Images of Perseverance: Tuna the Chiweenie

If you haven’t yet been acquainted with Tuna the Chiweenie, he is a rescue dog made famous for his heart-opening powers of cuteness. His owner, Courtney Dasher, keeps a well-curated Instagram with over 400,00o followers, which captures the daily life of this vulnerable little being. Looking at photos of Tuna reminds me that even when life is difficult, there are lovely, loving beings like Tuna, who persevere despite lacking evolutionary conveniences like opposable thumbs and credit cards. Thanks, Tuna, for your […]

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.  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.

Meditation Appears to Produce Enduring Changes in Emotional Processing in the Brain

A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. This study highlights how Compassion and Mindfulness Meditations affect the brain differently. Mindfulness meditation helps with stability and decreasing reactivity, while “Compassion” meditation appears to open the practitioner to empathy towards human suffering. Eric Schwartz, PhD, Lobsang T. Negi, PhD, Thaddeus Pace, PhD, Alan Wallace, PhD & Charles Raison, MD http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121112150339.htm