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Reflections on John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

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Today is December 9th. In nine days I will turn 55. December 18th. Yep that’s right in nine days I will greet the world as a 55 year old.

Today is also the 55th anniversary of the first recording of “A Love Supreme” written by jazz musician Ohnedaruth John Coltrane. Coltrane recorded the four-part suite in one session at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

“A Love Supreme” echoes Coltrane’s awareness of and gratitude for his life as an artist guided by Spirit. It honors the beauty and power of surrendering oneself to Spirit in the creative process. Also, it was my first introduction into the spiritual music written and performed by John and his wife Turiyasangitananda Alice. Their music plays a major role in my spirituality, creativity, and yoga-inspired novel, Love’s Troubadours: Karma – Book One.

FYI: Ohnedaruth is John’s spiritual name. It is a Sanskrit word that means com-passion. Turiyasangitananda is Alice’s spiritual name. It means Transcendental Lord’s highest song of Bliss. Her “Journey to Satchidananda” album inspired my name Ananda.

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One of my Love’s Troubaadours’ characters is named Ohnedaruth. Read my 2009 blog post to learn more. Buy my book on Amazon.

Here’s a special treat: the words Coltrane wrote about “A Love Supreme.” Enjoy!

A LOVE SUPREME by John Coltrane (Impulse Record AS-77)

I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee, O Lord.
It all has to do with it.
Thank You God. Peace. There is none other.
God is. It is so beautiful.
Thank You God. God is all.
Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.
In you all things are possible.
Thank you God.
We know. God made us so.
Keep your eye on God.
God is. He always was. He always will be.
No matter what… it is God.
He is gracious and merciful.
It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, throughts,
fears and emotions–time–all related…
all made from one… all made in one.
Blessed be his name.
Thought waves–heat waves–all vibrations–
all paths lead to God. Thank you God.
His way… it is so lovely… it is gracious.
It is merciful–Thank you God.
One thought can produce millions of vibrations
and they all go back to God… everything does.
Thank you God.
Have no fear… believe… Thank you God.
The universe has many wonders. God is all.
His way… it is so wonderful.
Thoughts–deeds–vibrations,
all go back to God and He cleanses all.
He is gracious and merciful… Thank you God.
Glory to God… God is so alive.
God is.
God loves.
May I be acceptable in Thy sight.
We are all one in His grace.
The fact that we do exist is acknowledgement
of Thee, O Lord.
Thank you God.
God will wash away all our tears…
He always has…
He always will.
Seek him everyday. In all ways seek God everyday.
Let us sing all songs to God.
To whom all praise is due… praise God.
No road is an easy one, but they all
go back to God.
With all we share God.
It is all with God.
It is all with Thee.
Obey the Lord.
Blessed is He.
We are all from one thing… the will of God…
Thank you God.
–I have seen ungodly–
none can be greater–none can compare
Thank you God.
He will remake… He always has and He
always will.
It’s true–blessed be His name–Thank you God.
God breathes through us so completely…
so gently we hardly feel it… yet,
it is our everything.
Thank you God.
ELATION–ELEGANCE–EXALTATION–
All from God.
Thank you God. Amen.

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What Needs A Fresh Start in Your Life and Career? — Embrace Your Fresh Start with the Thriving Mindfully New Moon Circles on Nov 24th & 26th

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As we get closer to the end of 2019, I have been asking myself and my coaching clients one big question.

WHAT NEEDS A FRESH START IN YOUR LIFE AND CAREER?

My response focused on my fitness routine. It’s been stuck and not producing the results I had hoped to see before my December birthday. So I decided to hire a personal trainer. Yesterday, a friend recommended his trainer. I contacted the trainer and scheduled an evening consultation call. Well, it was a totally different call than I expected. I actually did a mini workout while we were on the call. The workout was climbing my steps 10 times within four minutes. During my first round, I completed eight trips up and down my steps. My second and third rounds were much bettter. I completed 10 rounds in less than 4 minutes.

That mini workout session sent me to sleep with a big smile. Why? It was a step in the direction of my fresh start!

This morning, I had my first full session with my new trainer. I completed the power walking routine in the alloted time and felt energized by the next step in my fresh start.

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During the past 27 years, I have been on a juicy self-discovery journey with no end date in sight. Throughout my journey, I have incorporated mindful self-care practices that tap into the power of new and full moons, astrology, crystal therapy, chakra healing, meditation, reiki, yoga, sound healing, journaling, and art-making. All of these practices have been essential to fresh starts and new beginnings in my life. This weekend, I am carving time out to explore the power of the new moon in Sagittarius which occurs on November 26th at 10:06 AM ET. The new moon will give us an opportunity to tap into the lunar energy of fresh starts and new beginnings.

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On Sunday, November 24th, I am hosting the Thriving Mindfully Moon Circle to welcome in the new moon from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Qi Kratom CBD Tea in DC. If you are in DC, plan to join me. Bring a friend! REGISTER HERE.

If you can’t make it, sign up for the online Thriving Mindfully Moon Circle on Tuesday, November 26th from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET via Zoom. Invite your friends to join you! REGISTER HERE.

 

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Make Mindfulness Your Superpower During Mindful Work Month in October!

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In the United States where I live, work is one of the most common sources of stress. According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2017 Stress in America survey, 61% of adults reported work as their top stressor.

Stress impacts everyone. It happens when we experience pressure or a situation that exceeds our ability to cope. It’s also one of the main sources of wear-and-tear on our spirits, minds, bodies, and relationships. Are you stressed at work? What causes you stress at work? How do you handle it?

MindfulnessCelebrateMindfulWorkMonth is one way you can outsmart stress. It’s free and can be used by everyone because it is our birthright. Each of us is born with mindfulness, the ABILITY TO BE AWARE of what’s happening in the present moment. Mindfulness is also a practice that we can CHOOSE to PAY ATTENTION to what’s happening in our spirit, heart, mind, body and surroundings ON PURPOSE in the PRESENT MOMENT and WITHOUT JUDGMENT.

Did you know October is Mindful Work Month?

In 2018,  a group of mindfulness program leaders from companies including Aetna, Genentech, and LinkedIn launched the Mindful Workplace Alliance, website, and Mindful Work Month to fuel a game-changing movement of mindfulness in the workplace that promotes human flourishing. As a group, they develop and connect workplace mindfulness leaders, share best practices, and build community. Check out the Mindful Workplace Alliance’s free Mindfulness Challenge on the Insight Timer app.

Since it’s Mindful Work Month, I encourage you to practice mindfulness to manage your stress at work. Here are five tips you can use.

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Tip #1: Make your breath your BFF is probably my all-time favorite tip. It simply means take a deep breath before you get out of bed, eat your breakfast, brush your teeth, bathe and dress for the day, head out on your commute to work, check your email, make a phone call, etc. If you want to add 1 or more deep breaths to your practice, go for it! The more you breathe mindfully, the more present you become to yourself and others.

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Tip #2: Set an intention is all about taking control of your day. Before you get to work or when you enter and settle into your workspace, take a moment to be still with a few deep breaths. Next, ask yourself how you want to show up at work (the qualities you want to express). Think about the kind of a day you want to experience (peaceful, harmonious, or productive). Use your reflections to set an intention. It could be as simple as “I am peaceful and calm at work today. I experience harmony in all of my interactions.”

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Tip #3: Be a single tasker! That means focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking decreases your mind’s ability to stay focused. Need more proof? Check out this Forbes.com article: 4 Mindfulness Fundamentals To Transform Your Leadership: The Incredible Myth Of Multitasking by Janice Marturano.

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Tip #4: Start your meetings with a mindful moment. Invite your team to close their eyes or lower their gaze with their eyes open and breathe 1-7 times as they settle in. Allow yourself and team a moment to settle in and focus before the meeting starts.

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Tip #5: Breathe first and then speak. It’s called a mindful pause. Allow yourself space to listen to what your colleagues are saying. Then breathe before you respond.

Follow me on social media for more tips this month.

If you need help getting started, I have included several episodes of my Thriving Mindfully Podcast below. Go here to check out more Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes.

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For more help, sign up for my online meditation classes and mindfulness workshops in October. Check out my full schedule of events for the rest of 2019 here.

Additional Events

Celebrate the new and full moons in a diverse community during the Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles at Qi Kratom CBD Tea in DC or from the comfort of your own home during the Online Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles. See the schedule of events below.

During the moon circles, you will have an opportunity to understand, embrace, and celebrate the power of the moon in your life, career, and business each month. You will also practice mindful self-care with meditation, breathing exercises, gentle chair yoga, reflection, journaling, intention setting, action and accountability, and self-celebration.

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Thriving Mindfully Moon Circles at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW in DC

Online Thriving Moon Circles

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Embrace A Mindful Self-Care Mindset in August!

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NOTE: This blog post features an excerpt from Thriving Mindfully by Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke. Copyright 2019 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Hey Everybody!

Can you believe August is here? That means we are into the eighth month of 2019. That also means we still have time to dive deep into the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care (ends on September 20th).

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WHAT IS THE THRIVING MINDFULLY  SUMMER OF SELF-CARE?

I launched the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care, a three-month journey that encourages us all to nurture our spirits, hearts, minds, bodies, breath, and lives, on the Summer Solstice, June 21st (ends on September 20th). It is designed to help us do three things:

  • 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.

Read my blog here to learn more about it. If what I’m sharing resonates with you, join the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care. Share it with your family, friends, and colleagues.

TM-StartStart the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care when you feel called to. Use the resources that resonate with you the best. Do only what works for you. Do you boo!

Before you start… Grab your favorite beverage and take some time to explore my June and July blog posts that include a self-care pledge, tips on creating self-care rituals, journaling exercises, podcast episodes, and a class and workshop schedule!

  • June blog: Join the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care
  • June blog: Practice Self-Care This Summer with a Recipe of Weekly Themes
  • July blog: Let’s Claim Our Freedom with Mindful Self-Care in July

EVENTS

Plan to join me for the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care events in August and September.

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EMBRACE A MINDFUL SELF-CARE MINDSET IN AUGUST!

This month, dive deep into creating and using a mindful self-care mindset. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of this concept. I got you boo!

Also, what you’re about to read and experience is from my upcoming book and journal, Thriving Mindfully. Enjoy!

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LET’S START WITH A MINDFUL MOMENT EXERCISE

Take 3-7 deep cleansing breaths. Start with breathing in through nose and out through your mouth. Return to breathing normally and naturally. Allow yourself to sit, stand, or lay still for a few moments as you check in with your body. Notice how your body feels. If your mind wanders and gets distracted by thoughts, sound or physical sensations. It’s okay. Distractions are normal and natural. They are a part of being human. Take a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth as you return to the present moment.

CONGRATS! You practiced mindful self-care!

ARE YOU READY?

Before we get started with looking at the meaning of the phrase mindful self-care mindset, grab a journal or piece of paper and something to write with. You may want to take notes. Spoiler Alert: There are some journaling exercises coming up!

MindsetGraphicWHAT IS A MINDFUL SELF-CARE MINDSET?

  • Mindful refers to your birthright of mindfulness, the ability to be aware of what’s happening inside and outside of yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness becomes a practice when you choose to use it and actually take actions to use it.
  • Self-Care is the act of nurturing your spirit, heart, mind, body, breath, and life with anything that uplifts your well-being. Self-care is also your birthright. You are born with it. You are worthy of it. You deserve it. It becomes a mindful practice when you claim, embrace, and use it.
  • Mindset consists of your way of thinking and beliefs that shape how you live.

Copy of Copy of TMMAW-JournalExerciseJOURNALING EXERCISES

First, take as much time as you need to answer these questions. Second, explore the ones that resonate with you the most. Leave the rest behind. Third, Do you boo!

 

  1. What are your current beliefs about self-care?
  2. Do you believe you are worthy of self-care? Why or why not?
  3. What does self-care currently look and feel like in your life?
  4. What are your barriers to practicing self-care?
  5. What would you like self-care to look and feel like in your life?
  6. What do you need to practice self-care (time, support, ideas, funding, books, podcasts, videos, classes, workshops, coaching, peer group, and/or free resources)?
  7. What is one thing you can do to create and use your mindful self-care mindset in the next 7 days?
  8. What are 3 things you can do to create and use your mindful self-care mindset in the next 30, 60 or 90 days?
  9. Who will serve as your accountability partner or team to help you stay on track with your mindful self-care practices?
  10. How will you celebrate your small, medium, and big wins in creating and using your mindful self-care mindset in the next 30, 60 or 90 days?

MINDFUL MOMENT BREAK

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After you finish journaling, I encourage you to take a mindful moment break.

Take 3-7 deep cleansing breaths. Start with breathing in through nose and out through your mouth. Return to breathing normally and naturally. Allow yourself to sit, stand, or lay still for a few moments as you check in with your body. Notice how your body feels. If your mind wanders and gets distracted by thoughts, sound or physical sensations. It’s okay. Distractions are normal and natural. They are a part of being human. Take a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth as you return to the present moment.

CONGRATS! You practiced mindful self-care!

CREATE YOUR MINDFUL SELF-CARE MINDSET STATEMENT

TM-WritingBefore you create your mindful self-care mindset statement, take a look at the one I created: I release and forgive any lack, limitation, fear, judgment, separation or resistance I have created in my beliefs about self-care. I deserve, embrace, and practice mindful self-care daily with small steps. I offer myself loving kindness, compassion, nonjudgment, patience and forgiveness as I grow into the full expression of my mindful self-care mindset. I forgive myself daily for the ways in which I fall short of expressing my mindful self-care mindset. I celebrate my small, medium, and big wins in expressing my mindful self-care mindset. I am grateful I get to express my mindful self-care mindset in everything I am called to be, feel, think, say, and do.

I started with a statement about releasing and forgiving the things I have created that have prevented me from fully claiming mindful self-care as my birthright. I included  intention, celebrate, and gratitude statements to help ground and guide me each day.

Now that you know what I wrote, it’s time for you to get started on creating your own mindful self-care mindset statement. Here are a few tips.

  • Explore your current beliefs about your worthiness and self-care. Do they need to be released and/or forgiven?
  • Review the  barriers you journaled about. Do they need to be released and/or forgiven?
  • What type of self-care do you deserve?
  • What type of self-care support do you need?

Your responses should give you plenty of food for thought and inspiration to create your mindful self-care mindset statement.

HOW TO USE YOUR MINDFUL SELF-CARE MINDSET 

TM-DailyRoutineWhenever we decide to transform our way of being, thinking, and living, we are entering the land of change. How do you embrace change?

I often resist it. My resistance has taught me I cannot escape it. I have learned change requires action. I have discovered the only way to deal with change is to “DO” change. For me that requires a daily routine of small action steps with support from my accountability partners.

The small steps I take each day add up to progress and expand my ability take medium and big steps over time. Checking in with my accountability partners on a weekly or as needed basis gives me the support I need to move through my process and navigate any internal or external barriers. Celebrating my small steps affirms my progress and energizes me to continue moving forward.

With this game plan, I’m trusting that by the time I get to September 20th (the end of the journey), I will have the makings of a regular routine to support my commitment to practice mindful self-care.

How will you use your mindful self-care mindset statement to support your commitment to practice mindful self-care?

TMHowICanHelp (1)NEED MORE HELP WITH YOUR MINDFUL SELF-CARE PRACTICES?

Let’s set up a complimentary 20-minute call (phone or via Zoom) to discuss how I can help you as a mindful living coaching, mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga teacher, and reiki master practitioner: ananda@anandaleeke.com.

 

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Let’s Claim Our Freedom with Mindful Self-Care in July!

What Freedom Looks Like with Mindful Self-Care

Happy July! Belated Happy New Moon and Solar Eclipse (happened on July 2nd)!

When you hear the word FREEDOM what comes to mind? What does FREEDOM mean to you? What does FREEDOM look like in your life? How does it feel?

I define FREEDOM as being fully myself. It’s showing up fully as myself. It’s knowing I am worthy. It’s valuing myself. It’s accepting and loving myself as I am … all parts of myself … which is a life long journey.

The personal and professional development work I have been doing as a lululemon luminary with an amazing community of 19 dynamic women in the DC area since May has helped me dive deep into exploring what it takes to know I am free on a daily basis. For me, it starts with my spiritual practices grounded in mindful self-care.

Tune into the Thriving Mindfully Podcast to learn more about claiming your freedom with mindful self-care.

PS: The photos above were taken by photographer Karlin Villondo during one of the lululemon luminaries’ session.

Looking for new moon and solar eclipse reflections, check out MysticMamma.com here.

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My lululemon luminary experience inspired me to launch the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care, a three-month journey that encourages us all to nurture our spirits, hearts, minds, bodies, breath, and lives on the Summer Solstice, June 21st (ends on September 20th). I invite you to join me on this journey. Start it when you feel called to. Use the resources that resonate with you the best. Do only what works for you. Do you boo!

Before you start…

Before you start your self-care journey, read my blog here to learn more about the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care (includes free tips and resources). Check out the weekly themes I created to encourage us all to do one thing per day to nurture ourselves. Go to my blog for more resources. 

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

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Be sure to take the self-care pledge too!

Need self-care resources?

Check out the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episodes below.

Let’s Practice Mindful Self-Care Together During My DC and Online Workshops and Classes

Be sure to check out the schedule of workshops and classes below. 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

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Join the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care!

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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.

Listen to my Thriving Mindfully Podcast here to learn more about my lululemon luminary experience.

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

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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.

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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

  • Free Mindful Monday Meditation class on Mondays from 6:15-7:30 PM at Qi Kratom CBD Tea, 1517 U Street, NW
  • Free Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group’s Monthly Saturday Morning Meditation Class in Malcom X Park on Saturdays, June 29, July 13, August 24, and September 14 from 9:30-10AM. Visit the Meetup page for more details.

Online Events

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.