“I want to do something meaningful on my birthday,” I told Rabbi Jacobson, “my soul doctor,” a while back.

And Rabbi Jacobson responded: “Some of the greatest things in life don’t have to be so dramatic. Remember that. You can do something modest. When a mother cradles her child, fireworks don’t explode. That’s the secret of all life. Some of the most beautiful things happen below the radar. Not on Wall Street, not on television. Not with all the hoopla. It’s in the quiet moments that our lives are shaped. In homes, in cribs, in bedrooms, in the little things,” my soul doctor said to me sweetly. “That’s where it all happens.”

Today is my birthday and I’m giving away presents!

I’m hosting a Learning to Breathe blog party with a birthday twist – rather than receiving gifts, I’d like to give them.

So I’m gathering up some of the beautiful things that have helped me along my journey, and I’ll host a giveaway for readers. I’m giving away one of my Buddha bracelets, a Tibetan Singing Bowl, My favorite Nirvana Belgian chocolate, and a CD by my favorite guided imagery teacher, Belleruth Naparstek.

All you have to do is comment on this blog post or the blog posts of my wonderful friends participating in this party (listed below) I’ll put all of your names into my singing bowl, and I’ll pick four winners out at the end of my birthday week. (Birthdays should last a week, yes?)

Thank you to the following friends for hosting my birthday party on their beautiful blogs, and thank you all for coming to my birthday party!

Judi England

Katrina Kenison

Lindsey Mead

Nancy Alder