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Moving Mondays: Acceptance

“Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.” -Eckhart Tolle

Acceptance does not mean we give up or quit. Acceptance means that we have learned to surrender to “What Is.” Too often we spend energy trying to control things which are beyond our control. We struggle and create conflict within ourselves and with others. If we expend all our energy attempting to fix things to be as we think they should be, we miss out on the peace and contentment of accepting how things actually are.

Learning to be in a state of acceptance isn’t something we can figure out just once. It’s a daily practice. Each day we must make a conscious decision to accept What Is and find peace in the present moment.

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America’s Heart & Soul: One Man’s Journey

One of the joys of my work is getting the opportunity to meet and cross paths with people from all over the world. In 2004 when my book America’s Heart & Soul was published, I had no idea of the journey it would inspire one man to take.

This past year I was contacted by Richard Laliberte who had purchased “America’s Heart & Soul” from Dan Klennart, one of the people featured in the book. Richard said that after watching the film and reading the book, he was fascinated by the people who were represented. He wrote to me explaining that inspired it him to start a journey to meet everyone featured in the book. He explained, “Dan had signed his page, and I thought that everyone in the book was approachable and spent the last nine years meeting as many as were available and get them to autograph my book.”

My signature was the last autograph he needed to finish his 9 year journey, and I’m happy to say that it was my pleasure and honor to sign his book during his recent visit to Los Angeles. What a spectacular journey and truly memorable moment. It is always my hope to inspire people through my work, and what a humbling experience to see how one man’s journey could bring us full circle. I’m grateful to have met Richard and heard his story.


Now you can revisit Louie’s original work with the newly restocked Moving Art Collection DVD and America’s Heart & Soul coffee table book for only $19.99. (Value: $29.98)


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Moving Mondays: The Power of Love




How often do you say “I love you”? Do you say it to your friends and family as you hang up the phone or you before you go to sleep at night? Sometimes we say these words so often that they become mechanical. We forget the meaning behind them.

Love has the power to transform. It has the power to change lives. Children who know they are loved are more likely to be healthy and successful as they grow up than children who do not. But that power doesn’t end during childhood. Love is the motivation for so many of our stories, songs, and works of art. The metaphors are endless. Why do we say that love gives us new eyes? It’s because love has the power to change an ordinary life into an amazing one. Our daily life may remain the same, but our perspective is altered. Whether we’ve met a romantic partner, had a child, or have finally learned to truly love ourselves, the power to transform comes through the power of love.

Love helps us live and grow and thrive. It can heal the wounds deep inside our soul and has the power to right so many wrongs. The next time you tell someone “I love you,” take a moment to remember just how powerful your words truly are.

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Pollination: A Love Story That Feeds the Earth


Awareness continues to grow around the issue of our declining bee population, but it’s important that we continue to talk about the current fragile state of pollinators on our planet. Pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies, and others are vital to the health of our ecosystem. Did you know at least 80% of our world’s crop species require pollination to set seed? It’s estimated that one out of every three bites of food comes to us through the work of pollinators.

I capture the beauty and magnificence of pollinators in my films because I believe we must continue to speak up about this vital population that feeds the earth. Pollinators have suffered from loss of habitat, introduction of toxic chemicals, invasive plant and animal species, as well as diseases and parasites. The growing awareness of threats to pollinator populations is a sign of progress, but it is imperative that we continue to increase our efforts in the fight against decline.

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Moving Mondays: Take Hope



“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Desmond Tutu

Hope is powerful. It’s that vital feeling that helps us persevere through life’s toughest obstacles and gives us strength to keep fighting in our darkest moments. When we have hope for a better tomorrow, we find that a difficult today is easier to bear.

But what should we do if we start to lose hope? What if we feel stuck and begin to trust the negative thoughts in our head? I believe that when we lose hope the first thing we should do is find one thing in our lives for which we are truly grateful. Cultivating gratitude is the path towards reigniting hope. Having a gratitude practice allows us to see the good that is woven throughout our lives. When we learn to recognize a reoccurring pattern of good, it becomes logical to have hope that good will continue to appear.

What we choose to emphasize is what will decide our lives. Emphasize the good and take hope that more will come.

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Technology, Nature, & Mindfulness


While there’s nothing modern about the concept of “mindfulness,” recently it has gained mainstream awareness. Its popularity, as Anderson Cooper has shown us, has arisen perhaps out of sheer necessity. Today’s culture demands that we stay technologically interconnected at all times, but our digital dependency actually makes us less connected to each other, to nature, and ultimately to ourselves.

In recent years, Fortune 500 CEOs, world leaders, and many of the most prolific entrepreneurs have begun to speak publicly about their meditation practices. From the cover of TIME to last week’s 60 Minutes segment, mindfulness is becoming a mainstream buzzword. At companies like Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Zappos, and Huffington Post, beginning a meeting with a moment of silence or creating a 30 minute meditation break during a productive workday is de rigor. Research shows that meditation not only increases productivity, but it can improve company morale, as well. Scott James, our CEO here at Moving Art, was initially motivated by the benefits in productivity to begin meditating twice per day. When he is working with Louie, it is common practice for them to meditate together before or after their work sessions.

Progressive companies are on to something. They understand their role and responsibility in shaping the technological landscape of the future, but they also realize that creativity and innovation come from focused, healthy minds. These companies are examples of progressive leadership, proving that technology and mindfulness DO mix, and we do not have to sacrifice our mental or physical health to succeed. When we leverage technology to bring us closer to our true nature, we have succeeded in the most modern sense.

Moving Art lives at the intersection of technology and mindfulness, using cutting edge film and digital technologies to connect audiences back to nature. Louie Schwartzberg’s Visual Healing initiative is based on the positive effects of nature on the mind and body, incorporating nature into everyday environments, such as offices, hospitals, hotels, and even education facilities.

Research shows that viewing nature for as little as ten minutes is as effective as meditation to reduce anxiety, stress, restlessness, and improve focus. Imagine the life-changing impact Visual Healing can have on people from all facets of society. From corporate decision makers to inner city youth, from prison inmates to worried family members in a hospital waiting room, the opportunities to improve lives through Visual Healing are endless.

Instead of seeing technology and nature as adversaries in an unwinnable war, we believe that together they can provide people with opportunities to improve their overall mental health. Creating technological spaces that incorporate the natural world will shift brain activity and behavior, bringing the mind into a calm, responsive, and focused state – the fertile foundation necessary for innovation and progress.

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Moving Mondays: Be an Eco-Warrior



Listen to Louie Schwartzberg’s powerful message at Bioneers as he presents,  “A World of Solutions,” the follow up film short to “What’s Possible,” directed by Louie and produced by Lyn Lear for the UN Climate Summit.  Listen as he explains how, and more importantly, why he created this film for the UN Climate Summit with Lyn Lear. Louie’s message has always been that we protect what we love. If he can show even one person the beauty and wonder of our planet through his breathtaking films, then maybe they, too, will fall in love and help us as we fight to protect the earth.

It took a group of eco-warriors, including Louie, to come together to make the film short “What’s Possible” to present to world leaders at the UN Climate Summit. But as Louie says in his speech at Bioneers, it’s not just world leaders who have the power to effect change. We ALL have that power. In September, 400,000 people from all backgrounds marched on New York City for the issue of Climate Change. We can all become eco-warriors and demand change. We can make our leaders listen and demand more conscious leadership as we work together as a global community in the fight against climate change.

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Winning Collection Titles: #NameIt

Moving Art’s License Library is a robust digital catalog of creative imagery on high-performance platform designed by professionals, for professionals. It’s a single portal into the heart and mind of Louie Schwartzberg, the father of time-lapse and macro-cinematography. Curated by Louie and created for professional use, the Library offers over 6,000 motion images to enhance visual storytelling and inspire a deeper connection with nature.

During the month of December, we asked our Moving Art social community to give us their best title ideas for three new collections in the Moving Art License Library.  Today we share the winning collection names! Thank you to everyone who participated; your creativity and ideas were excellent.

Expansion

Clean Energy

Serenity

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Moving Mondays: New Year’s Eco-Resolutions

Everyone likes a “do over” – a chance to do things better or do them right. It’s why the topic of new year’s resolutions is so popular. With the end of a 2014 upon us, now is the time we start discussing what we want to do better in 2015. Whether or not we usually make a new year’s resolution, maybe this year we do something a little different.

The most common resolutions have to do with self-improvement: eat better, become physically fit, go back to school, be more patient. While self-improvement is always a worthy goal, what if we considered making a resolution that impacted not only ourselves, but the world in which we live?

For 2015, how about we make an “eco-resolution?” A resolution that involves committing ourselves to environmentally friendly behavior. Maybe once a week we bike somewhere instead of drive. Or perhaps we resolve to stop using buying bottled water or we volunteer to pick up litter in our communities. It doesn’t matter what specifically our eco-resolutions are; it only matters that this year, our new year’s resolution include improving not just ourselves, but the world in which we live.

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Moving Art 2014: Year in Review


The new year is just around the corner, but before we close the book on 2014, we want to take a moment to reflect with gratitude on the amazing year we’ve just finished. 2014 has been a wonderful and blessed year for Moving Art, and we’d like to thank you all for joining us on this journey! From Louie’s appearance on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah to the premier of “What’s Possible” directed by Louie & produced by Lyn Lear for the UN Climate Summit, here are just a few Moving Art highlights from 2014. Stay tuned for even more exciting news & events from Moving Art in 2015!


Louie Appears on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah


The Launch of Fantastic Fungi (www.fantasticfungi.com)

The Premier of “What’s Possible” Directed by Louie & Produced by Lyn Lear for the UN Climate Summit


Louie’s Appearance on Bill Moyers

Moving Art’s Fine Art Exhibit at the G2 Gallery 

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Louie Speaks at NASA & Receives NASA Award of Honor 

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Louie Presents at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit in Morocco 

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The Launch of Mindful Intentions from Louie and Miraval Resort & Spa

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Thank you for a wonderful 2014, and we’ll see you in 2015! Happy New Year!

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