Open your heart by watching Ananda’s 2/12 online yoga class for computer users

Hi All,

Give yourself the gift of love by taking 15 minutes to watch my yoga class video that explores the power of opening your heart.  It includes kind and gentle yoga poses that you can do while sitting in a chair or in your bed.  Click here to watch the video: http://stickam.com/anandaleeke.

FYI – My yoga class honors women’s heart health month (celebrated in February) and the people of Haiti.  If you learned something from the class, please consider making a donation to Doctors Without Borders to support their work in Haiti: www.doctorswithoutborders.org.

I am teaching two more online yoga classes on February 19 and 26 at 7:00 a.m. EST: http://stickam.com/anandaleeke. I hope you can join me for the classes.

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Love OMs,

Ananda

Ananda Celebrates Love Day w/ a poem & video from her new book That Which Awakens Me

Happy Friday! Happy Early Valentine’s Day!  Happy Love Day Every Day!

I thought you might like to read a poem about love from my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon.com –  http://tiny.cc/7uFsg).  See below.  I have also included a video of me reading the poem. Let me know what you think of the poem.

What does love mean to you?

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for love in all of its beauty,

Ananda

Excerpt from That Which Awakens Me

Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke.

The Word

In the beginning was the word.
And the word was a seed called a thought rooted in Spirit.

In the beginning was the word.
And the word that we were given from Spirit was choice.

In the beginning was the word.
And the words that we choose each moment create energy,
meaning, and power in how we experience ourselves, each
other, and the world around us.

As we think and speak, we become a vessel of spiritual,
emotional, physical, silent, verbal, and written expression.

Our thoughts and words have lives of their own.

They tell our life stories out loud.

They stamp the universe with our vibratory signature.

Our vibration finds its way into the universe and dances to the
beat of beautiful music or noisy disturbance.

If we are mindful and aware, we can choose to allow our
vibration to create love, peace, light, beauty, joy, healing,
happiness, laughter, and abundance.

If we are unconscious or ego-tripping, we run the risk of
making a choice that will add more emotional, spiritual, and
physical violence in the universe.

The question we must ask is: what do we want the beginning
of each moment to look and feel like?

My answer is L-O-V-E.

Ananda’s Great News! Her wire sculpture featuring the Haitian love & healing goddess Erzulie will be on exhibit at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute on March 11-May 24 in NYC

Great News All!

Yesterday I learned my wire sculpture “Erzulie’s Black Heart” will be featured in the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s exhibition “Wearing Spirit: Aesthetically Personifying the Feminine in African Sacred Traditions” from March 11 to May 24 in New York City.  The opening reception will be held on March 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  If you are in the Big Apple on March 11, join me at the reception.  It will be BIG FUN!  For more information about the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, visit www.cccadi.org.  Many thanks to Shantrelle Lewis for inviting me to submit my work!

Ananda Leeke's wire sculpture Erzulie's Black Heart

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley (the greatest photographer in the universe! – www.leighmosley.com)

Below is my artist statement for the exhibition.

Artist Statement

Ananda Leeke’s passion for African goddesses began while she was studying Kemetian and Yoruba religions and writing My Soul Speaks, her first chap book of poetry, in 1992.  In 1995, Leeke began using coat hangers, an assortment of wire, found objects, vintage jewelry, fabric, and amulets to sculpt images of African goddesses including Oshun, Yemanya, Oya, Maat, Auset, and Het Heru.  Over the past fifteen years, she has explored these goddesses in her artwork, writing, and travels to Cuba, Egypt, Ghana, Louisiana, and Senegal.  She discovered Erzulie, the Haitian goddess of love, while writing her debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One.  Erzulie influenced the lives of many characters in Love’s Troubadours. Erzulie’s veve is incorporated in Love’s Troubadours logo and artwork on the book cover.

Erzulie’s Black Heart is a goddess of love and healing who was born out of the middle passage experience of enslaved Africans in Haiti.  She is a Petwo spirit.  Her love and healing energy are hot, aggressive, and quick to act when the children of Haiti need her.  Her black heart represents a sanctuary for Haitians when they are faced with life’s hardships including poverty, illness, violence, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred on January 12. Erzulie’s Black Heart heals the pain and suffering of Haiti’s sons and daughters. She protects them with the fierce love of a Black warrior woman.  Her intention is to bring the children of Haiti to higher ground.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for Erzulie, the Haitian goddess of love,

Ananda

Ananda’s audio blog w/ poem for World AIDS Day

Greetings All:  On December 1st, we are called to honor World AIDS Day – www.aids.gov.  Click on the link to hear me read “Our Creativity,” a poem about my work with The Women’s Collective, a direct services organization that supports women living with HIV/AIDS in the DC area: http://www.utterli.com/u/utt/u-MTAwNDgwMTM.  Visit www.womenscollective.org for more information. The poem is included in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (November 2009 – available on Amazon.com).
Peace, Creativity, Gratitude, Compassion, and HIV/AIDS Awareness, Ananda

Listen to Ananda share an excerpt from her new book That Which Awakens Me

Greetings All:  Click on the button above to hear me read two short poems from Chapter 3 of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery which is now available on Amazon.com. Enjoy!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Ananda

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Listen to Ananda read a poem about creativity

Listen to Ananda share quotes and a poem form Chapter 4 of her new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (December 2009). The poem she reads is entitled "Creativity."

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Ananda reads excerpt from That Which Awakens Me

Listen to Ananda share an excerpt from her new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon.com in December) which celebrates her mother, Therese B. Gartin Leeke. She gives an update about her online book party events. For more information, visit http://www.anandaleeke.com.

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Day #2 of Ananda’s online book party for That Which Awakens Me: Listen to Ananda read an excerpt from Chapter 1

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I Have Given the World My Songs by Elizabeth Catlett (1948, linocut)
Join Ananda’s online book party celebration for her new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (December 2009 – available on Amazon.com). Click on the button above to hear Ananda read “They Want Me to Hear Their Songs,” a poem inspired by artist Elizabeth Catlett’s I Have Given the World My Songs (1948, linocut). The poem is taken from Chapter 1 of That Which Awakens Me. Ananda uses six-word memoirs for her chapter titles. Chapter 1 is: Honoring Ancestors.Family. History. Cultural Legacies.

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