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Inspired by nature, art and gratitude, the Gratitude Blooming co-hosts Belinda Liu and Omar Brownson bring a fresh perspective to wellness with diverse voices. For us, heartfulness is the new mindfulness. Gratitude Blooming was inspired by the artist Arlene Kim Suda and her 100 Days of Blooming Love art project. Each week, she shares inspiring stories and reflections. Hear from culture keepers, creators, healers, leaders and so many others who share their emergent practices to build a more b ...
 
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We're taking a step back this week to explore the question of "Why gratitude?". One answer is self-care. The brain has a biological bias to focus on the negative and gratitude disrupts this bias. This negative instinct sits in our amygdala, which while only the size of an almond is nearly as old as the dinosaurs. The other "why gratitude", and the …
 
Our Full Length Conversation with VC Tang on Self Care inspired by the Allium Triquetrum/3-Cornered Leek (Card #10) We're cooking up some gratitude this week with this long-form interview with VC Tang on the theme of self care as it relates to community care. We hope this conversation inspires you to nourish yourself by cooking and eating with othe…
 
Our full-length conversation with Pastor Keith PK Jenkins on Growth and the Grapevine (Card #33) This week, we’re excited to preview an upcoming episode on the theme of Growth and the grapevine by sharing our long-form interview with Pastor Keith PK Jenkins. Keith is a strong leader who through humility and compassion gains access to the hearts of …
 
Teacher and thought partner Norma Wong (Norma Ryuko Kawelokū Wong Roshi) joins us to reflect on everything from ancestry to neuroscience to her own childhood influences. Abbot of Anko-in, an independent branch temple of Chozen-ji, Norma articulates the Collective Acceleration of this moment, which also serves as the title and inspiration for the se…
 
This week’s theme of Wholeness embraces both the light and shadow. Artist Arlene Kim Suda shares this inspiration from Jun'ichirō Tanizaki — 'Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.’ We are encouraged to remember the beautiful grays and that our wholeness will never destroy us. Joined by the intuitive and thoughtful strategic advisor and…
 
Life is not a script. It is a conversation. Life is going to life. How are you connected to it? Cultural anthropologist and culture keeper Dr. Erika Powell shares when she learned to pray from a Lakota elder. In a meadow in South Dakota, the elder shared: everything is alive and everything is listening to you. Before this moment, she asked whose in…
 
Being there for each other. That’s the core inspiration for bar owner and author Cedd Moses. He says, “It’s not worth growing unless we can be there for each other.” He is on the path to redefine the hospitality industry with his bars and company Pouring with Heart, which is also the title of his new book: Pouring with Heart: The Essential Magic Be…
 
This week we invite you to alchemize your belly breath. To transform pixels to atoms. To go from digital to analog. With guest Dr. Paul Chengpo Wang (aka Sifu Paul), we invite you to retreat into your well-being and wholeness. The Gratitude Blooming theme is patience, represented by the chamomile. Our artist Arlene Kim creates her first animated gi…
 
There is a myth about scarcity. When we connect to each other the separation and supremacy that rely on the idea of scarcity fall away. Inspired by the rose of sharon, this week we talk abundance with poet, strategist, designer and philanthropic and capital advisor Taj James of Full Spectrum Labs. His father from Alabama and his mother with Scandin…
 
Play with this moment. It may give you an opportunity to dance with the sublime. This week we talk with community leader and environmentalist Effie Turnbull Sanders and explore the theme of Reverence inspired by the Gratitude Blooming sunflower. Last year, Effie brought the Gratitude Blooming Circle practice to her team at the University of Souther…
 
Explore the Gratitude Blooming theme of Perspective through the agapanthus flower and a conversation with author and co-founder of the Center for Wild Spirituality Victoria Loorz. She reminds us, as does the art, that what is unnamed is forgotten. We are invited to listen to the wilderness, which can be translated as the voice that speaks. When we …
 
This week we explore the theme of tenacity, represented by the dandelion, with artist and musician Radhika Vekaria. Even after a big life challenge, Radhika shares that the heart doesn’t need protecting. It’s protecting us. Hearts don’t break, only our expectations. She found we can always recharge the heart with love and breath. The digital artwor…
 
This week’s podcast theme of discovery is expansive from the deeply personal to the full human experience. The digital artwork takes us beyond the day and into the night. The agave flower opens up to the cool light of the moon and pollinating bats. Balancing being a social entrepreneur and parent, Kabira Stokes joins us to share her unique story. S…
 
Flower: Redwood Blood memory can be described by your ancestral and genetic connection to language, songs, spirituality, and teachings. Your ancestors are in you all the time and everything they experienced is in you. And you have an opportunity to heal and grow in each moment. This week we are joined by Arella Trustman M.A, a member of the Walker …
 
After receiving several requests to feature more from our conversation with Zeneca - Enjoy this episode featuring our full length conversation with @Zeneca33! Check out our recent episode on Friendship and our highlights from this conversation here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1795496/10943052-want-emotional-freedom-the-stoic-secret-is-in-your-react…
 
This week’s Gratitude Blooming theme is trust represented by the Wildflower. When times are tough, how do we trust enough to remain unmoving until the water clears itself? Mario Jefferson’s story inspires us to create new personal narratives around trusting ourselves, each other, and the systems we exist in. As a black youth raised in the foster ca…
 
This week’s Gratitude Blooming theme is Sing represented by the Foxglove NFT. We hear a powerful story of what finding your voice truly sounds like from Melissa Lau, principal of Seachange Coaching. Through the power of singing in a foreign language, she unlocks her unique voice, her heritage and her purpose, including the science behind the transf…
 
This week’s Gratitude Blooming podcast theme is Joy & Presence, represented by the Indian Paintbrush NFT. We hear from the artists about the inspiration for the flowing relationship between the hummingbird and the flower. We then talk with energetic therapist Kitty Folmer (MSc) who studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She wan…
 
This week’s theme is HOPE represented by the Azalea flower NFT. With recovery advocate Aaron Marks, we explore the biological and emotional impact of substance use. This knowledge comes from his own 17 years in recovery. He asks a very simple question to make addiction clear: If you were very thirsty or hungry, what would you do to fix that? He is …
 
Emotional freedom is learning you can’t control the world, but you can control how you react to it. We explore in this wide-ranging conversation with stoic-inspired NFT leader @Zeneca_33 how he overcame his depression, his relationship to alcohol, dropping out of law school to become one the driving forces in the world of NFTs and web3. One key ins…
 
We are part of something bigger than ourselves. This week, we are joined from the UK by psychotherapist and co-founder of Misfit Robots Marianne Le Coyte Grinney. Together, we explore the systems of care that are essential to our mental health and the Gratitude Blooming theme of Sorrow, represented by the flower the Touch-me-not. Marianne reminds u…
 
Every moment matters. Teacher and blogger Livia Chan learned early in life that you don’t know when it will be the last time you get to say goodbye to the ones you love. In her 20s, Livia lost her best friend and grandmother. Since then, Livia has made it a point to make sure to count her blessings by making every moment count. She calls these ever…
 
Embodiment practices are reminders that we are emotional beings before we are physical beings, according to somatic coach Steve Seto. He shares how your emotions are not something you watch like a television show, but something you experience directly. In mindfulness practices, there are times when it is good to be like a sky and watch the cloud of…
 
Protocols are the basic set of rules that define how information can be exchanged whether it is a biological cell or the transfer of data between computers, even cryptocurrency. This week we explore the theme of Infinite Possibility, represented by the delphinium, and learn about spiritual protocols from Michael Pom Preston from the Winnemem Wintu …
 
This theme for the second season of our podcast is Collective Acceleration. We believe stories are maps. These words are a technology to help us navigate life. The 39 plants in the Gratitude Blooming card deck are wayfinding points to our Collective Acceleration. Each week we share stories from the frontlines of this new landscape. We will have tea…
 
Dr. Sofia Costa is an author and artist with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She connects to the art of alchemical medicine through sacred words, sound, energy healing, and custom handcrafted creations. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Sofia was born into a family line of healers, shamans, and medicine men and women, allowing her to gain access to…
 
Sometimes life makes you pause in profound ways. This is what happened to Liz Childs Kelly, a writer, host of the Home to Her podcast, Sacred Feminine researcher and educator. At a business conference, Liz stopped in her tracks and made a profound pivot in her life. She left the corporate world of marketing in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved t…
 
This week we explore different paths to social emotional learning, somatic healing and emergence. How do we stay open to change and adapt to it? Find encouragement to practice with the Gratitude Blooming cards in our metagarden community on discord: https://discord.gg/MeRrhxKax4 We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! Please take a mom…
 
We go to schools to train our brains. We go to gyms to train our bodies. Where do we go to train our emotions? The reality is that we train our emotions on each other. This, however, is changing with a new generation of teachers who integrate social emotional learning and somatic practices into their curriculum. In this episode, we hear from four t…
 
What does it mean to live and die well? Death is a topic we don't often talk about, but it's something we all must face. We decided to ask our friend Linda Ong to share her perspective and experience as a hospice nurse, death doula and sound healer who had to navigate the loss of both her parents. More about Linda: Linda Ong is a holistic registere…
 
How do we appreciate the important maternal figures in our lives? We are joined by Raj Escondo (she/her or they/them) a healing justice practitioner who hosts mother-daughter retreats and supports the integration of body and land for people and organizations. As we celebrate Mother’s Day in its many forms, we also recognize relationships are not ea…
 
What would it look like to honor Earth Day everyday? It starts with pausing to see and relate to nature in new ways. Join us for our first ever live podcast session with artist, Arlene Kim Suda, as she looks back on the stories of the plants of Gratitude Blooming and shares her insights on how to be a friend to the earth! Get your own Gratitude Blo…
 
This week’s theme of Grace is represented by the blooming summer rose. The rose is one of the most popular flowers in the world, known for its beauty, fragrance and sacredness. Grace in Latin means “thankful”. It’s a reminder to pause and notice the sweet moments of your life. What does grace feel like to you? Please join our community garden: http…
 
This week’s theme of Sorrow is represented by the touch-me-not flower. The flower is also known as impatiens, which in Latin means to suffer. Why explore sorrow? It’s so easy to resist this emotion, but it’s a powerful reminder of the courage to love. Please join our community garden: https://discord.gg/MeRrhxKax4 We appreciate your support and hel…
 
What does wholeness feel like to you? This week’s theme of Wholeness is represented by the forsythia flower. The flowers are produced in the early spring before the leaves, bright yellow with a deeply four-lobed flower, the petals joined only at the base. Please join our community garden: https://discord.gg/MeRrhxKax4 We appreciate your support and…
 
This week’s theme is Humility represented by Card 17 violets. The root word in Latin for humility is humus, which means soil or ground. Humility is about creating a healthy foundation. Violet flowers symbolize delicate love, affection, modesty, faith, nobility, intuition and dignity. One quirk of some Violets is the elusive scent of their flowers; …
 
This week’s theme is Prayer represented by Card 19 rhododendron. Prayer can mean a lot of different things and can often elicit strong reactions. However, it can be as simple as setting an intention or the act of giving thanks. We invite you to pause and imagine what you want for yourself and those around you. Make this your prayer. Our community i…
 
This week’s theme is Choice represented by Card 3 rose. This week’s illustration of the rose shows many branches. Life can feel like there are many paths and that can create uncertainty. Which path to take? We invite you to pause. To appreciate this moment and to reflect on what you value. Listen to what your heart wants to choose. Renew your grati…
 
This week’s theme is Tenacity represented by Card 6 dandelion. Negative thoughts come, but we can choose which thoughts we want to focus on. Pausing and focusing on what you can be grateful for in the moment helps to create a growth mindset and be more resilient. The dandelion is all about transformation from yellow flower to white puff ball to see…
 
This week’s theme is Simplicity represented by Card 18 daisy. The word ‘simple’ is from Latin simplus which originally referred to a medicine made from one constituent, especially from one plant. Amazing! Spark your joy by choosing simplicity. Have you liked or reviewed our podcast? We’d appreciate your support. Find us on all social media includin…
 
This week's theme is Impermanence represented by the Iris and card 07. In Latin, iris means rainbow. The rainbow's ephemeral nature is what gives it beauty. We are invited this week to look at what is impermanent with fresh eyes. Please like or review our podcast. We appreciate your support. Find us on all social media including discord at https://…
 
This week’s theme is Beautiful Sadness (yes, sadness) and is represented by the daffodil in Card 21. We explore Beautiful Sadness and appreciate the fragility that is necessary to grow and change. It’s also a reminder that saying goodbye is an invitation to say hello to something new. We can honor both what is gone while we welcome what is now. Ple…
 
The protea represents this week’s theme of Courage. Card 38 is a reminder that there is no courage without fear. This week the co-hosts Belinda Liu and Omar Brownson also explore their Asian and Asian American heritage. Please like or review our podcast. It makes a difference! Find us on all social media including discord at https://discord.gg/XxZj…
 
The theme of the Wild card is represented by a lilac in winter. With all its leaves shed, it’s a reminder to let go without any need to hurry up the growth of spring. Rest is essential. And there is a sacredness to waiting. Thank you for your support. We are experimenting with new ways to engage with our listeners. Find us on all social media inclu…
 
The theme of Sing this week is represented by the foxglove. What makes your heart sing? We are experimenting with new ways to engage with our listeners. Find us on discord at https://discord.gg/XxZj4k3T or leave us a message on our Gratitude Hotline at 510-866-9648 or at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you!…
 
The dogtooth violet represents Card #11 and the theme of Curiosity. To be curious literally means to care. Caring means to be alive. How can curiosity help you face your fears? We are experimenting with new ways to engage with our listeners. Find us on discord at https://discord.gg/XxZj4k3T or leave us a message on our Gratitude Hotline at 510-866-…
 
The geranium represents this week’s theme Harmony & Balance. Card #30 is a reminder of the peace you can choose to create in your life. Also, how do you want to find balance between your mind and heart? For 2022, we are experimenting with new ways to engage with each try. Find us on discord at https://discord.gg/XxZj4k3T or leave us a message on ou…
 
This week’s theme is Friendship and is represented by card #32 and the nasturtium. The root word for friendship is related to love, the kind that takes you on an adventure. With friends, you share a thread that needs no explanation. Practice “Cherishing a Friend” this week. Leave us a message on our Gratitude Hotline at 510-866-9648 or at hello@gra…
 
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