Self-Care Coach, Wellness Speaker + Trainer, Author & Artist: when my career as a lawyer, an investment banker, and a digital communications professional stressed me out, caused burnout, and did not produce the level of success I expected. During my healing journey, I studied and practiced meditation, yoga, reiki, journaling, art-making, and creative writing. They helped me develop self-care practices, navigate change, and become resilient. As a result, I became a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher, a reiki master practitioner, a sound healer, and an artist-in-residence for the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Today, I share my gifts and expertise as the founder and Chief Mindfulness Officer of Ananda Leeke Consulting, a wellness company, and the Thriving Mindfully Academy, an online learning platform. Through my work, I am able to hold space for and support your growth and resiliency.
While I was at my monthly chiropractor appointment this week, I thought about the conversations I’ve been having with my body over the past 30 years. Those conversations have strengthened my ability to pay attention, listen, and respond to what my body needs at different stages in my adult life.
Over the years, these conversations have helped me slow down and sustain my living with a strong commitment to and practice of mindful self-care.
My mindful self-care includes a vegan lifestyle, daily physical movement, rest and chill.out time, spiritual and creative practices, fun and play time with family and friends, meaningful work that allows me to share my gifts in my wellness company, and monthly massage, acupuncture, and chiropractor visits. All of it helps me express Thriving Mindfully as the REAL ME.
When is the last time you slowed down and tuned into your body?
What is your body trying to tell you?
This month I am helping my Thriving Mindfully Academy members use the Gemini ♊️ season’s energy to tune into themselves (spirt, heart, mind, and body) and invite curiosity into their conversations with self. We’re exploring this practice during our monthly mindful self-care classes on June 12th and 27th.
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Embracing the New Moon in Gemini ♊️ energy this month is giving me a chance to celebrate my own personal Moon in Gemini. That’s right I was born with a rising Sun in Sagittarius and a Moon in Gemini.
The New Moon in Gemini is also giving me and my Thriving Mindfully Academy members energetic support for practicing and integrating our monthly theme of “Celebrate Yourself” in our lives, relationships, and careers with curiosity, creativity, deep communication with self, and flexibility.
Self-celebration is a great mindful self-care practice and one of the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s core commitments and Self-Love Languages.
What do you need to celebrate yourself?
What’s 1 thing you can do to celebrate yourself this month?
If you’re getting stuck or finding it difficult to celebrate yourself, know that it’s okay. What’s not okay is you staying stuck and struggling.
Take a deep breath right now and give yourself a hug.
Because you took a moment to read this post and reflect on self-celebration.
Your deep breath and hug are two things you can celebrate NOW because they are your mindful self-care wins. They helped you nurture yourself. All of it represents WINS that deserve celebration.
Now you may be wondering, how do you celebrate your mindful self-care WINS.
Celebrate with a longer juicy hug.
Smile at yourself in a mirror.
Play and/or move to your favorite song.
Pour yourself a glass or a cup of your favorite beverage.
Wear your favorite color or piece of jewelry.
Cook your favorite meal.
Write yourself a short love note expressing your thoughts about why you are groovy.
Read a page or more from your favorite article or book.
Take a walk down your favorite street.
If you’re into lipstick or lip gloss like me, wear your favorite and take a selfie.
I could go on and on, but will stop here.
Let me know how you are celebrating yourself in the comment section.
PS: Dive deeper into celebrating yourself as the REAL YOU with my support as a Thriving Mindfully Academy member. Click the button to learn about and invest in your Thriving Mindfully Academy membership.
Yesterday I went to bed at 10:15 p.m. and got a great night’s sleep. I did the same thing on Friday night. Why? Because I’ve been struggling with my Digital Wellness Month commitment and going without a lot of sleep.
This morning my heart was all about the feeling of being more connected to myself in the present moment. I know getting two nights of sleep helped me feel and think clearer.
While I was walking this morning, I stopped to record a special video message for YOU. Listen here. May it in-power and inspire you to slow down, check-in with yourself, and practice digital wellness.
SPECIAL INVITATION: Join me for my Digital Wellness Month Meditation IG Live on Tuesday, May 24th at 5:30-5:45 PM ET: www.instagram.com/anandaleeke.
PS: If you are struggling in your life, relationships, and career, remember I am here to help you as your Thriving Mindfully Coach.
SPECIAL INVITATION: Join me for my Digital Wellness Month Meditation IG Live on Tuesday, May 17th and May 24th at 5:30-5:45 PM ET: www.instagram.com/anandaleeke.
This week the Thriving Mindfully Academy members are participating in the Digital Wellness Month Challenge and invited to strengthen themselves with the our 5 mindful self-care vitamins, especially when they do not keep their intentions. Watch the video below to learn more.
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Astrological retrogrades are all about self-discovery and lessons learned. They invite us to deeply connect with, reflect, and know ourselves from the inside out. They also give us an opportunity to dive deep inside of ourselves and explore how each planet in retrograde and the signs they are transiting impact us.
Mercury Retrograde is one of my favorite astrological retrogrades. It is connected to the fast-moving planet Mercury. Mercury’s energy impacts communication, technology, and travel. For me, Mercury Retrograde is an invitation to slow down, become present, and practice my birthright of mindfulness in how I think, communicate, and connect with myself and others. It happens three or four times each year. When it arrives, it hangs around for approximately three weeks.
A few years ago, I renamed my personal Mercury Retrograde to Mercury Upgrade because I began to appreciate its energy and the lessons I learned that opened my heart up to be more present, well, and the REAL ME. In short, Mercury Upgrade helps me embrace Thriving Mindfully in my life, relationships, and career.
During the early days of the global pandemic in 2020, I began observing and embracing Mercury’s shadow period which happens two weeks before and two weeks after the actual retrograde. I consider the pre and post-shadow periods as my VIP Mini Mercury Upgrades. That means I get approximately 7 whole weeks 3 to 4 times a year to practice mindful self-care as I review and recommit to thinking, communicating, connecting, and using technology in mindful, intentional, and healthy ways.
Last night, I led my Thriving Mindfully Academy’s monthly mindful self-care class that incorporated the May theme of “Strengthen Yourself,” Digital Wellness Month, and Mercury Upgrade (my name for Mercury Retrograde that starts May 10 and ends June 3) into breathing exercises, gentle movement, affirmations, mantra chanting, meditation, and mindful reflection and journaling.
The class gave the Thriving Mindfully Academy members an opportunity to check-in with themselves about:
■how they are using technology
■their struggles with technology (digital distraction, digital overload, social media comparison, digital time overdosing, and tension and tightness in the body)
■stress caused by their use of technology
■one step they can take to practice digital wellness during May and Mercury Retrograde
At the end of the class, I encouraged Thriving Mindfully Academy members to use our self-led Digital Wellness Month Challenge as invitation to take better care of themselves. I also shared my recent reflection on the number of years I have had 24/7/365 access to technology at home. It started in 1996. That means it’s been 26 years. I didn’t realize I needed to practice digital wellness until I experienced digital overload and burnout after publishing my self-love and yoga-inspired novel, Love’s Troubadours. My coach Yael Flusberg brought it to my attention during one of our conversations in 2008. That was a light bulb moment that shined light on making digital wellness a priority.
I am using Digital Wellness Month and Mercury Retrograde to release and forgive my social media comparison habits about my journey as an entrepreneur that have wreaked havoc on my nervous system. It’s a process (fo’ sure)! My mindful self-care practices of deep breathing, meditation, affirmations, tapping, reiki, and yoga are helping me take better care of my nervous system. I am also easing up on the amount of time I spend online and downsizing my social media with indefinite tech breaks on Facebook and Twitter.
Over the years, technology has become our BFF and made life and work easier. During the global pandemic, most of us have increased our reliance on and use of technology as we live, study, work, and shop from home.
Many of us (me included) have been glued to our digital devices (smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, and wearable tech including smart watches, wristbands, pins, rings) for the majority of our day. We’re not aware of how much we are missing out on being present for moments that matter. We’re so plugged in we are suffering from stress, anxiety, and a lack of sleep. Our ability to focus and concentrate for long periods of time has decreased and impacted our productivity. What’s more, we may not even realize our need for digital wellness.
I launched the Digital Wellness Month through my Thriving Mindfully Academy during the first months of the pandemic in 2020. The purpose of Digital Wellness Month is to encourage and help you practice tech life balance with small steps.
This month Thriving Mindfully Academy members are focused on the theme of “Strengthen Yourself.” They are participating in a self-led Digital Wellness Month challenge to help strengthen their capacity to use technology in a mindful, intentional, and healthy ways. If you’re interested in joining us, click the button below to learn about and invest in your monthly Thriving Mindfully Academy membership.
May the 4th be with you! May the force of mindfulness be with you always! Just in case you need a reminder: Mindfulness is your birthright. It’s your ability to be aware of what’s happening in the present moment. Watch the video above to learn more.
I use my force and birthright of mindfulness to open my heart and be present, well, and the REAL ME in my life, relationships, and career. I call it Thriving Mindfully!
If you’re ready to be present, well, and the REAL YOU with my coaching support in a safe space, click the button below to learn about and invest in becoming a Thriving Mindfully Academy member. Email me if you have questions: email@example.com.
When I struggle (which happens regularly) with mind drama and stress, I often choose to use one of the 1,440 minutes I get each day to notice my body, MAKE MY BREATH MY BFF, and meditate. Meditation is one of my go-to mindfulness practices I use to strengthen myself.
Check out the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes on Mindfulness 101 and Meditation 101 below. They include short guided meditations too.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and helped me build and sustain the Thriving Mindfully Academy and Community since it began in April 2018!
My heart is filled with deep gratitude as I think back to April 2018 when Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group was launched as a weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class in partnership with my Qi Kratom CBD Tea family — Kai Kai, ee, and Gigi in my U Street neighborhood in DC.
The Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group quickly became a sacred space and community because of the people who showed up, sat in meditation, and shared their vulnerabilities in Mindful discussion.
Leading the weekly classes and retreats, hosting moon circles and workshops, holding space, feeling held by the community, and being supported by guest teachers Angel Dungee and Corey Castle, sound healer Sincere, and community members ee and Vince were gifts from the Creator and you I will always cherish. Many thanks to our resident Martin Parker for blessing us with your amazing baked goods.
When the pandemic began in March 2020, the weekly class became virtual. The Thriving Mindfully Academy was also born to support a wider audience of people who needed my coaching support in navigating the ups and downs of living through a global pandemic.
Today, I am proud to say the Thriving Mindfully Academy has expanded into an online learning platform and membership site that inspires and in-powers you to be present, well, and the REAL YOU in your life, relationships, and career.
As we move into May and beyond, I look forward to serving you as your Thriving Mindfully Coach.
Find out how I helped people just like you show up more present, well, and their real selves in their life, relationships, and career.
Dealing with mind drama ain’t easy, especially when it happens first thing in the morning. My mind drama comes from the pressure I put on myself to overachieve and thoughts and feelings of unworthiness caused by comparison, self-criticism, and self-judgment.
I have learned to embrace mind drama as an invitation to soften my gaze and heart towards myself. I use 5 softeners as my self-care vitamins: loving kindness. compassion, nonjudgment, patience, and forgiveness. They turn the volume down on the mind drama and help me create a safe space in my mind and heart to connect with the TRUTH of who I am. They also help me begin releasing and forgiving the comparison self-criticism, and self -judgment. Watch the video above learn more.
How do you manage your mind drama?
Ready to learn how to manage your mind drama with my coaching support in a safe community?
Ready to be inspired and in-powered to show up as the REAL YOU in your life, relationships, and career?