March 2016

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Increasing our Compassionate Footprint

March 2016


Into the Magic Shop:  

a Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.  

By brain surgeon James Doty


Brain surgeon (and author) James Doty is professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and Founding Director of the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Brain surgeon James Doty is at the cutting edge of emerging research that shows the heart as an organ of intelligence with the brain and heart working together in a powerful mind-heart connection.

Says Doty: “Deep emotions are expressed in the heart and there is a powerful mind-heart connection. We now know that there is an immense amount of neural innovation that comes from the brain stem into the heart – and that it’s a two-way street. The brain and the heart ‘talk’ to each other.”  


 “We need to break down the barriers of separation. We can reshape our lives and perhaps even our species through the scientific understanding we are gaining of the positive effect of compassion. We will ultimately recognise that it is this – the opening of our hearts – that will lead us out of darkness and into light. When we embrace the ‘other’, our physiology works at its best and it is an understanding of this reality that is ultimately going to define whether our species survives or not.”  



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Mary Catherine Bateson, linguist, anthropologist and author of Composing a Life.

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