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Moving Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.” Richard Bach

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, many people are sharing everything they’re thankful for. But what if you’re not feeling so thankful?  Maybe you’re going through a hard time and the season of gratitude isn’t resonating with you. It’s easy to be thankful for the good things in life — family, friends, a roof over our heads — but what about the other stuff? The things that makes us unhappy? The things that make us feel sad or fill us with grief and anger. Do we have to be thankful for those things, too? How do we cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” for the negative events in our life?

Learning to have a gratitude practice is even more crucial when times are tough. When we keep a gratitude list or journal, we get into the habit of finding the positive in the negative. We train ourselves to seek out the good rather than dwell on the bad. Life is an up and down journey, and when we experience the downs, having a thankful attitude and heart can help us see the bad times as a chance to grow, learn, and change for the better. It doesn’t mean we minimize or marginalize the the hurt or pain we feel; it means we search for the good and the positive in spite of the pain.

My hope for you this holiday week is that you find many things for which you can be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving

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World Television Day


Did you know today is World Television Day? In recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to major issues, including economic and social issues, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day.

Television is a tool in our lives that isn’t inherently good or inherently bad. It all depends on how we choose to use it. My work and joy in life is filming the beauty and miracles of our natural world so that people everywhere can experience the gratitude and awe I feel even if they are unable to leave their homes. The video above gives a glimpse into the beauty of Moving Art being displayed on a Vizio P-Series television and shows how we can use beautiful new technology to turn our televisions into displays of fine art.

I choose to use television as a medium for addressing the lack of nature in our modern lives – a problem I refer to as Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). We live in a fast paced society that  doesn’t often grant us time to catch our breath which leaves us feeling disconnected and isolated. Through a process I call Visual Healing, I believe connecting to nature is an answer to this problem. 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 by bringing the miraculous world we live in directly into their homes.

Television is a medium for which I am truly grateful because I believe it can be used to heal and improve our lives.


Feeling like you don’t have time to experience nature? Take some time to visit my short films currently on Netflix.


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Moving Mondays: Letting Go of Expectations

“What screws us up most in life is the picture in our heads of how it is supposed to be.”

Have you ever heard that phrase before? Too often we wish we had the power to control everyone and everything in our lives. Sometimes we even think we can. The truth is though, we have to learn what is within our power and what is not. Once we learn to focus on ourselves and know we are doing all we can do to make ourselves a better person, the next step is to learn to let go of any expectations we may have of the people or things around us.

Sometimes even after all the best planning in the world, things don’t turn out like we hoped they would. But when we let go of any expectations, we are in a better place to find happiness and contentment which how things turn out and how they actually are. Perhaps we expected our lives to look differently or we hoped for a different type of life. Once we learn to let go of what we expected or still expect, we’re opening ourselves up to the beauty and love of the life we are currently living.

Letting go of expectations frees us from the image in our heads and allows us to find gratitude, peace, and contentment accepting things as they are.

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Miraval Welcomes Louie Schwartzberg

“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.” Louie Schwartzberg

Recently Louie had the privilege to spend time and give a lecture at Miraval Resort as a featured in-house speaker. He spoke about two topics most dear to his heart — Visual Healing & Nature Deficit Disorder. Louie also signed copies of his new book co-authored with Miraval, Mindful Intentions.  This beautiful coffee table book is filled with Louie’s photography paired with phrases that help the mind focus on a singular, purposeful thought and live a more mindful life.

If you haven’t had a chance to get your copy of Mindful Intentions, now is the time! This holiday season give yourself (or someone you love) the gift of serenity. Starting today until November 26th, when you purchase Mindful Intentions, you’ll receive Breathing Spaces (DVD or Blu-ray) for 50% off. 

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Moving Mondays: Thank a Veteran


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” 
—John F. Kennedy

Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day. This holiday honors the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and is a chance for us to express our gratitude to them for their service. During this month of November, many of us are participating in the #30ThankfulDays challenge. This week, I encourage you to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice our men and women in the armed forces must make as they strive to serve the higher purpose of freedom. While we may have different views on politics and world affairs, Veterans Day is a day to unite under the common banner of gratitude. We support and thank the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to serving our country.

In honor of Veterans Day, I encourage you to go out of your way to thank a veteran for his or her service.

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Enhance Your Leadership with the Gift of Gratitude

By Elizabeth M. Jarrell
Written and originally published for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, October 28, 2014

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On September 18, 2014, award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg presented an Exploring Leadership Colloquium on “Enhance Your Leadership with the Gift of Gratitude.” Through “the lens of gratitude” and with an inquisitive mind, his work focuses on the intersection of science, art and technology to reveal the extraordinary natural beauty hidden within our seemingly ordinary world. To Schwartzberg, appreciating nature’s beauty cultivates mindfulness and gratitude in our daily lives, connecting our hearts and our minds. With gratitude, we become more willing to protect our planet, encouraging life to thrive.

Before the talk, the civil servants in the audience received complimentary copies of Schwartzberg’s book, written in collaboration with Brother David Steindl-Rast, “A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude.” Schwartzberg grew up in Brooklyn. His parents, Holocaust survivors, instilled in him a deep sense of gratitude. He dedicated the book to his parents: “They taught me to appreciate the little things in life, like food on the table, a roof over your head and the blessings of having children.”

Gail Williams, program manager of the Exploring Leadership Colloquia Series, and Dot Zukor, Associate Director of the Earth Sciences Division, Science Exploration Directorate, introduced Schwartzberg as someone who speaks to emotional, spiritual and visceral levels. The filled-to-capacity auditorium included colleagues from other agencies, and other private and public sector organizations.

Schwartzberg opened 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, he recognizes that he has the creative liberty to tell the story he wants to tell.
To Schwartzberg, cinematography is “all about the resolution, to reveal beyond what the human eye can see.” He turned to time-lapse photography, later introducing high-speed and macro elements, because he initially couldn’t’t afford enough film. Known for his time-lapse films of nature, especially flowers, he has been rolling his cameras 24/7 for over three decades.

“I squeezed 35 years into 12 hours to show the world from a flower’s point of view,” said Schwartzberg. He delights in making the invisible visible, revealing the mysteries of the unseen world. Time lapse allows him to show our planet in motion, to discover our very humanity. “People go about their lives surrounded by things they cannot see,” he said.

His film “Wings of Life,” in which Meryl Streep is the voiceover of a flower, examines the relationship between pollinators including bees, bats and butterflies, and the flowers they pollinate. Through his eyes, these creatures appear to be swimming through the air. His film doesn’t feature just any bat. He filmed a nectar-eating bat pollinating a flower in the Sonoma Valley while breastfeeding an hour-old baby. Disney Nature released “Wings of Life” in 2013.

“The true story of nature, I believe, is about collaboration. Nothing in this world exists alone. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival because we are hardwired to respond to beauty, to fall in love and protect it,” said Schwartzberg. His mission is to reveal the beauty of nature, to make us fall in love and become better stewards of our world.

Schwartzberg recently created a film, narrated by Morgan Freeman and scored by Hans Zimmer, to open the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014. While speaking to the Goddard audience, he offered a sneak preview both of the film the U.N. will screen and of the film he wanted to make, which the audience preferred. The film represents 30 years of his work. He used footage from his archives, for which he retained rights and was supported by Goddard’s Science Visualization Studio. The film is available on his website. “Our only hope is to use our creativity and imagination to solve the problem of climate change,” said Schwartzberg.

After the talk, Schwartzberg autographed complimentary copies of his book. He further explains his parent’s influence in the Afterword: “Through their eyes, I learned that even the smallest things—and the ordinary things—are all worthy of celebrating through the lens of gratitude.” His personalized inscription “Celebrate Life!” was dated “Forever.” Schwartzberg has given successful TED talks on “The hidden beauty of pollination,” “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.” and “Hidden miracles of the natural world.”

 

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Moving Mondays: Open Your Heart


Do you notice when your heart is open? Is it when you’re spending time with your family or when you’re doing something you love? It’s too easy to shut ourselves off from the world, to distrust everyone and be cynical of everything we hear. But when we focus of the good in our lives, we open ourselves up to feeling light, optimistic, and grateful. Our energy is renewed and we feel more confident to tackle the problems we may face.

Living with an open heart takes courage. It requires faith and trust. But if we open our hearts so that our faith becomes larger than our fears, just imagine what the world would look like!


This month’s challenge is #30ThankfulDays. I encourage you to join me in sharing something you are grateful for each day and learn to cultivate a gratitude practice in your life. You can participate with the hashtag #30ThankfulDays on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. No matter how you participate, online or not, having a gratitude practice will change your life in ways you never expected.

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Finding Light in the Dark: Halloween & The End of DST

This Halloween weekend many of us will set our clocks back one hour making our days feel shorter and darker. It’s often during this time of year when we begin to struggle against the cold and the darkness. It is my experience, however, that this time of year lends itself to great times of reflection, growth, and connection. Taking it upon ourselves to embrace this time of year as a chance to continue our personal growth will make the days feel lighter and warmer.

A simple change in our attitude will change the entire season. We can choose to succumb to the negative feelings associated with the cold and the dark or we can welcome this time of year and turn it into a positive, joy-filled time. As fall turns to winter and everything begins to slow down, we can be grateful for the opportunity to spend time connecting with family and friends who bring us light no matter how dark it may be outside.

This time of year makes me particularly grateful for the work I do. Because I believe many of us already suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder, I am particularly vigilant during the cold months to spend as much time as possible connecting with nature to restore my energy and feel renewed. Bringing Moving Art to as many people as possible is my way of helping others feel restored and renewed no matter where they are or what time of year it may be.


This weekend only, in honor of Halloween, spend $10 on any Moving Art products in our online store and receive a FREE digital download of Grave Spirits, Louie’s spooky thriller! Watch a preview & enter our store at http://www.movingart.com!


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Moving Mondays: Where Is Your Focus?


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?

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Moving Art & Vizio at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery



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/