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I love being on the trails in nature surrounded by trees. Sometimes all it takes to honor myself is to step into the forest and take a deep breath. As I walk or run through the forest I am in awe of nature around me, how everything grows and falls. It’s calming and brings a shift into my own being.

When I feel all over the place in my thoughts, or when I am experiencing a challenging situation I get on the trail and just allow myself to be while simultaneously observe my surroundings. It’s helped me solve problems that I haven’t been able to work through as well as receive new creative ideas for a new project or even finish a project.

When you step into nature, it automatically shifts your breathing but it helps in releasing because in that space there is a deep connection that feels magical. Every time you exhale, you have the ability to let go. It’s where you get to go into thought and consciously become objective about current situations you are facing and with a deep breath choose to release what is hanging on or even holding you back.

Make time for a nature walk and be an observer in the miracles and the collaboration between plants and animals that help serve each other life and thrive. And then step into the moment to take in the sights, sounds and smells as you walk through the forest. Nature always reminds me to get back to being in the moment, not in the past or in the future. Trees don’t worry about the storm ahead and fear the fall nor do they worry about how they got to be where they are. And yet it feels magical all the same.

Engage in active gratitude for what is, the lessons that you were given and as you walk out from your connection with nature, observe the shifts you were able to experience as you take each breath.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

The Rebels Den

Author + Artist, a Goal Coach + Business Strategist. Petra helps freedom-seeking Rebels + Creatives to follow their intuition, embrace who they are while they taking action towards their dreams + goals - whether it’s writing a book, starting a business or just focusing on personal goals. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!

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