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Curiosity is key

By Charlene Rayburn

heart with key“By asking the deceptively simple question “Am I hungry?” you open the door to a much deeper awareness and understanding of yourself. Once inside, there’s much to explore.” – Michelle May, M.D., Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, Introduction, page 2

How true! Almost daily I gain insights. Some are subtle. Some are more like the proverbial 2 by 4 that whacks me upside the head.

This week was the realization that I’ve had a fundamental uneasiness with hunger. I’ve never fully understood how much I’ve misinterpreted fullness for security in the past. It’s like I’ve been using overeating as a way to get an illusionary hug, a way of feeling safe and content.

Of course, in truth, it is the opposite, overeating can drain my energy, damage my health and stand in the way of my living fully and being my best. New behaviors may take time to feel natural, but I’m on my way to getting comfortable with comfortably full.

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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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