Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Telluride Conference Center
A healthy brain is a brain that is made up of healthy cells that communicate with one another in healthy ways, and ultimately, we are the ones in charge of what is going on inside of our head. Every ability we have, we have because we have cells that perform that function. By paying attention to the circuits we are running, either consciously or subconsciously, we have the power to choose moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Our two hemispheres are completely separate from one another in that they do not share any cell bodies. They communicate with one another through some 300 million axonal fibers, but the two hemispheres process similar data but in very different ways. As a result, each of the two hemispheres has a completely different perspective of the world, resulting in two distinctively unique personalities. To make things even more interesting, because each hemisphere contains its own amygdala and hippocampus, we not only have two very different ways of perceiving the world, but two emotional systems, and the relationship between these two systems has a lot to do with our underlying emotional health and wellness.