How to Reduce Stress and Feel Presence: Take a Nature Walk in Your Mind


Since both of us are probably sitting somewhere — you reading, me writing — and you may not be able to get out for a Presence Walk until later, here are two simple things you can do right now to reduce your stress and feel more Presence in your Life:

1) Get a nature walk scheduled on your calendar this week. Anticipation of something you’re looking forward to increases joy and peace of mind and allows you to be more present to the moment. One of my favorite spots on the planet to feel Presence, joy and peace of mind is Torrey Pines Reserve, where I took this photo. Such a calming moment to appreciate the beauty of Life.

2) Do what I did just before I started writing. Look at your favorite nature photos on your computer or in a photo book or go to your own mental nature preserve in your mind, and while you’re looking, take ten long, slow deep breaths, put your hand to your heart and smile for 60 seconds, feeling the energy of Presence breathing you, giving you life. Relax into the spaciousness. (Feel free to download this photo and use it as your screensaver).

If you want to up the relaxation factor, add one of your favorite songs for three to four minutes with the nature photos full screen on your computer. One of my favorite stress relief songs/CDs is Deuter’s Sun Spirit. You can sample it on Amazon.

What’s your favorite place to walk in nature and what is one of your favorite stress relief songs? Please share in the comments below.

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Inspired Action: Post Traumatic Stress or Post Traumatic Growth?

Tony Robbins always has something worth listening to. This video clip is worth watching twice. Interesting research on post traumatic stress and post traumatic growth. Key tip: create daily rituals of gratitude, action, and giving.

If you’ve followed my  “Living with Enthusiasm Self-Coaching Guidebook and Program” you know that keeping a daily “Joy Journal” of at least one good thing (preferably three) that happened in your day and how you helped it to happen can quickly pull you out of the worst mood and in the long term turn stress into success. The key is choosing to do the work even when you don’t want to and even when you think it won’t work.

The very act of showing up for yourself and giving to yourself as you would to a friend in need can often be the very thing that turns the tide of negative thinking into inspired action. It has been for me and people I work with. I wish the same for you.

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Inspiring Your Present Moment…

“I see beauty all around, and I’m reminded once again…
Here and now I have all that I need.
Here and now this is where I am meant to be.”
~ Jana Stanfield ~

A sunset walk at Torrey Pines State Beach Reserve this past weekend and Jana Stanfield’s song “Here and Now,” inspired me to create a photo collage for you from my photos. It’s a great way to take an inspiration break at your computer when you make it a desktop background. [Right click on the photo and then click "Set as desktop background."] Enjoy!

Torrey Pines State Beach Reserve - photos (c) MaryMarcdante.com

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