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Moving Mondays: UN Climate Summit



On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, world leaders will gather in New York for the United Nations Climate Summit. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all sectors of society to the Summit who can make new announcements and bring new climate initiatives and ideas to the attention of the international community.

Above is a preview of the short film What’s Possible that I directed that will be shown to open the Summit. World leaders, including President Barack Obama, will be in attendance. In presenting this film, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman and includes an original score from Hans Zimmer, we have an opportunity to inspire the world to take the power of choice that we have and shift to renewable carbon free energy so Life can flourish for us and for future generations. Our best chance for survival lies in continuing to imitate nature, drawing inspiration from its awesome power. Nature’s beauty can open our hearts, so we can create a culture of change that will save our planet and our future.

Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – people protect what they love. And film has the power to inspire people to take action.

Sign up to be the first to view the launch of the sequel, A World of Solutions at www.movingart.com/un. For more information on the Climate Summit visit www.un.org/climatechange/summit

 

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Louie Speaks at Global Spa & Wellness Summit

I recently spent several days in Marrakech, Morocco with my partner, Sara Ramo, to attend the Global Spa and Wellness Summit.

I’ve been a guest at the Summit in previous years, and was happy to see familiar faces, reconnect with colleagues and make new friends. But this year was different. I gave a speech on a new modality that could revolutionize spas and evolve the way we experience whole body wellness.

As a filmmaker, I capture light energy; the source of all energy. As an extension of my eyes and brain, the time lapse camera conveys the rhythms of the universe – the energy and connectedness from the micro to the macro and the slowest to the fastest. These are also the same rhythms of the human body. And every living organism on the planet. In other words, there’s a universal rhythm of nature that connects us all.

When we view these organic patterns, rhythms and movements that emulate every cell in our body, it touches the deepest part of our soul. Our brain recognizes it as authentic and true. That’s why it’s so powerful as a modality for Visual Healing.

Researchers now know that watching slow-moving nature imagery calms us down, and that nature inspires a feeling of wonder and awe. Studies found that people who are in awe were more patient, more willing to help others, preferred experiences over material products, and experienced greater life satisfaction. These changes in well-being were due to awe’s ability to alter the subjective experience of time. Awe brings people into the present moment, and being in the present moment allows you to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying.

It’s an honor and privilege to be on the forefront of this exciting research, and to bring a new modality for healing into our spas, wellness centers and hospitals. I hope my work inspires others to realize that we as individuals have the ultimate power, the power to choose what we allow to enter our brain, what mood we prefer to be in, how we want to nurture our consciousness, and how we want our body to feel.

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Moving Mondays: Mindful Intentions

We can draw inspiration from so many areas of our lives. One of my favorite places to seek wisdom other than nature is in books. Reading the words of authors, poets, and philosophers inspires in me a feeling of gratitude as I incorporate their philosophies in my day to day life.

It is for this reason that I am particularly excited to announce the publication of my new coffee table book, Mindful Intentions. I have joined forces with the Miraval Resort & Spa and Hay House to create an exquisite coffee table book rich with wisdom and imagery that inspires readers to set intentions and realize their life goals. This beautiful, meditative book also includes a free companion DVD of my Moving Art.

An ode to the tranquility and serenity inherently found in nature, each page features a striking Moving Art photograph of animals, plant life, and landscapes that I’ve found particularly moving. The vivid photographs are accompanied by inspirational quotes to inspire readers to live a more mindful life. The book is designed to help readers set their intentions, which is always the first step in the journey to self-discovery.

To pre-order the book and to enter to win a signed copy, visit: http://movingart.com/mindful-intentions/

 

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Moving Mondays: Visual Healing & Nature Deficit Disorder

 

When is the last time you were able to immerse yourself in nature? Too often in our busy lives and in our big cities, we don’t have the time or ability to connect with nature. I believe many people in our world today are suffering from what I call “Nature Deficit Disorder” (NDD).

We live in a society that encourages isolation, and sometimes this can leave us feeling lonely or disconnected from our fellow man. Through a process called Visual Healing, I believe nature is one answer to this problem. Nature offers me peace and helps me feel connected to the world as a whole. Though my films that capture the miraculous beauty of our world, I hope I can help people cultivate a sense of connection, peace, and love no matter where they are or how busy their lives may be. 

This week I will be speaking and sharing my work at the Global Spa & Wellness Summit in Morocco. Eighty percent of the information we receive comes through our eyes and yet it’s this visual component that is missing in most wellness experiences. Visual Healing has the potential to improve millions of lives, and it is my hope to share the beauty and wonder of our world to help as many people as I possibly can.

Reflection of the Week: When do you feel most at peace with yourself and those around you? Do you notice what is it you see, or visualize, when you capture this feeling?

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Moving Art Exhibit at the G2 Gallery

My first gallery exhibit at The G2 Gallery in California opened on July 29th and will continue running through September 14th. If you are in the Venice Beach, CA area tonight, September 5th, there is a reception to which you are all invited. The RSVP information is listed above & the $10 admission benefits the Western National Parks Association.

If you can’t make it to the reception, the exhibit will be running for a couple more weeks so there is still time to come by and check it out. It has been an honor and a privilege to show my work here, and I hope you will all have a chance to view the exhibit before September 14th.

 

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Moving Mondays: Ready to Learn

Every person we meet has come into our life to teach us something.

Too often when we meet someone, we’re concerned with telling them who we are or what our story is. Rather than look at what we can learn from someone, we feel like we should be the one teaching.

The truth is that every person we meet has something they can teach us. Whether someone is older, younger, richer, poorer – the differences between us truly don’t matter. When you’re standing in a long line and encounter a cranky person or when you meet someone who frustrates you, they, too, have something they can teach you. Be open to the possibility that each person you meet has crossed your path for a reason.

Reflection of the Week: Are you open to the possibility that everyone you meet has something valuable they can teach you? Do you feel you are ready to learn that lesson?

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Moving Mondays: Cosmic Connections

We’ve all had this happen before. You’re far from home or somewhere you normally don’t go and then out of nowhere, you run into someone you know.

Sometimes when we run into a friend or an acquaintance at an unexpected time, we’re tempted to analyze what it means. We start to consider things like how we know the person and what his or her presence could be a sign for in our lives.

But what if the next time we make one of these Cosmic Connections, we don’t do this? Instead of over-analyzing and looking for a hidden message, what if we just accept these meetings as a beautiful reminder that there is something bigger than us controlling the things which we cannot?

When you run into someone you know, maybe the universe is just saying, “Hey friend, I’m reminding you that I got this. You’re not alone, and all is good.”

Reflection for the Week:  Do you spend too much time over analyzing events which you cannot control? What can you do to surrender to the cosmic connections that appear in your life?

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Fantastic Fungi: Coming ‘Shroom to a theater near you

Join the magical mushroom journey! Louie has teamed up with world-renowned mycologist, Dr. Paul Stamets, and the pioneer of integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil, to forage together through the fascinating world of fungi. The upcoming movie, FANTASTIC FUNGI, is a mind-altering, life-affirming film that will enlighten audiences to the wondrous powers of the mushroom.
 
Visit http://fantasticfungi.net to join the underground society where you’ll learn more about the upcoming film and get free mushroom paraphernalia delivered straight to your inbox!
 
And don’t forget to connect with Fantastic Fungi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! We want to hear from you!
 
 

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Moving Mondays: Riding the Opportunities in Life

Surfing is a microcosm of life.  When a wave comes, you either let it pass or climb on.

Life is full of opportunities.  Sometimes, however, we don’t always know whether or not an opportunity is in our best interest. These moments, when we’re unsure and full of indecision and doubt, are actually blessings in disguise. They challenge us to dig deeper, connect to who we are, and learn what we truly want.

When we are presented with a new opportunity, our first instinct may be to take action; to seize the opportunity with which we’re presented. If we pause though, take time to be still and listen, we may find that saying no and having patience to wait for the right opportunity may be the correct course of action.

Like a surfer who passes up a good wave, we may be rewarded with the best wave by having the patience and wisdom to know when to act…and when not to act.

Reflection for the Week: What are you doing to cultivate a deeper connection to yourself? Are you taking time to pause and truly listen?

Be part of the conversation with #MovingMondays on Twitter or Facebook.

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Moving Mondays: Nurturing Warmth

 

With summer in full swing, let us take a moment to soak in the warmth of the sun and relish in the fact that we are lucky enough to be on this beautiful planet and experience the wonder of nature in every season.  With flowers in full bloom, trees lush and green, and all sorts of animal life out and about, this time of year is filled with endless possibilities and great potential, so take advantage and enjoy the summer.

Reflection for the week: How can you best utilize your energy this time of year, with its long days and nurturing warmth, to accomplish a goal off your summer checklist?

Be part of the conversation with #MovingMondays on Twitter or Facebook.