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What Else Am I Bringing to the Table?

By Charlene Rayburn

focusAt lunch one day this week I noticed that I was chomping somewhat hard while chewing my first bite of food. Once aware, and realizing that I’d forgotten to do so before starting to eat, I paused to do the Body Scan described on page 36 of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat.

Taking a moment to focus on my physical sensations, thoughts and feelings helped me realize that I had brought more to the table than just my salad. Also present was a tightness in my shoulders, whirling thoughts of work strategies and planning, and an emotional sense of urgency. I took a few deep breaths, dropped and relaxed my shoulders, turned my attention to mindfully eating my food, and enjoyed the view of the river through the window next to my table.

My eating experience was instantly transformed and so was the mental state that I took with me to my next meeting. I simply love the mindful eating and living tools provided in the Am I Hungry?® program. They are practical and really make such a difference!

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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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