Pigalina teaches Claire the loving-kindness meditation to help Claire embrace the world with compassion and caring
May All People and Pigs Be Happy follows seven-year-old Claire and her stuffed animal Pigalina. From Pigalina, Claire learns a simple meditation that helps her to feel kinder toward herself and spread caring and love to others. The loving-kindness meditation can be practiced by anyone regardless of religion to cultivate loving presence, friendship, tenderness, and love. This book is perfect for those with or without a background in the loving-kindness meditation.
About the Author
MICKI FINE PAVLICEK is a longtime psychotherapist in private practice, a certified teacher of mindfulness meditation trained at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, a TEDx presenter, the founder of Mindful Living (livingmindfully.org), and the author of The Need to Please: Mindfulness Skills to Gain Freedom from People Pleasing and Approval Seeking. She has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction and loving-kindness meditation since 1994 in a variety of settings, including her private practice, research environments, Rice University, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Jung Center.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR JOHN PAVLICEK has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer, and artist since 1972. His paintings have been represented by Gremillion & Co., Fine Art in Houston, Texas, since 1983. Illustrating this book has deepened his respect and admiration for the masterful, professional illustrators and cartoonists past and present.
“I love May All People and Pigs Be Happy and am eager to see it in children’s hands. This is a wonderfully sweet heart offering. ” —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“In this marvelous, whimsical book, children and adults alike will delight in learning to cultivate loving kindness, an evidence-based meditation practice and quality of the heart.” —Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and author of The Little Book of Being and Fully Present
“May All People and Pigs Be Happy is a must-have for every school counselor in the primary grades. With its engaging text and gentle illustrations, itis an outstanding resource for all educators (and parents) who want to share the benefits of mindfulness meditation with the children they love.” —Heidi Rothschild, retired school counselor, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, Texas
“The message of loving kindness for all beings is beautifully illustrated in a story that kids and adults can resonate with. It should be in every health-care provider’s office.” —Nellie Grose MD, integrative family physician, Houston, Texas
“Our nation can benefit from greater peace, love and equanimity through loving-kindness meditation. I endorse May All People and Pigs Be Happy.” —US Congressman Tim Ryan, 13th District of Ohio, and author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit
“This book has the power to change the world, one heart at a time.” —Nancy Inge Simpson, head of school at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Houston, Texas
“May All People and Pigs Be Happy will be a lovely addition to the tools parents can use to nourish kindness in their children.” —Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, author of Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Through May All People and Pigs Be Happy, Micki has found a way to teach loving-kindness meditation to children with no background in meditation or mindfulness.” —Zindel V. Segal, cognitive psychologist, a specialist on depression, one of the founders of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, and author of The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
“This lovely story reminds us that we are all part of a great big planet and what we put out we get back. If we remember to send kindness out into the world, it reminds us to be kind to ourselves.” —Andrew Jordan Nance, author of Puppy Mind, Mindful Arts in the Classroom, The Lion in Me, and The Barefoot King