Nature, Faith, Fungi & Community

In this final week of the official Gratitude Lab, we turn our focus to faith and community. How ironic – and how perfect – that another of Louie’s inspirational muses – the underground world of mycelium network – just happens to parallel this sense of connection, wonder, and gratitude.

“Mother Trees” is the film trailer we showed to you last year, but seems increasingly relevant and vital to see and share today, so here it is for you.

If you know of anyone who feels disconnected, or who might need to be uplifted with some hope and beauty, please share this with them. It might just provide the very comfort they need right now.

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Compassion Games

Survival of the Kindest: The Compassion Games

August 21st marked the end of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. World-class athletes from all corners of the globe have returned home, some with medals marking their incredible accomplishments. As those games come to a close, however, a new set of games is just on the horizon: the Compassion Games. No plane tickets or passports required.

Jon Ramer, the founder of Compassion Games International (CGI), reached out to Moving Art in support of this year’s Global Unity Games, one of five annual Games that CGI hosts each year. The Global Unity Games will begin on September 11th and run through September 21st of this year.

The Compassion Games are the world’s largest compassion “coopetitions.” No one can lose the Compassion Games; and the more people that play, the more people that win. The goal is to inspire as much compassionate action in communities around the world as possible, through volunteering, random acts of compassion, and more.

Want to learn more? We asked Jon some questions about the origin of the games, how to participate, and what makes compassion such an important notion to share.
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National Wildflower Week & Contest

This past Sunday, May 8th was not just Mother’s Day. It also marked the end of National Wildflower Week.

The week was started by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, because of the former first lady’s belief that wildflowers “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.”

National Wildflower Week

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Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Sharing Our Mission

Louie Schwartzberg’s lengthy career has been dedicated to capturing the beauty of nature using pioneering time-lapse techniques that take us on journeys through time and scale. As beautiful as these images are, they also come with a deeper purpose. “Beauty is nature’s tool for survival,” Louie is often quoted as saying, “we protect what we love.” He shares his films to encourage audiences to not only see what’s beautiful about the world around us, but to also encourage its protection. This makes last week’s Earth Day and this week’s Arbor Day especially important here at Gratitude Revealed and Moving Art.

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Reconciling Faith and Climate Change

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, we have a very special interview for you. We had the pleasure of speaking to Sean Watkins, the social media manager at GreenFaith (a Gratitude Revealed partner!), an interfaith coalition for the environment that was founded in 1992. If “faith” and “environment” seem like a contradiction of terms to you now, just wait to read how Sean and GreenFaith are correcting that notion.

In our conversation, he explains how GreenFaith considers climate change to be a moral issue, and how the organization has brought together people of all religions and spiritualities for this cause. In particular, he tells us about The People’s Pilgrimage, a walk from Rome to Paris prior to the COP 21 climate talks last December.

Plus, he connects everything back to a belief we here at GR hold dear to our hearts: gratitude.

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Finding Purpose in People

Norman Lear has had a long and storied (pun intended) career as a writer and producer of American television. His shows, including All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and The Jeffersons, defined the sitcom format. Everyone knows an Archie Bunker.

He is a master at making people laugh, but you might be surprised to find that his skill with the witty quip isn’t what has given his career longevity – it’s purpose.

Our own Louie Schwartzberg sat down with Norman to talk about how purpose plays a key role in his life. In order to illustrate this, Norman did what he does best – he told a story.
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When The Lights Go Down: MUSE, Arianna Huffington & Sleep

If you were in NYC on March 31, you probably felt the enchantment in the air. That’s because MUSE was in town. MUSE events are “enchanted evenings where art, life science & technology meet to inspire the Who’s Who in health.” It’s a modern-day adaptation of the salon from the Age of Enlightenment but instead of poets, painters and philosophers, the attendees include physicians, patient advocates, health researchers, health technology startups and pharma professionals. This year, it boasted an inspirational roster of speakers, including our own Louie Schwartzberg and his dear friend, Arianna Huffington. Continue Reading…

Purpose

Sometimes our goals in life can be elusive. But research suggests that building optimism about the future can motivate people to work toward that desired future and thus make it more likely to become a reality. Continue Reading…