Ananda’s audio blog w/ poem for World AIDS Day

Greetings All:  On December 1st, we are called to honor World AIDS Day –  Click on the link to hear me read “Our Creativity,” a poem about my work with The Women’s Collective, a direct services organization that supports women living with HIV/AIDS in the DC area:  Visit for more information. The poem is included in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (November 2009 – available on
Peace, Creativity, Gratitude, Compassion, and HIV/AIDS Awareness, Ananda

That Which Awakens Me Book Release Pty Countdown-Day 2 – Next Chapter Book Blogging Group Wrap Up and Art Every Day Month poem in Ch 4

Greetings All.

Today you get a three in one with the video countdown.  Click on the video below that features my Next Chapter Book Blogging Group wrap up of The Joy Diet by Martha Beck, my final day of Art Every Day Month adventures, and day 2 of the That Which Awakens Me book release party countdown.  Enjoy!

Click here to read more about the Next Chapter Book Blogging Group:

Click here to read about the Art Every Day Month community:

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,


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 The book is available on

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, 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. ( The book party will be videotaped by Matt Leeke of Majik Productions, Inc. Many thanks to my yoga teacher Faith Hunter ( 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’s Reflections on Gratitude and Creative Releases During Thanksgiving

Greetings All,


I just read this Helen Keller quote on my sistalove Dottie Green’s Facebook page:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
It is so true.

Yesterday, I received three boxes filled with copies of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (it is available on now – from my publisher. It was humbling to open the boxes and look at the physical manifestation of a seed Creator planted in my womb many moons ago. I sat in silence for a few moments and just gave thanks. My heart was so full. I was speechless. Yes me chatty Cathy who always has a word or two to share. The beauty of the moment was INCROYABLE (incredible as the French say)!

As I read through the book, I thought about all of the people who have come in and out of my creative life. I also thought about the support and inspiration I received from various online and offline communities. WOW! I know I have been blessed!

What came up next were thoughts about a few folks who have moved out of my creative life. Their departures reminded me that physical, emotional, spiritual, and relationship releases always come when I birth a dream into the universe. It also fits with the release work I have been doing with support from my life coach Yael. So I am not surprised. That’s just par for the course.

Lately, I have been having a lot of intuitive experiences that connect me to just the right energy, quote, article, book, conversation, music or creative event that offers wisdom on release. What a blessing! These experiences are expanding my awareness and opening my heart so I can give thanks and move forward into greater blessings, experiences, and growth opportunities.

Many thanks to everyone who has played a role in my creative life!

Enjoy your holidays!

Peace, Light, Love, Compassion, Gratitude, and Laughter,


Listen to Ananda share an excerpt from her new book That Which Awakens Me

Greetings All:  Click on the button above to hear me read two short poems from Chapter 3 of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery which is now available on Enjoy!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,


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Ananda’s Art Every Day Month Adventures





Happy Friday!

This week, I had a great time with my Art Every Day Month journal.  Click here to learn more about Art Every Day Month:  For the past two weeks, I collected leaves from my neighborhood walks.  I used them in my journal collages.  I have also been using my collages as a part of my life coaching homework assignment that involves releasing.  After my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Discovery ( and became live, in color, and available for purchase on November 18, I felt this huge RELEASE.  So I made some collages, practiced yoga, meditated, went running (yes I am back to running – my 30 day birthday countdown!), and planned some fun outings with friends!  See my collages above.  Let me know what you think about them. 

Make art every day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Joy,


Happy News! My new book That Which Awakens Me is online for purchase!

Happy Wednesday!

Today I received an early birthday present from my publisherwhen I learned my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery is available for purchase online here:  It will be made available on and other online bookstores in the coming weeks. 

Many thanks to Creator and everyone who helped me reach this place of joy, satisfaction, and completion!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Joie de Vivre,


PS: If you are in the D.C. area on December 6, please join me for my official book release party at SHAKTI MindBody Studio.  See the flyer below.

On November 18 at 8pm EST, Ananda launches kg yoga life practices show on MomTV show. Join her!

Greetings All:  Join me tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. for the launch of kg yoga life practices new show on MomTV The show will provide kind and gentle yoga exercises and tips for people who use computers. Compassion (karuna in Sanskrit) will be a major theme in the classes. It will also include a chat with questions and answers. I will share yoga-inspired excerpts from my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Womans Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on in December). Visit to watch the show (30 minutes). It airs on the third Wednesday of each month.  Watch my promo video for the show!  Hope you can join me for the class!  Enjoy your day and week! OM Karuna OM! Namaste, Ananda

Tune into the Nov. 9th episode of The Ananda Leeke Show @9pm EST for a conversation with Author/Professor Shayne Lee about Malcolm Gladwell’s The Outliers and Ananda’s books, That Which Awakens Me and Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One




Greetings All,

Join me for a conversation with my brothalove Shayne Lee, an author and professor of sociology at Tulane University, about the influence of The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ( on my new book, That Which Awakens Me on the November 9th episode of The Ananda Leeke Show at 9:00 p.m.  We will also discuss my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (  Click here to listen to the show: 


Shayne Lee



Shayne penned T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher (2007) and Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace (2009).   I read T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher earlier this year and fell in love with it.   Shayne’s book influenced my new book, That Which Awakens Me.  I even quoted from his book in my memoir!   Yeah it was that GOOD!  I also wrote a review about T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher and interviewed Shayne on BAP Living Radio in February.   We had big FUN!  Click here to read my review:   To learn more about Shayne, visit

 Enjoy your week!

Peace and Creativity,