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The Healing Power of Gratitude


“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

We have all heard at some point that we should focus on the good in our life and not the bad. We’ve been told how helpful it would be if we cultivated a gratitude practice and learned to appreciate the blessings we have in life. But have you ever wondered just how much a gratitude practice can affect your life? If you’re the type of person who needs scientific evidence that having an attitude of gratitude can benefit your life, researchers have good news for you. They’ve found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional well-being and physical health than those who don’t.

Gratitude has the ability to heal us. If we make a decision to face our days with gratitude, we are better able to cope with stress, more likely to feel optimistic about the future, we exercise more and get sick less, are more likely to achieve our personal goals, have more energy, enjoy closer personal relationships, forgive more easily, and we are more likely to help others. These are just a few of the benefits of learning to have a grateful outlook on life. Gratitude heals, energizes, and transforms lives.

If you don’t have a gratitude practice, now is the time to start one. You don’t have to wait until you’re in the right place emotionally or until something particularly wonderful happens to you. Right now at this very moment, even if you’re having a no-good, terrible day, I bet you can find one thing for which you can be grateful. Start there. Each day is a new opportunity to find something for which we can be grateful. You owe it to yourself and your overall health and well-being to cultivate a gratitude practice.

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Moving Mondays: Gratitude

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart

How can we learn to recognize blessings in our daily life? What can we do to make sure we never take anything for granted? The answer to these questions lies in cultivating a gratitude practice.

It’s too easy to focus on what’s wrong in our lives. Our problems naturally take up most of our attention as we try to fix them. When we do this, however, we can often lose sight of all the good that exists in our life, too. A gratitude practice may not be the easiest thing you ever start — it’s called a practice for a reason — but once you begin, you’ll see that cultivating this practice will be one of the best decisions you ever made. Be gentle with yourself as you begin and soon you’ll truly feel the difference it can make in your life. We learn not to dwell only on the problems in life as we recognize the blessings we receive each day. Gratitude gives us strength to face the hard times because we can focus on the good that exists in our lives, too. We learn to feel hope and optimism even during our toughest challenges.


So grateful for the blessings
That fill my heart on the anniversary
Of the day I jumped on the
Merry-go-round of Life.
Each birthday is a gift of
Presence.

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The Healing Power of Nature

When you’ve felt depressed or stressed out, have you ever decided to go for a walk among the trees or visit a beach to watch the waves roll in? How did you feel after you spent time in nature? Experience has shown us that nature is one of the best natural healers we have available to us. Now science is giving us proof of what we’ve already felt to be true.

In this paper from Susan E. Mazer, Ph.D., Dr. Mazer explores the use of nature in providing therapeutic benefits to patients in a hospital environment. She tells us that even Florence Nightingale herself said that patients needed fresh air and natural sunlight to facilitate their recovery and healing. But it’s not only in a hospital setting that nature can be used to heal. In this recent article from Huffington Post, we learn that new scientific research shows exposure to nature increases our overall well-being and may even be able to prevent us from getting sick. Going on a long walk and taking time to experience the awe of nature has shown that it can lower levels of cytokines; according to the article, “chronically high levels of cytokines have been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression and autoimmune conditions.”

Moving Art is fighting to increase awareness of both the mental and physical health benefits of nature. We’ve started a campaign to end Nature Deficit Disorder and hope you’ll join us on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook as we spread the word & #BeatNDD. Share pictures of yourself in nature and tag them with #BeatNDD. Together we can encourage everyone to take advantage of our most free and accessible medicine — our natural world.

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Moving Mondays: The Power of Choice




We spend so much time reminding ourselves that we don’t have control over everything that happens to us in our life that sometimes we forget what we can control. We have the power to control how we react to people and circumstances in our life. We have the power to choose what our response will be. It’s important to cultivate a daily mindfulness practice to remind ourselves that we always have the power of choice.

While learning to let go of what we can’t control is vital for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, it’s vital to remember that we do have control over our choices. We will never be able to control the people around us — there will always be people who anger us or hurt us or annoy us — but we do have the power to choose how we let other people affect us. Each day we can make a conscious effort to choose how we want to live . Whether we choose to accept certain people or situations, the power of choice will remain ours alone.

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Visual Healing: A Revolution in Whole Body Wellness

Today’s society is currently suffering from an epidemic known as Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). NDD is caused by many factors including urbanization, sense pollution, chronic stress, and over-work.  This lack of exposure to nature affects our health and overall well-being. In addition to encouraging people to spend time outside in nature, what more can we do to remedy this issue and increase whole body wellness?

Moving Art is changing the conversation around this problem, one wall at a time. Our intention is to support an unparalleled nature experience with customized, licensed content through our Visual Healing program. Exposure to nature offers immediate, measurable, and residual benefits. Imagine one day where spas, meditation sanctuaries, hospital waiting rooms, schools, prisons, and community centers have Visual Healing programs that bring nature and healing to millions of people.

Visual Healing is about much more than pretty pictures. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Moving Art will leave you breathless. What are some of the benefits of exposure to nature through Moving Art’s Visual Healing program?

  • It provides a buffer to the psychological downsides to urban living
  • It improves overall psychological well-being, vitality, and meaningfulness in life
  • It encourages conservation/pro-environmental attitudes as people fall in love with nature’s beauty
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, and pain perception
  • Reduces restlessness
  • Encourages spiritual inquiry & positively influences decision-making

Science and experience prove the noticeable benefit of nature on the body, mind, and emotional state of being, whether experienced in the physical sense or viewed on screen. Our Art-in-Motion experience re-imagines distance and scale, turning an untouchable view into an unforgettable feeling.


To learn more about Moving Art’s Visual Healing program and how you can license it for your space, contact team@movingart.com.


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Moving Mondays: What Brings You Joy


Too often we get trapped into focusing on what brings us unhappiness or fear. What if we shift the focus to what brings us joy instead? Our worries for the future and our wants in the moment change when we focus our awareness on what we have rather than what we lack. Joy comes from living in the moment and appreciating the love we have in our lives. Whether it’s our family, our friends, or our community, joy comes from the things money can’t buy.

It’s difficult to develop a gratitude practice when we focus only on the negative in our lives. By taking time to discover what truly brings us joy, we are not only shifting our mindset, we are also finding things in our lives for which we can be grateful.

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Nature Deficit Disorder: #BeatNDD


In his influential book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv introduced us to the issue of Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). Nature Deficit Disorder links the lack of nature in our lives to some of the most disturbing trends in today’s society including the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. This lack of nature in our lives is a detriment to our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Through his films, Louie Schwartzberg hopes to awaken a genuine love of nature in people everywhere. His goal is to be a leader in the fight against NDD and inspire others to join him in this battle. Through a process called Visual Healing, Louie believes that nature is the answer to improving our overall health and well-being. His films bring comfort and healing as they expose people to the breathtaking natural beauty of our world.

In an effort to inspire people to stand up against NDD, Moving Art is announcing its first social media campaign to bring awareness to Nature Deficit Disorder. We’re calling it #BeatNDD. From this moment on, we will be encouraging our communities to share pictures of themselves in nature. Whether you live in a city or in a suburb, you don’t have to go far to experience nature. There’s no need to hike into the woods or climb the highest mountain; nature is truly all around us. Take a selfie with a beautiful flower that’s growing in a parking lot or a picture with you and a tree in your backyard. We hope you’ll share it on Twitter, Instagram, & anywhere else you want with the hashtag #BeatNDD so we can work together to encourage and inspire people to be spend more time with nature.

When you use #BeatNDD in your nature picture or nature selfie, we’ll re-post our favorites on our Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook page. So get out there and rediscover the miracle and beauty of nature; we can’t wait to see your pictures! #BeatNDD


Get a FREE download of Louie’s film short “Naked Beauty” previewed above. Visit http://movingartlibrary.com/join-us.

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Moving Mondays: Conquering Fear



“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” –Marianne Williamson

Fear is a powerful emotion. It has the power to undo us if we surrender to it. We watch the news or we remember past pain, and we convince ourselves there is much to be afraid of. Living in a state of fear robs us of the power to enjoy life. We spend our time focusing on the past to find proof that something awful may happen in the future. We rob ourselves of the joy of the present moment.

Next time you feel fear, I hope you’ll acknowledge it and remind yourself to take a deep breath to focus on the present moment in which you are perfectly okay. When we learn to stay in the present moment, we’re able to conquer our fears of the unknown and focus on the good we have right now.

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An Elegant Solution to Save the Bees

An Elegant Solution to Save the Bees

Excerpt and Video by Paul Stamets




Mycologist, Fantastic Fungi Tribe member, and founder of Fungi Perfecti, Paul Stamets, recently revealed a breakthrough discovery that has the potential to change -and heal- our ecosystem. He proposes that there is a missing link that can dramatically influence bee health, and it’s right under our feet. Yes, it’s mycelium.

In his recent Bioneers keynote speech, Paul takes you on a journey of discovery beginning in 1984, when he first noticed bees from his hives flying from sunrise to sunset for more than 40 days, to a patch of mycelium he planted in his garden. Decades later, when Louie Schwartzberg asked Paul, “Can you help the bees?”, Paul remembered this strange occurrence, which reignited his interest in bees. His talk is a walk on the path of discovery – and may lead to a significant breakthrough in helping bees overcome the so-called Colony Collapse Disorder.

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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.