Episode 44

Secrets of the Brain and Heart

With Dr. James Doty

We each possess an extraordinary power to realize our greatest potential and live the life we want. Dr. James Doty is living proof of that. Having grown up in an environment of poverty and neglect, James Doty was 12 years old when he walked into a magic shop and met an extraordinary woman who introduced him to a series of teachings that changed the trajectory of his life. He overcame great odds en route to becoming a renowned neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, and one of today’s leading voices on the power of love and compassion.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. James R. Doty, a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He is also the New York Times best selling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.

In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Doty talk about how compassion and social connection have a powerful effect on our health, happiness, and well-being. They discuss inspiring teachings to help us master four central techniques: relaxing the body to become present and honor our highest values, training the brain through meditation and mindfulness, opening the heart to foster true connection, and clarifying our intentions as we navigate the journey of our lives.

I know you’ll love this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.

PS – For more on Dr. James Doty, be sure to follow him on Facebook @jamesrdoty, and on Twitter @jamesrdotymd. Check out his website http://intothemagicshop.com. You can find his book, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, right here, and his newly released audio learning course, Lessons from the Magic Shop: A Heart-Centered Program to Manifest a Life of Compassion, Purpose, and Transformation, here. Lastly, you can find the Compassion Beads from the San Antonio peaceCENTER here.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Dr. Doty’s story growing up with an alcoholic father and chronically depressed mother
    (3:18)
  2. Adverse childhood experiences and how they affect the nervous system
    (6:33)
  3. The first lesson from the Magic Shop – Relaxing the Body
    (9:28)
  4. Why magic works
    (13:07)
  5. Teaching kids how to regulate their emotions
    (17:53)
  6. The second lesson from the Magic Shop – Taming the Mind –
    (21:11)
  7. The heart-brain connection
    (32:00)
  8. Heart rate variability and compassion
    (35:37)
  9. How our diet affects our emotional state
    (37:44)
  10. The third lesson from the Magic Shop – Opening the Heart
    (38:34)
  11. How to cultivate compassion
    (48:20)
  12. The Alphabet of the Heart exercise
    (51:17)
  13. Learn more about Dr. Doty and his work
    (60:12)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. James Doty

James R. Doty, M.D. is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism.

He is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He holds multiple patents and is the former CEO of Accuray (ARAY:NASDAQ). He remains a consultant and operating partner to a number of venture capital firms. As a philanthropist, Dr. Doty has given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities.

He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discovery the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart now translated into 38 languages. Dr. Doty is also the senior editor of the recently published Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science.

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