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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Penguin, 14 févr. 2017 - 288 pages
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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Fascinating amalgam of science, esoterica, and philosophy that neither bored nor pandered to the reader. Note: I received this via NetGalley for an honest review. Consulter l'avis complet

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This book is amazing. I only give out 5 stars if it is a book that I believe has changed / made a serious impact on my life. It is both entertaining and inspiring. It is a real life look at the power ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Beautiful Things
1
Real Magic
13
A Body at Rest
25
Thinking About Thinking
57
Growing Pains
81
Three Wishes
107
Apply Yourself
133
Unacceptable
153
Its Not Brain Surgery
177
The Sultan of Nothing
205
Giving Up
221
The Alphabet of the Heart
235
Manifesting Compassion
251
The Face of God
267
Acknowledgments
275
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James R. Doty, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), where he researches the neuroscience of compassion and altruism. He is also a philanthropist funding health clinics throughout the world and has endowed scholarships and chairs at multiple universities. He serves on the board of a number of nonprofits, including the Charter for Compassion International and the Dalai Lama Foundation.

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