Sometimes we lose focus of what’s most important to us. It’s easy to do when we get caught up in the details of our daily lives. We spend precious time and energy stressing, caring, worrying about things that either don’t matter to us or don’t serve us in the long run. These distractions erode our quality of life and can ultimately begin to make us feel unhappy or depressed.
What’s important to remember is that each day is a new chance to commit to choices that will help us focus on what matters. Some people find writing in a journal helps them focus. Others may find that attending a place of worship, meditating, or doing yoga helps them avoid the distractions that can leave them feeling off balance. Finding a way to remind ourselves to stay focused on what matters helps us learn to ignore or let go of anything that doesn’t serve us or our personal higher purpose.
Reflection of the Week: What is one activity you can add to your routine to help you focus on your personal higher purpose? What are some techniques you can use to avoid the distractions that may arise in your daily life?
Last month Louie’s Moving Art was featured at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in New York City for Vizio’s P-Series Launch. The event featured the entire line of Vizio’s new P-Series models, as well as demos of their functionality, including “shootouts” with rival Samsung models, as well as upscaling and streaming capabilities. The Vizio sets are already designed to support 4K streaming from Netflix which makes streaming Moving Art by Louie Schwartzberg come to life like never before in the convenience of your own home! (Netflix subscriber? Click Here To Watch Moving Art on Netflix)
The video above gives a glimpse into the beauty of Moving Art being displayed on a television that can show the footage as it was meant to be seen. Rather than hanging a still photograph or painting on the walls of our homes, we can use beautiful new technology to turn our televisions into displays of fine art.
With Nature Deficit Disorder affecting a majority of our population, new vehicles such as Vizio’s P-Series make it possible to bring the beauty and miracle of nature into homes everywhere.
Learn more about Vizio’s P-Series Launch featuring Moving Art: http://mashable.com/2014/09/23/vizio-4k-p-series/
With energy tied up in the past, we don’t have any left to take care of the present. We’re human. And sometimes we make big mistakes. What we forget is that by holding a grudge against someone who has hurt us, we only hurt ourselves more in the long run. Holding a grudge consumes our energy and diverts our attention away from the present moment. Because we’re tied up in our anger or hurt, we may miss the fact that in the present moment, we’re actually doing okay. Moments of peace and contentment elude us when our thoughts and feelings wander to past wrongs.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is the right thing to do. When we make mistakes ourselves, we hope for compassion and understanding. When someone else hurts us, it serves us well to emulate what we would hope to have shown to us. Letting go of a grudge can do wonders for our overall well-being.
Today marks the official release of my book, Mindful Intentions. I have joined forces with Miraval Resort to create this stunning coffee table book with breathtaking imagery and powerful quotes to inspire a mindful life. Mindful Intentions is rich with wisdom and imagery to inspire reflection and gratitude. This beautiful, meditative book and companion DVD features my hand-selected photography of animals, plant life and landscapes. To order, click here to visit our Moving Art store.
On September 18 Louie presented at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center an Exploring Leadership Colloquium on “Enhanc[ing] Your Leadership with the Gift of Gratitude.” The filled-to-capacity auditorium included colleagues from other agencies as well as other private and public sector organizations. Before the talk, the civil servants in the audience all received complimentary copies of Louie’s book, written in collaboration with Brother David Steindl-Rast, “A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude.”
Louie opened his presentation by saying that he loves working with scientists because, like him, they have a sense of wonder and awe and want to inspire children. Constantly curious, he continuously asks, “Why?” Unlike scientists, however, he recognizes that he has the creative liberty to tell the story he wants to tell.
At the end of his presentation, Louie was presented with a plaque that reads, “Thank you for reminding us, through your awe inspiring photography, that living gratitude is critical for all leaders.”
No matter how old we are, personal growth should be a priority in our life. By making it a priority, we ensure that we are living life to our fullest potential. It isn’t necessary to attend seminars or read self-help books, though we may find these tools helpful. The truth is that we have the opportunity to learn valuable lessons and soak up wisdom and knowledge from everyone and everything we come across in our daily lives.
The key is to be conscious of such opportunities. By cultivating awareness and being present in each moment, we will become more conscious of the opportunities to learn the lessons that are presented to us. And once we decide to value personal growth, how can we not be grateful for everyone and everything that offers us a chance to learn something new?
Reflection of the Week: Is there something that has held me back from making my personal growth a priority in life? What can I do to overcome these obstacles and cultivate an awareness of the teachers and wisdom that surround me?
Did you see Jon Stewart share a clip of WHAT’S POSSIBLE, the UN Climate Summit Film directed by Louie Schwartzberg and produced by Lyn Lear? If you missed it, here’s your chance to see what Jon had to say.
In typical Daily Show style, Jon suggests an improvement to Morgan Freeman’s narration of the film! Do you think his suggested dialogue would have made a “Deep[er] Impact”?
Too often we can get caught up in the details of our day to day lives. While we worry about getting children off to school on time or the traffic on the way to work, we may sometimes forget the bigger picture in life. When we begin to cultivate an awareness and start noticing that we’ve lost the feeling of being connected to something bigger than ourselves, it helps to have a personal way to reconnect with our true self and to the universe at large.
For me, this includes spending time in nature where I feel a sense of wonder and gratitude for being a part of something bigger than me. If I don’t have time or I am not in an area where I can easily go outside, I’m grateful for my work which captures the wonder of nature and makes it accessible to me wherever I am. When my work was on display at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in New York City for Vizio’s P-Series Launch, I felt thankful that my art and today’s advanced technology can bring the beauty and wonder of our natural world to people everywhere.
Reflection of the Week: When is the last time you felt a part of something bigger than yourself? What is one way you can reconnect to your larger purpose when you get mired in the details of life?
Whether it’s in our careers or our personal lives, the value of having a mentor to turn to for advice and guidance cannot be overstated. We can learn so much from each other, and we can give back by guiding someone else. If you feel unsure or stuck, often a mentor can help you work through whatever is challenging you in that moment.
Additionally, serving as a mentor to someone can be an experience that benefits you as much as the person to whom you are a mentor. By sharing our experience and knowledge with someone else, we are often reminded of the lessons we’ve learned along the journey of our own lives. It is also a way we can express our gratitude for the mentors who took the time to help us get where we are today. Serving as a mentor can be a great way to “pass it on.”
Reflection for the Week: What do you think the benefits of a mentor in your life can be? What can you do to cultivate a relationship with someone either as a mentor or a mentee?
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.
What’s Possible , produced by Lyn Lear and directed by me, will open the UN Climate 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