EAP 41 : Ananda Leeke – The Art of Being Mindful
Resistance is a sign to dig in a little deeper, because there’s always a reason for the resistance #EAP #Mindfulness
Our guest on this episode of the Early Accountability Podcast is Ananda Leeke, a mindfulness guru, author, and host of the Thriving Mindfully podcast. Ananda found herself completely wound up by stress and suffering from panic attacks after years spent taking the Bar Exam and working in investment banking and public service. Her therapist recommended that she try mindfulness before resorting to medication, so she began meditating, journaling, and doing yoga, and she found freedom from the stress that had taken over her life.
Mindfulness is our human birthright, and it can show the gateway to who we truly are if we are mindful on purpose, in the present moment, and with no judgment. Ananda talks about how technology can either support or distract from mindfulness:
- Support: by setting alarms on your devices to breathe or go for a walk, downloading apps that can assist with meditation, or watching youtube videos about mindfulness
- Distract: by causing us to constantly be connected and reachable and decreasing productivity by making multitasking too easy
Making mindfulness a habit can take days, weeks, or months for different people, but by choosing to pay attention to your body, you can embark on the journey to self-awareness and a practical way to relieve stress.
Topics Covered in this Episode:
- Using mindfulness to combat everyday stressors
- Creating a mindfulness habit
- Mindfulness in social media
Ananda Leeke discovered mindfulness when her career as a young lawyer and investment banker did not produce the level of success she expected. Today, Ananda helps people and organizations outsmart stress, tap into creativity, and have a healthy relationship with technology as the Chief Mindfulness Officer of Ananda Leeke Consulting and host of the #ThrivingMindfully Podcast. Also, she serves as the Chief Social Media Officer at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. Her books, Love’s Troubadours, a yoga-inspired novel; That Which Awakens Me, a mindful creativity memoir; and Digital Sisterhood, a mindful technology memoir, are available on Amazon. She speaks at events sponsored by AT&T, Automattic, BlogHer, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Howard University, Institute for Medicaid Innovation, Nonprofit Technology Network, and Spelman College. In addition, she regularly shares her meditation, mindfulness, and social media expertise as a commentator on WHUR 96.3 FM. Learn more at AnandaLeeke.com.