Updated: May 21, 2020
A group of cells the size of a peanut stand between you and true bliss. Yes, that is a scientific fact. Who else is really annoyed at this fact? How can a peanut rule your life?
Have you ever had an aha moment? A moment that instantly changes your whole perspective. I had a significant aha moment that made me want to press on the breaks, stop the car, and just scream "how can that be?"
I was listening to a Super Soul Sunday podcast where Oprah interviews Jill Bolte Taylor. Jill is a neuroscientist that wrote the book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. As you can guess she had a stroke and was completely aware of what was happening to her during the stroke.
Her story is fascinating, and I encourage you check out her TED talk and her book. My point here is more to a fact that she shared during the podcast. She said that the part of the brain that is responsible for thinking is the size of a peanut. WHAT???
Immediately, I wanted to ask - a shelled or unshelled peanut? Like if it was shelled then it somehow made me feel better that it was slightly bigger. My next thought was, well my peanut has got to be bigger than the average.
All the thinking that goes on in my mind all day, the 90,000+ thoughts a day, the torment, the self talk, all that noise is created by a peanut sized group of cells.
I was more than frustrated by this news. Truthfully I was enraged by this news. All these years of being aware of self talk and working with hundreds of different strategies to manage my thoughts, to create a more peaceful state, to work on positive thoughts...all this time I was fighting with a peanut. Seriously!
In that moment I looked at my hands, my arms, my legs, my feet and I could not help thinking why would a peanut size group of cells rule all other parts of me. It just seemed ridiculous. Who gave this peanut such power?