Mixed Media Artist

A Moment and June Give Away

6″x12″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

I am going to do a give away this month.  Ten postcards of my art.  You can frame them or mail them. They are good for both.

My question to you is”What reminds you to stay in the moment?”

Can’t wait to hear your answers. Just post them in the comment area of this  blog post.

I will pick one winner out of the hat at the beginning of next month.

To see my postcards, your possible prize, go HERE

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21 responses

  1. I learned to live in the moment when i first was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. For the first time realized how fragile life is. Learned to have priorities in my life well defined and to live each day as it was the last!!

    June 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    • Yes, that certainly would do it. Thanks for sharing this and I hope you are doing well now.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm

  2. Trish

    Maria, I love this painting. Its so charming and so carefree. And so the picture of a soul absolutely soaking up the moment. Breathing it into every cell in her body. I love this. I want to live this way always. I try and I do pretty well most days. I have a few things that keep me in the moment. My kids of course. They have a way of bringing your full attention to a moment. My spiritual practices also. And maybe the one that has surprised me the most is grief. After my father’s death I found that moments of intense grief would be followed by many moments of intense gratitude and a feeling of fullness so great that I could not help but stop, breath, feel the ground under my feet…. and soak up the aliveness.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  3. When the awareness of stress arrives is the best reminder for me that I’m lacking an awareness of presence, this awareness always reminds me to return to right now; that most of the time, the moment is acceptable and often better than that. It also reminds me to be grateful.
    I love your work, thank you for sharing it with the world.

    June 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm

  4. I learn every day, over and over, to live in the moment – from my husband. He is the love of my life, he is my inspiration, he supports my creative mind, He is amazing, he’s 15 years younger than me, and he treats me like gold. I am a very, very fortunate woman. I have learned so much from him. Ten years ago, he was falsely diagnosed with testicular anomalies that would have taken his manhood – from this we learned to live in the moment and enjoy each and every moment together. From him I have learned what really loving someone means.

    June 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    • ohhh, how beautiful this is mary! thank you for sharing!

      June 8, 2012 at 4:00 am

  5. Hi Maria, I’ve been loving {and being inspired by} your work for a while now, so of course I’d love to win some postcards of your beautiful art. 🙂 The thing that reminds me to be in the moment is breathing ~ obvious I know but it works every time! Whenever I remember to come back to my breath I realise how shallowly I’ve been breathing, and taking in big long breaths brings me instantly back to my body, grounding me and bringing me out of my head, where it can all get a bit serious. 🙂

    June 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  6. casey

    Breathing. Breathing keeps me in the moment and helps me find my center and my way.

    June 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  7. Unfortunately what taught me to live in the moment was when my one year old nephew was diagnosed with Krabbe’s Leukodystrophy which is now slowly taking his life in front of our eyes. Knowing he will only be with us a few months more slows me down and keeps me from rushing the lives of my two young boys.

    June 8, 2012 at 3:06 am

  8. EVERY single time a child opens their mouth to speak to me. Especially in my afterschool program. And includes the ones in our family of course. i want time to stand still for them as well, hearing their innocence and candid words. xo p.s. LOVED the question 🙂

    June 8, 2012 at 3:58 am

  9. OMG, you guys amaze me. You are all so deep and thoughtful. All these answers are so beautiful, although some what bitter sweet. It does seem to be true that bad things make us realize how precious, and good, the mundane everyday stuff really is. Thanks for the reminders and inspiration.

    June 8, 2012 at 4:06 am

  10. joanne

    What reminds me to stay in the moment.The voices of my kids,the chita chata of my granddaughter, the playing of my dog and cat,the colour of my flowers,the sound of the birds,the wind on my face and the colour of pure white.That’s what reminds me to stay in the moment.

    June 8, 2012 at 5:40 am

  11. My kids. Definitely my kids! I am also much more aware of my body now that I have experienced extreme discomfort and pain. My body reminds me to stay present, too.

    June 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  12. Sublime beauty keeps me in the moment – it can come in many forms. Laughter of my kids (or other neighborhood children filtering in through my window), little pansy faces nodding in my windowboxes, the kitten stretching out in a shaft of sunllight. I have to sometimes remind myself to slow down and steep in them – my word for this year is “Savor,” and I’ve been working hard on making that happen. Thanks for another reminder of how rich life is.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

  13. What helps me live in the moment is looking at the sky. It’s simple, but it usually works. The sky just seems so large and beautiful that I forget my monkey mind for at least a few moments.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:43 am

  14. I began doing tai chi after a serious bout of pleurisy at the start of this year which gave me difficulty with breathing….I stay in the moment by simply remembering that it is all I have. 🙂

    June 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  15. Rod McDonald

    My Wife and I do two things to remember to live in the moment. One we do is just to hug and breathe together. We breathe as one, and just enjoy the closeness of the moment.
    One other way we stay in the moment is just to soul gaze, face to face looking into each others eyes. These keep us grounded and take us away from the streeses of our daily lives

    June 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    • This is lovely, thanks for sharing.

      June 29, 2012 at 4:34 am

  16. Barbara Scott

    I have learned to stay in the moment by reining in my remembering and imagining thought processes. For example when I sit down to eat a meal I actually concentrate on the act of eating. The act of taking control of my thinking is what allows me to be present and stay in the moment.

    June 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

  17. Learning to stay in the moment is such a tough lesson. Children have perfected this, and watching my girls is an easy reminder to slow down and just appreciate each moment as it comes and live in the present.

    July 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  18. heatherrene

    Learning to stay in the moment is a tough one. Children have perfected this, and watching my girls is sometimes all I need to be reminded of how precious and fleeting each moment is.

    July 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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