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Join co-hosts Belinda Liu and Omar Brownson each week as they explore the mindful prompts and the flower illustrations drawn from the Gratitude Blooming cards. This space is reminder that you're not alone in your feelings. Join us for depth, inquiry, discovery, the realness of feeling joy and fearless gratitude. Listen everywhere you get your podcasts. 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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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…
 
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@gratitudeb…
 
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@gratitude…
 
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 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…
 
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. We wa…
 
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.Gratitude Blooming
 
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 appr…
 
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.Gratitude Blooming
 
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.…
 
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.…
 
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 pra…
 
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 a…
 
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 list…
 
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 an…
 
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