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Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
by James R. Doty MD

Published: 2016-02-02
Hardcover : 288 pages
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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 ...
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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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As a true story I found this many's life very inspiring as it shows how someone can make a difference in our lives.
by degan (see profile) 10/27/16
The title is intriguing as the author reveals where he found the magic that changed his life. He meets a woman who teaches him meditation at age 12 when he is living in a very abusive household. Later in life, to reach his own feelings of success , he returns to this teaching. It is a true story of a man now teaching college in California.

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by [email protected] (see profile) 09/24/21

It was slow moving. I listened to the book or I will not have finished it. I felt like he talked about himself and his feelings only, what about his family (families). Not my favorite but I did finish... (read more)

 
  "Into the Magic Shop"by Yosty (see profile) 11/05/16

Not only was this book interesting and informative about the medical community and medical practices, the overall messages of hope and redemption were inspiring. These messages coupled with the guiding... (read more)

 
by degan (see profile) 10/27/16

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