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Practicing Self-Care: Mindful Gardening

By Charlene Rayburn

I grabbed my gardening hat, gloves, and trimmer and stepped outside to greet the flowers blooming in my yard. There they were, like familiar friends, each with their own body type, style and personality. Some were wispy and free-spirited, some bold and showy, others delicate and shy. Together, they are exquisite.

As I nurtured and cared for them, they returned the favor; my heart felt like it was singing, my own spirit felt free, and time stood still. I was exactly where I wanted to be.

A hummingbird flitted around the arbor of trumpet vines, a huge bumblebee, who I named Henry, investigated the lilies, and a monarch butterfly visited the coneflowers. And I absorbed it all.

I invited some inside as I selected a few lilies and placed them in a vase to adorn the dining room table. They prompt an inner smile every time I walk past them.

For these reasons, gardening is an act of self-care for me. Since reading Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, I am more aware than ever why practicing self-care is recommended to enrich our lives. It is a wise and wonderful investment in ourselves.

What are some of your treasured self-care practices?

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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.

One Comment

  1. Lenore says:

    That’s lovely. For me..I live in S. Florida about 10 miles from the beach. A girlfriend and I make a point to ride bikes along the beach and take a swim about 4 times a week. We call it our mini morning vacation. All good.. sunshine, exercise, ocean water, and friendship! Very nourishing on so many levels.

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