A walk in the forest, a ride with your bicycle through the countryside, a dip in the ocean, the lush garden where you enjoy the late afternoon sunshine after work… these priceless moments give us joy and we need them to survive in a chaotic world. Go outside and when the weather is dark and gloomy, get yourself some plants for in the house. Green plants incite feelings of happiness.
We need time in nature every now and then to charge our levels of happiness, to release stress and to heal of trauma and grief. I’m grateful to live on this small island surrounded by the waves of the Mediterranean Sea where the possibilities to spend time in nature are countless. Strangely, I often find myself behind my laptop, spending too much time there..
So let’s go outside, feel the sunshine and breathe the wild air!
My 16 favourite quotes on nature which are my reminder of her power and wisdom.
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
~ Anne Frank
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
~ John Muir
Things don’t just happen in this world of arising and passing away. We don’t live in some kind of crazy, accidental universe. Things happen according to certain laws, laws of nature. Laws such as the law of karma, which teaches us that as a certain seed gets planted, so will that fruit be.
~ Sharon Salzberg
Nature doesn’t need people – people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.
~ Harrison Ford
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein
Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. Yet both have been hounded, harassed and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors.
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
~ Leo Tolstoy
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
~ Edward Abbey
Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills.
~ Radhanath Swami
All the lessons are in nature. You look at the way rocks are formed – the wind and the water hitting them, shaping them, making them what they are. Things take time, you know?
~ Diane Lane
The key to nature’s therapy is feeling like a tiny part of it, not a master over it. There’s amazing pride in seeing a bee land on a flower you planted – but that’s not your act of creation, it’s your act of joining in.
~ Victoria Coren Mitchell
If we could establish a deep abiding relationship with nature, we would never kill an animal for our appetite; we would never harm, vivisect, a monkey, a dog, a guinea pig for our benefit. We would find other ways to heal our wounds, heal our bodies.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.
~ Alice Walker
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus
Nature is our eldest mother; she will do no harm.
~ Emily Dickinson
The fire in the sky
the moments before darkness arrives
with all her fury,
this pallet of exploding colors
it’s a message of hope.
It says I have lived another day
and so have you.