF THE INDIVIDUAL HAS TROUBLE WITH ANY OF THESE TASKS, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
Reduce your Risk of Stroke
Be aware of your family history
Maintain a healthy weight for your body type
Get regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks
If diabetic, manage your blood sugar levels
Take your medications accordingly
And to this list, may I add: Please give yourself hemisphere balancing opportunities by means of relaxation or contemplative practices like T.M. or Breathing meditation from any number of traditions like Zen, Qi Gong … or the breathing practices taught by yours truly, SpaceSuit Yoga.
May the Breath Be With All of You Tonite!