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Into the Magic Shop : A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of
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The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the extraordinary things that can 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.
Number of Pages: 276
Genre: Psychology, Science, Biography + Autobiography
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: M.D. James R. Doty
Street Date: February 14, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-5689
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SoniaC — 7 months ago
Read this Into The Magic Shop as a recommendation for my book club. Great read from start to end. Loved the summaries at the end of each chapter. Easy to follow, understand and apply to my everyday meditation practice.