Mindfulness & Self-Care Resources for Navigating Coronavirus Emergency

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Hey Groovy People!

How are you and your family and friends doing with navigating the coronavirus emergency?

How are you practicing mindfulness and self-care?

If you need support with your mindfulness and self-care practice, check out the resources and video below.

Go here for more free resources on my website.

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Check out the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes below.  Go here to listen to the over 100 Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes on mindfulness, meditation, self-care, and wellness. Share them with your family, friends, and colleagues.

Watch my video (above) to learn how I’m using the coronavirus (kora-virus is what I call it by accident; read the description on YouTube to find out what kora refers to) as a personal development growth and service opportunity to support you with the soft launch of the Thriving Mindfully Academy next week (mindfulness exercise is included at the end). Look out for more news about the launch of the Thriving Mindfully Academy and online events next week.

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Have you thought about how you want to live your life in 2020 and beyond? Do you need support in planning out your year? Looking for accountability? I’d love to work with you! Check out my one-on-one coaching below.

ONE-ON-ONE COACHING: I love coaching and supporting people just like you who are committed to exploring mindfulness, meditation, and mindful self-care in their lives. My coaching areas include:

  • Mindfulness 101
  • Mindful Self-Care (can incorporate meditation, gentle yoga, reiki, crystal therapy, journaling, chakra healing, and rituals from world cultures, eight phases of the moon, astrology, and goddesses)
  • Mindful Creativity
  • Mindful at Work
  • Mindful Communication
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Mindful Technology

Interested in exploring how we might work together to manifest your heart’s desires for your life, career, and/or business this year?

Fill out my client intake survey and then let’s set up a free 20-minute consultation call.

Click here to complete the survey. I will follow up with an email once you complete it.

I offer an hourly rate and three-month and six-month packages.

Resisting Change in 2020? Flip the Script on Your Life & Career Before Spring Begins!

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Hey Groovy People!

How has your February been?

Have you embraced or resisted it?

My February has been filled with moments of me embracing and resisting CHANGE. The one thing that has helped me navigate all of these moments of CHANGE is my mindful self-care practices of meditation, prayer and accountability sessions with my brother Meico, crystal reiki, mindful movement (gentle yoga, barre classes, and walking), journaling, astrology and moon rituals, and intuitive bodywork sessions with my soul brothalove Ken Yamaguchi-Clark a/k/a “Dharma Farma.”

Go here to visit Ken’s Facebook page to learn more about him. Email him at dharmafarmaken@gmail.com.

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Earlier this week, I had a powerful intuitive bodywork session that included inversion therapy with Ken (see photo above of me laying on an inversion table).

Inversion Therapy? What is it?

Inversion therapy is a nonsurgical treatment designed to remove gravitational pressure off the spine and create more space between the spine’s vertebrae. A common form or tool of inversion therapy is the inversion table. To use it, you strap yourself into the inversion table (typically by your ankles and waste) and then you hang completely upside down. Your head faces towards the floor and gravity’s effects on your body are reduced.

Laying on the inversion table can help you clear your mind. When you’re upside down, fresh oxygen floods your brain, sweeping out cobwebs and mental fog. Also, when you get your head below your heart, your world is literally turned upside down. Being upside down can help you see all sides of things, shift your perspective, and make different choices.

Here’s what happened during my inversion therapy experience…

Laying on the inversion table was INTENSE for me. Why? Because I was guided by Ken to release and surrender my resistance to CHANGE in my life and career through deep breathing, sound healing using my own voice, his bodywork (a unique blend of acupressure and massage), and mindful reflection and journaling. The end result was greater clarity, a deeper understanding of who I truly am — the REAL ME in 2020, and a complete release of my resistance to making changes to how I show up in my life and share my gifts as a wellness professional, author, and artist. In short, it helped me make a choice to FLIP THE SCRIPT ON MY LIFE & CAREER before the Spring season begins in a few weeks.

My choice to FLIP THE SCRIPT ON MY LIFE & CAREER is a process. It’s not gonna happen in one day, week, or month. It requires me to give myself time and space to experiment, learn, grow, reflect, and make modifications along the way. It requires me to practice mindful self-care with what I call the Big 5: loving kindness, compassion, nonjudgment, patience, and forgiveness.

Four years ago, I gave an Ignite talk about the four lessons I learned through CHANGE at the Nonprofit Technology Network’s annual conference in San Jose, California. During my talk, I shared how I embraced and resisted CHANGE in my career. The four lessons I shared included:

  • Lesson #1: Ask for help.
  • Lesson #2: Take great care of yourself.
  • Lesson #3: Be a lifelong learner.
  • Lesson #4: Be open to possibilities.

Watch the video above to hear my entire talk.

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Did you know you can use your breath to navigate change?

Go here to listen to my Thriving Mindfully Podcast episode on how to breathe through change.

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February has definitely been a month of CHANGE. Earlier this month, I decided to change how I offer meditation. So I enrolled in sound meditation + yoga teacher and massage therapist Dante Baker’s sound healing certification course that was held at a recharj in DC (see photo above).

Sound meditation is the practice of becoming aware of what’s happening inside and outside of yourself in the present moment with the use of sound and music.

Sound meditation is also known as Sound Healing and Sound Baths. It uses a range of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gongs, Ting-shas (tiny cymbals), dorges (bells), didgeridoos, and other small bells. The tones and frequencies that these bowls and instruments carry affect us in specific ways. They activate a different chakra energy center and organ system within the body.

Sound healing is one of the best ways to deepen your meditation practice. It can help reduce tension, anger, fatigue, anxiety, and depression while increasing a sense of spiritual well-being.

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One of the changes I made in how I share my gifts in my wellness company, Ananda Leeke Consulting, is shifting when I offer my meditation classes, Moon Circles, and mindfulness workshops and webinars. After I completed my sound healing certification course, I added sound meditation to the Mindful Monday Meditation class.

Starting in March, the Mindful Monday Meditation class will only be held on the first Monday of each month. Classes will not be held on July 6th or Labor Day, September 7th.

Mark your calendar and plan to join me on March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th, and June 1st, October 5th, November 2nd, and December 7th. Go here for more details.

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Even though we’re wrapping up the second month of 2020 and headed towards Spring, it’s okay to pause for the cause and give ourselves a do-over in our life, career, and business. That’s right! It’s perfectly fine to stop and hit the reset button on our 2020.

Here’s the thing we must always remember. When we choose to give ourselves permission and space to breathe, reflect, and step back from the hustle and bustle of our lives, relationships, careers, and businesses, we are reclaiming our birthrights to mindfulness and self-care. These choices are investments in our resiliency. They lay the foundation for us to embrace Thriving Mindfully in all that we think, feel, say, and do.

Now ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you moving forward or away from your dreams?
  • Are you struggling, stressed out, stuck, afraid, overwhelmed, in need of a shift, and/or unsure of what to do next?
  • Is 2020 calling you to be more than you have ever been before?
  • Are you noticing a need to dive deep and explore who you are becoming in the new year?
  • Are you resisting what you need to be and do in order to express the REAL YOU?
  • Struggling with how you are showing up in your life, relationships, career, and/or business?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES OR MAYBE to any of these questions, then it’s time you flip the script on your 2020 and press the reset button.

It’s time you give yourself permission to start the year over and create space in your spirit, heart, mind, body, and life to embrace Thriving Mindfully with my support during my two intensive Master Classes on February 28th (for women only) and February 29th (for everyone). See the details below.

Intensive Online Master Class for Women

Register and get your tickets here.

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Sign up and buy your tickets here.

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Have you thought about how you want to live your life in 2020 and beyond? Do you need support in planning out your year? Looking for accountability? I’d love to work with you! Check out my one-on-one coaching below.

ONE-ON-ONE COACHING: I love coaching and supporting people just like you who are committed to exploring mindfulness, meditation, and mindful self-care in their lives. My coaching areas include:

  • Mindfulness 101
  • Mindful Self-Care (can incorporate meditation, gentle yoga, reiki, crystal therapy, journaling, chakra healing, and rituals from world cultures, eight phases of the moon, astrology, and goddesses)
  • Mindful Creativity
  • Mindful at Work
  • Mindful Communication
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Mindful Technology

Interested in exploring how we might work together to manifest your heart’s desires for your life, career, and/or business this year?

Fill out my client intake survey and then let’s set up a free 20-minute consultation call.

Click here to complete the survey. I will follow up with an email once you complete it.

I offer an hourly rate and three-month and six-month packages.

 

MINDFULNESS, SELF-CARE & YOGA-INSPIRED BOOKS: Check out my three mindfulness books here: Love’s Troubadours, a yoga-inspired novel; That Which Awakens Me, a mindful creativity memoir; and Digital Sisterhood, a mindful technology memoir. My books make great gifts for yourself and others.

Supercharge Your Life, Relationships & Career with the Power of the Full Moon & Mindful Self-Care

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Guess what’s happening on Sunday?

The Full Moon in Leo! The Full Moon offers us a beautiful opportunity to practice SLOW YOUR LIVING, the first Thriving Mindfully Core Commitment. SLOW YOUR LIVING is all about carving out some minutes or longer moments to be still, go within, and practice mindful self-care radically.

Wanna learn more about the full moon and/or practice mindful self-care? Listen to the latest episode of my Thriving Mindfully Podcast for a full moon meditation and prayer.

TMMoonCircleFlyer-Feb-March2020Need more support? Join me on Sunday, February 9th from 6:30-8PM for the Thriving Mindfully Moon Circle and Sound Bath Meditation at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW in DC. Buy your tickets here.

In case you can’t attend the DC event, sign up for my Online Thriving Mindfully Moon Circle on Tuesday, February 11th from 8-9:30PM ET via Zoom. Get your tickets here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/92937192645

Need to Press the Reset Button on Your 2020?

ResetButtonJanuary is almost over and I have a HUGE confession to make. I needed to press the reset button on 2020 last week. That’s right I had to start the year over again. Does that sound like you?

Here’s why I hit the reset button on 2020. I discovered I wasn’t living what I have been preaching in the way I manage my home. This year, I made a commitment to Thriving Mindfully in my home with more joy, beauty, organization, and less stuff. I committed to using many tips based on the Marie Kondo method. FYI: Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author.

I love Kondo’s approach to live with things you cherish and release those things you no longer want, need, and cherish. My struggle came with following through on my commitment. I procrastinated doing the work. So I enlisted the support of Meico, my brother, BFF, and accountability partner; Lauren, my BFF and Howard University School of Law classmate (affectionately known as the Black Martha Stewart); Wayne, my BFF and book editor; and Wayne’s amazing wife, Joy, my friend and home decor and lifestyle expert. Yep, I assembled a team of folks to help me overcome my struggles. Having a team made me more accountable and gave me tips, strength, support, and that extra nudge to get things done. They were also my cheerleaders and helped me celebrate my small, medium, and big steps

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With my accountability team’s support, I was able to complete a large portion of my home beautification project over the weekend. Dig how I am using the phrase home beautification to describe my decluttering and cleaning efforts. I had to rename the process because the words decluttering and cleaning were too heavy. They made me resist the process. Using the phrase home beautification gave me more JOY and motivation to reset my 2020 button on my home. Check out photos of my new and improved living room above.

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So what’s happening with you so far?

Do you need to restart 2020?

Is 2020 calling you to be more than you have ever been before?

Are you noticing a need to dive deep and explore who you are becoming in the new year?

Are you resisting what you need to be and do in order to be the REAL YOU?

Struggling with how you are showing up in your life, relationships, career, and/or business?

Well, let’s reset the 2020 button together and create space within ourselves to embrace Thriving Mindfully with self-care.

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Start with the Thriving Mindfully Podcast about the meaning of Thriving Mindfully as a heart-centered approach. Go here to listen to the episode.

Need more support?

Join me this week for the encore offerings of my mindful self-care online retreats for women on January 30th and all people on January 31st. The online retreats offer you an opportunity to take a deep dive into who you were in 2019, who you want to be in 2020, and how you can use mindful self-care practices to support yourself throughout the year.

During the online retreats, you will:

  • Breath deeply and meditate
  • Practice affirmations and gentle chair yoga
  • Learn about mindfulness and mindful self-care
  • Reflect on and journal about who YOU have become
  • Explore how you have loved, valued, and honored yourself
  • Find out who or what’s been getting in your way
  • Release and practice forgiveness
  • Dive deep and discover the YOU that you want to be in 2020
  • Set intentions and identify the resources, action steps, and accountability support you need to manifest the person you want to be in 2020
  • Write a love letter to yourself about who you want to be in 2020
  • Create a self-celebration plan to appreciate your small, medium, and big wins in 2020

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Go here to buy your tickets for the Online Women’s Mindful Self-Care Retreat: Thriving Mindfully as YOU in 2020 and Beyond on Thursday, January 30th from 8-10 PM ET via Zoom ($107).

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Go here to get your tickets for the Online Mindful Self-Care Retreat for Everyone: Thriving Mindfully as YOU in 2020 and Beyond on Friday, January 31st from 8-10 PM ET via Zoom ($107).

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SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING IN MARCH!

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One of the best ways I have been able to practice self-care over the past two decades is through marrying my mindfulness practice with my practice of honoring the new and full moons and the astrological wisdom that supports each moon cycle. I call it being MOONFUL.

Being MOONFUL has helped me strengthen my relationship with myself and others. It has also helped me become more intuitive, intentional, focused, and open-hearted. All of these efforts have led me to the process of MOONIFESTING, the act of manifesting my heart’s desires in my life, career, and relationships with the support of the power and presence of the new and full moons. Last year, I launched the Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles to share what I have learned with folx in DC and online.

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Join me for the Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW in DC in February.

Coaching2ONE-ON-ONE COACHING: I love coaching and supporting people just like you who are committed to exploring mindfulness, meditation, and mindful self-care in their lives. My seven coaching areas include: mindfulness, mindful self-care, mindful creativity, mindful communication, mindful leadership, mindful at work, and mindful technology. Contact ananda@anandaleeke.com if you need more support. We can set up a free 20-minute consultation call to discuss how we can work together. I offer an hourly rate and three-month and six-month packages.

 

Check out my three mindfulness books here: Love’s Troubadours, a yoga-inspired novel; That Which Awakens Me, a mindful creativity memoir; and Digital Sisterhood, a mindful technology memoir. My books make great gifts for yourself and others.

 

 

 

 

De-Stress, Make Your Breath Your BFF & Embrace Thriving Mindfully Commitment: Slow Your Living

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How are you planning to de-stress in 2020?

Need tips and inspiration on how to de-stress this year?

Watch the video below and be inspired to open your heart and practice mindful self-care by embracing the first Thriving Mindfully Commitment: Slow Your Living with several deep breaths. My breathing exercise is called Make Your Breath Your BFF. It takes less than one minute to practice.

Also, check out what I had to say about my S-T-R-E-S-S tool in my client, Body Connect Health Wellness’ January newsletter here.

In case you want to know how I am practicing and teaching high achievers and mission-driven companies, organizations, and communities to embrace Thriving Mindfully, a heart-centered centered approach to being the REAL YOU, check out the 5 Thriving Mindfully Commitments.TM2020-REVISEDApproachand5commitments (1)

Guess what’s coming in March 2020?

My Thriving Mindfully Academy and signature online course, Thriving Mindfully as the REAL YOU.

The online course will help you de-stress, practice mindful self-care with the 5 Thriving Mindfully Commitments, and learn how to avoid burnout in 90 days.

Sign up for my newsletter here to learn more about the Thriving Mindfully Academy and Thriving Mindfully as the REAL YOU online course.

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Ladies, don’t miss the chance to dive deep into mindful self-care with me during the Thriving Mindfully as YOU in 2020 and Beyond, an online women’s retreat, on Sunday, January 26th from 3-5 PM. Get your tickets here and invite your friends to participate.

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ONE-ON-ONE COACHING: I love coaching and supporting people just like you who are committed to exploring mindfulness, meditation, and mindful self-care in their lives. Contact me at ananda@anandaleeke.com if you need more support. I can set up a free 20-minute consultation call to discuss we can work together. I offer an hourly rate and three-month and six-month packages.

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THRIVING MINDFULLY PODCAST: Listen to over 100 episodes of my Thriving Mindfully Podcast here. The podcast episodes cover mindfulness, mindful self-care, mindful communication, mindful at work, mindful creativity, mindful technology, mindful journaling, and more. Guided meditations are also included.

MINDFULNESS, SELF-CARE & YOGA-INSPIRED BOOKS: Check out my three mindfulness books here: Love’s Troubadours, a yoga-inspired novel; That Which Awakens Me, a mindful creativity memoir; and Digital Sisterhood, a mindful technology memoir. My books make great gifts for yourself and others.

 

 

 

Step into the New Year + New Decade as the REAL YOU with 5 Thriving Mindfully Commitments!

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Happy New Year and New Decade!

How are you stepping into the new year and decade?

Are you showing up as the REAL YOU?

It’s okay if you don’t have answers to one or both of these questions.

I invite you to slow your living down and take time this month to explore who you want to be and how you want to step into this year and decade. To get you started, I have included the Thriving Mindfully Commitments I am using to navigate my new year and decade. See below.

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Become still and ask yourself what each commitment means to you.

Carve out some time to write about them in your journal (go here to listen to my Thriving Mindfully Podcast for tips on mindful journaling). Reflect on what you have written.

Be with it all for a few days before coming back to your journal.

Reread your thoughts and select the words, phrases, and sentences that truly touch your heart. Let them guide you as you prepare your intention(s).

If you need more encouragement and inspiration watch my video story that shares how living on U Street in DC helped me embrace Thriving Mindfully as the REAL ME.

During the video, I share the lessons I learned that led me to create Thriving Mindfully as a heart-centered approach to being the REAL YOU. You get the inside scoop on what I am currently writing about in my fourth book, Thriving Mindfully as the REAL ME. You’ll also learn about how I use the Thriving Mindfully 5 Commitments: Slow Your Living, Sustain Your Living, Share Your Living, Serve Through Your Living, and Savor Your Living.

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Need more support with opening your heart and incorporating mindfulness, self-care, wellness, and creativity into your life and career?

Seeking ways to be more resilient in your life and career?

Looking for a meditation community in DC?

Interested in participating in monthly moon circles and learning how you can use moon energy, astrology, meditation, gentle yoga, reiki, crystal therapy, and chakra sound healing to understand yourself and navigate your life and career journey?

Check out my January offerings below.

Mindfulness-ElementsofMindfulness (1)Join me and the Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group for the FREE Mindful Monday Meditation class on Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW in DC. The first class of 2020 begins on January 6th. Go here for more information.

Guess what will happen on the third Monday of each month during the Mindful Monday Meditation class? An open mic circle! A short meditation will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. The open mic will be held from 6:40 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All  folx who want to share their creative gifts are welcome!

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The moon is a feminine symbol that represents our inner world, intuition, emotions (known and hidden), unconscious beliefs, desires, dreams, shadow self, fears, and worries. It orbits the earth about every 29 days. Each month it invites us to slow down and go within to connect with ourselves.

Takerah Mafi says, “the moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It is always there watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it is a different version of itself. Sometime weak and wane. Sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.”

The new moon represents new beginnings, fresh starts, and new ideas. It invites us to slow down and carve out time to retreat, regain our strength, and recharge. It’s a good time to tap into our intuition, set intentions, and establish boundaries with people that drain us.

The full moon calls us to slow down and chill out, meditate, dance to release energy, let go of emotional baggage, forgive self and others, charge crystals, and cleanse home and office spaces. It’s a good time to manifest goals; nurture passions; encourage strength, power, love, knowledge, money and dreams; and practice gratitude and rituals for prophecy and protection.

The Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles were created to celebrate the connection we each have to the moon and to empower you with tools, resources, sacred space, and a diverse community to be and do the REAL YOU.

Each month, the Thriving Moon Circles celebrate the new moon and full moon at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW, in Washington, DC. Online moon circles are also held via Zoom. During each moon circle, you will learn how to:

  • Make the moon your BFF, Bae, and Boo with mindful self-care practices including meditation, gentle yoga, reiki, crystal therapy, chakra sound healing, and other rituals from around the world.
  • Dive deep into yourself and discover your sweet spots, spicy edges, and stuff that has you stuck in fear, doubt, lack, limitation, resentment, and/or resistance.
  • Shine light on and begin to release and forgive what no longer serves you.
  • Set intentions that will help support you in being and doing the REAL YOU.
  • Commit to your intentions and receive tips on creating an action plan that focuses on small steps, accountability, and self-celebration.

Join me for the Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles in DC on January 10th and 24th. The Online Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles will be held on January 12th and 23rd. See details below.

ThrivingMindfullyasYOURetreat (2)Ladies, do you want to start 2020 with grace, ease, and a commitment to self-care? 

Take a pause for your own cause — your own well-being and join me for Thriving Mindfully as YOU in 2020 & Beyond, a two-day online women’s personal development retreat on Saturday, January 25th (7-9PM ET) and Sunday, January 26th (3-5PM ET).

Sign up here ($107) and invite your friends to join you.

During the women’s online retreat, you will have time to:

  • Reflect on who YOU have become
  • Explore how you have loved, valued, and honored yourself
  • Find out who or what’s been getting in your way
  • Dive deep and discover the YOU that you want to be in the new year and the new decade
  • Practice mindful self-care with meditation, gentle office yoga, and journaling exercises
  • Identify the resources, action steps, and accountability support you need to manifest the woman you want to become in 2020 and beyond
  • Create a self-celebration plan to appreciate your small, medium, and big wins in 2020 and beyond

A Zoom video link will be emailed to you once you register for the women’s online retreat.

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ONE-ON-ONE COACHING: I love coaching and supporting people just like you who are committed to exploring mindfulness, meditation, and mindful self-care in their lives. Contact me at ananda@anandaleeke.com if you need more support. We can set up a free 20-minute consultation call to discuss how we can work together. I offer an hourly rate and three-month and six-month packages.

 

MINDFULNESS, SELF-CARE & YOGA-INSPIRED BOOKS: Check out my three mindfulness books here: Love’s Troubadours, a yoga-inspired novel; That Which Awakens Me, a mindful creativity memoir; and Digital Sisterhood, a mindful technology memoir. My books make great gifts for yourself and others.

 

 

 

Let’s Become Holiday Stress-Free with Mindful Self-Care!

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Are you feeling stressed this holiday season?

First things first. If you are stressed, know that you are not alone. Stress impacts everyone. It happens when we experience pressure or a situation that exceeds our ability to cope. It’s also one of the main sources of wear-and-tear on our spirits, minds, bodies, and relationships.

In the United States, the most common sources of stress include work, money, the current political climate, the future of the nation, violence, and crime.

Guess which ones are the most common among adults?

Here’s how the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2017 Stress in America survey answered the question.

  • #1 – The Future of the Nation, 63% of adults (specific issues include health care – 43%, economy – 35%, trust in government – 32%, crime and hate crimes – 31%, terrorist attacks – 30%, high taxes – 28%, social security – 26%, and government controversies and scandals – 25%
  • #2 – Money, 62% of adults
  • #3 – Work, 61% of adults
  • #4 – Current Political Climate, 57% of adults
  • #5 – Violence and Crime, 51% of adults

Read the 2017 Stress in America survey here.

When you experience stress, use my S-T-R-E-S-S tool to recharge yourself and practice mindful self-care.

S: Stop when you notice you are stressed out.

T: Take a moment to breathe deeply.

R: Reflect on what’s happening in your body, spirit, heart, and mind.

E: Energize yourself with deep breathing and/or mindful movement to release the stress.

S: Set an intention to practice mindful self-care.

S: Start where you are with a small step that allows you to practice mindful self-care.

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Listen to the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episode for mindful self-care support and tips on how to outsmart stress with mindfulness and meditation.

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Did you know journaling can help you slow down and outsmart stress with mindfulness? Listen to the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episode on mindful journaling to learn more.

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Got a lot of household chores to do before you host family and friends in your home? Stressed out with it all? Gratitude could be your new stress-free BFF.

Check out what I had to say about using mindfulness to practice gratitude in your daily tasks in Medium’s Forge Magazine article,”How to Practice Gratitude While Cooking, Doing Laundry, and Commuting” by Claire Leaden.

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Join me for the Winter Solstice Celebration on December 21st and Thriving Mindfully New Moon Circle on December 27th.

 

Reflections on John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

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Today is December 9th. In nine days I will turn 55. December 18th. Yep that’s right in nine days I will greet the world as a 55 year old.

Today is also the 55th anniversary of the first recording of “A Love Supreme” written by jazz musician Ohnedaruth John Coltrane. Coltrane recorded the four-part suite in one session at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

“A Love Supreme” echoes Coltrane’s awareness of and gratitude for his life as an artist guided by Spirit. It honors the beauty and power of surrendering oneself to Spirit in the creative process. Also, it was my first introduction into the spiritual music written and performed by John and his wife Turiyasangitananda Alice. Their music plays a major role in my spirituality, creativity, and yoga-inspired novel, Love’s Troubadours: Karma – Book One.

FYI: Ohnedaruth is John’s spiritual name. It is a Sanskrit word that means com-passion. Turiyasangitananda is Alice’s spiritual name. It means Transcendental Lord’s highest song of Bliss. Her “Journey to Satchidananda” album inspired my name Ananda.

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One of my Love’s Troubaadours’ characters is named Ohnedaruth. Read my 2009 blog post to learn more. Buy my book on Amazon.

Here’s a special treat: the words Coltrane wrote about “A Love Supreme.” Enjoy!

A LOVE SUPREME by John Coltrane (Impulse Record AS-77)

I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee, O Lord.
It all has to do with it.
Thank You God. Peace. There is none other.
God is. It is so beautiful.
Thank You God. God is all.
Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.
In you all things are possible.
Thank you God.
We know. God made us so.
Keep your eye on God.
God is. He always was. He always will be.
No matter what… it is God.
He is gracious and merciful.
It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, throughts,
fears and emotions–time–all related…
all made from one… all made in one.
Blessed be his name.
Thought waves–heat waves–all vibrations–
all paths lead to God. Thank you God.
His way… it is so lovely… it is gracious.
It is merciful–Thank you God.
One thought can produce millions of vibrations
and they all go back to God… everything does.
Thank you God.
Have no fear… believe… Thank you God.
The universe has many wonders. God is all.
His way… it is so wonderful.
Thoughts–deeds–vibrations,
all go back to God and He cleanses all.
He is gracious and merciful… Thank you God.
Glory to God… God is so alive.
God is.
God loves.
May I be acceptable in Thy sight.
We are all one in His grace.
The fact that we do exist is acknowledgement
of Thee, O Lord.
Thank you God.
God will wash away all our tears…
He always has…
He always will.
Seek him everyday. In all ways seek God everyday.
Let us sing all songs to God.
To whom all praise is due… praise God.
No road is an easy one, but they all
go back to God.
With all we share God.
It is all with God.
It is all with Thee.
Obey the Lord.
Blessed is He.
We are all from one thing… the will of God…
Thank you God.
–I have seen ungodly–
none can be greater–none can compare
Thank you God.
He will remake… He always has and He
always will.
It’s true–blessed be His name–Thank you God.
God breathes through us so completely…
so gently we hardly feel it… yet,
it is our everything.
Thank you God.
ELATION–ELEGANCE–EXALTATION–
All from God.
Thank you God. Amen.

What Needs A Fresh Start in Your Life and Career? — Embrace Your Fresh Start with the Thriving Mindfully New Moon Circles on Nov 24th & 26th

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As we get closer to the end of 2019, I have been asking myself and my coaching clients one big question.

WHAT NEEDS A FRESH START IN YOUR LIFE AND CAREER?

My response focused on my fitness routine. It’s been stuck and not producing the results I had hoped to see before my December birthday. So I decided to hire a personal trainer. Yesterday, a friend recommended his trainer. I contacted the trainer and scheduled an evening consultation call. Well, it was a totally different call than I expected. I actually did a mini workout while we were on the call. The workout was climbing my steps 10 times within four minutes. During my first round, I completed eight trips up and down my steps. My second and third rounds were much bettter. I completed 10 rounds in less than 4 minutes.

That mini workout session sent me to sleep with a big smile. Why? It was a step in the direction of my fresh start!

This morning, I had my first full session with my new trainer. I completed the power walking routine in the alloted time and felt energized by the next step in my fresh start.

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During the past 27 years, I have been on a juicy self-discovery journey with no end date in sight. Throughout my journey, I have incorporated mindful self-care practices that tap into the power of new and full moons, astrology, crystal therapy, chakra healing, meditation, reiki, yoga, sound healing, journaling, and art-making. All of these practices have been essential to fresh starts and new beginnings in my life. This weekend, I am carving time out to explore the power of the new moon in Sagittarius which occurs on November 26th at 10:06 AM ET. The new moon will give us an opportunity to tap into the lunar energy of fresh starts and new beginnings.

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On Sunday, November 24th, I am hosting the Thriving Mindfully Moon Circle to welcome in the new moon from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Qi Kratom CBD Tea in DC. If you are in DC, plan to join me. Bring a friend! REGISTER HERE.

If you can’t make it, sign up for the online Thriving Mindfully Moon Circle on Tuesday, November 26th from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET via Zoom. Invite your friends to join you! REGISTER HERE.

 

Make Mindfulness Your Superpower During Mindful Work Month in October!

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In the United States where I live, work is one of the most common sources of stress. According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2017 Stress in America survey, 61% of adults reported work as their top stressor.

Stress impacts everyone. It happens when we experience pressure or a situation that exceeds our ability to cope. It’s also one of the main sources of wear-and-tear on our spirits, minds, bodies, and relationships. Are you stressed at work? What causes you stress at work? How do you handle it?

MindfulnessCelebrateMindfulWorkMonth is one way you can outsmart stress. It’s free and can be used by everyone because it is our birthright. Each of us is born with mindfulness, the ABILITY TO BE AWARE of what’s happening in the present moment. Mindfulness is also a practice that we can CHOOSE to PAY ATTENTION to what’s happening in our spirit, heart, mind, body and surroundings ON PURPOSE in the PRESENT MOMENT and WITHOUT JUDGMENT.

Did you know October is Mindful Work Month?

In 2018,  a group of mindfulness program leaders from companies including Aetna, Genentech, and LinkedIn launched the Mindful Workplace Alliance, website, and Mindful Work Month to fuel a game-changing movement of mindfulness in the workplace that promotes human flourishing. As a group, they develop and connect workplace mindfulness leaders, share best practices, and build community. Check out the Mindful Workplace Alliance’s free Mindfulness Challenge on the Insight Timer app.

Since it’s Mindful Work Month, I encourage you to practice mindfulness to manage your stress at work. Here are five tips you can use.

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Tip #1: Make your breath your BFF is probably my all-time favorite tip. It simply means take a deep breath before you get out of bed, eat your breakfast, brush your teeth, bathe and dress for the day, head out on your commute to work, check your email, make a phone call, etc. If you want to add 1 or more deep breaths to your practice, go for it! The more you breathe mindfully, the more present you become to yourself and others.

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Tip #2: Set an intention is all about taking control of your day. Before you get to work or when you enter and settle into your workspace, take a moment to be still with a few deep breaths. Next, ask yourself how you want to show up at work (the qualities you want to express). Think about the kind of a day you want to experience (peaceful, harmonious, or productive). Use your reflections to set an intention. It could be as simple as “I am peaceful and calm at work today. I experience harmony in all of my interactions.”

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Tip #3: Be a single tasker! That means focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking decreases your mind’s ability to stay focused. Need more proof? Check out this Forbes.com article: 4 Mindfulness Fundamentals To Transform Your Leadership: The Incredible Myth Of Multitasking by Janice Marturano.

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Tip #4: Start your meetings with a mindful moment. Invite your team to close their eyes or lower their gaze with their eyes open and breathe 1-7 times as they settle in. Allow yourself and team a moment to settle in and focus before the meeting starts.

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Tip #5: Breathe first and then speak. It’s called a mindful pause. Allow yourself space to listen to what your colleagues are saying. Then breathe before you respond.

Follow me on social media for more tips this month.

If you need help getting started, I have included several episodes of my Thriving Mindfully Podcast below. Go here to check out more Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes.

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For more help, sign up for my online meditation classes and mindfulness workshops in October. Check out my full schedule of events for the rest of 2019 here.

Additional Events

Celebrate the new and full moons in a diverse community during the Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles at Qi Kratom CBD Tea in DC or from the comfort of your own home during the Online Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles. See the schedule of events below.

During the moon circles, you will have an opportunity to understand, embrace, and celebrate the power of the moon in your life, career, and business each month. You will also practice mindful self-care with meditation, breathing exercises, gentle chair yoga, reflection, journaling, intention setting, action and accountability, and self-celebration.

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Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW in DC

Online Thriving Moon Circles