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A Mindful Walk

By Charlene Rayburn

swanThis morning I enjoyed a wonderful multi-sensory mindful walk. Using the “intention and attention” definition of mindfulness, I walked unplugged. No MP3 player. No cell phone. No watch. Not even a pedometer this time.


Immediately after opening the front door to step outside I heard one of my favorite sounds…Michigan songbirds. I walked to their unique and beautiful music, including the special solo of a soulful morning dove.


My early morning walk after last night’s storm offered the cleanest, clearest air and the wonderful scents of pine and flowering trees. So sweet.


A stream, a pond, ducks, geese, two herons and a swan


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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