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Join Ananda for a conversation about yoga and creativity with Leslie Kershna, founder of Creative Space Yoga tonite at 7 p.m. on Go Green Sangha Radio

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Leslie Kersha, founder of Creative Space Yoga (and one of my favorite yoga bloggers!), will join me for a discussion about yoga and creativity tonite on Go Green Sangha Radio at 7:00 p.m. EST on Talkshoe.com – http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/21325.  For more information about Leslie, visit http://creativespaceyoga.blogspot.com.

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What’s Coming in September – OneWebDay and National Yoga Month

 

 

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Happy Wednesday!

Today I thought I would give you a sneak peak at what’s going on with me during the month of September.  See the news below. 

1) On September 1, I will launch kg yoga life practices’ OM A Day Campaign, an online effort that will promote yoga and relaxation exercises for bloggers, Internet users,  and creative folks.  OM A Day will offer yoga tips, resources, and radio shows for 30 days.  More information will be posted next week on http://kgyoga.blogspot.com.

2) On September 11, I will kick off kg yoga life practices Meetup Group’s Global Mala Project for Peace Awareness, a nine-day yoga class series that seeks to remind individuals that they have the power to create more peace in the world through mindfulness in their daily lives.Participants will have an opportunity to do 12 sun salutations. At the end of the nine-day practice, participants will complete 108 sun salutations dedicated to peace. The event will also honor individuals and countries impacted by the terrorist attacks of September 11th, United Nations International Peace, and Autumn Equinox. See the schedule below. For more information, check kg yoga life practices’ Meetup Group next week: http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

kg yoga life practices’ Global Mala Project for Peace Awareness was organized based on yoga teacher/peace activist Shiva Rea’s Global Mala Project (http://www.globalmala.org) The purpose of the Project is to unite the global yoga community to form a “mala around the earth” through yoga, meditation, and mantra practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108. A mala is a set of prayer beads made from 108 beads and used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or name of a sacred deity.

Global Mala Project for Peace Awareness Schedule

a. September 9 @ 6:45pm-7:15pm

b. September 10 @ 6:45pm-7:15pm

c. September 11 @ 6:45pm-7:15pm

d. September 12 @ 9am-9:30am

e. September 13 @ 9am-9:30am

f. September 14 @ 6:45pm-7:15pm

g. September 15 @ 6:45pm-7:15pm

h. September 16 @ 6:45pm-7:15pm

i. September 17 @ 6:45pm-7:15pm

3) September 22 marks kg yoga life practices’ Meetup Group’s first annual celebration of  OneWebDay (http://onewebday.org) and National Yoga Month (http://www.yogamonth.org).  Join me for a FREE short morning yoga class for Internet users from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park in DC. The class will meet by the waterfall that faces the reflecting pool located at the 16 Street and Florida Avenue, NW entrance. Participants should dress comfortably, refrain from eating and drinking two hours before the class, and bring their own mats. Yoga mats will NOT be provided. If it rains, the class will not be held.

OneWebDay was established by Susan P. Crawford in 2006 to encourage Internet users to celebrate online life and show how the Internet affects their lives. For more information, visit
http://onewebday.org. For more information, visit http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

 

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, and Yoga OMs,

Ananda

2 comments on “Wreck This Journal – Week 6 – Creative Play & Gratitude”

Wreck This Journal – Week 6 – Creative Play & Gratitude

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Happy Wednesday!

Today I decided to share what I have been doing in my Wreck This Journal book for Week 6.  Click here to see what my creative sistaloves from the Next Chapter Book Blogging Group have done during Week 6:  http://tnc-wreckthisjournal.blogspot.com/2009/07/wreck-this-journal-week-6.html.

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On Sunday morning, I served as a volunteer yoga teacher for my free monthly yoga class (http://yoga.meetup/584) in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meridian_Hill_Park), a local slice of paradise in my U Street neighborhood in DC.  After the class, I walked up 16th  Street to All Souls Unitarian Church (www.all-souls.org) and picked some leaves from various trees. One leaf was shaped in a heart. It was yellow and green.  It reminded me of my intention to maintain an open heart.  This morning, I created a collage by pasting the heart-shaped leaf on a green piece of construction paper.  I also wrote a statement about gratitude on the collage: I am grateful for waking up and seeing Mother Nature in a new day.  While reading page 168 of Wreck This Journal,  I decided to paste my collage as a secret message in my journal.  I used the last two digits of the year I became a debutante for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. as my secret page.  That was a lot of fun to remember.  I had big fun with the debutante training process and coming out celebration. What great memories!

I also enjoyed playing on the following pages:

  • Page 142 asked me to create a sign of what I wanted to say.  I wrote a wisdom message that I have been using all week: be grateful for everything and everyone.
  • Page 122 asked me to trace my hand.  I traced my left hand with a black ballpoint pen and thought about how I use my left brain (logical, analytical, objective, and rational) to manage the publication process of my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (Summer 2009 – iUniverse, Inc.).  My left brain has been spearheading the final stages of my book publication process (something I have tried to escape because all I wanna do this summer is play!).
  • Page 112 invited me to infuse the page with a smell of my choice.  This was so much fun.  I used my lavender oil and rubbed it on the page.  Now my book smells fresh like lavender!  Lovely!!!!!
  • Page 138 told me to write with my left hand.  This was silly.  I ended up writing “love is all we have.”  I can barely read the message!!!!
  • Page 115 and 116 encouraged me to close my eyes and connect the dots from memory.  My lines were all over the place. A few connected the dots. The exercise made me laugh a lot.  It was all about CREATIVE PLAY!!!!!
  • Page 150 felt good to do because it told me lose the page, throw it out, and accept the loss.  I needed to do this exercise.  Last week I started releasing a lot of clutter in my home and life.  After I dumped everything, I felt so much spaciousness in my home and heart. I also felt a sense of loss.  I got a little stuck in a sad place until I realized that I needed to accept the loss.   

So that’s all I have for Week 6. 

Thanks everybody for reading my weekly updates.

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

4 comments on “Wreck This Journal – Week 4 Update”

Wreck This Journal – Week 4 Update

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Hi All,

Last Friday marked week four for my Next Chapter Book Blogging Group. We are having a grand time with the book Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.  Click here to see what my creative sistaloves are doing:   http://tnc-wreckthisjournal.blogspot.com/2009/06/wreck-this-journal-week-4.html.

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This morning I woke up feeling very anxious about a series of changes I am experiencing.  These changes are transforming the landscape of what my current life looks like.  They are pushing me out of the cocoon of a ten-year comfort zone.  Sometimes they scare me.  They show me my fears.  They make me revisit old wounds.  I don’t like them, but they don’t care. They are happening and will continue to happen.  How do I want to respond?  That’s the question I asked myself over and over again before I got out of bed and headed to the yoga mat.  As I came into child’s pose, I asked Creator for guidance and help.  The music of Jai Uttal kept me company.  It seeped into my throat and before long I found myself chanting Sita Ram over and over again. The chanting helped ease some of my anxious feelings.  Feeling more grounded, I began doing a series of 10 sun salutations. At the end, I sat down on my mat and did several rounds of alternate nostril breathing before chanting Sita Ram with my mala beads 108 times. 

When my morning practice was over, I headed back to my bedroom to grab my Wreck This Journal book.  Me and the book walked into the kitchen and sat down at a table filled with magic markers, scissors, gluesticks, and magazine clippings.  I noticed a quote by Dante and decided to paste it on the cover of the book: “Follow your own path and let people talk.”  I wondered what is my path in the midst of change?  Four wisdom phrases emerged:

1) Keep your heart open.

2) Surrender and do not resist.

3) Embrace and enjoy the destruction and release of your old life as an opportunity to actively witness and participate in the transformation process.

4) Give thanks and be grateful for all changes even the ones that make you panic,  scare you into old wounds, and cause you to feel doubts and fears.

Enjoy your week!

Peace, Surrender, Change, Release, Transformation, and Creativity,

Ananda

2 comments on “Just For Women Manifesto – Poetry Marries Collage”

Just For Women Manifesto – Poetry Marries Collage

Hi All,

Yesterday I posted a collage with a poem made from magazine clippings.  Some folks have asked for a typed version of the poem. See below. Please share it with others.  Consider making one of your own.  If you do, feel free to post it in the comments section below. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

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Just for Women Manifesto by Ananda Leeke (based on collage)

Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke

 

Practice loving yourself 

Drawn inward take a personal time out.

Age gracefully.

Experience your own divine nature.

Become yourself.

Reserve a day for yourself.

Giggle.

Living your best life.

Share. Serve. Make a difference.

Think the environment is important.

Our roots make us stronger.

Love.

Be more sensuous.

Discover the power to create.

Go ahead … PLAY.

Join the movement.

0 comments on “The Business of Being Ananda Leeke – Part 1”

The Business of Being Ananda Leeke – Part 1

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Narrative: Memories. In Your Own Words, a six-word memoir

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Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke

Happy Thursday!

Two weeks ago my life coach Yael gave me several homework assignments.  One assignment involved me mapping my goals, priorities, and to do list activities.  Yael said this assignment would give me a picture of what I am doing in my life.  I call it The Business of Being Ananda Leeke.  Yes it is a business being me!  And it is a business building and maintaining the Ananda Leeke brand

This morning I got up early again with more energy.  I made some peppermint tea to keep me company as I sat at my kitchen table journaling about about my goals, priorities, and to do list activities for July, August, September, October, November, and December.   Several key phrases emerged from my journaling:  

  • mission
  • strategy-driven approach
  • reality check-ins  
  • desired outcomes
  • bottom liners
  • satisfaction
  • celebration

“More words … blah … blah … more thinking … more work” is what I thought when I reviewed my writing.  So I put my pen down and walked over to my yoga mat.  After doing a few restorative poses, I moved into my ten sun salutations.  When I finished, I sat on my meditation cushion and did several rounds of alternate nostril breathing.   That really opened my heart.  I took it a step further and grabbed my mala beads for a mantra chanting session that ended with several quiet OMs. 

After my morning yoga, I returned to my kitchen for breakfast.  While eating my oatmeal, I realized that The Business of Being Ananda Leeke  deserves a strategy-driven approach that incorporates my heart and mind.  There must be balance between the two.  A Yin and Yang approach to be-ing me. 

Stay tuned for more updates on The Business of Being Ananda Leeke!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

PS:  Be sure to tune into the first episode of The Ananda Leeke Show, an online radio program that celebrates creativity in everyday life, on June 30 at 8pm EST on Talkshoe.com.  I will discuss my insights on writing my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery(Summer 2009 Release – iUniverse, Inc.).  Click here to listen to the show:  http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820.  If you miss it, you can listen to a recording several minutes after the show airs.  You can also download the show to your computer or iPod via iTunes.

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Summer Wisdom Collage

Happy Wednesday All,

This morning I woke up with a lot of energy. So I made several collages for my Sisterhood, the Blog site and a summer wisdom collage.  The wisdom messages that selected me (that’s right … they selected me) were exactly what I needed.  Check them out below.  Do you have any summer wisdom? 

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

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Summer Wisdom collage by Ananda Leeke

Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke.

 

My Summer Wisdom Messages:

1) What I know for sure … love your body!!!!

2) Better health means more energy to do things you want to do.

3) She’s got the power.

4) Change, in all shapes and sizes, can definitely bring out our deepest fears–but it also offers us vital new encounters with the bountiful magic of life.

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Chicago Creative Adventure #1 – Visit to Art Institute of Chicago

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Hi All!

It’s raining right now in Chicago. The Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps in the Dark” is keeping me company. Thank goodness for Pandora.com!

I am planning to head out to the Museum of Contemporary Art shortly. I’ll spend some time there before heading over to the Blogging While Brown Conference (http://www.bloggingwhilebrown.com) which starts with registration around 5:00 p.m. There’s also a reception that kicks off at 7:00 p.m. After the reception, my cousin Ellen and I are going to visit Devon Avenue for some good Indian food.

Yesterday was amazing. I slept late. I spent the afternoon chilling and relaxing. I walked around downtown Chicago in the early evening and just took in the sunshine and beauty. I also visited the Chicago Architecture Foundation (http://www.architecture.org) and viewed the Chicago Model City exhibit which opened on June 10. I learned about the Mecca Flats, an African American housing unit on the Southside. I want to research it more for some story ideas.

My evening got sweeter as I walked along Michigan Avenue and strolled with the evening crowd. I took a few moments to take some pictures of the Art Institute of Chicago before heading in for one of the best creative adventures of my trip. I saw three exhibits:

  • Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper – I was introduced to some fantastic artists: Laurie Anderson, Sol Lewitt, Nancy Spero, Brice Marden, Annie Ryan, Joan Miro, Evelyn Statsinger, Kurt Schwitter, and Yayoi Kusama. My heart was so full when I saw one of my favorite artists Adrian Piper’s Vanilla Nightmare #2. The evening continued to bring me joy when I saw Glenn Ligon’s Backlash, Backlash…, Jasper John’s Perilous Night, Amedeo Modigliani’s Caryatid: Rose and Blue, and Pablo Picasso’s Head of a Woman.
  • Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007 – I first learned about Twombly’s work while reading More magazine last month. I tore the picture of his painting out and kept it with me. I was so excited when I realized his work was on exhibit at the Art Institute. The exhibit was mesmerizing. WOW. It generated so much creative fire in me. I was bubbling as I noticed his use of color and the way he creates this lush intuitive, messy flow of paint mixed with words, poetry, flowers, nature, crayon drawings, and scribbles. Damn, this cat is truly amazing. I am in love. Yes indeedie sweetie I love me some Cy Twombly! That’s why I purchased a book featuring his artwork from the exhibition. I even wrote a poem about the series that touched me the most.
  • Girls, Tricky – This film by artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen features the rehearsal of Tricky, a trip hop musician and producer from London. WEIRD. I watched it for about 8 minutes before rolling out. It wasn’t for me!
  • Museum Shop Discovery #1 – When I picked up a copy of Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 by Andrea Brownlee (http://www.digidiva.net/Cinema%20II%20Brochure%20005.pdf), I thanked the shopping goddess because it was priced at only $27.50. Now that’s a bargain for an art book about Black women. There was only one copy left. It was waiting for me! Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 is the first exhibition to examine the critical contributions of Black women film and video artists to the field of contemporary art. The book chronicles the exhibition which features some of my favorite artists such as Adrian Piper, Julie Dash, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Marìa Magdelena Campos-Pons, and Xaviera Simmons. The exhibition and book were created by The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
  • Museum Shop Discovery #2 – I laughed when I found a postcard featuring artist Gaston Lachaise’s Woman, a bronze sculpture of a woman with a body like mine. It was a much needed affirmation to embrace my fullness and beauty. I am keeping the card as a reminder and will place it on my altar when I get home.
  • Museum Shop Discovery #3 – Joan Miro’s Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman reflected how I felt about the artwork I saw during my creative adventure at the Art Institute. That’s why I purchased a postcard of her work as a reminder to surrender and allow myself to flow with the art of life. Her work also made me think of a statement that I read while I was reading the curator’s description for the Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper: “Art is a sign of life. There can be no life without change, as there can be no development without change.” Now that’s some art wisdom!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

13 comments on “Week 3 of Wreck This Journal – Come Alive CD by The Roots Became My Creativity Playlist”

Week 3 of Wreck This Journal – Come Alive CD by The Roots Became My Creativity Playlist

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Hi All,

It’s week 3 in the Wreck This Journal Book Blogging journey:  http://tnc-wreckthisjournal.blogspot.com.  This week I started wrecking my journal on June 15 while listening to the Come Alive CD by The Roots.  My favorite songs for wrecking my journal were:

  • “All I Know”
  • “Y’all Know Who”
  • “What You Want”
  • “Love of My Life”

Do you have a Wreck This Journal playlist?

My favorite journal wrecking activities were:

  • p. 58 – Pretending to doodle on the back on an envelope with an orange magic marker (lots of hearts, scribbles, and square boxes).
  • p. 98 – The page of good thoughts was filled with reminder that God is love in pink magic marker.
  • p. 146 – The space for negative comments and what is your inner critic saying awakened my inner critic Broomhilda. Click here to learn more about her:  http://kiamshacom.blogspot.com/search?q=broomhilda. Broomhilda criticized me for writing a book  (my new poetic memoir – That Which Awakens me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir – Summer 2009) with too many pages that folks won’t read. She accused me of pretending to be more than I am. She also told me I wasn’t ready to shiine.  She released her usual criticism about my muffin Buddha belly and told me my current work with my life coach Yael to tone my belly and improve my core and self-acceptance were worthless.

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My inner critic Broomhilda

This week was full of insights. The inner critic exercise was the main source of the insights.  I’m glad I am working with my life coach Yael to strengthen my self-acceptance.  That’s why I am smiling right now about  Broomhilda’s criticisms.  They let me know I am on the right path to shining my beauty and sharing my gifts. 

I will visit more Wreck This Journal sistalove blogs next week after I get back from Chicago and the Blogging While Brown conference (www.bloggingwhilebrown.com).

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

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Headed to Chicago to have fun and attend the Blogging While Brown Confrence

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Happy Wednesday!

I am on my way to Chicago to chill out, have fun, attend the Blogging While Brown conference (www.bloggingwhilebrown.com), eat some great Indian food on the North side, and check out some great exhibits at the National Museum of Mexican Art (www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org) and the Du Sable Museum of African- American History (www.dusablemuseum.org).  I will share my thoughts about my trip and conference participation in the coming days. 

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda