The Alphabet of the Heart

Download this poster, a reminder of 10 steps along the journey towards compassion and mindfulness. Dr. Doty uses this mnemonic in his own meditation practice. You can also listen as Dr. Doty shares the first mindfulness exercise he learned from his friend Ruth, recounted in his memoir. 

The Alphabet of the Heart and Compassion Beads

Dr Doty created a mnemonic called, "The Alphabet of the Heart", to be used as a meditation exercise. He then wrote about the exercise in his book, Into the Magic Shop. The Alphabet of the Heart includes Compassion, Dignity, Equanimity, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humility, Integrity, Justice, Kindness and Love.

In a podcast series, Dr. Doty discusses each letter of the mnemonic with Dr James Kirby, Clinical Psychologist and Visiting Scholar at CCARE. Each episode features Dr Doty and Dr Kirby discussing  In each episode we provide personal reflections, research on the attribute, as well as practical tips to cultivate that specific attribute.

Listen to the podcast.

The Alphabet of the Heart inspired Compassion Beads, which were designed by the San Antonio peaceCENTER. The beading is done by 11-year-old Jen of JennyWren. The beads start with Compassion and end with Love: The bead string ends with a golden bead symbolizing the Golden Rule: "Treat Others as you wish to be treated yourself."