May All People & Pigs be happy

Hi, my name is Micki Fine and I am so pleased to introduce you to our new children’s picture book which I wrote and my husband, John Pavlicek, illustrated. If you are so inclined; I encourage you to learn more about me on this website.

We’re happy to announce that May All People and Pigs Be Happy is ready for pre-order on Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Amazon, and Penguin Random House. It will be released on 10/29/19. We hope that you love the book as much as we do. Enjoy it by yourself or with a beloved child.

May All People and Pigs Be Happy is a children’s picture book that offers a gentle, engaging story and actual instruction in loving-kindness meditation. It's intended to help children access their innate kindness and empathy. This book is written in an accessible, secular way so as to include parents, educators and children with or without a background in loving-kindness meditation or mindfulness. May All People and Pigs Be Happy provides a valuable resource for all parents, educators, school counselors and psychotherapists who want to share the benefits of loving-kindness with the children they love.

May All People and Pigs Be Happy follows seven-year-old Claire and her stuffed pig, Pigalina, through a series of every-day encounters through which Pigalina teaches Claire loving-kindness meditation. Claire learns some simple phrases that help her to feel kinder toward herself and others. First, Claire learns to wish herself well: May I be safe. May I be happy. May I feel love. With each new encounter, Pigalina helps Claire expand her kindness: to May YOU be safe. May WE be safe, and finally, to May ALL people and pigs be safe.

May there be love all around the world.

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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, & The Barefoot King
This book has the power to change the world, one heart at a time.
— Nancy Inge Simpson, Head of School, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Houston, Texas.
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, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and author of The Little Book of Being and Fully 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, Ph.D., Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
Our nation can benefit from greater peace, love and equanimity through loving-kindness meditation. I endorse May All People and Pigs Be Happy.
— U.S. 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
May All People and Pigs Be Happy is a must-have for every school counselor, especially those who work with students in the primary grades. When a hurtful remark from a close friend leaves Claire feeling devastated, Pigalina teaches Claire that loving kindness meditation can help her manage her feelings and restore her inner peace. With its engaging text and gentle illustrations, May All People and Pigs Be Happy is 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, TX
The message of loving kindness for all beings is beautifully illustrated in a story that kids & adults can resonate to. It should be in every health care provider’s office.
— Nellie Grose MD, Integrative Family Physician, 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, Ph.D., 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 and one of the founders of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and author of The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness