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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 beautiful world. Please rate, review and subscribe. New conversations each week. We want to hear what you're grateful for. Learn more at www.gratitudeblooming.com

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Impermanence - Embracing Loss
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In this episode of the podcast, "Impermanence - embracing loss," we dedicate it to our beloved podcast producer, Brian Vasquez, who recently passed away. Brian was a self-taught and Grammy-nominated audio producer who never forgot the magic of audio and had a deep appreciation for the craft. He will always be remembered for his love for sound and storytelling. 

Brian’s love for audio began at two years old with his first Fisher-Price cassette recorder. On any given day, this small wonder of technology gave his imagination permission to run wild as a sportscaster, a preacher or a musician. He would always remind us that “sound is eternal.” 

We also feature our conversation with Karen Mack, the founder of LA Commons, an arts organization that helps communities tell their stories and artists create dynamic works of public art, including with nature. Karen shares her insights on how art and community work together to create meaning, and how technology can both connect and disconnect us from each other. She also reflects on the importance of imagination and the beauty of nature. 

We hope you enjoy the closing practice of listening with presence as a way to cherish the relationships that truly matter to you!

Support for Brian Vasquez’s family can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lets-rally-for-brians-battle-against-leukemia

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Jan 31, 2023
Destiny, like the ocean, you contain multitudes
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In this podcast episode, Belinda Liu and Omar Brownson sit down with the multi-talented Kameron Green to talk about her relationship to time and how she uses this time of year to reflect on her accomplishments, set intentions, and create an ongoing practice for the new year. 

Kameron shares how the pandemic has changed her, both personally and professionally, and how she has shifted her focus on self care, reprioritized her values, and let go of things that no longer serve her. She also talks about finding joy in the work that she does, and how that has helped her to love her jobs in philanthropy and in the entertainment industry. Join us for an inspiring and thought-provoking conversation about how to make the most of the time we have.

Kameron Green is a multi-talented professional who wears many hats. As the Vice President of Professional Learning & Family Philanthropy at Southern California Grantmakers, she plays a significant leadership role in developing and implementing programs that enable members to increase their knowledge, skills, competencies, and networks. Additionally, Kameron is also a radio personality and producer, currently hosting the “Radio-Free Top 23 Countdown,” and co-hosting the Stellar Award-winning show, “Spread the Word,” on 102.3 Radio Free KJLH-FM and worldwide at kjlhradio.com. With a background in education and marketing, she is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications. Kameron is passionate about mentoring young people of color and inspiring them to dream with purpose.

Arlene's story of destiny this week was inspired by this song of Dido:
https://youtu.be/f3DFaIovZxc

Annie Lennox and London City Voices perform a choral version of ‘Dido’s Lament’ taken from the 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’


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Jan 20, 2023
Forgiveness and walking without a map with optimist Simon Sinek
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Join us for a special episode of the Gratitude Blooming Podcast as we explore the theme of forgiveness with author and optimist Simon Sinek. In this captivating conversation, we delve into Simon's personal and professional experiences with forgiveness and how it has impacted his life. 

Simon also shares his thoughts on the concept of heartfulness as the new mindfulness and offers some valuable advice on embracing chaos and finding direction without a map. As we enter the new year, this episode is particularly relevant as we reflect on how we want to show up and what we want to experience in the coming year. 

The anemone flower represents the theme of forgiveness in the Gratitude Blooming card deck. Remember, forgiveness can be one of the greatest gifts we give or receive. Take some time to consider how you can express gratitude for being forgiven.

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Jan 06, 2023
Revisiting Tenacity from Season 1: Reframing Negative Thoughts
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As we transition to a new year, we revisit the concept of tenacity and how it is represented by the dandelion.

The dandelion is a symbol of transformation, going from a yellow flower to a white puff ball to seeds. Similarly, we can transform our minds by practicing gratitude and shifting our focus from negative thoughts to positive ones. This helps us to cultivate a growth mindset and become more resilient.

As we enter the new year, it's a good time to reflect on this theme of tenacity and how we can cultivate it in our own lives. Remember, we have the power to choose which thoughts we want to focus on and to transform our minds for the better.

Please consider making a donation to support the Gratitude Blooming Podcast at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=XB4YL5S75X6S2

 Every donation helps us continue to bring you inspiring stories — and as a thank you, you'll receive a digital card deck subscription worth $200!

Go to www.gratitudeblooming to sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date with new episodes and other exciting updates. 

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Dec 28, 2022
Why Nature? Set an intention with us as we look back and look forward with nature!
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In this intimate conversation, we look back and look forward on the year and the lessons our team has learned from being in close connection to nature. 

Belinda talks about how nature has been a profound and lifelong learning experience for her and how it is accessible and universal to everyone. 

Omar shares about the importance of gratitude and mindfulness in allowing us to adapt to change and be present in the moment. 

Arlene reminds us of the eternal and our shared humanity through nature.

Nature is a source of stillness and presence, and  it can help us to understand the cycles and transitions of life. Experiencing nature allows us to deepen our practices of stillness and presence, and provides an anchor points for understanding the world around us.

This week we invite you to take a moment to go outside. Find some soil to put your feet or your hands in. And remember that connection that we all have to the earth that is always available to us.

Please consider making a donation to support the Gratitude Blooming Podcast at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=XB4YL5S75X6S2

Every donation helps us continue to bring you inspiring stories — and as a thank you, you'll receive a digital card deck subscription worth $200!

Go to www.gratitudeblooming to sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date with new episodes and other exciting updates. 

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Dec 22, 2022
Exploring Presence and Permission to Grow with author and therapist Jor-El Caraballo
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In this podcast episode, author and therapist Jor-El Caraballo talks about the importance of presence, permission to grow, sensitivity, memory, security vs. safety, and belonging. 

He compares himself to an orchid, a plant that needs very little water, and encourages listeners to focus less on creation and more on spontaneity. He also mentions the importance of consent, disclosure, and reflection in order to save us from the shadow, which is more than the addict of our psyche.

We hope you'll join us on this journey of connecting with nature, culture, and self. 

Please consider making a donation to support the Gratitude Blooming Podcast and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date with new episodes and other exciting updates. 

Every donation helps us continue to bring you inspiring stories — and as a thank you, you'll receive a digital card deck subscription worth $200!

Support our listener-driven podcast with a donation today!


More about our guest:

Jor-El Caraballo is a licensed therapist and cofounder of Viva, a therapy practice with locations in New York, California and Pennsylvania. Caraballo earned degrees in psychological counseling from Teachers College at Columbia University and is the author of the recently published The Shadow Work Workbook: Self-Care Exercises for Healing Your Trauma and Exploring Your Hidden Self now available wherever books are sold.

You can keep up with Jor-El and Viva on Instagram. @jorelcaraballo and @vivamentalhealth

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Dec 16, 2022
The Art of Gratitude
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At the heart of Gratitude Blooming is art. All the art is an attempt to bring some kind of healing into the world. 

According to the artist and co-founder Arlene Kim Suda, even if the expression of a work reaches just one person at a time, it feels like the slow work needed to build the momentum to create the world we hope and dream to live in.

This week we talk more about the power of art - both creating and interpreting it.  Inspired by Oren Slozberg, the Executive Director of Commonweal, we explore Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as a process of looking at art that leads to deeper understanding and interpretation. The first step is simply to look at the art. 

  • What do you see? 
  • What colors are used? 
  • What can you describe of the plant?

Once you have a good sense of what you're looking at, the next step is to start asking questions. 

  • What do you think is happening in the illustration? 
  • What might the artist be trying to say?
  • What does this remind you of?
  • What is the plant saying? 

There is no right or wrong answer in interpreting art. It is a practice of making meaning.

We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! 
Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review. 

You can always email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com.
We want to hear from you! 


For the holidays or mindful gifts, check out the Gratitude Blooming shop at www.gratitudeblooming.com.  Use code: BLOOM22 to get 20% off everywhere in our shop!

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Dec 08, 2022
What can bloom from your vulnerability? Conversation with Angela Oh, Civil Rights Lawyer and Mediator
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What can bloom from your vulnerability?

This week, we explore the theme of vulnerability represented by the winter rose with zazen practitioner Angela Oh. She invites us to imagine vulnerability as choosing the unknown, even if it’s scary. Being vulnerable means walking hand-in-hand with courage. 

Angela Oh is a renowned civil rights lawyer (though she would never say that of herself) turned Zen priest turned mediator. She shares how to listen to nature and to be in “right relationship”. More and more her practice is trusting the silence. 


Right relationship is like the murmuration of birds. Collective movement can happen when we are not too close or too far from each other. 


Learn more about her at https://gocompassion.org/


We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review. 


You can always email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you! 


For the holidays or mindful gifts, check out the Gratitude Blooming shop at www.gratitudeblooming.com. Use code BLOOM22 for 20% off everything in our shop!

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Dec 02, 2022
Why Gratitude? Explore & Practice with the Gratitude Blooming Team
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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 one that is truer to our hearts, is because we are human beings and yearn for a deeper connection to each other and the world around us.

Gratitude is the bridge where we can cross from our own self-care to the care for each other.

Yes, we have this “reptilian-brain” that is often quicker to respond to the unexpected than the prefrontal, executive decision-making part of our brain. Yes, gratitude releases dopamine and serotonin, which give us both motivation and emotional stability to disrupt our default settings of fight-flight-freeze.

Gratitude makes visible what you value. It’s proactive and prosocial.

We hope you take some real-world lessons from today’s live gratitude practice with the Gratitude Blooming team, Belinda Liu, Omar Brownson and Arlene Kim Suda.   The themes of discovery, growth and patience feel super resonant this time of year! 

Remember, the most important practice is the one that works for you.
 
And to dig deeper into the complex colonial history of Thanksgiving in the United States, check out the Bioneer's website.

We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review. 

For your holiday and end of year gifts for loved ones and colleagues, check out the Gratitude Blooming shop at www.gratitudeblooming.com.  Use this code to enjoy 20% off everything in our shop:  BLOOM22


You can always email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you! 

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Nov 23, 2022
Our Full Length Conversation with VC Tang on Self Care inspired by the Allium Triquetrum/3-Cornered Leek (Card #10)
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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 others!

VC is an author, cook, and martial artist who happens to have an MBA and an entrepreneurial spirit.  She just released her first cookbook and it’s got tasty stories and recipes from her Thai community.

For her, cooking is an artform that is as much about bodily sustenance as it is about feeding our spirits with stories.  When not in the kitchen, VC has spent most of her career in nonprofit program management, and is also a Taiji and Zen practitioner, and a proud alumni of the Berkeley Thai Temple’s performing arts program. 

Find out more about VC and support her work:

  • IG @stirfrystories
  • www.stirfrystories.com
  • Crowdfund the book tour at buymeacoffee.com/vctang

We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review.

You can always email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you!

Get your holiday shopping done early at www.gratitudeblooming.com and enjoy 20% off with code: BLOOM22 

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Nov 15, 2022
Our full-length conversation with Pastor Keith PK Jenkins on Growth and the Grapevine (Card #33)
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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 other leaders. His honesty and integrity creates opportunities for him to be a bridge builder. He effectively communicates cross-culturally and bridges the  generations. He’s a seasoned leader and father in the faith who ministers with a prophetic anointing.  He is passionate, inspiring, bold and humorous. Through his personal testimony and transparent delivery of the gospel many come to faith in Jesus, are healed and inspired. 

Follow: 

Instagram - @pk_pastorkeith

Facebook - @KeithPKJenkins

Twitter - @Keith_O_Jenkins

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Nov 11, 2022
Collective Acceleration with Zen Master Norma Wong
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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 second season of our podcast. 

Inspired by the Gratitude Blooming theme of remembrance and the poppy, Norma challenges us to exercise more choice. She asks, do we choose to bloom or stay in the ground? Plus, she shares how together we might rise to the occasion, and not get swept away by the tide.

Wong serves practice communities in Hawai‘i, across the U.S., and in Toronto, Canada. Among her areas of teaching: waging peace; leadership and strategy in the 7 generations context.

Wong served as a state legislator, on the policy and strategy team for Governor John Waihee, and community organizing and policy work in the Native Hawaiian (indigenous) community.  

She is a Native Hawaiian and Hakka who lives in Kalihi Valley on the island of O`ahu in the Hawai`i archipelago.

For more info: 

Zen resources at https://kaweloku.com

Read the book Bankei Zen by Peter Haskel 

Sign up for Collective Acceleration monthly talks:  email collectiveacceleration@engagingvoices.org  

We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review.

You can always email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you!

Check out the new Gratitude Blooming journaling notecards at www.gratitudeblooming.com.

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Nov 01, 2022
Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty
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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 executive coach Stephanie Ervin, she reminds us that “We are more than our jobs that we show up to do.”  Her company is named Feathership and is a reimagining of leadership that can be both light and powerful. She sees this type of wholeness as a path to liberation, even when she’s had to reconcile her own bi-racial identity and to accept herself, she had to forgive those who were hurtful. 

Over the past decade, she has founded, designed, and led strengths-based leadership pathways for the public education system. Her award-winning work on action research and communities of practice has been featured in Mills College's research publications. 

Learn more at Feathership.com or follow her on instagram @Feathershipdotcom. 

We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review.

You can always email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you!

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Oct 25, 2022
Everything is alive and everything is listening to you
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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 inbox was getting my prayers. When she connected to the life all around her, everything changed. 

She says, your purpose is to be human and to have this human experience. To connect to our shared humanity, the light and dark.

The artist Arlene Kim Suda shares this theme of prayer through both her drawing of the rhododendron juxtaposed with three triangles. She also read a piece from the poem Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot, which includes the beautiful paradox: "Teach us to care and not to care / Teach us to sit still." 

How do we build compassion and be non-attached? All of this is an invitation to be less judgemental. We all want to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. 

We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review.

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If there’s a project, idea or vision you’d like to bring to fruition or clarity, Erika is the creative midwife that you want to guide you & help you navigate the process & journey.  

Fostering transformation at the personal & professional levels as well as creating workplaces & cultures where employees thrive are at the heart of Dr. Erika Powell's work and teaching. Dr. Powell is bilingual in Spanish, holds a doctorate in Instructional Technology & Design from the University of Virginia, and a MS.Ed in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College.

https://thepowellconsultinggroup.com/


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Oct 18, 2022
Gentleness: Pouring with heart
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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 Behind the Bartenders We Love.

This week we explore active listening, moving from technical skills to human skills and with Cedd Moses we are reminded of the aphorism that culture eats strategy for breakfast. His company is 450 people strong and his vision is to grow to 2,030 by 2030 based on values of lovingkindness. 

His book starts with this quote: 

"In the past, jobs were about muscles, now they're about brains, but in the future, they'll be about the heart." -Dame Minouche Shafik, London School of Economics

Science also supports this heartfulness approach. Meditation leader Jack Kornfield shares that researchers like Richard Davidson have amassed evidence that measurable changes to our brain and nervous system occur 10x faster when heart practices like compassion and lovingkindness are incorporated with mindful attention.

The flower for this podcast is inspired by the gardenia and the theme of gentleness. The art is an animated gif, which moves a soft pink circle into the black and white sketch of the gardenia. It creates the feeling of permeability and invites us to soften our edges. How would you interpret the art?

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Find more about Cedd Moses here:
https://www.pouringwithheart.com


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Oct 11, 2022
From genes to memes, give yourself a (re)treat
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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 gif, a fun and delightful homage to Takashi Murakami. Her chamomile flowers light up as guides to joy and restfulness. 

When Dr. Wang is not traveling around the world to teach or treat patients, he enjoys training and being in nature, meditation, and retreat. Besides application of classical acupuncture, Chinese medicine, neigong, martial arts, calligraphy, guqin, and perennial philosophy, his interests include scientific findings in photobiology, quantum biology, the autonomic nervous system, the mirror neuron system, the microbiome, telomeres, epigenetics, mitochondrial disease, intergenerational trauma, and the fundamental forces.

Dr. Wang earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Integrative Biology with an emphasis on human locomotion and biodynamics as well as minor studies in Chinese philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. He also attained a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), both from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is professionally accredited by the California Acupuncture Board as a Board Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc). His official certifications as a Sifu of WingChun (詠春拳師傅), WingChun Fifth Technician Grade (詠春第五級技士), WingChun Combat Instructor (詠春技擊教師), and Escrima Fifth Level (武器第五段士) are conferred from the International Academy of WingChun (IAW).

Website: daocenter.com

Email: info@daocenter.com

Instagram: @sifupaulwang

Facebook: /paulcwang

Substack: daology.substack.com


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Oct 04, 2022
Want more abundance? Be kind and pay attention
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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 Scandinavian roots via the midwest, for Taj the spiritual and political were connected like the front and back of his hand. Since the age of six, he was focusing on fixing the world, in particular the idea that man is separate from nature. We are nature. 

Taj studied with Thich Nhat Hahn in Plum Village where he learned mindfulness leads to concentration and concentration leads to insight. Moreover, he was told by a monk that a river of love flowed through him night and day. He was loved. You belong here. With this insight, he felt the power of being kind, including to yourself, and the importance of paying attention. 

With inspiration from Howard Thurman, Taj reminds us: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Follow Taj James on IG @tlrjames73

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Sep 27, 2022
Dance with the sublime
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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 Southern California where she is the VP of civic engagement and economic partnerships. The weekly practice has helped her team become both more vulnerable and playful, which has been important with more remote working. 

Effie also shares how as a six year old in a rural coal town in Virginia beginning her own dialogue with nature. Her reverence for nature has only grown since then. Active in public and nonprofit service, Turnbull Sanders is currently a governor’s appointee and environmental justice commissioner for the California Coastal Commission. Turnbull Sanders has been an active board member and adviser to the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. 

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Sep 20, 2022
Survival of the kindest
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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 listen first, then we can be in a healthier conversation. And it is important to know that this doesn’t have to be all serious. In fact, the more we play with these practices the faster they become our normal.

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Learn more about our guest here:

https://www.victorialoorz.com/


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Sep 13, 2022
When the universe slaps you, pay attention
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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 artwork of the dandelion is juxtaposed against selected words from Charles Darwin, reflecting the unique relationship between nature and culture. 

Radhika is an artist delivering ancient eastern philosophies primarily through the medium of music. In her career, she has played on world stages with luminaries such as Prince and throughout Europe with many known artists and bands.  Despite being born in the UK, Radhika was deeply drawn to her African and Indian heritage.   

Today she resides in America and throughout her work, whether teaching, speaking or creating, Radhika expresses through to the roots of the Vedic sciences, astrology and practices over 5000 years old.  She is a speaker for causes close to her heart, for sharing knowledge that enliven and encourage clearer choices, creating a world our deeper selves want to experience.  She is driven by the harmonic connection between humanity and the world around and says "Only in finding inner truth will we experience outer peace".

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Learn more about our guest here:

Site: www.radhikavekaria.com

IG: iamradhikav

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Sep 06, 2022
The opposite of violence isn’t peace. It’s community.
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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. She can trace her Quaker roots to the 1600s in Pennsylvania and Jewish immigrants from Poland, but also grew up in a Sufi Muslim community as a blond white woman. 

Activated by protesting the Iraq war and seeing the violence in Los Angeles, Kabira founded  Isidore Recycling to recycle electronic waste and hire formerly incarcerated workers. She learned that you don’t fight terror with terror. You don’t fight violence with violence. 

As a parent and human being, she sought to find empathy. To hear the call of crisis with compassion. To love through discomfort. 

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Aug 29, 2022
Blood Memory: Without healing, we repeat the brokenness of the past
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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 River Paiute Tribe of Nevada who shares how we can move from victim to survivor to hero. It’s not always linear, but it is possible. 

The Gratitude Blooming theme of strength is represented by the redwood. The digital art bridges a whimsical interpretation of a redwood illuminated by a full moon with an owl sitting on a series of ascending triangles. 

Arella Trustman M.A received her Master’s degree from NYU in Psychology with a Clinical focus in May of 2021.  Her thesis, titled, "Healing Indigenous Historical Trauma: Perspectives of Resilience, Resistance, and Decolonization of Treatment” is an exhaustive review from the novel perspective of alternative and resilient responses to histories of oppression.  Her thesis proposed decolonization of mental health diagnosis and treatment with a strengths-based approach and integration of traditional healing practices.  Arella has shifted professionally into Web3 where she leverages her skills to build communities and educate individuals in the space about mental health.  On the side, Arella continues to do consulting work for Stewart Indian School in Carson City, NV and has contributed materials on Indigenous Historical Trauma for their cultural center and a 4th grade level mini-textbook on Nevada Native History for teachers. 


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Aug 23, 2022
Our full-length conversation with @Zeneca_33
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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-reactions-according-to-zeneca_33.mp3?download=true

Collect the Nasturtium NFT with its two pollinating bees and the theme of friendship as a reminder of who you appreciate in your life. It’s also a great way to support us sharing more gratitude in the world. 

Finally, in the meme spirit of web3, go touch some grass today! 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Zeneca_33

Newsletter: https://zeneca33.substack.com/

Website: https://www.zenacademy.com

YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/zenacademy333

Discord: https://discord.gg/zenacademy

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Aug 15, 2022
Sometimes life happens to you, but it doesn’t have to crush you.
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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 care system of the south, Mario witnessed life through failed family, community, religious and legal systems. Rather than being crushed by the violence and disillusionment of his upbringing, he found a way to maintain his sunny disposition on life.

He traveled west to join the Occupy LA Movement, which became a critical turning point to leverage his natural gifts as a mediator, technologist and systems thinker in creating a new financial system we can all put our trust in, especially for his daughter and her future generations. 

Learn more about our guest here:

https://mirror.xyz/supercompute.eth/Sl1Gs5xO6lCCn_CYbxIBFzu4MNE8O71Z_n4B7BLPLzk

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Aug 09, 2022
Unleashing your voice
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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 transformation. 

Not only does Melissa focus on Mindful Leadership, but she has over a dozen years of business experience in the trenches — including consulting for Fortune 500 C-suite teams at McKinsey, and in senior leadership roles at top technology companies. Melissa believes that the key to leadership is to learn from nature.  Nature doesn't thrive in a mono-cropping culture.  All forms of diversity are welcome and necessary for thriving. 

Her education includes a MBA from Harvard Business School, a BA from Yale, and a CPCC from the Coaches Training Institute.

Learn more about our guest here:

seachangecoaching.co
melissalau.substack.com

Collect the Foxglove NFT with the bee burrowing into the flower. 

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Aug 02, 2022
Finding your way back to authentic self
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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 wanted an alternative to medications for the depression she had experienced in her youth. After graduating, Kitty immersed herself in healing and regression therapy in her search for truth and the meaning of existence.

She found healing by connecting to the earth and through intensive training at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Kitty has found community and web3 spaces like ZenAcademy as a way to change the world.

Learn more about our guest here:

www.kittyfolmer.com

www.art-is-alive.com

Collect the Indian Paintbrush NFT with its dynamic hummingbird movements which are just beyond what is visible with the human eye.

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Jul 26, 2022
Addiction: Everyday is a crossroads to hope
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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 a leader in the space as the Co-founder of Misfit Robots, an NFT project building out Mental Health as a Service in Web3, President of the Board at a non profit treatment center, the Chair of the Prevention and Education Subcommittee for the US Attorney’s Opioid Task Force, a public speaker, and fierce advocate for reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorder. 

To keep the lights on he works in blockchain/crypto payments as the Transaction Services Sales Director at Circle.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfromCLE and @misfitrobots

LinkedIn: https://LinkedIn.com/in/aarondmarks

Collect the Azalea NFT with its vibrant feeling of hope, even when life is its most challenging.

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Jul 19, 2022
Want emotional freedom? The stoic secret is in your reactions according to @Zeneca_33
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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 inspiration (and namesake for his online handle) is from Seneca, a stoic philosopher from 2000 years ago, who said, “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”   

Another key inspiration for @Zeneca_33 relates to the Gratitude Blooming theme of Friendship, represented by the nasturtium. He gives credit to the “unending conversation” he has with his best friend for helping him be where and who he is today. 

Collect the Nasturtium NFT with its two pollinating bees and the theme of friendship as a reminder of who you appreciate in your life. It’s also a great way to support us sharing more gratitude in the world. 

Finally, in the meme spirit of web3, go touch some grass today! 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Zeneca_33

Newsletter: https://zeneca33.substack.com/

Website: https://www.zenacademy.com

YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/zenacademy333

Discord: https://discord.gg/zenacademy

Find encouragement to practice with the Gratitude Blooming cards in our metagarden community on discord: https://discord.gg/MeRrhxKax4

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Jul 11, 2022
Beyond mindfulness with UK psychotherapist and Misfit Robots co-founder Marianne Le Coyte Grinney
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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 us that mental health at its most basic level is a simple way to talk about the health of our brain. 

Some simple practices introduced by Marianne to help get grounded: Pay attention to your screen time. Less is better. Get rest. And recognize that FOMO happens. It’s okay to feel and to figure out what will make you feel better. 

Lastly, Marianne introduced the practice of autogenics, a method to support relaxation. It means “coming from within”. The practice supports connecting to your own nervous system and to calm it down. 

Learn more about Marianne’s mental health work in web3 at https://twitter.com/MisfitRobots

Collect the ephemeral Touch-me-not NFT as a powerful reminder for what matters to you and a great way to support the show. 

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Jul 04, 2022
Atomic Interactions with blogger Livia Chan, M.Ed
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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 everyday moments Atomic Interactions.

Valuing these small moments is a practice of healing or feeling into our wholeness. This conversation leans into the Gratitude Blooming theme of Healing represented by the Peony, which you can also collect as an NFT. https://mirror.xyz/gratitudeblooming.eth/6O3wcMnZBlEVjOgqapyeYGQXzOFFXAnCUiPGdVxLrNY

Find more about Livia Chan’s work at https://livchan.com

You can always find encouragement to practice with the Gratitude Blooming cards in our metagarden community on discord:
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Jun 28, 2022
We are emotional beings with somatic coach Steve Seto
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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 your emotions. Sometimes, however, we feel sadness or grief and all we can do is be the rain and let the water flow. 

Collect the Daffodil NFT representing Beautiful Sadness.

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Jun 20, 2022
Spiritual Protocols with Michael Preston
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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 tribe of Mt. Shasta in Northern California. He claims spiritual responsibility to the winnemem wywakit (McCloud River) and this is the spiritual background that he speaks from. He is also an enrolled member of the Susanville Indian Rancheria in Susanville California as a descendent of the Wada Ticutta Numu (Seed Eater Paiute), Modoc, and Ilmawi/Madesi Pit River tribes. 

He shares how ceremony and spiritual enlightenment are the highest technology there is, even in our day-to-day life. There are rules to it and spiritual bypassing is not allowed as a matter of physics.

Collect the Delphinium Infinite Possibility NFT.

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Jun 14, 2022
Introducing Season 2 : Collective Acceleration
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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 teachers, healers, leaders and many other changemakers join us to share their emergent practices.  

The stories become the map we create together across our lives and even into the metagarden.  

For each episode, we will drop a new limited-edition digital art, an NFT.  Collecting them is how you can support our podcast, movement and participate in future utility, including discounts at Gratitude Blooming and Hestia Retreat Center. 

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Jun 06, 2022
The Art of Heartfulness with Dr. Sofia Costa
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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 ancient wisdom and Spiritual practices that amplify Heart-Earth connection. 

Dr. Sofia guides people on a heart-centered journey to alchemize fears, integrate a new way of Being, and embody the truth and power of who they are so they can strengthen their connection to Self, Earth, Lineage, and Love.

To live wholeheartedly is Dr. Sofia’s intention. Learn more about her at https://www.drsofiacosta.com

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May 31, 2022
The Sacred Feminine with Liz Childs Kelly
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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 to be closer to the land in rural Virginia.  

Learn how Liz came to create Home to Her, which is part remembrance, part movement to reclaim the ancestral wisdom of the Sacred Feminine, an ancient spiritual force older than time itself. She believes when we reconnect with this powerful energy, we have the ability to heal ourselves, our communities, and our relationship with our planet.

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Liz Childs Kelly is a writer, award-winning researcher, educator, community builder, and host of the popular Home to Her podcast, which is dedicated to amplifying the voices of the Sacred Feminine. Her writing has been featured in a variety of online publications, including Forbes, Mashable, Rebelle Society, Human Parts (a Medium publication), and Braided Way, as well as the Girl God Books anthology Just As I Am: Hymns Affirming the Divine Female. An initiated priestess in the 13 Moons lineage, she also holds certifications in Reiki, as well as Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.

Liz lives in rural Virginia with her family, and can often be found exploring the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains or wandering in the woods behind her home. 

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May 23, 2022
The path of humanization, not dehumanization
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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? 

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May 16, 2022
The future of learning comes from our past
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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 teachers who are on the leading edge of education. Their inspirations are both ancestral and science-based. Future generations will have whole new vocabularies and practices to integrate their minds, bodies and hearts. Fortunately, it’s never too late to learn these integrated practices now. 

Melorie Serrano Masacupan, M.Ed is a writer coaching founders to tell their stories with her digital growth agency focused on organizational wellness. You can find her @heymelorie on all social platforms and at heymelorie.com.

Jen Wolfe is a biracial Thai American mathematics teacher educator and scholar at the University of Arizona.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @drjenmathed

Tiffany Chan is a Chinese American educator and visual artist who seeks to build equitable & compassionate learning communities.  You can find her on Instagram @t.chanchan and at www.tiffanychanart.com 

Bong Lau (they/them) is a Cantonese somatics and mindfulness coach, singer, and visual artist who lives to cultivate creativity in themselves and others.

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May 09, 2022
Simplicity - The Art of Living and Dying Well with Hospice Nurse Linda Ong
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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.   

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Linda Ong is a holistic registered nurse working in Hospice since 2011 and becoming a Death Doula in 2018.  She specializes in the Art of Living and Dying Well and believes that when we learn to live well, we can also learn to die well. 

As a Sound and Energy practitioner, Linda continues to study both Western and Eastern healing philosophies and loves to find ways to incorporate both to help others on their healing journey.  She recommends the book, The Healing Power of Sound, for anyone interested in learning to work with sound.

You can follow her @lindanaomiong.

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May 03, 2022
Celebrating all mothers and mother-like figures with healer Raj Escondo
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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 easy. The challenge can allow us to grow like what writer Anais Nin says: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

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Apr 26, 2022
Honoring Earth Day w/ Artist Arlene Kim Suda
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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!
 
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Apr 18, 2022
Grace: There’s nothing like the original
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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? 

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Apr 12, 2022
Sorrow - Breathe with your heart
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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. 

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Apr 05, 2022
Wholeness - Be carried by love
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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.


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Mar 28, 2022
Humility - A strong foundation
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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; along with terpenes, a major component of the scent is a ketone compound called ionone, which temporarily desensitizes the receptors of the nose. It’s almost like a way to cleanse the palate. 

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Mar 21, 2022
Prayer - Plant your values
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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.  

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Mar 14, 2022
Choice - Choose to pause
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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. 


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Mar 07, 2022
Tenacity - Reframing negative thoughts
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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 seeds. How can your mind transform like the dandelion? Practicing gratitude helps the mind transform negative thoughts into positive ones.  


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Feb 28, 2022
Simplicity - The original plant medicine, seriously
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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. 

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Feb 22, 2022
Impermanence - Look at the moon
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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. 


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Feb 14, 2022
Beautiful Sadness - Goodbye is a hello to something new
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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. 


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Feb 07, 2022
Courage - What fires you up?
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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. 


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Jan 31, 2022
Wild card - Welcoming winter and letting go
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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. 

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Jan 25, 2022
Sing - Time for a new song for a new day
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The theme of Sing this week is represented by the foxglove. What makes your heart sing?  

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Jan 17, 2022
Curiosity - Free yourself from fear
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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? 


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Jan 11, 2022
Harmony & Balance - Better together
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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? 


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Jan 03, 2022
Revisiting : Forgiveness - The Greatest Gift to Give or Receive
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Our most popular podcast of 2020 - Forgiveness

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Dec 27, 2021
Destiny - What makes you come alive?
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This week’s theme is Destiny represented by card #14 the pasqueflower. With destiny, how do you balance fate and choice? Maybe the better question is what makes you come alive? 


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Dec 21, 2021
Friendship - The threads that matter, no matter what
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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@gratitudeblooming.com. We share this thread and want to hear from you! Reviews and likes are appreciated too :)

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Dec 14, 2021
Patience - Enjoy life beyond being busy
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This week’s theme is Patience and is represented by card #37 and the chamomile flower. Time can be such a challenge. We can hold on too tight or lose ourselves to the past or future. Patience teaches us to be present. Practice dancing with time this week. Leave us a message or text our Gratitude Hotline: 510-866-9648 or email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you! Reviews and likes are appreciated too :)


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Dec 07, 2021
Celebration - Reimagine your rituals
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The theme Celebration is represented by card #29 bouquet. The word celebrate comes from the Latin verb celebrare, which means ‘frequented or honored’. Celebrations are our rituals and help us to mark what is meaningful in our lives. What can you celebrate? Leave us a message or text our Gratitude Hotline: 510-866-9648 or email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you!


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Nov 30, 2021
Vulnerability - All shall be well...one way or another
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The theme Vulnerability is represented by card #09 the rose. We hear the artist Arlene Kim Suda share how the rose she illustrated spoke to her like a poet. Vulnerability is an opportunity to experience both joy and pain. To be fully alive, we have to make room for both. Or as Kahlil Gibran reminds us, “The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” Leave us a message or text our Gratitude Hotline: 510-866-9648 or email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear from you.

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Nov 23, 2021
Community - It’s messy beautiful and an invitation to empathy
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The theme Community is represented by the bleeding heart. This herbal plant heals hearts and as a practice with others is an opportunity to show empathy. Leave us a message or text our new Gratitude Hotline: 510-866-9648 or email us at hello@gratitudeblooming.com. We want to hear what resonates with you

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Nov 16, 2021
Strength - Our roots keep us grounded
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Strength is represented by the redwood, Card #13. Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world and interconnected by a unique root system. The etymology of the word strength means to string together. The roots of redwoods are strung together so the trees are stronger together. Leave us a message or text our new Gratitude Hotline: 510-866-9648. 
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Nov 09, 2021
Gentleness - Kindness counts
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Gentleness is represented by the gardenia, Card #31. The roots of gratitude can be found in gentleness and kindness. Being kind creates the conditions for gratitude to flourish. Leave us a message or text our new Gratitude Hotline: 510-866-9648. We want to hear from you. 


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Nov 02, 2021
Remembrance - Honoring our ancestors and tapping into resonance
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Remembrance is represented by the poppy, Card #26. It’s the state flower of California and grows wild. Showing up each year, it helps us to remember each season the changes in life. It stirred memories of our grandparents. Who do you want to honor? Send us your Gratitude Blooming message or text at 510-866-9648. We want to hear your stories of appreciation. 


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Oct 26, 2021
Hope - Claim your story. Claim your life.
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Hope is symbolized by the azalea, Gratitude Blooming Card #15. Our youth often represent our hope. This week we were inspired by the school writing program Get Lit. This episode is a great one to share with children (and their parents!) There is a special guest meditation teacher too.

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Oct 18, 2021
Mystery - Embracing the unknown
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Mystery is an invitation to embrace the unknown. Gratitude Blooming Card #25 is represented by the orchid, which goes back more than 100 million years. It transcends the day-to-day time that can limit your imagination of what is possible. To be in touch with mystery is to create space for both the miraculous and the mundane. 


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Oct 12, 2021
Perspective - The power of pausing
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The name agapanthus is derived from the Greek word agapē which means brotherly love. When we pause to notice, we are creating space for what we value. As the poet Mary Oliver wrote, “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” We have a choice as to what we pay attention to and pausing is a powerful way to reset our perspective with love and kindness.

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Oct 05, 2021
Self-care - An imperfect practice is better than none at all
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Imperfect self-care is better than none at all. Self-care takes courage. It’s easy to put off. Some people, like healthcare workers who we hear from in this episode, aren’t given a choice. They are only being asked to take care of others. However, everyone needs self-care and it rarely happens in isolation. Sometimes we have to face conflict to practice radical love and embrace the messy beautiful. The Gratitude Blooming card #10 is inspired by the allium triquetrum, a simple but edible weed. 

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Sep 28, 2021
Growth - Dare greatly, step into the wilderness
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Growth happens in so many different ways. The Gratitude Blooming card #33 is inspired by the grapevine. The grapevine is such a powerful metaphor. What is the trellis that holds your growth? What do you need to prune? Alternatively, what can you let go of and let go wild? We dare greatly when we pause, listen to what is calling to us, and dare to accept the invitation.
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Sep 21, 2021
Balance - Knock on the door of the cosmos
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Have you ever found yourself getting in your own way? It usually means there are competing values and commitments. It’s like hitting both the accelerator and the brakes at the same time. Balance, inspired by Gratitude Blooming card #23 cosmos, is an opportunity to reveal an underlying but unnamed fear. Find balance, beauty and comfort from our listener-driven stories on this week’s theme.

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Sep 14, 2021
Inexhaustible Abundance - Is your emotional fuel tank running on empty? Don’t refill it. Find a new metaphor.
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Life can be exhausting. We all have limits. The Gratitude Blooming Card #22 is represented by the Rose of Sharon. The flower was named for a biblical region, which had fertile soil for growth. Even today, it's the national flower for South Korea, representing eternity and abundance. Tending to what we need includes giving yourself rest, recovery and fresh perspective. How can you renew the soil for your health, wealth and wisdom?

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Sep 06, 2021
Sweet Pea Wild Card - Reminders of fragility and resilience in nature
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We all know where our journeys end. The question is how do you want to feel at the end of each day? The one constant is change. What is not constant is the pace at which the human mind can adapt. Embracing the wild card of Gratitude Blooming card #36 Sweet Pea is a chance to get in touch with our resilient mind, body and heart.

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Aug 31, 2021
Infinite Possibility - Uncertainty and fear are real, but what makes you come alive?
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It’s easy to think about what limits us. Fear and uncertainty are familiar. That’s the biological bias of the human brain. The challenge is to stretch the limits of what we imagine is even possible. We take inspiration from Gratitude Blooming card #27 Delphinium - Infinite Possibility.  Our relationship to the unknown shapes how much fear or hope we hold. Unconditional love can release the strings which hold us back. Join us as we uncover greater possibilities with surrender, not control.  Hear our inspirations for the creation of Gratitude Blooming and from our Gratitude Circles as we trust into our next footsteps.  


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Aug 24, 2021
Trust - It’s pollinated, not planted, like a wildflower
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Where does trust come from? It comes from within us. It’s begotten, not made. To trust requires a radical shift in perspective. Trust embraces wildness. Vulnerability and gratitude pollinate trust both within ourselves and with others. Welcoming uncertainty, not control, is what makes trust unique. In this episode, we talk about three kinds of trust - naive, blind and authentic. To embody trust is to walk the walk. To talk the talk. To feel the feels. Hear stories from our Gratitude Circles to grow your trust. 


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Aug 17, 2021
Healing - Start with the heart
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Heartbreak is real. In this episode, we hear from frontline healthcare workers, learn about the Japanese broken pottery practice of Kintsugi, and stories which show that healing is a process, not a destination. Neuroscience research shows a strong link between our minds and hearts. When we focus on the heart, we create greater coherence. Coherence transforms you and the world around you. In music and in nature, we find that coherence or wholeness creates resonance. Resonance is how healing our hearts begins to heal the world. 

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Aug 10, 2021
Reverence - What inspires awe in your life?
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In this episode, we find inspiration in giant sequoias, a story from jazz great Herbie Hancock and the sunflowers of Van Gogh. There’s so much that can take our breath away when we don’t take life for granted. We get to be here. What happens when you realize you’re not a mistake but a miracle?

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Aug 02, 2021
Joy & Presence - You can hit pause
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How often do you say I am so busy? Find new possibilities for living in this session. Connect to joy and being in the moment in new ways. Hear real stories of joy and presence.


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Jul 26, 2021
Discovery - Can you transform discomfort into discovery?
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Discovery often pushes us out of our comfort zone. Like the agave plant, we can have prickly spines to protect ourselves but we can also be transformed to become sweet like agave syrup. How do we make room for discomfort and become open to new questions? Hear Gratitude Circle stories of discovery related to pain and healing.


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Jul 20, 2021
Forgiveness - The Greatest Gift to Give or Receive
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Are you living or re-living life? Forgiveness helps us to let go of what was so we can accept what is. Hear stories of gratitude and forgiveness with a new practice for the week.

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Jul 12, 2021
Introducing: Gratitude Blooming Podcast
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This is your digital couch. With reflections inspired by nature, we take a seat and have the real conversations. We explore our doubts and hopes. This is a space for raw bravery and a reminder that you're not alone in your feelings. Join us for depth, inquiry, discovery, the realness of feeling joy and feeling your fear. All these dimensions are part of the human experience. We are capturing that. Nothing is mundane. Gratitude is what happens when we connect what’s inside of us with what’s inside other people. The Gratitude Blooming podcast is a portal to wonder, joy, healing and fearlessness. Listen everywhere you get your podcasts. If you enjoy sitting with us, please rate, review and subscribe. New conversations each week.

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Jun 10, 2021