Join us in exploring the science, spirituality, and practical applications of gratitude with Louie Schwartzberg, a filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist known for his stunning time-lapse photography and nature films that capture the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

Discover the transformative power of gratitude and practical tips for cultivating a grateful mindset. From his own personal experiences growing up with Holocaust survivor parents, to his latest project, Gratitude Revealed, Louie shares how gratitude can lead to a more fulfilling life.

Gratitude has been scientifically proven to have numerous benefits, including reducing stress, increasing happiness, and improving relationships. When we practice gratitude, we shift our focus from what we lack to what we have, which leads to a more positive outlook on life.

Louie also emphasizes the importance of sensory immersive experiences and being in the moment, allowing oneself to savor the present, and discusses the benefits of psilocybin, a type of mushroom that can put you into altered states, which has therapeutic uses including helping cancer patients ease their anxiety and lose their fear of dying. His insights and experiences serve as a reminder of the importance of gratitude in our daily lives and its potential to improve our overall well-being.

Key Takeaways:

[01:10] Louie’s journey into filmmaking

[02:00] Inspiration behind Fantastic Fungi

[03:50] Fungi’s spiritual and medicinal benefits

[05:15] Story behind Gratitude Revealed movie

[08:55] The benefits of gratitude according to scientific studies

[12:50] Stories of resilience

[15:15] Gratitude’s impact on Louie on filmmaking

[17:20] Beauty’s role in survival and motivation

[20:25] Importance of sensory immersive experiences

[22:15] Being present and expressing gratitude

[23:55] Gratitude highlights of Louie’s life

[25:10] Louie’s spiritual connection to life

[26:30] The use of psilocybin in therapeutic purposes

[28:55] Psychedelic experiences

[32:00] The ability of mushrooms and plant medicines

[36:30] The potential of psilocybin and its positive effects

Where to Find Our Guest:

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Memorable Quotes:

“Sensory immersive experiences is what I relish, and I think we’ve lost that. I think we don’t savor the moment. I think we intellectualize quickly. What does that mean? What does it, you know, what’s the analytics around that? But being in the moment, and that’s what your sensory receptors allow you to do. And for me, visuals is the most important sensory receptor.” – Louie Schwartzberg

“Being present with them, being able to, what I wanna try to do and I’m doing it, spend more time. The greatest gift you can give anyone is your presence. And we’re also busy in our lives that it’s difficult at times.” – Louie Schwartzberg

“There’s a tremendous amount of knowledge that’s literally beneath our feet that we need to protect. So, my spiritual practice is to protect life, and I want life to flourish. And what is life? Life is DNA going forward. So, you could say it’s evolution. Life is a force of energy because it’s unstoppable.” – Louie Schwartzberg

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