• Hiking My Feelings: Stepping into the Healing Power of Nature

  • By: Sydney Williams
  • Narrated by: Sydney Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever spoken unkindly to yourself? Do you even realize when you do? Are you ready to make changes but find yourself completely paralyzed by the choices in front of you? We live in a hyper-connected, “always on” world, and frankly? It's exhausting. Let’s make time to disconnect from the distractions and reconnect with yourself.

Hiking My Feelings: Stepping into the Healing Power of Nature is more than a collection of trail tales - it’s a guide to aid (or begin!) your healing journey, helping you do the work to step up into the best version of yourself.

Over the course of our lives, not only do we pick up our own trauma, we carry things for others - their fears, their insecurities, their expectations for how we should live our lives. So many of us are wandering through life wearing an invisible backpack full of those things, and it can be heavy. The weight of the stuff we are silently carrying is killing us slowly. We as individuals and every level of our communities are affected by trauma. When we don’t get help, unresolved trauma manifests as mental and physical disease.

Join Sydney Williams as she unpacks her "trauma pack", sharing the story of how hiking helped her reconnect to, and heal, her mind and body - kicking her limiting beliefs and type 2 diabetes to the curb in the process.

©2019 Sydney Williams (P)2020 Sydney Williams

Featured Article: The Best Hiking Audiobooks


Hiking is a time-honored way to appreciate and learn about nature while improving your physical and mental health. But even if you can't get out on the trail yourself at the moment, these hiking audiobooks will give you a greater appreciation for the sport. Hiking's broad appeal and long history have formed the basis of many compelling works of nonfiction. They run the gamut from intense stories of survival and perseverance to gentle explorations of the healing power of nature. Each of these hiking audiobooks is perfect whether you are out on a hike or sitting behind the wheel of a car.

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Great book

I wasn’t sure what was going to take place with this book but I’m so glad I finished it. I hike part of the TCT and hated it! Maybe I should try again. I would recommend this book to everyone!

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nice book but gets a little long in the tooth

liked it mostly, I appreciate her opening up. but I did feel the end got a little sales oriented. now I question if the entire book was part of a marketing pitch.

I'm not really sure how I feel now about the book and story.

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Excellent listen!

I not only loved hearing Sydney’s story but her voice was very soothing and made for an easy listen. Definitely will recommend. All around very inspiring and educational with some tears and laughs in between.

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Get ready for an amazing story

I started reading Hiking My Feelings in January 2021 after wresting some of my own trauma. I was gifted a copy of the audio book and knew this was going to be the best way for me to get through the book without it taking months. Listening to Sydney read her story made it that more personal and I felt like I was sitting with her every time I hit the play button. I don’t want to spoil the (audio) book, but I will say this brought me to tears, happy and sad. Sydney leaves you feeling like not only are you not alone, but as individuals we are much more powerful and can overcome trauma (of all sorts).

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A memoir of body trust and hiking

It is not about A thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, but it doesn’t need to be. It is about hiking and the kinds of benefits that I have personally experienced related to the healing path found in walking meditation. Even when you don’t think you’re meditating, hiking offers a space where you can allow your body to process all of the things that are built up and held within it. The book is not an instruction guide. It is merely a memoir (I love memoirs) but I think it offers to each of us a reminder of our individual strength so that we can navigate life in this society rife with body image issues, health diagnosis, and personal, deeply personal, experiences that we need to dig in to, process, and heal from.

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Exactly what I needed

Great book, so insightful and helpful after the past year of quarantining alone with my emotions and baggage for the last year! Very positive and a real look at acknowledging your past and why identifying your emotions. Plus I'll be listening to ot again as I prepare for a big hike this summer!

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Highly Recommend

Hiking My Feelings was such an enjoyable memoir. I was hooked after the first chapter and I binged it in 2 nights. I could really relate to Sydney's trials and tribulations, and her story motivated me to get back out into nature and free my spirit with hiking again.

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Relatable story on growth and healing

The author prefaces her book stating she’s neither a therapist nor a professional hiker, then invites you to join her in this incredible journey of growth and healing. She’ll captivate you with her humor and beautifully eloquent story-telling that will make it hard to put this one down. Her story is both relatable and deeply insightful. It will also inspire you to get out and connect with nature to unpack parts of yourself you never knew you were there. Highly recommend!

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Wonderful listen

I am not a huge fan of audio books. I’ve tried a couple different ones and just couldn’t get into them. Listening to a book narrated by the author provides such a improved listening experience for me. Listening to Sydney tell her story I felt like I was walking on the trail with her. Her story is so relatable and inspiring. I share some of the same struggles and am working through them them by hiking and being outdoors. This story is a must read or listen for anyone going through or has gone something and trying to find their way.

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Made My Eyes Leak

I really love this audiobook! I could feel the author’s energy and emotions come through in her voice. In fact, my eyes leaked quite a few times because I got so caught up emotionally in her story. A wonderful account of her resilience, love, and following her dreams. Prepare to be inspired, laugh, and cry!

I highly recommend this book- very well done!