A Grateful Heart is a magnet for miracles

Happy New Year!

ok - I know the calendar says February, but it was a bit of a rocky start to 2020, so January disappeared in the blink of an eye.

For those of you who don't know, my husband Todd fell from our roof on the afternoon of Dec. 28th while taking down our Christmas Lights.

Thankfully, I was home at the time.

Thankfully, he did not hit his head.

Thankfully, his lacerated spleen did not need to be removed in an emergency surgery.

Thankfully, his six broken ribs are healing.

Thankfully, he is alive.

The photo is all that's left of his sweatshirt he was wearing that day. It's my reminder that life is short and that there is ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR. I keep it in my MELT kit in case I need a gentle nudge.

Our deep gratitude goes out to our neighbors, who came running; the first responders, the ER doctors, and the staff at Willamette Valley Hospital, who took such good care of both Todd and me.

Practicing Gratitude

As with anything we do in life, if we want to do it well, it requires practice. Some things, if we practice them daily, can have a profound impact.

Gratitude is perhaps the best researched emotion out there, and it just might be the most powerful one as well. Here are just a few of the many benefits:

Emotionally, gratitude can:

make us happier

reduce symptoms of depression

increase our resilience

Physically, gratitude can:

improve sleep

make you exercise more often

lower blood pressure

Socially, gratitude can:

improve relationships

make you more empathetic

create a positive feedback loop

Professionally, gratitude can:

improve our decision making

increase goal achievement

make us more creative

Spiritually, gratitude can:

make us more humble

make us less self-centered

make us more kind and giving

Powerful stuff - and these are just a few of the findings. Gratitude actually re-wires our brain. Google it - there are a number of scientific studies out there that show us that when we express and receive gratitude, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel 'good'.

By consciously practicing gratitude everyday, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen themselves and ultimately create a permanent grateful and positive nature within ourselves.

Lower Body Length move: The Drawbridge

MELT is also one of those things that will have a profound impact on your whole self. Practiced on a regular basis, your WHOLE self will benefit. Because our connective tissue is a continuous system that supports, protects and stabilizes every other system, the whole body benefits.

For example, MELT improves:


alignment and posture

the results of exercise

joint mobility

sleep and digestion

overall well-being

The beauty of either Gratitude or MELT? They take SO LITTLE TIME. Still yourself long enough to think of three things you are grateful for in your day. Say them out loud or write them in a journal. Be present in your moment of gratitude. MELT for just 10 minutes in your day - that's all it takes - and your whole system will respond, each and every time. It's a beautiful thing.

and you are worth it.

On-going MELT Classes are held each week at Breathe Healing Arts Center in Newberg. Each 60 minute class finishes with a gratitude meditation. I invite you to join me. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to bring MELT to you.


Tuesday: 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 pm


Wednesday: 4:30 pm

Drop-in $12.00 | Punch Cards: $50/5 or $90/10

114 N. Everest Rd., Newberg, OR
Kathi Thelander, Harmony Wellness

I'm so excited to be partnering with Kathi Thelander to bring you a MELTed Sound Bath Experience. Please join us for this one-of-a-kind wellness events. Space is limited! Use this link to find our event on Facebook, or you can find tickets HERE on the Eventbrite page.

Details: Saturday, February 22, 2020. 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Breathe Healing Arts Center. $40


Created with an image by Cathal Mac an Bheatha - "Glow"