Blog

0 comments on “Practice Self-Care This Summer with A Recipe of Weekly Themes”

Practice Self-Care This Summer with A Recipe of Weekly Themes

Have you heard about my Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care?

My journey as a lululemon luminary inspired me to launch the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care. It’s a three-month journey designed to do three things in our lives.

  • Remember and accept we are worthy of and deserve self-care.
  • Nurture our spirit, heart, mind, body, breath, and life with self-care each day.
  • Offer ourselves a dose of the Big 5 — loving kindness, compassion, patience, nonjudgment, and forgiveness — when we don’t show up fully and practice self-care the way we’d like to.

I invite you to join me on this self-care journey that will include online and DC-based meditation and mindfulness classes and workshops, inspiring blog and social media posts, and videos and podcasts with reflections, journaling exercises, guided meditation, tips, and resources. Read more about it here.

TMSummer-RecipeofWeeklyThemes.png

In case you are wondering how you can practice self-care each day, I have created a recipe of weekly themes you can use as a resource for getting started.

  • Slow Down Sunday
  • Mindful Monday
  • Time Management Tuesday
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Thankful Thursday
  • Fun-day Friday
  • Savor Your Life Saturday

Listen to the Thriving Mindfully Podcast for more information about my self-care recipe of weekly themes and how to use them to identify one thing you can do each day to honor yourself.

0 comments on “Join the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care!”

Join the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care!

TMSummerofSelfCareMainGraphic-FINAL

Happy First Day of Summer! Happy Summer Solstice! Summer is a great time to slow down and take better care of ourselves. When I say self-care, I am talking about anything you use to nurture your spirit, heart, mind, body, breath, and life (that is legal … the lawyer in me loves to say legal!).

The first six months of 2019 have been SUPER BUSY for many of us. Does that sound like you? It’s definitely ME. I didn’t realize how much I needed to slow down and deepen my self-care practices until I had an emotional meltdown a few weeks ago and realized I had been giving a lot of myself to my business without really taking great care of myself. That realization came while sitting in a workshop facilitated as a part of the lululemon luminaries program I was selected to participate in. Thanks to the folks at lululemon and WE and my amazing 19 fellow luminaries, I am using the program to re-invest in my self-care.

Join the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care

My journey as a lululemon luminary inspired me to launch the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care. It’s a three-month journey designed to do three things in our lives.

  1. Remember and accept we are worthy of and deserve self-care.
  2. Nurture our spirit, heart, mind, body, breath, and life with self-care each day.
  3. Offer ourselves a dose of the Big 5 — loving kindness, compassion, patience, nonjudgment, and forgiveness — when we don’t show up fully and practice self-care the way we’d like to.

I invite you to join me on this self-care journey that will include online and DC-based meditation and mindfulness classes and workshops, inspiring blog and social media posts, and videos and podcasts with reflections, journaling exercises, guided meditation, tips, and resources.

Wanna know what Thriving Mindfully is? Listen to the Thriving Mindfully Podcast here.

SPECIAL MESSAGE

You can start the journey at any point during the three-month period. Only do what resonates with your spirit. Go at your own pace. Use everything I am providing in the way that best suits you. Take what works and leave the rest behind.

Let’s Get Started: Centering & Journaling Exercise About Your Self-Care Journey

Copy of Copy of TMMAW-JournalExercise

Take a moment to get your favorite journal, paper, and pen. While you’re at it, get your favorite beverage and snack.

When you are ready and settled, take five to seven deep breaths. Allow yourself to breathe normally and naturally as you notice how your body feels. Become aware of where you feel your breath most in the body. Take a moment to appreciate yourself for taking a self-care break in your day. Take three deep cleansing breaths — inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. When you’re done, read the questions below and write your responses in your journal or on your paper. Take as much time as you need.

  • What’s your self-care journey?
  • What your first self-care memory as an adult?
  • What does self-care look like in your life now?
  • What do you want self-care to look like in your life this summer

Journaling Exercise About Your Self-Care Rituals

AnandaLeeke-HULawGraduationMy self-care journey started 30 years ago. I was fresh out of law school. My days were filled with bar exam preparation. My stress level was at an all-time high. Overwhelmed was my first, middle, and last names. My mom suggested I start walking to release some of the stress. Thanks to her I started a walking self-care practice that grew into jogging and later running.

wp-image-61067228jpeg.jpegMy fitness exercise became a self-care ritual (a ritual is an act or behavior done on a regular basis). Sipping tea in the morning; buying flowers for my home; practicing meditation, yoga, and reiki; saying positive affirmations; reading astrology updates and new thought spiritual devotionals; burning incense, sage, and candles; making vision boards; wearing and using crystals and chakras; journaling; chanting mantras with my mala beads; using African goddess and other tarot, archetype, and healing cards; listening to sound Tibetan healing bowls and other healing music; attending sound baths; and observing the new and full moons, equinoxes, and solstices entered my life years later. They also became self-care rituals.

Get your journal and pen out. Before you being writing, take five to seven deep breaths. Allow yourself to breathe normally and naturally as you notice how your body feels. Become aware of where you feel your breath most in the body. Take a moment to appreciate yourself for taking a self-care break in your day. Take three deep cleansing breaths — inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. When you’re done, read the questions below and write your responses in your journal or on your paper. Take as much time as you need.

  • Do you have any self-care rituals?
  • How do they make you feel?
  • What kind of self-care rituals would you like to incorporate into your life this summer?

PODCAST RESOURCES TO HELP YOU EXPLORE YOUR SELF-CARE JOURNEY

TMPodcast-GraphicImage2018-USEMy Thriving Mindfully Podcast series has tons of resources you can use to support your self-care journey. I have included a few episodes below that may help you deepen your understanding and practice of self-care. Enjoy and remember to listen to the episodes that really resonate with your spirit, heart, mind, and body. Take what you need from each episode and leave the rest behind. Do what works for you boo!

 

Take the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care Pledge

Before you begin the three-month journey, take the Thriving Mindfully Self-Care Pledge. It will help you honor your self-care commitment.

TMSelfCarePledge-FINAL

Prep Tips for the Pledge

Before you take the pledge, take a moment to get still with five to seven breaths. Read the pledge to yourself two or three times. Let the words sink into your spirit, heart, mind, and body. Take five or more minutes to reflect on the the first and second statements that have fill-in the blanks. Turn the reflection into a journaling exercise.

Listen to the Thriving Mindfully Podcast here or watch the video below to learn more about the pledge and how it can help you.

 

Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care DC and Online Workshops and Classes

Be sure to check out the schedule of workshops and classes here (more dates will be added in the coming weeks). Some workshops and classes will be held in DC and others will be held online via Facebook Live and Zoom. I hope you will join me at one or more of them!

DC Events

Workshops

Weekly and Monthly Classes

Online Events

0 comments on “Wonder Women Tech 2019 DC Global Summit Kicks Off with Mindful Meditation Led by Ananda Leeke”

Wonder Women Tech 2019 DC Global Summit Kicks Off with Mindful Meditation Led by Ananda Leeke

This year’s Wonder Women Tech DC Global Summit (#WWT2019) kicked off with a 10-minute mindfulness meditation led by yours truly on May 1st at the Embassy of France. The meditation encouraged attendees to make their breath their BFF as they settled in and set an intention for how they wanted to show up at the conference. Watch the video below to get a taste of what my meditation was all about.

Throughout the day, I led five-minute mindful moments that invited attendees to explore what it feels like to belong to their bodies and the #WWT2019 community; to reflect on their Summit takeaways and aha moments; and to give thanks for all they are and have received during the Summit.

The Summit featured dynamic speakers who inspired and encouraged women to show up fully as themselves, pursue their dreams in tech, ask for support, and reach back to help other women. My soul sistalove Karen Alston, founder of the Spectrum Circle, served as the afternoon Mistress of Ceremonies. She did a phenomenal job!

My mentee Alicia Marshall, a graduating senior majoring in engineering at the University of the District of Columbia, attended the conference and networked like a rockstar!

Special thanks to Wonder Women Tech Summit founder Lisa Mae Brunson and the #WWT2019 team, sponsors, speakers, and attendees for making this year’s conference a success!

For more #WWT2019 highlights, check out the photo slideshow below.

SLIDESHOW

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

 

0 comments on “Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary in April”

Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary in April

Happy 1st Year Anniversary #ThrivingMindfully Meetup Group! I am deeply grateful for everyone who has attended the Mindful Monday Meditation classes since April 16, 2018, at Qi Kratom CBD Tea. It’s been a blessing to share meditation, mindfulness, gentle yoga, silence, hugs, and delicious tea with you. Building community with you is powerful!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the first-year anniversary celebration on Eath Day, April 22nd. Deep bow of gratitude to ee, Kai Kai, Gigi, Vyse, Vince, Naimah, Sincere, Reg, and the Qi Kratom CBD Tea family for supporting and hosting us for the past year. Super grateful to Angel Dundee for leading several classes and Martin for blessing our community with your delicious vegan treats!

P.S.: Join the #ThrivingMindfully Meetup Group here and attend the upcoming Mindful Monday Meditation classes from 6:15-7:30PM at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW in DC (free). Bring a family member, friend or colleague!

0 comments on “Celebrate Meditation Month with Mindfulness Teacher Ananda Leeke”

Celebrate Meditation Month with Mindfulness Teacher Ananda Leeke

 

Happy National Meditation Month!

May you take this month to make your breath your BFF as you meditate and practice mindful moments. if you are a newbie, start with my #ThrivingMindfully podcasts that provide guided meditations. Share them with people you know!

Also, join me for two free meditation classes I am offering on May 8th and May 15th from 9-9:30PM ET via Facebook Live session. Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join you.

MeditationMonthDCClasses (1)

If you are in DC, come meditate with me in person at my Sunday, Monday, and Thursday classes. Click on the dates below to register. Bring a family member, your BFF, and favorite colleague.

ENCORE OFFERING

RECHARGE-May14.png

After I facilitated the May 4th RECHARGE! online workshop, I learned many people were unable to join me. So I am offering IT again this month. Join me for RECHARGE!, my mindful self-care online workshop, on May 14th from 8-10 PM ET ($35) via Zoom. Honor the women in your life with a special Mother’s Day gift: a workshop ticket that will help them practice mindful self-care! Get your tickets here.

0 comments on “Embrace & Learn How to Practice Mindful Self-Care with Ananda Leeke During RECHARGE! Monthly Workshops (May-Dec 2019)”

Embrace & Learn How to Practice Mindful Self-Care with Ananda Leeke During RECHARGE! Monthly Workshops (May-Dec 2019)

What do you think about when you hear the word wellness?

I think about MINDFUL SELF-CARE. Mindful self-care helps me invest in myself. It offers me space and time to reflect, release, and recharge. It creates a more resilient me.

My mindful self-care happens in four parts.

  • Part one happens when I slow down and choose to pay attention by listening and seeing what’s happening and NOT happening in my spirit, heart, mind, body, and life.
  • Part two occurs when I set an intention, identify practices, create a plan on how and when to use the practices, and seek support and accountability.
  • Part three is essential because it reminds me to give myself loving kindness, compassion, patience, forgiveness, and nonjudgment for those moments when I don’t practice mindful self-care.
  • Part four is all about celebrating my small, medium, and big wins.

GIFT FOR YOU: Check out my #ThrivingMindfully Podcast episode on creating a mindful self-care toolkit. May it inspire you to honor all parts of yourself and life!

RECHARGEONLINE-MONTHLYSCHEDULE

Looking for mindful self-care support that will help you develop practices and a plan to outsmart stress with mindfulness and meditation, release and forgive, set intentions, action steps, accountability, and celebrate YOU during the next 30-90 days?

Join me for RECHARGE! Online Self-Care Workshop on the first Saturday of each month from 3-5PM ET via Zoom. Click on the dates below for registration information ($35). Tell your family, friends, and colleagues to join you (give them a ticket as a birthday, “just cuz they are special” or thank you gift).

 

RECHARGEWORKSHOPS-MAY-DEC2019 (1)

One of my favorite things to do is to share my mindfulness services with people living in and/or visiting the DC area. That’s why I am offering RECHARGE! on the first Sunday of each month from 6:30-8:30PM at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW. Click on the dates below to buy your ticket. Bring your friends, family members, and colleagues (surprise them with a gift ticket).

 

0 comments on “Great News! Ananda Leeke has been named a 2019 lululemon luminary!”

Great News! Ananda Leeke has been named a 2019 lululemon luminary!

lululemonluminary-alnews

Guess what’s coming to DC? lululemon luminaries powered by WE, a three-month program designed to support 20 women including moi who enlighten and influence others to make DC a better place for everyone. I was nominated for this DC inaugural program for my inspiring work to help others through mindfulness and holistic mindful living.

During the lululemon luminaries program, I will receive support for my goals as a mindfulness entrepreneur through development, authentic relationships, and #thesweatlife. I am honored to be joining a dynamic community of women and look forward to growing and glowing with my fellow luminaries. My summer sweat from working out will definitely make me glow! I’ll keep you posted about my adventures in a few weeks!

0 comments on “Eaton Radio’s Thriving Mindfully Show Features Conversation with Yael Flusberg on Resiliency, Mindfulness & Poetry on April 20th Episode”

Eaton Radio’s Thriving Mindfully Show Features Conversation with Yael Flusberg on Resiliency, Mindfulness & Poetry on April 20th Episode

EatonRadio-TMShowApril20-YaelFlusberg

On April 20th, I spoke with my soul sistalove Yael Flusberg, a Reiki Master Teacher, Board-Certified Polarity Therapist, yoga therapist, leadership coach, organizational facilitator, and poet, on my Thriving Mindfully Show on Eaton Radio at the Eaton Workshop, a woman-owned arts, social justice, and wellness hotel, co-working space, and center in DC. The episode (S1 EP2) focused on “Living A Resilient Life & Shining Your Light with Meditation, Yoga, and Poetry.” In case you missed it, watch the Facebook Live video here. The audio link will be shared in a few weeks.

During the show, Yael discussed the meaning of resiliency and mindfulness, Yael’s early years in New York City, and how her parents’ lives as genocide survivors impacted her life. She also talked about what led her to practice yoga and meditation, and write poetry including her poetry book, The Last of My Village published by Poetica in 2010 (received Annual Chapbook Award). In honor of National Poetry Month, she read her poem “Living Waters.” She ended the show with her leading a short meditation. For more information about Yael’s weekly classes, yin yoga teacher training, and Belize Rainforest Healing Retreat in November, go here.

Watch the after the show video to learn more about Yael.

0 comments on “Join Ananda Leeke for Mindful Moments at the Wonder Women Tech 2019 DC Global Summit on May 1st”

Join Ananda Leeke for Mindful Moments at the Wonder Women Tech 2019 DC Global Summit on May 1st

WonderWomanEvent-May12019

I am looking forward to leading mindfulness sessions that include my “Make Your Breath Your BFF” exercises at the Wonder Women Tech​ 2019 DC Global Summit on May 1st. Join me and learn how to embrace #ThrivingMindfully in all you think, feel, say, and do in your life and tech career. Register online here.

 

 

0 comments on “RECHARGE! & Invest in Yourself with Mindful Self-Care”

RECHARGE! & Invest in Yourself with Mindful Self-Care

TMMindfulSelfCare-BlogGraphicHappy #WellnessWednesday!

What do you think about when you hear the word wellness?

I think about mindful self-care. Mindful self-care helps me invest in myself. It offers me space and time to reflect, release, and recharge. It creates a more resilient me.

My mindful self-care happens in four parts.

  • Part one happens when I slow down and choose to pay attention by listening and seeing what’s happening and NOT happening in my spirit, heart, mind, body, and life.
  • Part two occurs when I set an intention, identify practices, create a plan on how and when to use the practices, and seek support and accountability.
  • Part three is essential because it reminds me to give myself loving kindness, compassion, patience, forgiveness, and nonjudgment for those moments when I don’t practice mindful self-care.
  • Part four is all about celebrating my small, medium, and big wins.

GIFT FOR YOU: Check out my #ThrivingMindfully Podcast episode on creating a mindful self-care toolkit. May it inspire you to honor all parts of yourself and life!

Eventbrite-TMWApr17Recharge-FINAL4919 (1)

Need more mindful self-care in your life?

Invest in your own self-care with my support during the RECHARGE! online workshop on Wednesday, April 17th from 7:30-9:30PM ET. Register online ($35) here. Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join you!