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Choosing Ease over Easy

By Charlene Rayburn

lightbulb 1While observing my behaviors and decisions this week, I experienced another “lightbulb moment.” I see what “being in charge” means to me. It means choosing a life of ease, over easy.

  • It’s easy to indulge every urge to eat even when I’m not hungry, but I’m more at ease throughout my day when I choose physical comfort over excessive eating.
  • It’s easy to use food as sedation for anxious thoughts and feelings, but practicing relaxation techniques instead provides a more precise ease of mind.
  • It’s easy to give into thoughts of “I’m too busy” when it comes to exercise, but I move with much greater ease throughout the day when I’ve spent time stretching or walking.
  • It’s easy to be tempted by advertisers’ claims that I need what they’re peddling, but there’s incredible ease in the reassurance that my body has wisdom and can be trusted.
  • It’s easy to look in the mirror and criticize myself, but there’s a more honest feeling of acceptance and ease when I practice self-compassion.

It’s easy to revert back to the same old habits, but between overindulgence and restriction is a beautiful life of ease.

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About the author

Charlene Rayburn, CVCC, lives her passion for mindfulness and intentional leadership by serving as a personal and professional leadership coach, by managing a department of dedicated employees for a Fortune 500 sized health insurance organization, and by facilitating Am I Hungry?® workshops and coaching sessions. She has coached extensively with individuals and groups outside the corporate world, as well as with executives, leaders, and teams in non-profit, private, public, governmental, and educational organizations spanning the globe. Charlene received her coaching certificate through the Center for Coaching Mastery at Coachville, LLC, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Davenport University. She is a member of the National Management Association. One of her most emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences was serving as a volunteer at the Center for Battered Women. Charlene currently lives in Michigan and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years, reading, learning, cooking, practicing yoga, and watching her grandson grow, who lives with his dad, her stepson in Fort Worth, Texas.

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