75 episodes

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many were overwhelmed with stress, anxiety and depression. While this epidemic of stress has been growing over the past decade, it has been exacerbated by the pandemic and the divisive nature of political discourse. As a result, many people feel disconnected, inauthentic, and unhappy, while questioning the source of their unhappiness when they presumably have “everything”—an absence of compassion, for oneself and others, is often the source of the problem.

Many of us don’t understand the nature of self-compassion nor the power of compassion to improve our lives and alleviate our suffering. By entering the “Magic Shop”, Jim will share his wisdom and introduce a variety of techniques to change the course of one’s life and share his own lessons learned through the exchange of untold stories of his guests. He will interview authors and experts in the fields of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, spirituality and religion, as well as individuals with unique points of view. He will also engage his listeners by answering their questions and also at times interview listeners who are willing to share their own stories of challenge and hardship.

Into the Magic Shop Jim Doty

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many were overwhelmed with stress, anxiety and depression. While this epidemic of stress has been growing over the past decade, it has been exacerbated by the pandemic and the divisive nature of political discourse. As a result, many people feel disconnected, inauthentic, and unhappy, while questioning the source of their unhappiness when they presumably have “everything”—an absence of compassion, for oneself and others, is often the source of the problem.

Many of us don’t understand the nature of self-compassion nor the power of compassion to improve our lives and alleviate our suffering. By entering the “Magic Shop”, Jim will share his wisdom and introduce a variety of techniques to change the course of one’s life and share his own lessons learned through the exchange of untold stories of his guests. He will interview authors and experts in the fields of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, spirituality and religion, as well as individuals with unique points of view. He will also engage his listeners by answering their questions and also at times interview listeners who are willing to share their own stories of challenge and hardship.

    Dr. Kyra Bobinet: The Power of the Iterative Mindset to Transform Your Life

    Dr. Kyra Bobinet: The Power of the Iterative Mindset to Transform Your Life

    In this episode of "Into the Magic Shop," Dr. Jim Doty and Dr. Kyra Bobinet, physician, behavior change expert, and CEO of Fresh Tri, a technology company rooted in brain science, discuss her work on behavior change and her book "Unstoppable Brain." They discuss the brains’ habenula and its role in motivation and emotions and how understanding how our brain responds to failure can revolutionize the way we approach our goals. Dr. Bobinet champions the iterative mindset, which is crucial for adapting and improving in all life aspects. She also emphasizes the importance of community and compassion in overcoming failure and achieving happiness. Dr. Doty adds insights on longevity and Buddhist philosophy, while both stress the negative impact of performative culture and the benefits of self-awareness and agency.

    • 45 min
    Dr. Jonathan Fisher: Just One Heart A Cardiologist Guide to Healing, Health and Happiness

    Dr. Jonathan Fisher: Just One Heart A Cardiologist Guide to Healing, Health and Happiness

    In this episode of "Into the Magic Shop," host Dr. Jim Doty and cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Fisher discuss Fisher's book "Just One Heart" and the challenges physicians face in healthcare. They explore the heart's four dimensions—physical, emotional, social, and spiritual—and the importance of compassion in medicine. Fisher shares his personal struggles with mental health and the impact of his sister's encouragement on his practice of self-compassion. The conversation also covers physician burnout, the need for cultural change in medicine, and the concept of kintsugi as a metaphor for healing. Additionally, they discuss the mind-heart connection, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and techniques for fostering resilience and empathy.

    • 43 min
    Dr. Jana S. Borg: Navigating AI and Ethical Decision-Making

    Dr. Jana S. Borg: Navigating AI and Ethical Decision-Making

    In this episode of "Into the Magic Shop," Dr. Jim Doty converses with Dr. Jana Borg about her new book, “Moral AI: And How We Get There,” and the integration of neuroscience and artificial intelligence in understanding and guiding moral decision-making. They explore the concept of a "moral GPS," the potential of training AI to provide moral guidance and feedback based on personal beliefs and values. Dr. Borg also discusses social synchrony and its potential impact on resilience and social connections as well as advocating for a moral growth mindset over a fixed one. The episode delves into the complexities of ethical AI development, the potential for manipulation, and the importance of diverse perspectives and community involvement in regulating emerging technologies.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Chade-Meng Tan: "Laughing, Meditating, and Succeeding: A Conversation with Chade-Meng Tan"

    Chade-Meng Tan: "Laughing, Meditating, and Succeeding: A Conversation with Chade-Meng Tan"

    In this episode of "Into the Magic Shop," Dr. Jim Doty converses with Chade-Meng Tan, author, philanthropist, motivator, and former Google software engineer. He and Dr. Doty discuss his transition from a child programming prodigy in Singapore to a Google engineer and mindfulness advocate. Meng retired from Google as its "Jolly Good Fellow" at the age of 45. Meng shares his struggle with depression, how meditation offered him solace, and the development of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. They discuss the profound effects of mindfulness and compassion on personal success and well-being and his books, "Search Inside Yourself," "Buddhism for All" and "Joy on Demand." They also discuss his involvement in the "1 Billion Acts of Peace" initiative, which was nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize, his aspirations to help others achieve enlightenment and to create a global Buddhist community network.

    • 51 min
    Shauna Shapiro: Mindfulness: Medicine for the Mind

    Shauna Shapiro: Mindfulness: Medicine for the Mind

    In this episode of "Into the Magic Shop," Dr. Jim Doty hosts Shauna Shapiro, a clinical psychologist and author, to discuss mindfulness, compassion, and mental resilience. They delve into the prevalence of anxiety, stress, depression, and loneliness, and how mindfulness can be a tool to combat these issues. The conversation also covers the commercialization of mindfulness, the significance of self-compassion, and the potential of psychedelics like ketamine in mental health treatment, stressing the importance of responsible use. They highlight the role of mindfulness in emotional regulation, joy, and positive neuroplasticity, and Shapiro shares news regarding her new children's book, “Good Morning, I Love You, Violet! and an upcoming textbook. The episode emphasizes self-compassion and the transformative potential of mindfulness in mental health care. https://drshaunashapiro.com/

    • 47 min
    Jennifer Nadel: Compassion in Politics: A New Operating System for Societal Change

    Jennifer Nadel: Compassion in Politics: A New Operating System for Societal Change

    In this episode of "Into the Magic Shop," Dr. Jim Doty and Jennifer Nadel, award-winning journalist and leader of the UK think tank, Compassion In Politics, delve into the impact of upbringing and personal history on individual behavior and societal engagement. Jennifer discusses her father's past as a child refugee and the epigenetic effects of trauma. They explore the limitations of the legal system, media’s role in shaping divisive narratives, and the influence of fear and tribal instincts on politics. They also highlight the corruption in politics due to the intertwining of corporate interests and the need for a compassionate approach to governance. As the Executive Chair of the Global Compassion Coalition, Jennifer and Doty discuss the societal consequences of economic policies, the importance of resilience, and the power of kindness and joy in fostering change.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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41 Ratings

41 Ratings

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