This was basically Tuesdays With Morrie with some neuroscience thrown in Far too sensational Far too exaggerated Far too everything Was he really that insightful at such a young age Is any of that even true Was Ruth that insightful I doubt it This reads like a morphed memory of how he became a neurosurgeon If it were an historical fiction book, I am sure I would have enjoyed it But, passing off this much sensation as fact, even if it has a lot of obvious truth to it, is extremely off putting I love almost everything neuroscience, but this was not for me. I ve read this book because it was recommended by BTS and one of the songs on their new album is called Magic Shop and it s been hinted clearly that it s about the psychological process used in therapy where a patient and the psychiatrist play out a magic shop, the patient exchanging past traumatic and painful memories with happier ones Basically, this is what this book has at its starting point.It sounds intriguing, but unfortunately, I never had any contact with psychology before and no real interest in it I still read this book regardless And guess what I liked it I think it was a really touching book, and it literally radiates positivity, mindfulness, self confidence, self expression and all that good validating stuff that we all are dimly aware we should work hard and gain to better ourselves, but we still need to hear the success story of someone else before making up our minds.This book tells the story of our author from his childhood when one chance meeting made him realize how important it is to be mindful and empathetic way before these terms became as popular as they are nowadays and across his life, sharing all the lessons he experienced and the valuable knowledge we can understand from them Of course, the book has its faults I generally discovered them in the pacing, but the writing style is very reader friendly, so I didn t even mind in the end There are lot of truisms that are actually very useful to incorporate in your own thinking processes and life, and it can literally influence your mentality SO MUCH Depending on how open and willing you are to open your heart.I can totally see how the information in this book influenced BTS and their work, and all I have to say is BTS are the fans own magic shop they are willing to listen to our painful stories, and then turn them into healing music I m really, really eternally grateful to be here, supporting a group who just cares so much about the world Feelings are not right or wrong They are just feelings.The heart is where we find our comfort and our safety in the darkest of places It is what binds us together and what breaks when we are apart The heart has its own kind of magic love.See everyone you meet as a flawed imperfect being just like you who has made mistakes, taken wrong turns, and at times has hurt others, yet who is struggling and deserves love.Only later did I realize that many people will help if they are just asked.Energy can be neither created nor destroyed However, energy can change forms, and energy can flow from one place to another That is the gift we are each given.When our brain changes, we change That is a truth proven by science But an even greater truth is that when our heart changes, everything changes And that change is not only in how we see the world but in how the world sees us And in how the world responds to us.We are born and we die, and everything that happens between the two can feel so random it defies logic The only choice we have is in how we respond in each precious moment we are given.The only way to truly change and transform your life for the better is by transforming and changing the lives of others. 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 HeartDoty 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 There s just something so sapioromantic about this book You just have to stop and revel in the gorgeous wonder of the brain, the sheer capacity of all it can do While there are graphic depictions of brain surgery here, the focus is mainly on neuroplasticity and the importance that presence and concentration can have on our health view spoiler hide spoiler This book wasn t like I expected it to be I thought it would focus on the Neurosurgeon part of the title, so I expected it to be a story about how we can discover the mysteries of the brain through academic research or something like that However, it was a spiritual story and when I discovered that, I almost stopped reading I am so glad that I didn t, though Although I am not big on spirituality, this story was still extremely interesting and worth the time it takes to read it It gave me lots of brain food and I can t stop thinking about it I most certainly recommend it to everyone that loves spirituality or is open to it Disclaimer I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book changed me in some way . One of those rare books where, as I m reading it, I keep thinking of and and people I want to give it to If this had been subtitled What meditation and positive thinking have done for my previously crappy life I would have known to say away from the book I don t need 6 steps to relaxation, I don t need to still the voices in my head no one else talks to me anyway , what I wanted was the author s experiences as a neurosurgeon The magic shop in question is a place that sells paraphenalia for magicians The lady who keeps the store sees something special in this very poor and hungry child and teaches him how to meditate I got bored after this and skimmed through his biography There wasn t a lot of neuroscience and what there was was influenced by the author s Positive Thinking which had brought him skills and riches beyond compare I m very happy for him He has a lot of talents, writing isn t one of them. 4 stars This was an enlightening read with a simple but powerful message There are two stand out words for me in this book COMPASSION and KINDNESS Among other things, this book explores the power these two simple words can have This is a memoir by Dr Jim Doty, 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 He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University.Dr Doty has an interesting story to tell his life is full of struggles and successes, challenges and accomplishments As inspiring as his story is, I found my connection with him wavered throughout the book I found his theories and beliefs were positive and encouraging but I had a disconnect with his personality than a few times This book won t be for everyone, but it really touched me deeply at times I will provide some of the quotes that stood out for me and perhaps they will inspire you as well Compassion and kindness, it turned out, was good for your health The extraordinary thing is that research is now finding that your act of kindness not only benefits those who receive your kindness but benefits you as well The act of kindness ripples out and makes it likely that your friends and those around you will be kinder It is a social contagion that puts our society right I learned that by listening to my patients, just by giving them my time and attention and focus, they felt better I let each of them tell his or her story, and then I acknowledged my patients struggles, their accomplishments, and their suffering And in many cases, this relieved their pain than any medication I could offer and at times even than my surgery Giving love is always possible Every smile at a stranger can be a gift.
James Doty, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine He completed his undergraduate education at the University of CA, Irvine and medical school at Tulane University He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center an
- 288 pages
- Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
- James R. Doty
- 04 March 2019 James R. Doty