Episodes
Published 05/16/22
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 moment to give us 5-stars and share a review.  You can always email us at [email protected] We want to hear from you!  Give the gift of...
Published 05/16/22
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...
Published 05/09/22
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 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...
Published 05/03/22
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...
Published 04/26/22
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 Blooming card deck with special 15% off code (not case sensitive): EarthDay15 at www.gratitudeblooming.com Please join our community garden:...
Published 04/18/22
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: https://discord.gg/MeRrhxKax4 We appreciate your support and help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a...
Published 04/12/22
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 help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review.  You can always email us at [email protected] We want to...
Published 04/05/22
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 help so we can bloom! Please take a moment to give us 5-stars and share a review.  You can always email us at [email protected]
Published 03/28/22
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....
Published 03/21/22
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 is growing in discord. Please join our community garden: https://discord.gg/MeRrhxKax4
Published 03/14/22
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 gratitude practice with us and our new gratitude bot in discord at https://discord.gg/nWe7SA48jq  We appreciate your support and help so we can...
Published 03/07/22
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.   Want...
Published 02/28/22
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 including discord (updated link) at https://discord.gg/nWe7SA48jq Leave us a message on our Gratitude Hotline at 510-866-9648 or at...
Published 02/22/22
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://discord.gg/XxZj4k3T Leave us a message on our Gratitude Hotline at 510-866-9648 or at [email protected] We want to hear from you!
Published 02/14/22
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.  Please like or review our podcast. We appreciate your support. Find us on all social media including discord at https://discord.gg/XxZj4k3T Leave us...
Published 02/07/22
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/XxZj4k3T Leave us a message on our Gratitude Hotline at 510-866-9648 or at [email protected] We want to hear from you!
Published 01/31/22
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 including discord at https://discord.gg/XxZj4k3T  Leave us a message on our Gratitude Hotline at 510-866-9648 or at [email protected] We...
Published 01/25/22
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 [email protected] We want to hear from you! 
Published 01/17/22
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 510-866-9648 or at [email protected]  We want to hear from you!
Published 01/11/22
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 our Gratitude Hotline at 510-866-9648 or at [email protected] We want to hear from you!
Published 01/03/22
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Published 12/27/21
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? 
Published 12/21/21
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 [email protected] We share this thread and want to hear from you! Reviews and likes are appreciated too :)
Published 12/14/21
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 [email protected] We want to hear from you! Reviews and likes are appreciated too :)
Published 12/07/21