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The selfless nature of all phenomena

The selfless nature of all phenomena

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist and a New York Times best-selling author. Following her experience with a stroke, Bolte wrote My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, which recounts the insights that she has gained into the workings of her brain as she was experiencing the stroke.

Below is a TED talk that she gave, which, by the way, became one of the most viewed TED talk of all time.

As you’ll hear, she recounts the memories of the stroke and the powerful insight that came to her.

Selflessness is an inherent quality of all phenomena.

In 2011, I was experiencing a major depression. It was a reaction to the fact that I had nearly blown up a $100,000 trading account due to repeated emotion-based trading errors. Long story short, I went on a meditation retreat and, there, for the first time, I began looking into my mind.

Selflessness is an inherent quality of all phenomena. Nothing in life happens for you, or against you. What’s more, there’s not even a “you” to begin with. That ego you carry around… it’s an illusion. It’s not inherently there even though you strongly feel it is. This is one of the deeply liberating and transformative insights that came to me through a powerful metaphysical experience. And I attempt to explain it in my book Zero To Hero. This experience has changed me forever and, to this day, I’m still trying to make sense of it….

In both her book and her TED talk, Jill Bolte Taylor talks about her liberating insight into selflessness, and she articulates it better, and certainly more vividly than I ever could.

I would love to hear what you thought of this TED Talk, your opinions and/ or personal experiences or insights.


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I've been trading for a living since 2006. By merging mindfulness (an in-depth study of the mind and its tendencies in the present moment), a good trading process, and an efficient business practice, I went from being a losing trader to a consistently profitable one. Through my work here at Trading Composure, I aim at helping you do the same.
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