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5 Mindfulness Quotes | Lessons From Nature

We are not passive outsiders to nature. The natural world is as much a part of us as we are a part of it. It’s no wonder that spending time amongst its regrowth, resiliency and beauty can encourage us to find lessons and remedies that improve our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

When we observe nature, it can bring about clarity, balance, acceptance and calm — even if it’s taking a moment to rest and breathe. Here are 5 nature-themed quotes that will hopefully provide some much-needed insight and mindfulness …

A poem by Jennae Cecelia that reads: And while everything else seems to change, I find comfort in the sun rising and setting the same.
Words by Jennae Cecelia artwork by Transatlantic Notes

Changes aren’t always easy to navigate; they can be confusing, stressful and overwhelming. Maintaining something that grounds us, like a routine, can provide a secure base from which to tackle shifting uncertainty.

It’s common to push aside taking care of our mental health when we‘re facing challenging times. As a result, we may not notice when the weight of our worries become too heavy to carry. By allowing ourselves to pause, listen, accept and respond to our needs, we‘re protecting our wellbeing and increasing our chances of finding the right support. Forging a path forward requires acknowledgement it’s important we give ourselves that chance. 

If we always rush through experiences, we’ll miss the lessons they can present. We won’t perceive or discover the beauty of growth — even in the most difficult of circumstances. Many beneficial changes can come from allowing ourselves to reflect.

A Robin Wall Kimmere quote that reads: The land knows you, even when you are lost.
Words by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Connection, meaning and roots will always be there to be reclaimed even when you find yourself unsure, doubting and adrift. Nourish them, and you’ll never be alone.

A Rumi quote that reads: Maybe you are searching among branches for what only appears in the roots.
Words by Rumi

Feeling a bit lost or directionless will happen periodically, we can even second guess ourselves into fear, inaction or confusion. Every so often we need to look in new directions — discovering what we seek may be closer than we realise.   

FURTHER INFO/SUPPORT:

What Plants Can Teach Us About Survival – Vox

How Nature Is Good For Our Health & Happiness – BBC

NAMI Helpline – a free, nationwide U.S. resource that offers experienced peer-support guidance and advice

CheckPoint – global (by country) resources for mental health support

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40 thoughts on “5 Mindfulness Quotes | Lessons From Nature”

  1. That Rumi quote is definitely my favorite here, but they’re all phenomenal. This post makes me wish I spent more time outside (if only I wasn’t allergic to *everything* haha)

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  2. Oh, these are just lovely! As a gardener I spend a lot of time outside in Nature and it’s so true, she works at her own pace and the sooner you tune into that, the happier you’ll be!

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  3. Great post!
    Ralph Emerson Waldo’s is my favourite quote to ponder. We’re all rushed off our feet for everything and we get frustrated easily. We have to relearn patience.

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  4. These are really nice quotes, and what you say is true. Nature is so relaxing and calming, and it really does help me feel better to be outside in it!

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  5. Love all of these quotes! They resonate a lot, mostly the one about looking at something in the wrong place and that the land knows you even when you’re lost! x

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