NARS Spring Open Studios, a three-day exhibition of international contemporary art, showcases the residency and studio artists working in our growing artist community. This Sunset Park-wide Open Studios event, co-presented with J&M Studios, invites the public to meet artists from all over the world and to experience the artistic process and the diverse range of artistic mediums presented in the intimacy of the studio environment.
The Egyptian guard was staring me down from a camel. I'd read about the corruption at the pyramids so I'd left my passport at home and shoved my SD card down my bra. He demanded our passports and camera but we weren't budging. Realizing he wasn't gonna get the goods from us, he asked for a $1000 bribe to turn a blind eye to my model's blue torso. I could only imagine what the other guards would ask for at the other three security checks.
"What am I getting in exchange for this money I'm giving you? A necklace? A super cool knick knack?"
The guard's face goes blank- I don't think he's used to women talking to him. After a day of dealing with hustlers & three guys offering to buy me from Kyle (my model) in exchange for a million camels, I'm pretty sure this is the case.
"Fine! You go! Leave pyramids now!"
& just like that, we'd officially been kicked out of the pyramids... for making art.
Read More about the "Lost in Wonder" camouflage series, created at the Seven Wonders of the World:
Pisa is a conservative church but we luckily, as a part of my artist residency at Il Palmerino, I got permission from Domus Comelina to paint in front of this beautiful view.
I cleverly bodypainted a fake bikini on the back of the model so none of the tourists would realize she was fully nude.
This model did pass out part way through the painting due to circulation issues, but after a little care and determination on the part of the model, we were able to finish this beautiful painting.
Here are a few in-process photos by Bertrand Orsal.
Looking at different coverage options for Bodypaint Models
I have a conversation about the assumed nudity that comes with bodypainting almost every day. Here's a succinct list of some options clients prefer when exploring the exciting terrain of using the human body as a canvas. All create an experiential imprint that is lasting and generates lots of Wow factor power. Some are better suited for your campaign so let's examine options.
Best for conservative corporate events and campaigns wanting to focus on a creative concept while guaranteeing the widest reach possible.
Dance & Swim Attire
Good for creative but conservative campaigns wanting to try something fun & creative but getting a little more attention and open to the same coverage as dancers and cheerleaders.
Briefs, Thongs or Strapless Thongs (with or without Pasties for women)
- This is the option 80% of clients select.
- Campaigns where you need minimal interruption to the visual painting.
- After Hours Events,
- Edgier campaigns
- Character focused projects (ie aliens, prosthetic creatures, etc)
*Trina likes the brand “Monster Pasties” as they offer fuller coverage but are smooth & seamless like “Barbie boobs”. All underwear should be tan (or sometimes white) seamless microfiber underwear/speedos. There are a few strapless prosthetic thong options available that create an alien/Barbie- like appearance
Nude (Implied or Full Nude)
Trina’s preferred option for:
- Human Sculptures (especially for print/photo)
- Fine Art Performances
- Body Positive and “Bare All” Campaigns
- Riskier Creative Campaigns that want to focus on the art instead of the lines of clothing
- Stronger optical illusion art works using implied nudity but wanting to trick the eye and have people do a double take. (strapless thongs and pasties can also be used for these campaigns).
Feel free to talk to Trina further about your needs and we will help you select the best options for your project! firstname.lastname@example.org 917-500-7573
Superfine! Art Fair Bodypaint Portrait Session Giveaway
Congrats to Marissa Santillo, winner of our bodypaint portrait session giveaway at Superfine! Art Fair!
A big thank you to everyone for your interest and amazing conversations at Superfine! We loved meeting you. Some of the pieces found their ways into amazing homes including a custom embellished "$140,000,000 (Pollock)" joining the collection of "Hamilton's" Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Here are a few quick notable press mentions:
"Blurring the line between performance and immersion... she paints over her models to blend in with historically iconic works of art like Edvard Munch’s The Scream, or van Gogh’s Self Portrait, as a take on society’s materialist culture." - NY Magazine
"Her work celebrates body positivity and diversity" -NY Post
"Her “Lust of Currency” series which examines the role of art, commerce and society in a commoditized culture using a backdrop of famous paintings including the controversial Salvator Mundi." -Hamptons Art Hub
"The collection is a re-interpretation of the most expensive artworks ever sold, told through Merry’s perspective in today’s highly commoditized art economy. The series is an interdisciplinary experience by the artist that merges the viewer with the object of their gaze" -Pulp Lab
"Trina Merry’s unique combination of body painting and photography cleverly camouflaged painted models into the masterworks of geniuses like Van Gogh, Pollock, and Modigliani." -Musee Magazine
Some of our rare embellished works are still available and can be found for a couple more weeks at the Superfine! E-Fair
June 8-10th is the South Brooklyn Open Studio tour (shuttle bus provided)!
Come see live bodypaint performances, Trina's highly instagram-able interactive works in progress and some works from recent exhibitions. Take pictures with Trina and her models, get things signed and learn more about the process of contemporary fine art bodypaint!
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Bodypaint is the most ancient art form in the world, it even pre-dates cave paintings, yet its contemporary incarnation has only been around since the 1960s thanks to amazing innovative artists like Verushka, Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama and Marina Abramovic.
We are proud to be in conversation with the artists working with this fringe medium to create hyperrealistic, interdisciplinary art that incorporate those grey areas where technology and human intimacy intersect, where performance art, painting, sculpting, photography, and video merge and where optical illusion artwork comes to life as contemporary ephemeral art.
Sparkles are fun, but they are escaping into our waterways.
Glitter should be banned over environmental impact, scientists warn. Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University in New Zealand, has called for a global ban.
“All glitter should be banned because it’s microplastic and all microplastics leak into the environment,” Farrelly says.
Microplastics can pollute marine environments, leech chemicals into the water and pose harm to marine life if they are ingested. After you’ve scrubbed your face or brushed your teeth, the tiny plastic beads go down the drain. The concern is that microbeads may not be filtered through treatment filtration systems and end up in our lakes and oceans, where they may be mistaken for food by small fish and other wildlife.
“Plastic glitter, like microbeads, are too small to be caught in water treatment plants, and also ends up in the ocean. There’s no real difference between that sparkly, shiny glitter in your makeup and those hated microbeads, and they’re both threats to our planet.” says body paint brand Body FX.
Endangering animals is only part of the equation. A study from Environmental Science and Technology found that microplastics act something like a lifeboat for bacteria. So potentially harmful microbes are better able to survive in aquatic environments. Combine that with the chemicals used to create the plastic leaching out over time and the real problem starts to make sense. This is why Dr. Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia calls microplastic “a little poison pill”.
Glitter is made from plastic sheets and used in a wide array of products, including cosmetics. When washed down the drain, glitter becomes a subset of marine plastic litter known as microplastic. Microplastics, which measure less than five millimeters in length, are found throughout the world’s oceans, from the surface to the deep seafloor. They are consumed by plankton, fish, shellfish, seabirds, and other marine life. Plastic bits collect in birds’ stomachs, where they can cause them to die of starvation. Scientists have become increasingly concerned about its effects on fish and other marine life.
The greatest volume of microplastics comes from two sources: plastic trash broken down into flea-sized bits by UV rays and wave action, and manufactured plastic beads that are added to cosmetics and personal care products such as face wash and toothpaste. These microbeads do not degrade and in all probability will exist in the oceans for hundreds of years. Scientists estimate more than 8 trillion microbeads enter U.S. waters daily.
The United States banned production of cosmetics and personal care products that contain microbeads as of last July. The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 prohibits the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads. This new law also applies to products that are both cosmetics and non-prescription (also called “over-the-counter" or "OTC") drugs, such as toothpastes.
Luckily there’s now a solution and we don’t have to kill the planet just to sparkle. Starting in 2018, Trina Merry will be using biodegradable glitter from Body FX on all your projects. It’s made from 100% biodegradable material, and is just as shiny as the plastic variety.
What do you find most surprising about this research? What are 3 fun projects you’d like to take on using the new biodegradable glitter? Leave your comments below or drop us a note to email@example.com.
What kind of bodypaint exists? What type should I choose for my project?
Body paint is temporary. Unlike tattoos or decorative scarring, it is something that will fade and need retouching. Many people use body paint every day without realizing it. Cosmetics---mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick---are all a type of body paint, though for the sake of this article we will characterize products used on the face as makeup or face paint and products used on the full body as body paint.
While shooting the James Bond movie "Goldfinger" in the 1960s, it was reported that actress Shirley Eaton had died while encased in gold body paint for a particular scene. This rumor has been refuted and the odds of death from asphyxiation as a direct result of body paint has been solved with the creation of the correct products. We use our mouths and nose to breathe, not our skin.
One of the most common questions we are asked is what types of body paints exist and what Trina recommends. Here's a great intro to bodypaint and recommendations (we were not paid for these recommendations on brands, they are simply the best products we like using and are available on the market today).
Water Based Paint:
Modern water-based face and body paints are made according to stringent guidelines, meaning these are non-toxic, usually non-allergenic, and can easily be washed away. These are either applied with a paintbrush, synthetic sponges, natural sea sponge, or with an airbrush.
We use water-based paints 80% of the time, that comes off easily in the shower with an oil-based product (baby oil, coconut oil, makeup removers, etc) and some soap. Models may experience slight staining with some colors; that is normal and will fade after normal washing. We recommend using dark towels for the models and a Magic Eraser to clean your tub after you shower.
Water-based body paint will need quite more frequent touch-ups and more attention than other types of body paint. Water-based body paint tends to rub off, crack and be susceptible to sweat. Some of the lighter colors like white or yellow do not provide full coverage and when applied thickly can cause cracking due to titanium. Please make sure to test various products in advance, work on your application techniques and gauge your expectations accordingly.
Our favorite brands are Cameleon, Kryolan, Make Up For Ever, European Body Art, TAG, & Wolfe FX (for Black, White & Metallics only).
Metallic Body Paint:
Metallic pigments by brands like Mehron are often applied with a water and alcohol “mixing liquid” solution. While this contains a high pigmentation and metallic sheen, we had some of our models experience severe allergic reactions. When we called Mehron, they admitted their products contain actual metal and are not FDA approved grade. We no longer use or recommend them to our clients.
We recommend using Cameleon’s gorgeous metallic pigments and applying biodegradable glitter from Body FX if extra shine is needed.
Hybrid Airbrush Paints:
Some brands provide a hybrid airbrush bodypaint that contains the lasting power of alcohol and the easier to remove qualities of the water based products. In my experience, these have quickly clogged airbrush guns, holding a job up and creating a air of frustration. No one wants a group of grumpy body painters on set. Additionally, these products have created cracking textures, models still have trouble removing these body paints and they can be quite toxic on the lungs.
We do not recommend these products but if you use them, please wear a mask, bring spare airbrush guns and hire an airbrush technician for your set to clean guns for your session.
Alcohol Based Paint:
This paint was originally intended for smaller airbrush tattoos and for SFX makeup applications. It has more recently be used as an application for full body painting. It is sweat and waterproof (not rub proof- so when you touch another area of your body with the paint, it will lift off). It is helpful for performances with a lot of sweating, especially in the summer. It is not easy to remove and requires patience and extra time. Rubbing alcohol removes this the best (99%) and some brands offer additional paint remover options that may or may not work and will certainly cost more than rubbing alcohol. In some cases, you may need to give the skin a day of rest before fully removing the paint so it isn’t super irritated. We recommend avoiding waxing or shaving the day before an alcohol based paint and planning ahead for body hair removal. Patience and planning are key. Additionally, breathing in rubbing alcohol is obviously toxic. Masks should be worn by all and, as with any airbrush body painting, its very important to have a ventilation system set up in the bodypaint area. CLICK HERE to read an article on creating a successful studio ventilation system for airbrush and aerosol painting.
Our favorite brands are European Body Art and Cameleon.
Liquid latex may also be used as body paint. It is a full coverage option that separates from the skin and is more like custom, single use, painted on clothing than like more traditional forms of body painting. It's a fantastic option for cosplay conventions and Halloween parties because it looks like clothing and does not leave any marks or residue if you are driving or sitting on a couch but still elicits the wow factor sex appeal of bodypaint. Custom cosplay costumes are not only expensive but are also very time consuming and latex body paint offers a nice alternative.
However, some people do have latex allergies and need to do a quick allergy test (if you’re allergic to condoms or eyelash glue, you’ll know you’re definitely allergic to latex paint). Aside from the risk of contact allergy, wearing latex for a prolonged period may cause heat stroke by inhibiting perspiration and care should be taken to avoid the painful removal of hair when the latex is pulled off.
The same precautions that apply to cosmetics should be observed. If the skin shows any sign of allergy from a paint, its use should immediately be ceased. Moreover, it should not be applied to damaged, inflamed or sensitive skin. If possible, a test for allergic reaction should be performed before use.
It is imperative that every single body hair in the “paint zone” is removed in advance. Latex body paint works like a wax and as it lifts from the skin it removes the hair. Please wax or shave thoroughly before your session. If the body is prepared correctly, the paint is very easily removed by peeling it from the skin- in fact, some people love the sensation and it has the double benefit of acting as an exfoliant.
Our favorite brand is Brand X Liquid Latex.
Cream Based Character Bodypaint and Makeup:
There are a few brands like Make Up For Ever and Kryolan making cream based makeup for character and avante garde makeup looks. They are waterproof and sweat-proof. These are usually set with a finishing spray or powder though they never full dry and need special removers. It is recommended each body painter and makeup artist at minimum add MUFE’s flash palette or some similar product in their kits- it has saved several of our paintings. If you need a stronger pigmented white, need to repair cracking areas, want a more wet/reflective look, or want to create amazing face looks that compliment your body painting, cream based makeup can be a nice addition to your kit. Remember to remove the makeup from the container and use it on a palette so you do not spread germs from one model to the next.
Our favorite brands are Make Up For Ever and Kryolan.
Silicone Airbrush Makeup:
Temptu has created a nice silicone based airbrush makeup that also comes in a variety of colors. It has strong durability for makeup looks. The bottles are a bit too small and expensive for full body looks but this can be a nice addition for faces that need to last all day. Make Up For Ever recently released a new line of silicone airbrush body paints that hold up well. They do clog airbrush guns so make sure you get a few bottles of their thinner and cleaners for your guns. However, this is an excellent option and could create new creative possibilities for makeup artists and body painters.
Our favorite brands are Make Up For Ever and Temptu.
CLICK HERE to read an article about why purchasing biodegradable glitter is essential and why scientists are calling for a ban on all regular glitter and micro beading.
We recommend 100% biodegradable glitter by Body FX.
Henna and Black Henna
Henna is a more traditional plant dye used on the skin, hair and wool that creates a brown or red stain It is a lasting temporary tattoo that is removed as dead skin sloughs off the body. The fading process can be sped up by exfoliating or by coming into contact with chlorine.
Although henna is natural, since it is plant-based, a lot of ready-made henna mixes have metal additives. These metals can seep through the skin and cause damage. Black Henna is toxic and should never be used. Use caution if you get a henna tattoo abroad or at a fair and ask questions about the type of product they are using.
We recommend hiring a professional like Margie Nugent or Deborah Brommer. We do not offer these services at this time but do enjoy receiving them.
Hand Marbling Bodypaint
This type of bodypaint is popular music festivals. The customer dips their hands into a mixture and receives a marbling or tie dye effect they can wear on their arm. While it does look cool, this type of bodypaint has not yet been approved for use on the body by the FDA despite its trend worthy qualities.
We therefore do not recommend it for your parties until the FDA approves its safety for use on the skin.
Non-toxic Acrylic, House Liquid Latex Paint, Tempera Paint & Sharpies:
We have used all of these products before with no ill effects with consenting adults, however, any paints or products which have not been formulated for use on the body, like various types of water based paints or sharpies, should never be used for body or face painting, as these can result in serious allergic reactions resulting in a lawsuit. Make sure you at bare minimum have written consent and a liability waiver before ever using this products on the human body. These products all crack quickly on the skin as they were made for use on different materials and do not contain the flexibility or longevity of the products formulated for use on the skin.
If you do need to use these products, we recommend first base coating the model in water based product and using the other paints on top of these products to enhance the vibrancy or texture of your painting.
Surprisingly, there are a few trending photographers on Instagram using used crude oil on the skin as it is practiced in the Caribbean and some African countries. This is highly toxic and proven to cause stroke, heart attack and more. This is not body paint.
Instead, to achieve this look, use a black bodypaint and then mix water and jojoba oil in a spray bottle and spray it onto the model. A dark, wet oil appearance is achieved and no one died for your art project.
People are putting all kinds of products on the body every day. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need advice on what type of body paint or makeup to use for your project.
What is one type of bodypaint that you would like to experiment with in your next project? What kind of body paints have you tried and like using? Leave your comments below.
Trina Merry will be at Booth #53 exhibiting framed altered limited edition prints of her bodypaintings on stretched canvas. These will have true touches of the artist as they have paintbrush strokes, glitter and more! This is a very special offering for those collectors desiring more original works of art.
Also available will be signed and numbered limited edition paper prints.
All works are affordable with transparent, honest pricing in keeping with Superfine! Art Fair’s* vision.
fun facts about the lust of currency series.
- It took 30 minutes-3.5 hours to make each bodypainting.
- Trina Merry and her team have been working on this series for about one and a half years.
- There are 34 total works in this series plus four Warhol “Money” pieces.
- This exhibition sold out at Con Artist Gallery last June in only 3 days. Trina has since added 13 new works.
- After Trina made da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi”, which she titled “$127,500,000” it resold at auction for a whopping $450,300,000. It’s the first time she’s ever had to change the name of the artwork.
- Basquiat’s “Untitled”* sold at auction for $150,000,000 the week of the exhibition so Trina created this piece live at Con Artist Gallery to include it among the top 20 highest priced artworks.
- The Tate Modern currently has some the Picasso’s and Modigliani’s on featured exhibitions. Trina saw both exhibitions while in London.
- The "$165,000,000 (Lichtenstein)” and "$135,000,000 (Klimt)” were featured at Red Dot Miami with Lemon Frame Gallery. She created “$92,500,000 (Picasso)” live.
- “$80,000,000 (Johns)” was filmed by FOX News 5*. Trina did it in about 30 minutes with assistant Katy Rameriez.
- “$80,000,000 (Warhol)” was painted by Trina twice- once for video and once in studio. The first one will be making its debut at Superfine! Art Fair.
- Trina printed a massive 60x40” framed print of “$78,400,000 (Renoir)” for her dining area.
- Trina loved seeing “Loving Vincent” as there were several of his works featured this series
- “$71,500,000 (Van Gogh)” and "$94,500,000 (Lichtenstein)” are Trina’s two favorite new works as they have a high level of detail and technical accuracy.
- THIS (Pollock) and THIS (Modigliani) were featured by ARTE TV in special documentaries.
- “$69,000,000 (Modigliani)” was created live at the performance team’s annual Christmas party. It will also be on exhibition this month in a 24x36” size for “Nude Attitude” in Peoria, Chicago (unaltered stretched canvas print). This image and $94,500,000 (Lichtenstein) are the two most liked images from this series on Trina’s Instagram
Just in time for the Modigliani exhibition at the Tate Modern, Trina Merry created a special piece for Arte TV's documentary "Modigliani- le corps et l'ame mis a nu".
"A leading painter and sculptor of the early twentieth century, Amedeo Modigliani was especially famous for his portraits which, according to his models, put their soul bare. His feminine nudes, with sensual bodies, arouse more than just admiration." -ARTE TV
CLICK HERE to view the special documentary (in French).
There will be some changes to my print editions starting in 2018. I will be limiting my work heavily to no more than 30 prints plus 2 artist proofs offered in small (16x24), medium (24x36), and large (40x60) sizes. For those of you who have been collecting my work, this means a jump in value for your collection. You will be receiving updated certificates of authenticity.
In 2018 I will be focusing more on making objects. I will still be creating ephemeral works & documenting them, but I will be offering more original works and altered multi-media prints. VISIT SHOP
We had a very competitive application process for our 2018 team. After personally reviewing over 600 applications, I passed off my top selects to our esteemed jury. They chose 44 excellent performers from NYC, CA, & Europe. We will continue to have special act performers and mirror twins in 2018.
Our 2018 Jury:
Chelsea Hogan, Getty Villa Museum
Elana Black, Amazon
Lauren Bochner, Alice & Olivia
Sara Meletis, Cerbelli Creative
Tim Engle, CA Photographer
Paul Tirado, NY Photographer
Simone Bart, Performer
Zachary Koval, Performer
Stephanie Chisholm, Aerialist
Dove Meir, Actor
PJ, 2017 Fall/Winter Intern
I am confident that we have a stellar team and am excited for what this year holds.
CLICK HERE to view the new 2018 team
Name of the Company: Moda Operandi
Your Name and Position: Jennifer Blaber Vice President, Creative Services
What does your company make:
In homage to the history of couturiers who showcased their creations in trunks to elite clientele, Moda Operandi is the only online retailer to invite clients to pre-order next-season’s looks straight from the runway. And for those who can’t wait, we offer an expertly curated in-season boutique. The vibrant theatrics of fashion week come to life with our highly editorialized shopping experience. Spellbinding imagery and evocative language showcase our exceptional designer offerings, comprised of everything from premier fashion houses to emerging vanguard labels. Expect unprecedented access to stunning ready-to-wear, luxurious leather goods, and museum-worthy fine jewelry. Moda Operandi's dedicated personal stylists provide the most bespoke services in luxury shopping, attending to our client’s every need, from expert styling advice to tailored wardrobe recommendations.
Please tell us briefly about the project & what were your company was hoping to achieve?
We desired a surreal, Magritte-inspired set featuring our latest handbag offering.
What sort of a campaign was it (ie. product launch, branding campaign, advertising, etc)
A handbag specific branding campaign.
What sort of media did you use for this projects distribution:
Social media and display banners.
What was your biggest fear before hiring us?
That it wouldn't look good.
Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?
No, thankfully it didn't come true - it looked great! We were very happy with the final product.
What, specifically, was your favorite part of this campaign, and why?
This was a very different shoot for me to produce, which made it extra challenging and rewarding. It was fun and exciting to witness the process start to finish.
If you were to recommend us to your best friend, what would you say (assuming you loved working with us as much as we loved working with you- of course)?
To bring your ideas to the table, but to also listen and trust to Trina Merry's advice. She is a true professional. She knows what she is doing and will do everything in her power to make you happy and give you the best results possible.
Lauren Moshi Interview with Michael Moshi:
Brother and sister team, Michael and Lauren Moshi, created Lauren Moshi Inc. They are inspired by high fashion and fine art. Each piece is unique, produced in limited quantities, and hand drawn by Lauren. Their clothing is targeted towards customers who appreciate finer details and intricate designs.
This piece was commissioned as a promotional image celebrating collaboration between two amazing artists. We wanted to acquire a beautiful piece to blow up and hang in the Lauren Moshi Store, as well as to showcase on our social media so our customers could see the process of painting 16 people into Lauren’s image.
This project was all that we hoped for on the day of production. We won’t see the results of this campaign until February and March when the image is pushed through social media, distributed on products, and hung in the store.
We had no fears in hiring Trina, although this was sort of out of left field. We didn’t know what would happen, but we love Trina’s work!
Our favorite part of the experience was the speed and professionalism exhibited by all members of Trina’s team. Once the painting began, I was surprised at how quickly Trina was able to complete this camo. When we ended up needing more people, everyone stepped in to help out and call models to join us!
With Trina’s team, you get what you want. They are very easy to work with, professional, and they were there to get the job done. I would recommend other collaborations between artists for Trina and her team. We don’t work with anyone other than Lauren, so we don’t have a specific recommendation. We would love to work with Trina again for an in-store promotional event with a live high-profile band like The Grateful Dead.
Today we pause to say thank you to you for giving us over 11 amazing years of bodypainting! Gratitude has been instrumental in my success and ability to continue to dream bigger each year. Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving relationships, and even improve our health.
Many scientific studies, including research by renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional well-being and physical health than those who don’t. In comparison with control groups, those who cultivated a grateful outlook:
- Felt better about their lives as a whole
- Experienced greater levels of joy and happiness
- Felt optimistic about the future
- Got sick less often
- Exercised more regularly
- Had more energy, enthusiasm, determination, and focus
- Made greater progress toward achieving important personal goals
- Slept better and awoke feeling refreshed
- Felt stronger during trying times
- Enjoyed closer family ties
- Were more likely to help others and offer emotional support
- Experienced fewer symptoms of stress
If you want more happiness, joy, and energy, gratitude is clearly a crucial quality to cultivate. It is a fullness of heart that moves us from limitation and fear to expansion and love. When we’re appreciating something, our ego moves out of the way and we connect with our soul. Gratitude brings our attention into the present, which is the only place where miracles can unfold. The deeper our appreciation, the more we see with the eyes of the soul and the more our life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe.
Here are a few powerful gratitude practices for you to try:
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Since ancient times, philosophers and sages from every spiritual tradition have taught that cultivating gratitude is a key to experiencing deeper levels of happiness, fulfillment, and wellbeing.
One of the earliest advocates of a daily gratitude practice was Dutch philosopher Rabbi Baruch Spinoza. In the seventeenth century, he suggested that each day for a month, we ask ourselves the following three questions:
This practice, wrote Spinoza, would help us find more meaning and joy in our lives and would lead to profound inner transformation.
As you write in your journal, challenge yourself by not repeating items from the previous days— this will make you look more deeply at all the little things that enhance your life and give you joy ... waking in a warm bed; your favorite song; a phone call from a friend; the ability to touch, see, or hear; electricity; the beating of your heart; a hug.
You can write in your journal just before bed, when you wake up in the morning, or just before you meditate. The time of day isn’t important; what is important is that you consistently take a few moments to consciously focus your mind on your blessings. Commit to keeping a journal for a month. What we put our attention on expands in our life. By offering gratitude for all the goodness we experience, we’re inviting the universe to give us more and more of what we want.
- Who or what inspired me today?
- What brought me happiness today?
- What brought me comfort and deep peace today?
Write a Thank You Letter
Make a list of at least five people who have had a profound impact on your life. Choose one and write a thank you letter expressing gratitude for all the gifts you’ve received from that person. If possible, deliver your gratitude letter in person.
In studies of people who have practiced this form of gratitude, the results have been amazing. Often the recipient of the letter had no idea what an impact he or she had had on another person and were deeply touched by the expression of such authentic gratitude.
While we may often thank people verbally, the written word can often be even more powerful because someone has taken the time to write their appreciation. A letter can also be re-read and treasured, creating joy and love that will continue to ripple out into the universe.
Take a Gratitude Walk
This is a particularly useful practice when you’re feeling down or filled with stress and worry. Set aside 20 minutes (or longer if you can) and walk in your neighborhood, through a park, around your office, or somewhere in nature.
As you walk, consider the many things for which you are grateful ... nurturing relationships, material comforts, the body that allows you to experience the world, the mind that allows you to really understand yourself, and your essential spiritual nature. Breathe, pause, and be grateful for the air that is filling your lungs and making your life possible.
Pay attention to your senses—everything you’re seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and maybe even tasting—and see how many things you can find to feel grateful for. This is a powerful way to shift your mood and open to the flow of abundance that always surrounds you.
We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
We created a special art activation for "Live A Moment" app in San Francisco. Partnering with graffiti artist Apexer, Trina Merry camouflagued for models into a special mural called "The Wall of Emotions". A special panel discussion on peace and mindfulness followed at AirBnB.
To see more pictures from our live painting, CLICK HERE.
About the App:
"What if personal peace fosters worldwide peace? What if, by taking a moment to give yourself some of your own peace, you then carry that feeling out into the world... ultimately creating even more peace?
We think so, we call it the 3ft of Peace™.
LiveaMoment was created from the idea that world peace is not too big for all of us - especially when you can see who else is out there in the world feeling the same way you do. In bite-size portions, we can shift what's possible - and innovate a new way of achieving peace.
From our App to Our State of Peace Project, a documentary series with filmmakers from around the world creating dialogue about peace, LiveaMoment is tapping into something that's spreading globally: Together we can change the way we experience peace, share peace, and fund peace... one moment at a time. Because sometimes... you just need a moment."
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*The world peace tour continues next in Barcelona this winter! Stay tuned...