The sale of compassion beads are temporarily suspended (as of 1/2/2023.) We will let you know here when we are able to ship beads again.
Compassion Beads were inspired by a meditation exercise created by Dr. James Doty. The beads start with Compassion and end with Love. The order of the beads is: Compassion, Dignity, Equanimity, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humility, Integrity, Justice, Kindness and Love. The bead string ends with a golden bead symbolizing The Golden Rule: “Treat others and the planet as you wish to be treated.”
Compassion beads are 10mm wooden beads strung on a red cord. The diameter of the strand is about 1½” (38mm.) They are now packaged in a plastic-free, biodegradable glassine pouch sealed with a gold disk. Each set of beads comes with a card explaining their origin and use. Sale of compassion beads supports compassionate San Antonio in its work in our community.
Alphabet of the Heart Podcast
Want to learn more? This Podcast Series features Dr James R. Doty, Neurosurgeon and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, and Dr James Kirby, Clinical Psychologist and Visiting Scholar at CCARE. Each episode features Dr Doty and Dr Kirby discussing a mnemonic Dr Doty created, “The Alphabet of the Heart”, which he wrote about in his book, “Into the Magic Shop”. Dr Doty and Dr Kirby discuss each letter of the mnemonic in, which includes compassion, dignity, equanimity, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, integrity, justice, kindness, and love. In each episode he provides personal reflections, research on the attribute, as well as practical tips to cultivate that specific attribute.