Excerpt From: Altman, Donald. “The Mindfulness Code.”

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“Whether you call it the ego (as Freud did), the pain body (as Eckhart Tolle does), or the self (as Buddhists continue to), there is a part of human awareness whose job it is to create a sense of self that is distinct and separate from others..
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The human brain, after all, is designed to construct an identity.
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Various areas of the brain are implicated in this capacity to create a solid self.
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The brain’s left hemisphere is especially good at this, making mental road maps and cobbling together stories about our lives.”
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“It does the heavy lifting in supporting the concept of self, or I, with which we strongly identify.
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Harvard-trained neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor describes the direct experience of losing this individuated self because of a hemorrhage in her brain’s left hemisphere in her book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.
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The experience helped her understand what happens when the left brain’s divisive, me-first sense of I stops totally dominating one’s reality.
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According to Taylor, “left-brain dominance produces “extremely rigid thinking patterns that are analytically critical (extreme left brain).
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Creating a healthy balance between our two characters enables us the ability to remain cognitively flexible enough to welcome change (right hemisphere), and yet remain concrete enough to stay a path (left hemisphere).”
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I’m not saying we don’t need a separate ego-self to get our needs met and exist in the world.
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