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A few weeks ago, bright and early at 6am on a Saturday, I found myself in my office, with a much-needed cup of coffee, staring at the lovely faces of a dozen other women all over the world. We were here for a 2 hour Mindfulness and Self Care workshop, Awaken to Mindfulness, with Rachel Letham, a UK-based Success and Wellness Coach who works with female business owners globally.
I first learned about Rachel when reading my regular copy of In the Moment magazine (if you don’t already subscribe, you should – it’s available on the Kindle app). Her career trajectory resonated with me so I began following her on Instagram shortly thereafter. As it turns out, she’s as engaging and personable on social media as she comes across in print, and I quickly grew to appreciate her helpful and attainable tips and support.
Fast forward a few months and here I am, getting ready to see how she coaches a small group of us live (and remotely!). Personal wellness and self care is such a personal thing, I was intrigued to see how she had created a program that would resonate for all of us. Spoiler: I was not disappointed.
After ensuring we all felt connected and present, Rachel brought us through multiple exercises for mindfulness, allowing each of us the space to play with and determine which techniques resonated best for us. They were short but impactful, and I really took to her mindful breathing cycle. It reminded me of counting beats between fences while jumping horses as a teenager. Back then it enabled me to stop overthinking and focus on the moment with cadence, relaxing both my horse and me. While only focusing on myself now, I found I was transported back through this exercise, the memory bringing an additional layer of calm and a smile to my face.
In transitioning to the self-care portion of her workshop, Rachel took the space to recognize the things we already do but may not recognize as self-care. I found myself, subsequently, thinking about how the first step in conscious well-being is often in shifting our perspective from a scarcity lens to an abundance mindset, which incidentally tied a thread back into the meditation Rachel did to bring us into the present at the beginning of her program.
She provided numerous actionable tips and activity suggestions and I would challenge anyone to not find a tidbit that they could take with them to improve their own self-care practice. Her suggested use of “empty minutes” particularly resonated with me, as I realized I have numerous moments like this throughout my day. From making my morning coffee, letting the dog out in the backyard for a spell, allowing the shower to heat up, or brushing my teeth, all of these moments could be left for a short spell of that mindful breathing cycle I so appreciated earlier. For me, these are minutes I typically wasted in rumination or anxiousness and I love this new way of looking at my time.
What really stuck with me, and continues to resonate, having now stepped away a few weeks into the future, is Rachel’s clear and concise ability to explain why certain techniques and activities support our mindfulness and self-care efforts. I feel that oftentimes teaching revolves more around the what and how instead of starting with the bigger factor of why it’s all important in the first place. It’s a very powerful way of looking at the different elements and being able to deduce for oneself why a particular practice or habit is or isn’t working, is suitable or not in different circumstances. This facet is so important for each of us to understand, given how personal mindfulness and self care practices are.
Rachel’s techniques for connecting, building understanding, and developing action made this one of the more impactful two hours of learning on my growth journey to date. I came out of it feeling energized and full of confidence for the day ahead. In light of all the upheaval we’ve already had in 2020, in mid-July Rachel is hosting a free 5 day Vision Board challenge. You can sign up through her Instagram bio link. I will definitely be there and I hope you will join me for it, too.
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