Mindfulness Process

Fab illustrator, designer & hand-letterer of the Living with Mindfulness logo, Erin Ellis, just shared with me this beautiful photo of her work process.

mindfulness and art

 The practice of hand-lettering is like a mindfulness exercise.  Each loop and curl of the brush shows you just how you are paying attention (or not) in any given moment.  This was a challenge for creating this particular logo, in which Erin so deftly engaged.

Thank you Erin for the beautiful work, attention and inspiration.

Real Happiness Program: ‘The Phrases We Choose Reflect the Balance We Seek’

Beautiful things can happen in our lives,
we can place words on a page — one at a time,
arranged as if mapped and planned in full,
but trickling down, instead, they do.

Troubling turns can loosen our feet,
pain and remorse can take us,
but ‘the phrases we choose reflect the balance we seek.’ (1)
so mind to the language of love when you speak.



Thank you to everyone who took up a practice this month, and to those returning as well.  I’m grateful for being a part of this community of encouragement.


Patrick is participating in the Real Happiness 28-day meditation program along with many other beautiful writers and meditators.  You can jump in at any time and begin the program yourself, or check out other writings and musings about the program here.

(1) From Sharon Salzberg’s book “Real Happiness,” p 159