“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” ~ Lord Byron
It’s far too easy to take nature for granted. We don’t think twice about all those pieces of plastic trash scattered along the side of the road, we often find ourselves wishing it would just stop raining to avoid getting wet when we go outside, and we gasp in horror at spiders that find their way into our homes.
When we’re always lost in our own little worlds, our awareness is very limited. We don’t even realize that all those plastic pieces of trash will still be sitting there along the side of that road centuries from now if nobody picks it up, we forget that the rain will benefit the farmers fields to grow their crops, and we can’t appreciate that little spider for being just one of 40,000 known species worldwide.
Use the following gratitude mantras to help you expand your awareness and appreciate nature a little more. Whether you choose to write these mantras down, print them out, or have them saved as notes in your smartphone, you can turn to them whenever you like to remind yourself how incredibly amazing and awe-inspiring nature truly is.
“I am grateful for the silence of the trees, the flowers, the grass, and every aspect of plant life that allows me to quietly and calmly find peace of mind.”
“I am grateful for the the clean air I am able to breathe every day as nature’s life support system works away quietly in the background, turning carbon dioxide into oxygen.”
“I am grateful for the nourishment that every fruit, vegetable, grain, herb, and spice brings my body with every meal and snack.”
“I am grateful for the vast number of animal species and the delicate roles they each play in our environment.”
“I am grateful for the bees that pollinate our crops, the bugs that help break down and dispose of waste, and yes — even the spiders that feed on common indoor pests like mosquitos, flies, earwigs, and roaches.”
“I am grateful for the birds, the squirrels, the butterflies, and all the other local wildlife species I get to share my own backyard with on a daily basis.”
“I am grateful for the changing of the seasons and each stage of of the life cycle they represent as I align my own personal journey with each season.”
“I am grateful for the rainy days in the summer that quench the Earth’s thirst for growth, as well as the snowy days in the winter that support the Earth’s rejuvenating slumber.”
“I am grateful for the summer heat as the sun shines its love over me and I am grateful for winter’s chill as all of nature prepares for rebirth upon the return of warmer days ahead.”
Feel free to play around with these mantras by customizing them however you like. Shorten them, tailor them to your own interests, or even create your own!