Happy Yoga Monday and Earth Day!

Janice Gates' book Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga
Janice Gates’ book Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga

Happy Yoga Monday and Earth Day!

Yoga is a sacred gift because it helps promote self-acceptance and self-love. Check out my yoga video that shares yoga wisdom on self-acceptance and self-love from Janice Gates’ book Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga .

earth-day-2012_22412Today is also Earth Day, an annual celebration that is held across the globe that calls individuals, communities, organizations, and governments to acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.This year’s theme is “The Face of Climate Change.” Click here to learn more about the day.

earthdayTake a few moments and breathe in the beauty of Mother Earth today. Give thanks for all the planet does for you and your loved ones. Make a promise to do three things to support the sustainability of  our global home. If you are in DC, stop by the Earth Month celebration at Union Station this month.

How are you celebrating and honoring Mother Earth?

OM #YogaMonday OM! OM Mother Earth OM!

PS: If you would like to read about my yoga journey, check out my memoir That Which Awakens Me on Amazon.com. It is available on Kindle

My debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One features a main character who works as a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the Love’s Troubadours’ Pinterest board which contains some great information about the novel. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.

Time to complete my Digital Sisterhood book — Will be away from this blog until late October 2011

Photo Credit: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2011

Happy Earth Day!  Happy Good Friday!

Last weekend during Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Sunday I made a decision to step away from this blog and my @AnandaLeeke Twitter page, Facebook pages, Tumblr page, Flickr phoho-sharing site, Vimeo channel, and Cinchcast audio blog to begin the wonderful, juicy journey of completing my next book, Digital Sisterhood, a memoir.  The only thing I needed to do was a pick a date. I have vacillated on the date all week.  This morning I realized during my yoga, Reiki healing touch,  and meditation practice that my day to step away is in fact today.  That means this is the last blog post until late October (will be back in time for Blogalicious on October 21-23 in DC).

It also means I will reduce my daily and weekly social media activities that support the Digital Sisterhood Network beginning May 1.  Next week I have several blogs (with videos and photos) to write and post along with several radio shows to organize for the Feminism Online Project series on Digital Sisterhood Radio.  The Feminism Online Project ends on May 31. I will continue to host the Digital Sisterhood Wednesday weekly celebrations on Twitter (late April through October), post reminders about Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Sundays each month, and manage the monthly episodes of The Stroke Diva Fabulous Show hosted by lifestyle blogger Kamaria Richmond, Digital Sisterhood Network Blogger-in-Residence, on Digital Sisterhood Radio. I will spend time in May and June managing the final weeks of my Kickstarter fundraiser which ends on June 28 and hosting the June 29th DC She Writers Meet Up featuring guest poet/writer Dr. Ada Diaz, a Howard University professor.  I will launch the Digital Civility and Security Initiative for a week (July 4-11) and co-host the July 6th Twitter chat on digital civility with Andrea Weckerle, CiviliNation founder. In August, I will do a few audio blogs about my BlogHer participation.  In addition, I will host the September 29th DC She Writers Meet Up.  WOW! That felt good to share. It’s my way of having accountability with myself and life coach Yael.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my words, sending me positive vibes and energy for my writing journey, and supporting all of my creative efforts! May you have a beautiful rest of April, May, June, July, August, September, and October!



PS: Listen to my audio blog about Earth Day and a poem that celebrates green living! Enjoy!

Listen to Ananda read poetry from her new book That Which Awakens Me as she launches her 30 Days of Poetry, Jazz, & Earth Day Awareness on BlogTalkRadio

Happy April! Happy National Poetry Month!  Happy Jazz Appreciation Month! Happy Early Earth Day (4/22)!

Today marks the beginning of “30 Days of Poetry, Jazz,  & Earth Day Awareness,” my online campaign that promotes National Poetry Month, National Jazz Appreciation Month, and the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.  From April 1 to April 30, I am using social media and six-word memoirs to share jazz inspirations, poetry, and reflections about Earth Day and green living.

Here’s my first six-word memoir for April: Poetry. Jazz. Earth. My Soul Necessities.

Do you have a six-word memoir for April, poetry, jazz, or Earth Day awareness?  Share it in the comment section below.

This morning I recorded an author chat on BlogTalkRadio which celebrated jazz, poetry, springtime, Cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, green living, and Mother Earth (in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day).  Several poems discussed neo-soul singer Erykah Badu, jazz singers Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, jazz musicians Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk.  They were published in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.  Click on the the BlogTalkRadio widget below to hear my 15 minutes of poetry.

Who are your favorite poets?

What are your favorite poems?

Who are your favorite jazz musicians and singers? Any favorite jazz songs or CDs?

Who are your favorite green living activists?

Enjoy your day!  Make it a poetic, jazzy, and green living kinda day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for poetry, jazz, and Mother Earth,