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Videos from Ananda’s December 6th Book Release Party

Happy Kwanzaa and New Year!

I hope your holiday season has been a joyous one so far!  Today I uploaded several videos from my December 6th book release party that celebrated my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.  Enjoy! 

That Which Awakens Me and my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com) are both available on Amazon.com:   http://tiny.cc/7uFsg and http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq.

Enjoy your week!

Peace, Compassion, Gratitude, Unity, and Self-Determination,

Ananda

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Ananda’s December 6th book release party featured in The Cotillion Magazine

Me and author/performer Margaux Delotte-Bennett (one of my favorite poets! – www.kinkywaves.wordpress.com)

Photo Credits: Jessica Solomon, founder of The Saartjie Project – www.saartjieproject.org

 

Greetings All,

Many thanks to Pamela L. Pressley, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Cotillion (www.thecotilliononline.com), a daily online  publication, for writing an article about my official release party that celebrated my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery on December 6 at SHAKTI MindBody Studio (www.shaktimindbodystudio.com) in Washington, D.C.  Click here to read the article: http://www.thecotilliononline.com/2009/12/07/ananda-leekes-that-which-awakens-me-book-signing-and-release-party.  It includes some great photos. 

I will post some webisodes from the book party later this week.  My photographer Leigh Mosley (www.leighmosley.com) will give me photos of the event this weekend or early next week. So hold tight until then!  My videographer Matt Leeke of Majik Productions (yep he’s my brother) will edit the video footage this holiday season.  Look for the videos on Ananda Leeke TV (www.youtube.com/anandaleeke) this winter!

If you missed the book party, you can watch my online book party featured on the December 5th webisode of Ananda Leeke Live! on UStream.tv:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ananda-leeke-live.

That Which Awakens Me and my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (2007 – www.lovestroubadours.com) are available on Amazon.com.  Click here to purchase the books:  That Which Awakens Me – http://tiny.cc/7uFsg and Love’s Troubadours –  http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Joy, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Ananda

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Day 1 of the That Which Awakens Me Book Release Party Countdown

Greetings All!

I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with fabulous food, fun, and family moments that fill your heart with joy, gratitude, and love.

Join me in celebrating Day 1 of the That Which Awakens Me Book Release Party Countdown.  Check out the video below that features me reading an excerpt from Chapter 5 of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.  It discusses my writing life. For more information, visit www.anandaleeke.com. The book is available on Amazon.com.

If you are in D.C. on December 6, come on by the official book release party from 4pm to 5pm at SHAKTI MindBody Studio www.shaktimindbodystudio.com, 1302 9th Street, N.W, Washington D.C. The Chinatown Metro (walk 3 blocks north on 7th Street) and Mt. Vernon Street Metro (walk 1 block South on 7th Street) are located near SHAKTI.

Judy Weathers, my Ameriprise Financial financial advisor will provide a gift certificate for a free consultation to individuals who purchase copies of That Which Awakens Me and Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (my debut novel about a yoga teacher in D.C. (www.lovestroubadours.com). The book party will be videotaped by Matt Leeke of Majik Productions, Inc. Many thanks to my yoga teacher Faith Hunter (www.faithhunteryoga.com) and her SHAKTI business partner Ieshia Ali for hosting the book party!

 Thank you for your positive energy and support!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Blessings,

Ananda

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Collage-Making from Full Strawberry Moon Weekend Celebration

Hi All,

On Sunday, June 7, I participated in Jamie Ridler’s Full Strawberry Moon Dreamboards event. To learn more about Jamie and her full moon events, visit
http://starshyneproductions.blogspot.com/2009/06/full-strawberry-moon-dreamboards-june-7.html. I ended up making five collages that reflect my intention and commitment to live a juicy sweet, tranquil, and joyful life this summer.  I labeled them Honey Oshun Mooon Collages.  See below.  I was inspired by the West African Yoruba goddess Oshun, a love goddess who governs creativity, sweetness, honey, femininity, sensuality, joy, abundance, the arts, dance, sweet rivers, motherhood, jewelry, and healing. She is one of my patron goddesses.

Do you have a favorite goddess?  If yes, who is she?

Enjoy your day!

Ananda

 

Honey Oshun Moon Collage Series

hm-yoga

This collage is called “Aspire.Learn.Love.Create.Evolve.” It honors my yoga practice and use of ayurveda. It reminds me to maintain a daily practice of honoring my body temple. I included two pictures of myself. One shows me sitting in the easy yoga pose. The other shows me smiling. I also included a photo of Ganesh, the Hindu god of overcoming obstacles. I took it at Shakti Mind Body Studio (owned by my yoga teacher Faith Hunter – www.shaktimindbodystudio.com and www.faithhunter.comin DC). There are several clippings of a tea pot with herbs, meditation sculpture, and the phrases – your practice will bloom, yoga, om ayurveda, and aspire-learn-love-create-evolve. A quote by Joanna Macy is included: “The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.”

hm-tranquil

This collage is called “Tranquil.” It reminds me to practice extreme self-care (a phrase coined by life coach and author Cheryl Richardson). I included a picture of me smiling and clippings with the lunar phases of the moon, a woman relaxing, and fireworks. There is an affirmation at the bottom which reads, “love your life.” A quote from Audre Lorde is featured: “and look mother I am a dark temple where your true spirit rises beautiful and tough like a chestnut.” I also pasted in a message about inspiration: “Stay inspired! Your soul goal – to acknowledge all your successes, not only those measured in pounds and inches; Your soul payoff – Increased determination and a renewed sense of Yes-I’m-amazing! confidence.”

hm-obama

The name of this collage is “Serving America with My Gifts.” It reminds me to use my gift of optimism to create positive change in the world like President Obama is doing. The collage also contains two pictures of me. One shows me posing in the warrior yoga pose. There are several clippings with messages: 1) optimism rules, 2) give optimism, and 3) the world is a magical place. A quote by poet Lucille Clifton is included: “may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear.

hm-lovelife

The name of this collage is “Vive La Vie” (live life). It reminds me to live my life fully without limitations and with joy and fun. The collage contains 2 magazine clippings featuring a man and a woman enjoying time together. It also has a butterfly with flowers, a clipping of American playwright Lorraine Hansberry (one of my favorite creative folks and inspiration for my novel and poetic memoir), a clipping of a woman as she relaxes, and picture of me. There is also a quote which says, “Women who have an abundance of joy are those who make a priority of finding pockets of it within their own lives.”

hm-free

The name of this collage is “Quintessentially Free.” It reminds me to live freely as a golden girl who loves butterflies, tunics, flat sandals, fashion, style, polka dots, and yoga clothing. It contains a picture of me along with a quote that says, “You already know it: Money can’t buy joy, so instead of spending your earnings, spend time on things that really do delight you.”