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Poetry Month Day #22: “Intuition” Poem

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Happy Day #22 of National Poetry Month!

“Intuition” is the name of today’s poem.

“Intuition

My inner voice longs to share wisdom and guidance.
She waits patiently for me to get quiet and listen.
When I do, my life flows in divine order.
All is well.
I just have to remember to surrender.
Be still.
Open my spirit, heart, mind, eyes, and ears
Pay close attention.
And follow her direction.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: http://www.panachedesai.com

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#InternetGeek Tuesday: #InternetGeekat50 Lesson 7 PASSION

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Happy #InternetGeek Tuesday!

PASSION is #InternetGeekat50 Lesson 7. Nearly 30 years ago, I entered the digital world as a first year student at Howard University School of Law and fell head over heels in love with information from articles, books, case law, journals, and magazines included in the LexisNexis database. My passion for online information gave birth to a bigger passion that now includes a digital communications career and several projects that focus on building and celebrating community, creating and curating content, and inspiring others to use their online presence to express their digital citizenship. Thanks to the White House Office of Digital Strategy, I’ll be able to express my digital citizenship and passion for all things POTUS and FLOTUS Obama during the Spring Garden Tour Social on April 25. Be sure to follow my adventures on Saturday, April 25 via Instagram and Twitter

How do you express your passion in the digital world?

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Poetry Month Day #21: “Play” Poem

Happy Day #21 of National Poetry Month!

“Play” is the title of today’s poem. It is inspired by an affirmation I read on author Louise Hay’s Facebook page.

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Play

Go on and be the joy that dances inside
Dress up in your favorite colors.
Enter the world seeking adventure.
Eat your favorite foods.
Watch your favorite movies.
Laugh so loud that everyone can hear.

Close your eyes and stretch out your hands.
Expect to receive the beauty that blossoms with faith when you believe.
Grab hold of the moment.
Allow your heart to hug it deeply.

Populate the earth with your smile.
Give everyone the gift of hearing your song.
Go on and sing the joy that brings happiness to your eyes.
Play with love.
Play with gratitude.
Play with silliness.
Play with freedom.
Play with an heart open.
Live from who you are from start to finish.
Play.
Play.
Play.
Be authentic.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: LouiseHay.com

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#YogaMonday: #Yogaat50 Lesson 7 FOCUS

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Happy #YogaMonday!

FOCUS is #Yogaat50 Lesson 7. For 20 years, yoga has offered me an opportunity to focus my breath, gaze, spirit, and energy so that they move as one when I practice poses, meditation, and Reiki. When I leave my yoga mat and move into the world, it has given me breathing and stretching tools to navigate emotions, experiences and interactions with others. What has yoga helped you focused on?

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Poetry Month Day #20: “Yes” Poem

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Happy Day #20 of National Poetry Month!

Today’s poem is entitled “Yes.” It was inspired by a free Introduction to Illustrator (Adobe) software class I took today at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

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The instructor Troy Bent made several statements during the class that reminded me why it’s important to say YES to experiences and opportunities that push me out of my comfort zone and require me to step up and learn new things, make changes, go to new places, meet new people, and work with clients on projects that look and feel bigger than what I’m used to.

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Yes

They come everyday,
Knocking at my door,
Whispering in my ear.
Experiences and opportunities longing for my participation.
Which ones should I choose?
I dwell in a state of endless contemplation with no decision made.
I weigh my options as the day passes into another.
A week comes and goes.
One month ends and another begins.
Before long a new year presents itself.
I can no longer hear the knock of opportunity or the whispers of experiences waiting to happen.
So I sit in silence.
Day transitions to night.
My mind becomes quiet.
Divine wisdom inserts herself and counsels me to invite the knock and the whispers.
I say “Yes” and a whole new world opens before me.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: PanacheDesai.com

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Poetry Month Day #19: “Discover” Poem

Happy Day #19 of National Poetry Month!

“Discover” is the title of today’s poem. It was inspired by a Friday evening walk I took with a friend in Columbia Heights. During the walk, we discovered a large sculpture that celebrated the life and work of Jamaican political leader, journalist, and publisher Marcus Garvey.

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Discover

Walk the earth with fresh eyes.
Approach each day as a new beginning.
Recognize you know nothing.
Live with curiosity.
Discover miracles and blessings you’ve never seen.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

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Poetry Month Day 18: “Communion” Poem

Happy Day #18 of National Poetry Month!

“Communion” is the title of today’s poem. It was inspired by a mindful meditation and walk trip I took with my church, Unity of Washington, DC  to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Maryland this morning.

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During the walk, I stopped and sat by a reflecting pool. As I sat in the stillness, the word communion kept repeating itself in my mind. It stayed with me for the rest of the day. My poem below is the end result. Enjoy!

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Communion

Dwelling in the sacred place of the Most High,
I willingly enter into communion with my higher self.

Together we celebrate the April new moon that dances in the fire energy of Aries and prepares the way for new beginnings.

We surrender the past and breathe in the present as we embrace the future.

Our heart rejoices in song.

I am so blessed.
I am so blessed.
I am so grateful for all I AM.

We sing it until we rest in the silence
Allowing the vibration of each word to permeate the core of our being.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

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Poetry Month Day #17: “Sanctuary” Poem

Happy Day #17 of National Poetry Month!

Today’s poem is entitled “Sanctuary.” It celebrates the many places my soul has found a peaceful sanctuary including my creativity (art and writing), yoga and meditation practice, home affectionately known as “The Chakra Castle,” Elmina Slave Castle in Ghana, La Regla in Cuba, the city of London (Brick Lane and Forest Gate neighborhood in East London, London Buddhist Centre, and the Southbank Centre), museums like the Brooklyn Museum and the National Museum of African Art, and Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC.
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Sanctuary

My soul seeks a sanctuary
Where the peace that passeth all understanding resides
And the grace of the Almighty exists in abundance.
I travel from DC to La Regla in Cuba to Elmina Slave Castle in Ghana to Forest Gate in East London only to find that which I’m seeking is always seeking me because it lives inside.
So I settle into myself and travel within.
And I discover what sages have written about for ages.
My sanctuary of peace exists in my present moment.
It appears wherever I go and in whatever I feel think, say, and do.
It is my creativity.
It is my yoga and meditation practice.
It is my Chakra Castle home.
It is my cup of ginger tea.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

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#FierceLiving Friday: #FierceLivingat50 Lesson 6 OWNERSHIP

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Happy #FierceLiving Friday!

OWNERSHIP is #FierceLivingat50 Lesson 6. Last year, I was blessed to read Discovering Your Soul Signature by Panache Desai. Desai’s book and online offerings (videos and wisdom Facebook quotes) have guided me in my healing work and helped me fully grasp the importance of knowing and loving myself.

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Through this process, I am learning to accept and embrace my strengths and weaknesses. The end result is me claiming and expressing ownership of my magnificence each and every day while realizing life is a journey and I’m a divine magnificent being in process. Check out artist Tim Okamura’s painting, Sunrise on U Street (2013). Okamura captured my soul signature in his work.
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My photographer Leigh Mosley captured my soul signature during a 2008 photo shoot of my eight archetypes for my book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetical Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon). Meet my Sapphire archetype below.
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How are you claiming and expressing ownership of your life?

What does your soul signature look like?

Photo Credit: PanacheDesai.com, Leigh Mosley – http://www.leighmosley.com, and Tim Okamura