Improve your students’ reading comprehension with ReadWorks. Access thousands of high-quality, free K-12 articles, and create online assignments with them for your students. Doty talks about his new book, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. 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. Trick #1: Relaxing the Body Dr. Doty shares the first mindfulness exercise he learned from his friend Ruth, recounted in his memoir. Download the exercise. Allocate both time and a place to do this exercise so that you will not be interrupted. Start studying "The Magic Shop" by H.G. Wells (questions). Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. When Doty was an adolescent, he had a chance encounter at a magic shop with a benevolent older woman named Ruth, who over the next few weeks instructed him on a series of empowering mind-body exercises that would dramatically alter the direction of his life.