Here’s a photo of my dad John affectionately known as “J” in my world at the Leeke Family Kwanzaa celebration held on December 26, 2009. Our 2009 theme was Umoja (unity). Many thanks to my mom Tee Leeke for taking the photo. We had a great time planning and facilitating our family Kwanzaa celebration. It’s something we both love to do.
Peace. Creativity, Joy, and Umoja (unity the 1st Kwanzaa principle),
Today we are celebrating Imani, a Swahili word that means faith. Click on the Cinchcast below to hear my reflections about Imani and an excerpt from my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (2007 – www.lovestroubadours.com – availble on Amazon.com – http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq). The Love’s Troubadours’ excerpt features a scene from the main character Karma Francois’ family Kwanzaa event which celebrates Imani. Enjoy!
Peace, Creativity, Faith, Compassion, Gratitude, and Joy,
Today is the fifth day of Kwanzaa. We celebrate Nia, the Swahili word for purpose. Listen to my reflection on Nia below.
What is your definition of purpose?
What was your purpose for 2009?
What is your purpose for 2010?
In 2009, my purpose was centered in my intention to take better care of myself. My practice of self-care elegantly unfolded into a commitment to be kind and gentle with myself. Compassion was the elixir that fueled my kind and gentle self-care practice. As a result, I was able to incorporate more kindness, gentleness, and compassion into my creative/yoga/Reiki healing touch/social media work, service efforts, and interactions with others.
In 2010, my purpose is to deepen my commitment to practice and promote compassion in my creative/yoga/Reiki healing touch/social media work, service efforts, and interactions with others. I have adopted the Charter for Compassion, a global campaign created by British author Karen Armstrong (launched on November 12, 2009), as a guide for healthy, mindful, and balanced living. In the coming months, I will mindfully weave the Charter for Compassion’s goals into my creative/yoga/Reiki healing touch/social media work, service efforts, and interactions with others. To learn more about the Charter for Compassion, watch the video below.