A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.
Interesting life journey for James Doty. Into the Magic Shop shows his story and how his encounter with Ruth’s teachings changed his life.
Techniques as visualization aren’t new, however, this story adds inspiration and a valuable point of view of James Doty as a physician.
The power of the mind and the power of love, through his neurosurgeon filter, translate into the power of the brain and heart literally and how they are interconnected.
James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.
Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart.
Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.
Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results—power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old, riding his orange Sting-Ray bike. But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.
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