Recent scientific research shows that compassion is deeply rooted in our brains, our bodies, and in the most basic ways we communicate. Dr. James R. Doty, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and HuffPost blogger, suggests practicing morning mindfulness to help be a more compassionate person. Every morning he repeats the acronym ‘CDEFGHIJKL’ to remind himself to be mindful (watch the video). The alpha–mnemonic starts with Compassion and ends with Love: Compassion, Dignity, Equanimity, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humility, Integrity, Justice, Kindness and Love.
The San Antonio peaceCENTER created Compassion Beads based on the Alpha–mnemonic devised by Dr. Doty. Ten Compassion Beads are used to focus as you repeat the alphabetical mnemonic beginning with Compassion and ending with Love, and resulting in the Golden Rule. The last golden bead symbolizes the Golden Rule found in all world religions: Treat Others as you wish to be treated yourself.