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Tap Into Your Ancestors for Support in Shining Your Light on Yourself in a Big Way

Watch the video for a special reminder to shine your light on yourself in a big way with your ancestors’ support. Deepen your understanding of shining your light with the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes. Click button below.

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Shine Your Light + Tune Into NEW Thriving Mindfully Podcast Season 5

Happy New Moon in Leo! Today’s New Moon in Leo is all about confidence, creativity, and heart-centered action. 

The Thriving Mindfully Academy is using the theme, “Shine Your Light” to guide us during Leo Season (July 22-August 22) and in our New Moon mindful self-care practices. 

I am using the New Moon in Leo to set an intention of shining my light on myself through the relaunch of the Thriving Mindfully Podcast’s Season 5

This week I started taking heart-centered action by recording four episodes that are centered around the theme of “Shine Your Light on Yourself.”

I invite you to tune into the short Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes (approximately 13-20 minutes each) Click the button below. 

I am releasing more episodes in August, September, and October. So make sure you subscribe!

Please share the podcast link with your family, friends, and colleagues: https://anandaleeke.com/podcast.


Also, drop me a line and let me know how you are doing with your mindful self-care.

PS YOUR SPECIAL INVITATION: If you’re interested in joining the Thriving Mindfully Academy, click the button below to learn how you can invest in a monthly subscription.

My INSPIRED! by Kara Podcast Conversation: My creative entrepreneur journey lessons on being SOFT, releasing society’s SUCCESS, and getting COVID-19 at 57

My soul sistalove Sue A. Webley, founder of Kara Solutions, invited me to join her for a juicy conversation on her INSPIRE! by Kara podcast about my journey as a creative entrepreneur who wears the hats of Thriving Mindfully Coach, artist, and author.

During the conversation, Sue and I discuss what my life has been like as an entrepreneur and my ongoing healing journey for the past 30 years.

We dive into three concepts I have been writing, speaking, and teaching about in my Thriving Mindfully Academy, training work, and coaching practice this year: INNER WEALTH, SOFT (Slowing down to Offer yourself Freedom Today), and DIGITAL WELLNESS.

I also share how I am navigating my recent diagnosis of COVID-19 and give a shout out to my Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Sorors and our centennial celebration.

FYI: The conversation starts at the 17.28 mark. Make sure you listen to the entire podcast because Sue gives insight about recent news in the African American community.

When’s the last time you slowed down and listened to yourself and your body?

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.

Click the link below to learn how we can work together when you invest in becoming a member of the Thriving Mindfully Academy. Email me if you have questions: ananda@anandaleeke.com.

Celebrate Yourself!

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.

Why?

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.

Time for A Check-In

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 hereMay 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. 

GO HERE to learn how we can work together when you become a Thriving Mindfully Academy member.

Know someone who would benefit from my coaching support? Share this link with them: https://anandaleeke.com/academy.  

If you have any questions, please contact me on ananda@anandaleeke.com.

Slow Down & Do A Self Check-In

So much is happening in the world. If you are consuming a lot of news online, slow down and take a moment to do a self check-in. Notice how you are feeling in your body.

Meditation is one of the ways you can slow down to do a self check-in. Go here to watch the Digital Wellness Month Meditation & Discussion video from the IG Live I held on May 10th.

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.

If you are struggling in your life, relationships, and career, remember I am here to help you as your Thriving Mindfully Coach. GO HERE to learn how we can work together when you become a Thriving Mindfully Academy member. Email me if you have any questions: ananda@anandaleeke.com.

Digital Wellness Month Reflection: Slow Down + Practice Digital Wellness During Mercury Retrograde in May

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.

How much time do you spend online?

Is your tech use causing stress?

Click here to join me for today’s Digital Wellness Month meditation at 5:30-5:45 PM ET

If you’re ready to get my coaching support in a safe community as a Thriving Mindfully Academy member, click the button below. Email me at ananda@anandaleeke.com if you have questions.

Strengthen Yourself During Digital Wellness Month in May!

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.

Digital wellness is the use of technology in mindful, intentional, and healthy ways. Go here to learn more about digital wellness and to listen to the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episode.

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 (Force of Mindfulness) Be with You!

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: ananda@anandaleeke.com.