Into the Magic Shop

Into the Magic Shop

A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

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The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.
With an alcoholic father and a depressed mother Doty's life was at a dead end when, at age twelve, he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Doty shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.
Publisher: New York :, Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781594632983
1594632987
9780399577963
0399577963
9780399183645
Characteristics: 276 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

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Merileeann
May 06, 2018

This will tug at your heart strings, and has the potential to make the reader more grateful and compassionate. It's a labor of love. Enjoy.

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christinalmn
Feb 19, 2018

Dr. Doty combines three seemingly disparate topics of his personal story, practical meditation exercises, and his expertise in neuroscience into an easy to read format that is inspirational and informative. Read this book if want to be inspired to practice meditation or change the path of your life to reinvent yourself.

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fpsutka
Dec 30, 2017

I did hear Dr.Doty speak on this same topic at the Ottawa Writer's Festival a few years ago and really enjoyed his talk.

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annesophiedumetz
Aug 23, 2017

This book is moving, fun, profound & easy to listen to or read. I just loved all the stories and the message that moved my soul and opened my heart. Pick this up. it's awesome.

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alitecky
Aug 18, 2016

The story is less important than the take-away: learn to breath/meditate, thus controlling your thoughts and emotions.

ontherideau Jul 28, 2016

Dr. Doty wants us to consider that the heart is more than a pump- that the heart sends as many signals to the brain as the brain sends to the heart.
Did ancient civilizations have innate knowledge we slowly turned away from?
intothemagicshop.com has audio for the meditations

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