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Practicing Mindfulness

By Charlene Rayburn

Today I downloaded the free e-book “FreeTreat: A Week of Mindfulness and Self-Care Activities” (click here)  I glanced through the e-book and made a commitment to set aside time to take action on the invitations for each day.

I love the suggestion to “Create a Self-Care Kit.” It is wonderfully nurturing. I’ve really enjoyed the “Redirecting My Attention” kit that the Am I Hungry?® program recommends for times when I have an urge to eat but I’m not hungry and decide I want to wait to eat later. This is an even more soul soothing version.

crayonsThe first item I placed in my Self-Care Kit today are the crayons, colored pencils and coloring book I bought several weeks ago. I’ve recently started using mindful coloring as a way to practice present moment awareness. Drawing and coloring are activities that I loved as a child, and I’ve discovered that I still love them as an adult. My mind unwinds, my body relaxes, and my creativity emerges as I pick the perfect color from the box of rainbow shades (I bought the biggest box I could find so I have lots of color options) and then playfully bring the page to life. The simple back and forth motion of coloring is quite mesmerizing, and the finished product makes me smile.

Finding new and fun ways to practice mindfulness is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. And I’m certain continuing to add items that “revitalize my body, mind, heart and/or spirit” to my Self-Care Kit is going to be another of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

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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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