Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice Groovy Friend!

The first day of Summer officially begins at 11:32 PM ET on June 20th. That means the Summer Solstice will also happen on June 21st. In honor of the Summer Solstice, the Thriving Mindfully Community is launching the Summer of Self-Care on June 20th and 21st. Watch my latest video here to learn more about it.

Summertime has always been a time of joy for me. Given everything that has happened in 2020 and this year, I have decided to be more intentional about embracing JOY this summer.

Did you know JOY is your birthright? JOY is also a mindful self-care practice you can choose each day.

Need help reclaiming your birthright of JOY? Go here to get your FREE membership in the Thriving Mindfully Community and participate in the Summer of Self-Care. 

The Thriving Mindfully Community’s Summer of Self-Care is a three-month celebration that encourages and inspires you to reclaim and practice your birthright of JOY from June 20th to September 21st. Once you join the Thriving Mindfully Community, go to the Topics tab and click on the Summer of Self-Care. Check out the Welcome to Your Summer of Self-Care article that includes a short overview of the three-month celebration. It also includes four videos with some of the special ingredients of my Summer of Self-Care Recipe: two short mindful moment exercises and an excerpt of my poem, “Joy, the Psalm of My Life.”

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Blessings & Gratitude,

Ananda 

Joy is your birthright!

Hey Groovy Friend!

Yesterday I took my bike Luna for a ride in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in DC. Bike riding in my city brings me a lot of JOY. Why? Because I love exploring different streets and looking at flowers, plants, trees, and the architecture of houses and buildings. I also love the feeling of freedom I get while riding my bike.

I discovered a while ago that joy was my birthright. I added it to the other birthrights of mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance that I actively claim. What keeps me going is carving out time and space to practice and enjoy these birthrights in my life and career on a regular basis.

JOY is a choice to become aware of and rejoice in the JUICY moments that OPEN YOU up from the inside out. The JUICY moments are filled with goodness. When you can make this choice and appreciate and experience your own JOY, you develop the capacity to rejoice in the goodness of others. That’s called sympathetic joy or mudita. It starts first with you.

I added JOY to the my other birthrights of mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance that I actively claim. What keeps me going is carving out time and space to practice and enjoy these birthrights in my life and career on a regular basis. Watch my video below to learn more.

Have you claimed your birthright to joy, mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance?

Are you struggling, stressed or time pressed in your life and career?

Need help or support?

Go here to claim your FREE membership in my Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space that inspires you to nurture, transform, and celebrate your life and career. When you join, you get access to the weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class at 7-7:30 PM ET.

Mental Health Is Our Birthright!

I was so happy to learn about the amazing tennis player Naomi Osaka’s decision to take care of her mental health (read her Instagram post here). I loved hearing tennis player and entrepreneur Serena Williams affirm Naomi’s decision. They represent two HEALTHY and #PRESENTAF women. They demonstrated what I know to be true: our mental health is our birthright! So is mindfulness and self-care. They are all our birthrights and ESSENTIAL to our well-being and existence on Mother Earth.

I am grateful for all of the people including numerous health, wellness, spiritual, and creative practitioners who taught me to value my mental health, self-care, and mindfulness, and supported me in my growth over the past 30 years. It’s a growth journey I continue to take daily.

This morning I decided to slow down and listen to Aretha Franklin’s You album in my Chakra Castle Chill Out Lounge. While I was chilling, I played in my lipstick and lip gloss box. Wearing lipstick and lip gloss has always been one of my self-care tools. When the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, I started collecting and wearing different lipstick and lip gloss colors even with my mask. My self-care practice became a wonderful way for me to honor myself and express my joy and gratitude for being alive and healthy each day. On hard days, it made me remember I was worth time and attention. My soul sistalove Ayesha and I share our lipstick journeys with texts and photos regularly. It’s a self-care religion for us!

Ninety-five percent of the brands I use are made by people of color. Many of the colors in my collection represent shades of the seven chakras. Today, the green lipsticks called my name. They were vibing with my heart chakra energy of loving kindness and compassion. I used Dr. Bonner’s orange ginger organic balm and Kami Cosmetics’ walnut lip liner (purchased from The Brown Beauty Co-op in DC). I mixed Einaff Cosmetics’ Margarita green lipstick and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty’s Midnight Wasabi green lipstick to create the look I am rocking today.

What self-care practices have you been using this year?

Struggling with stress?

Need help?

Go here to claim your free membership in my Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space that inspires you to nurture and transform your life and career.

May is ending! Time for Your Self-Care Check-In!

Hey Groovy Friend!

What a month it’s been. Today, I decided to take a moment to check in with you. How are you? How’s May been for you?

Watch my May self-care check-in video that I recorded in my Chakra Castle healing arts studio. During the video, I talk about:

◇my painting Love Mentalism: Be Love. Love Life (no pun intended). that celebrates my healing journey with the seven chakras
◇my writing journey, writer’s blocks, and current book project
◇how I tap into my creative self through my throat and third eye chakras
◇how I empower myself with creative rituals of wearing my lapis lazuli ring from the Navajo Nation, AJ Crimson’s blue lip gloss (purchased from Brown Beauty Co-op in DC) , and Find Your Voice t-shirt by Miri in the UK
◇an excerpt from my poem “Writing My Memoir” that is published in my mindful creativity memoir, That Which Awakens Me
◇how I dwell in the uncomfortable truths that live inside of me: feelings of mourning and grief. I
◇how writing grounds and comforts me when I am stressed and overwhelmed
◇the self-care support I get from being in sacred communities like my Thriving Mindfully Community

MY GIFT FOR YOU: If you’re stressed, time-pressed, and need a sacred and safe place to nurture, transform, and celebrate your life and career, go here to claim your FREE membership in my NEW Thriving Mindfully Community.

When you join, you get access to the Mindful Self-Care 101 Resource Library that has several self-care tools you can use in less have five minutes. You’ll also get access to the weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class (class will be held on May 31st at 7-7:30 PM ET) and the monthly Community Meeting (will be held on June 1st at 8-8:30 PM ET). Go to the Events tab and RSVP for these events.

Kick Off June with My Special Self-Care Gift Created Just for You

Hey Groovy Friend,

Guess what? None of us can live on Mother Earth without the support of others. In my own life, I have had several types of support from family, friends, therapists, health practitioners, fitness trainers,, mentors, sponsors, accountability partners, and creative, legal, tech, sorority, and spiritual groups. All these people and groups have helped me grow into the person, self-care coach, author, and artist I am today. I call that support COMMUNITY.

Are you stressed and time-pressed? Struggling with finding the time and energy to nurture yourself?

I’ve got a special gift for you. Take 1 minute to join my NEW Thriving Mindfully Communitya digital sacred space that inspires stressed and time-pressed people like you to nurture, transform, and celebrate their life and career.

It’s FREE to join. You’ll get access to the weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class at 7-7:30 PM ET (tonight’s class will be led by guest teacher Ayesha Ali) and the Mindful Self-Care 101 Resource Library. Go to the Events tab to RSVP

The Mindful Self-Care 101 Resource Library offers quick ways for you to stress less and practice mindful self-care in 5 to 10 minutes each day. Go here to claim your free membership.

One more thing … Once you have your free membership, check out the Events tab and sign up for the FREE May 26th Virtual Playdate that will focus on meditation and journaling from 8-8:45 PM ET. 

Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join the Thriving Mindfully Community.

Blessings & Gratitude,

Ananda

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Stress Less With Weekly Meditation & Virtual Playdates

Hey Groovy People! 

STRESS AIN’T NO FUN! I learned 30 years ago when I was a stressed out lawyer that meditation and creativity are two of the best ways to release stress. Watch my latest video below o learn more about the power of creativity. 


I’d love to support you in releasing stress from your life and career. We can work together when you join the Thriving Mindfully Community. When you Join the Thriving Mindfully Community, you get a weekly dose of meditation on Mondays at 7-7:30 PM ET. Find out how you can use creativity to practice self-care during the Virtual Playdates on May 19th at 8-9 PM ET and May 26th at 8-8:45 PM ET. Once you join the Thriving Mindfully Community, go to the Events tab and RSVP for these events.

See you in the Thriving Mindfully Community!
 

Celebrating My 32nd Howard University School of Law Graduation Anniversary Today: Special Poem Dedicated to HUSL Class of 1989

Happy 32nd Anniversary to the Howard University School of Law (HUSL), Class of 1989! My HUSL  classmates are AMAZING people! Today we celebrate every journey we have taken in our lives and careers since we received our J.D. degrees on May 13, 1989. I am tremendously blessed because of them all. I am grateful we shared three intense and transformative years together.

Today we also celebrate and remember our classmates who have made their life transition. They include Lauren, Van, Arnie, Lynette, Vincent, Guy, and others (forgive me if I left out any names). I decided to celebrate us all by wearing my Howard University alumni sweatshirt and creating a video with my poem, “Howard University Graduation.” The video gives a special shout out to Lauren, our third year class president and one of my dearest soul sistaloves who made her transition on April 1st as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous years, I would call or text Lauren to say, Happy HU Law Anniversary. I couldn’t do that today. So I honored Lauren’s memory and my classmates with this post.

My poem, “Howard University Graduation” also celebrates my brother Matt who graduated from Howard University School of Communications. In the photo below, he is with our parents, John and Theresa Leeke. The poem is published in my mindful creativity memoir, That Which Awakens Me (available on Amazon).

Women’s Health Week Free Virtual Playdate: Let’s Add Mindful Creativity to Your Self-Care Practices

Happy Women’s Health Week and Month!

It’s a great time to jumpstart your self-care practices. Wanna add mindful creativity to your self-care practices? Claim your FREE membership to the Thriving Mindfully Community and get FREE access to the Virtual Playdates on May 12th and 19th at 8-9 PM ET.

-May12th Virtual Playdate: Create A Self-Care Affirmation Collage, 8-9 PM ET

-May 19th Virtual Playdate: Write & Paint Your Six-Word Memoir, 8-9 PM ET

Join Thriving Mindfully Community and Learn How You Can Celebrate Digital Wellness Day on May 7th & Digital Wellness Month

Over the years, technology has become our BFF and made life and work easier. With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries have limited human gathering and interactions. As a result of social distancing and lockdowns, people and organizations have increased their reliance on and use of technology as they live, study, work, and shop from home.

Many people are glued to their digital devices (smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, and wearable tech including smart watches, wristbands, pins, rings) for the majority of their day. They’re not aware of how much they are missing out on being present for moments that matter. They’re so plugged in they are suffering from stress, anxiety, and a lack of sleep. Their ability to focus and concentrate for long periods of time has decreased and impacted their productivity. What’s more, they don’t even realize they need tech-life balance.

Does that sound like you or someone you know? That was me for a big part of 2020!

If you answered yes or maybe, you need to create tech-life balance with the support of digital wellness. Digital Wellness is the use of technology in mindful, intentional, and healthy ways.

In response to my own tech struggles in 2020, I did three things. First, I made a deeper commitment to practice digital wellness during the Digital Wellness Collective’s Digital Wellness Day celebration on May 7th. Second, I decided to get more support by enrolling in and completing the Digital Wellness Institute’s Digital Wellness Educator certification program. Third, I launched Digital Wellness Month to encourage and help people just like practice tech-life balance with small steps during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year I decided to bring the Digital Wellness Day and Digital Wellness Month to my NEW Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space that inspires us all to nurture, transform, and celebrate our lives and careers. Guess what? It’s FREE to join.

WHAT YOU GET AS A THRIVING MINDFULLY COMMUNITY MEMBER: As a member, you will have free access to the Mindful Self-Care Assessment, 5-Day Challenge, Mindful Self-Care 101 Resource Library, and weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class. You’ll also get special discounts on monthly Thriving Mindfully Academy live classes, Moon Circle and Sound Bath Meditation sessions, webinars, courses, quarterly retreats (March, June, September, and December), coaching packages, and other resources.

HOW TO GET DIGITAL WELLNESS RESOURCES: Once you join the Thriving Mindfully Community, you will receive access to the Digital Wellness Day Resources you can use to create tech-life balance on Digital Wellness Day, May 7th. On May 7th, you’ll get an email message notifying you that the resources are available in the Mindful Self-Care 101 Library.

Go here to claim your free membership in the Thriving Mindfully Community. Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join you too!

One last thing, If you’re looking for a book to read, check out my mindful technology memoir, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. It includes a digital wellness section in the Appendix with tips on how you can incorporate digital wellness in your life.

See you in the Thriving Mindfully Community!

Claim Your Free Membership in My NEW Thriving Mindfully Community & Sign Up for 5-Day Mindful Self-Care Challenge (5/3-5/7)

Can you believe April ends today? That means we have 8 months left in 2021. How are you planning to show up in the next 8 months? Let me make one recommendation. Show up as the REAL YOU with mindful self-care.

Need help? Go here to claim your FREE membership in my NEW Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space I launched to inspire us all to nurture, transform, and celebrate our lives and careers.

When you join the Thriving Mindfully Community, you can take part in the FREE 5-Day Mindful Self-Care Challenge (begins on May 3rd and ends on May 7th). You’ll also get access to the FREE weekly Mindful Monday Meditation classes.

Wanna know more about the FREE 5-Day Mindful Self-Care Challenge? Join the Thriving Mindfully Community and sign up for one of the Q/A Zoom calls I am hosting on May 1st from 11-11:30 AM ET or May 2nd from 4:30-5 PM ET.

Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join you. They’ll get a FREE membership too! See you in the Thriving Mindfully Community

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