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.
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Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty | Summary & Analysis Preview: In his memoir Into the Magic Shop Dr. James R. Doty describes how simple meditative techniques have had a profound effect on both his personal and professional paths. His account traces his evolution from troubled child to struggling student to distinguished neurosurgeon, including his tenure as the CEO of a billion-dollar company. From the vantage of his current role as the founding director of a compassion-research center at Stanford University, he reflects on the ups and downs of his life so far. He begins with a detailed account of one summer that changed his life. In 1968, up-and-coming eighth-grader James Doty went by “Bob” and lived with his impoverished family in Lancaster, California, a small town about 70 miles north of Los Angeles. Bob was a caretaker, not just for himself, but also for his mother, who was depressed; his father, who was a violent alcoholic, and his brother, who was frequently bullied by other kids… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Into the Magic Shop: Summary of the Book Important People Character Analysis Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.
The award-winning New York Times bestseller that inspired BTS's K-pop song 'Magic Shop'. The day that 12-year-old James Doty walked in to his local magic shop is the day that changed his life. Once the neglected son of an alcoholic father and a mother with chronic depression, he has gone on to become a leading neurosurgeon, based at Stanford University. He credits Ruth for this incredible turnaround: the remarkable woman he met at the Cactus Rabbit Magic Shop, who devoted the summer to transforming his mind and opening his heart. In this uplifting memoir, Jim explains the visualisation techniques Ruth taught him that gave him the self-esteem to imagine a new future for himself. He examines the science behind mindfulness and why the skills he learned - of focus and attention - now help him to think fast and keep calm in the operating theatre. And he shows us what is possible when you start to change your brain and your heart. Into the Magic Shopimparts some powerful life lessons about how to live better, and inspires us to believe that we all have inside us the capacity to change our own destiny. 'I'm sure many readers will be moved by this inspiring story to open their hearts and see what they too can do for others' - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
There's a certain sound the scalp makes when it's being ripped off of a skull like a largepiece of Velcro tearing away from its source. The sound is loud and angry and just a little bit sad. Inmedical school they don't have a class that teaches you the sounds and smells of brain surgery. Theyshould. The drone of the heavy drill as it bores through the skull. The bone saw that fills the operatingroom with the smell of summer sawdust as it carves a line connecting the burr holes made from the drill.The reluctant popping sound the skull makes as it is lifted away from the dura, the thick sac that coversthe brain and serves as its last line of defense against the outside world. The scissors slowly slicingthrough the dura. When the brain is exposed you can see it move in rhythm with every heartbeat, andsometimes it seems that you can hear it moan in protest at its own nakedness and vulnerability itssecrets exposed for all to see under the harsh lights of the operating room.The boy looks small in the hospital gown and is almost swallowed up by the bed as he's waiting toenter surgery.
When Gip and his father visit a magic shop on a quiet London street, they are plunged into a strange and dark world where fantasy and reality become one and the same.
The Deadtime Stories by "Twisted Sisters" Annette and Gina Cascone—they'll scare you silly and give you giggles at the same time. Peter Newman really wants a twenty-one-speed mountain bike. That's the grand prize for his school's talent competition. And Peter's pretty sure he can win it. All he needs is a talent.... When he and his best friend Bo see an ad for the Little Magic Shop of Horrors, they rush right over. For only $9.95, Peter buys a magic kit and becomes "Peter the Great." Now he can do tricks even Houdini couldn't perform! The only problem is Peter can't undo the tricks. But that doesn't bother him too much. Until he wins the talent contest—by taking off Bo's head! Will Peter be able to save his headless best friend? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
These visualization techniques teach you how to discover your personal symbolism; highlight the attitudes and behaviors that predispose you to certain illnesses; gain insight into and access the healing energies of your body; tune into early warning signs of illness and prevent it at the outset.
Charlie Eggleston is the biggest liar in town. But after he steals The Skull, he finds he can only tell the truth--and now no one believes him!
"I have not read a more powerful book on business leadership." --James R. Doty, M.D., Founder and Director of CCARE, Stanford University and bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop With the many challenges facing owners and leadership teams of privately-owned companies, trying to lead effectively can a bit elusive. The problems we face as leaders often feel complex to get our hands around and our resources seem scarce. Yet the heart felt urge to create something special within our organization remains strong. Leading from the Edge of the Inside provides a simple path to shifting your leadership patterns and those of your leadership team. It brings to light the invisible patterns that no longer serve you, allows you to see these patterns and offers the structure for you and your leadership team to playfully practice shifting. If you've noticed that traditional leadership levers are less and less effective you aren't alone. As you practice the essential conversations; value creation, execution, growth, leader effectiveness, management team coherence, collaboration, connection, and inner fluency, traction will improve and your ability to scale will simplify. More importantly, the quality of meaning you and each employee experience will become measurable and leading will once again become more fun.
Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes. No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter—until the séance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city. As Peter and his friends rush to prevent tragedy, Peter discovers that a shadowy cult of evil psychics, the Order of Astrum, know all about his abilities. They are hunting him and his fellow psychics down, one by one, determined to silence them forever. Dark Magic is a genre-bending supernatural thriller from national bestselling novelist and real-life magician James Swain. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.