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Into the Magic Shop

James R. Doty MD

Into the Magic Shop

by James R. Doty MD

Into the Magic Shop

James R. Doty MD

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Unlock your brain's hidden potential with Stanford professor James Doty's life-changing secrets for inner happiness in Into the Magic Shop, as endorsed by the Dalai Lama himself.

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Into the Magic Shop

by James R. Doty MD

Into the Magic Shop

James R. Doty MD

Overview

Today, author James Doty is the director of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But his life didn't always look like it was going to turn out that way. Doty grew up in a very poor household in Lancaster, California. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother suffered from severe depression. As a boy, Doty's sense of worth and purpose was extremely low. He didn't know what the point of life was, and certainly didn't feel like he was destined for greatness.

When 12-year-old Doty stumbled across a small magic shop on the edge of town, he had no idea how his life was about to change. Young Doty entered the magic shop looking for a fake thumb, but the shopkeeper, an elderly woman named Ruth, recognized that the young, shy boy in front of her needed a lot more than a few card tricks. He needed healing.

Ruth's teachings - meditation, mindfulness, and compassion - taught Doty the greatest 'magic trick' of all: how to assert control over his own mind. Ruth wanted to help heal his heart, but what she didn't know was that she was also reprogramming Doty's neural pathways. Her 'magic tricks' were so powerful that they completely reshaped Doty's brain. Doty used them to change his outlook, unlock his potential, and believe in his own magic. Discover these tricks for yourself, and maybe you can do the same.

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"Who we are today doesn't have to be who we are tomorrow. We all have the ability to learn some magic."

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