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Nature’s lessons in mindfulness

Welcome to the July Mindful Mama Carnival: Mindfulness and Nature

This post was written for inclusion in the Mindful Mama Carnival hosted by Becoming Crunchy and TouchstoneZ. This month our participants have shared their experiences of mindfulness and the natural world. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Mindfulness: full awareness of the present moment, without judgment.


The cold winter sun is caressing my face. Sounds of singing birds and playing children mix in a perfect symphony.  The breeze is bringing me a smell of rain.. but it’s still far.  I still have time to enjoy this moment.

Willow tree

It’s easy to be mindful in nature.

Nature is beautiful.

Nature is perfect.

Nature is what it is.

We don’t judge nature. Yes, sometimes we say that the weather is bad or the see is too stormy… but we don’t usually put any emotional attachment into those statements.  That’s how things are. We are powerless to change them. Why try?

We don’t try to guess nature’s intentions. We don’t think, “This rain is deliberately out there to get me”. We notice it. We open our umbrellas or look for shelter. We can’t change the rain, but we can change our response to it.


But we forget that people are part of nature, too.

They are beautiful.

They are who they are.

They are not out there to get us.

We can’t control them (in some cases we can, but do we really want to?).

We can’t change them, but we can change the way we respond.

Can we bring the same mindfulness that comes so easily when we are in nature to our relationships?

Anyone up for a challenge?


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction has found a connection to nature in her very own backyard, thanks to her chickens.
  • Healing Gemstones and Crystals for Children Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses which genstones and crystals are best used by children to support physical, emotional, and/or spiritual healing.
  • A Gardener’s Meditation Andrea at Tales of Goodness shares how she finds peace and renewal through gardening.
  • Weeding My Thoughts Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro discusses how nature keeps her in the moment and stops her endless stream of thoughts.
  • Grounded in Nature Rani at OmSheSaid shares her walk in nature, and through expressive words, shares this journey to coming home.
  • Embracing the Magic of Moonlit Nights Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares ways to embrace the magic of moonlit nights with your children and as a woman.
  • Meditation for a Mindful Mama Alinka at Baby Web guides you through her research on the science of meditation, its numerous benefits, and presents to you a life changing meditation exercise.
  • The Wild Within Naturemummy at Motherhood: My Latest Adventure reflects on the soothing qualities of wild places.
  • Nature’s Lessons in Mindfulness Tat at Mum in Search wants to bring the same mindfulness that comes so easily in nature to her relationships.
  • On Manicured Nature: We Roam in Small Spaces Featherstory at The Aniweda Dream shares her gratitude for her limited natural settings and her plans to expand her children’s experience with the natural world.
  • Garden (Time Out) Meditation Do you ever need a time out for yourself? Amy at Anktangle finds that during a difficult parenting moment, taking pause to spend a few minutes outside is just the thing she needs to be able to experience renewed patience, focus, and energy.
  • Nature Makes Me a Better Mother Terri at Child of the Nature Isle could not imagine parenting without Mother Nature.
  • The Healing Power of Sunshine Karen at Playful Planet shares her experiences of reneweal in the natural world.
  • Natural History Kenna at A Million Tiny Things gets out into nature, 200 years ago, and isn’t sure she likes it there.
  • Nurtured by Nature Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares with us how being in nature helps her feel centered and connected.
  • Mindfulness and Nature Zoie at TouchstoneZ explores the connection between mindfulness and the natural world.
  • A Sense of Awe and Wonder Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the feeling she never fails to get from the natural world and how it guides her to the mindfulness she craves.

9 Responses to Nature’s lessons in mindfulness
  1. Alinka @ Baby Web
    July 6, 2012 | 2:02 am

    Thank you for your beautiful post Tat. I find it incredibly empowering to realize that we are the only ones to decide how we respond to what is happening around us – and that includes nature, people who are part of it and any other outside circumstances.
    Alinka @ Baby Web recently posted..Meditation For Mindful Mama

  2. Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama
    July 6, 2012 | 6:16 am

    Oh wow! This was a really insightful post. You are spot on in the fact that we need to connect to people as we typically do nature. We take nature at face value. We certainly do not do this often with relationships. You have given everyone a really good challenge with this post! Thank you!
    Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama recently posted..Healing Gemstones and Crystals For Children

  3. Kenna Lee
    July 6, 2012 | 7:29 am

    So right on! Love this.

  4. Kelly
    July 6, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Tee hee…sometimes I think that the rain is out to get me ;)

    Really though you are so right on – what a wonderful and though provoking connection. It is a huge challenge for me at times to give others (especially my husband, ahem) the benefit of the doubt in regards to assigning their intentions – something I am always wishing to be better at. I think the comparison here with the natural world will be very helpful in that. Thank you!
    Kelly recently posted..A Sense of Awe and Wonder

    • mum in search
      July 6, 2012 | 8:31 pm

      Lately I’ve been thinking that the rain is out to get me, too. It’s sunny and nice, we take all our bikes and balls to go to the park and the moment we are out of the door – it starts raining! It’s happened 3 times in the last 2 days :)

  5. Andrea @ talesofgoodness
    July 6, 2012 | 9:28 am

    Thank you for this. You’ve given me a new intention. You’re right of course – people are one with nature and part of it – but we certainly do not always accept them. It’s a wonderful challenge.
    Andrea @ talesofgoodness recently posted..A Gardener’s Meditation

  6. Lucy @ dreamingaloudnet
    July 6, 2012 | 9:12 pm

    Beautiful x
    Lucy @ dreamingaloudnet recently posted..Lessons from the wise women of the web

  7. Playful Karen
    July 7, 2012 | 3:50 am

    Such a wonderful way to frame this. “…people are part of nature too.” I am much more prone to see the beauty in the imperfection of nature than in my fellow humans. I will definitely try this on — as one of my teachers says — “try it on like it’s a shirt, and if it doesn’t fit, take it off.”
    Playful Karen recently posted..The Healing Power of Sunshine

  8. rani @ omshesaid
    July 16, 2012 | 7:29 am

    thanks so much for reminding us of this perspective on nature and that we too are part of nature. We cannot change it, but observe and change ourselves! love this!
    rani @ omshesaid recently posted..Grounded in Nature

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