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Mindful Movement – Listen to My Inner Wisdom

By Charlene Rayburn

woman indicating listenRecently I’ve been using the Body-Mind-Heart Scan to help me select what exercise I want to do that day. Like asking myself, “Am I Hungry?® ” when I have the urge to eat, I’ll ask myself “How does my body want to move today?” Then, I focus on my physical sensations and energy level.

A tired back may lead me to some yoga stretches. A rested body and higher energy level may inspire me for a cardio session. Residual stress from a busy week may prompt me to take a mindful walk in nature to help restore balance.

I also focus on my mind. What am I telling myself about exercise today? Am I thinking thoughts of dread or resistance? Then, what are my thoughts telling me I’d rather do? Watch a movie? Maybe, grabbing my MP3 player with an audio romance novel and taking a stroll through the neighborhood is a good choice. Or maybe a few simple body stretches to remind myself just how good movement feels when there are no “should or have tos” attached it.

I take into consideration my feelings as well. Anxious? Maybe a dance-style video, or a walk through the mall. Frustrated with a work challenge? Possibly a toning session with weights is just what I need to recapture my sense of power.

By listening to my inner wisdom rather than following a charted exercise routine, while staying aware of the benefits of balance, variety and moderation, I’m learning how to move how I love, and love how I move!


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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