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Recap from 30 Days of Poetry, Jazz & Earth Day Awareness – Listen to Ananda’s audio blogs from April 24 – 30

National Poetry Month 2010 was amazing!  My 30 Days of Poetry, Jazz, and Earth Day Awareness celebration gave me a chance to rediscover some of my favorite poets and poems. I also discovered new poets and poems.  I had big fun recording my audio blogs and posting them on Cinchcast, Twitter, and Facebook each day.  Just in case you missed listening to them, I have included a list of links for the period of April 24 to April 30 below.  Enjoy!

Links for my audio blogs with poetry for April 24 to April 30:

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Check out Ananda’s Examiner.com’s article about National Poetry Month & social media

Greetings,

Today I returned to writing my DC Social Media Examiner Column. Click on the link to read my article about National Poetry Month and social media:  http://tinyurl.com/y796bun.  Let me know what you think.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for poetry and social media,

Ananda

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Day 9 of 30 Days of Poetry, Jazz & Earth Day Awareness: Celebrating Sufi poet Rumi

Greetings,

It’s day 9 0f my 30 Days!  So today I started my morning with yoga, meditation, and poetry by Sufi poet Rumi.  Click on the Cinchcast audio blog to hear me read one of Rumi’s poetry about love and art. I also read my poem “Loving You” from my new book That Which Awakens Me.   

Do you have a six-word memoir for today?  Here’s mine: Poetry. Jazz. Earth. Listen. Dance. Heal.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for Rumi’s love of poetry,

Ananda

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Great News! Ananda’s poetry and yoga interview are featured on The Pearls Book Blub Blog during National Poetry Month

Members of the Pearls Book Club

Greetings,

A few weeks ago, Felisha Fowlkes, the founder of Pearls Book Club, contacted me via email to request an interview about yoga for her club’s web site and blog.  When I visited the sites, I was amazed to learn about their mission and commitment to “motivate, inspire, and encourage one another” as they travel through their lives together.  These women are dynamic divas. I also had the pleasure of chatting with Felisha via phone too. She is a woman with a true vision and commitment to service.

Yesterday, Felisha posted my yoga-inspired poem and interview on the Pearls Book Club blog. What an honor! Click on the links below to read the poem and interview.

Many thanks to Felisha and the members of the Pearls Book Club!

Enjoy your day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for book clubs, poetry, and yoga,

Ananda

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Day 8 of 30 Days of Poetry, Jazz & Earth Day Awareness: Celebrating Poetry as a natural medicine

Photo Credit: http://njculibrary.wordpress.com/2008/04/page/2/

Greetings,

It’s day 8 0f my online campaign “30 Days of Poetry, Jazz, and Earth Day Awareness.”  It’s turning into quite a journey. I am falling back in love with many of my favorite poets, jazz singers and musicians, and green living tips.  I am also using this 30 day process to deepen my yoga and physical fitness practice.

What are you doing this month?

Anything fun planned?

Any new projects?

What about travel plans?

This morning I got up early to prepare for my author talk about “Poetry as a natural medicine for the soul” on Ananda Leeke Live via UStream.tv at 9:00 p.m. (EST) tonight.  John Fox’s amazing book Poetic Medicine kept me company.   Fox is the founder of the Institute of Poetic Medicine. I discovered his book and work during the 15th Annual Society for the Arts in Healthcare Conference held in 2006 at Northwestern University’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  Both have mentored me as an artist-in-residence at Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts over the past four years.  Last year, Fox visited Smith Farm and facilitated a poetry healing workshop for the artists-in-residence. It was so powerful.  That experience convinced me to include a section on the power of poetry in my new book That Which Awakens Me.

After I ate breakfast this morning, I recorded an audio blog featuring an excerpt from Poetic Medicine.  I also read a Navaho blessing poem and my poem “Poetry Thursday” from That Which Awakens Me.  Click on the Cinchcast button below to listen to my blog.

Do you think poetry is a natural medicine for the soul?

Here’s my six-word memoir for today: Poetry. Jazz. Earth. Phrases dance naturally.  Please share yours in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for the healing power of poetry,

Ananda

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Day 3 of 30 Days of Poetry, Jazz & Earth Day Awareness: Celebrating poet Tim’m West during National Poetry Month

Greetings All,

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I would share several videos featuring my brothalove poet Tim’m West.  Tim’m is an amazing creative soul.  He has been a major inspiration in my work.  I wrote about Tim’m in my new book That Which Awakens Me. Check out the videos below featuring Tim’m and me reading a poem about Tim’m.  Enjoy!

Do you have a six-word memoir for today? Mine is Poetry.Jazz.Earth. Baptize me today.

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for poetical souls like Tim’m,

Ananda