Here are a couple of favourite nature, environment and mindfulness kind of books I have a copy of at home, or have borrowed to read from the library 🕊🌸 I studied environmental studies at university and have always loved nature, being outside and reading books and notes about nature, the natural world, mindfulness and being kind to yourself and to the environment. A couple of the books noted include the treasure yourself book by Miranda Kerr, the prophet by Kahlil Gibran, mindfulness and the natural world by Claire Thompson, the art of mindful gardening by Ark Redwood and peace is every step by Thich Nhat Hanh 🌸
A couple of nature books
Treasure yourself, by Miranda Kerr
‘may you welcome every effort, every struggle, and every challenge and appreciate all your blessings… may you open your wings and fly!’ (Miranda Kerr)
The treasure yourself book is light pink with a lot of flowers and butterflies on the front and back covers, and is helpful for understanding about treasuring, being kind to and looking after yourself. Miranda also loves nature and being outside, cares for the environment, and her natural and organic beauty care and skin care products for KORA Organics are as eco friendly as possible. The first part of the book includes quite a lot of chapters about topics including nutrition, being grateful, believing in yourself and more, and in the middle of the book there are quite a lot of photos from Miranda’s life (with captions). The second part of the book includes a lot of positive affirmations, including affirmations about nature, being kind to yourself and appreciating and looking after the environment as much as possible.
The prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
‘and you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields’ (Kahlil Gibran)
The prophet book is noted to be a collection of poetic and accessible essays on every day kinds of subjects, helping to offer the reader inspiration and comfort, through the timeless wisdom of the author. The book was gifted to me by my mum for Christmas in 2013, and I first read the book in early 2014 and enjoyed reading the book a lot. All of the notes and essays in the book are so carefully written and beautiful, and feel comforting and assuring to read. There are quite a lot of notes and essays about love, kindness, nature, family and life and the ideas and thoughts of the author are often described in connection to nature and the natural world. Further, the ideas and thoughts of the author are helpful for understanding more about life and spiritual ideas and insight.
Mindfulness & the natural world, by Claire Thompson
‘we have forgotten that we are a part of nature’ (Claire Thompson)
Mindfulness & the natural world is so beautiful and is one of my favourite books. I bought the book a couple of years ago, and read the book often. Mindfulness & the natural world, bringing our awareness back to nature, is about how we can discover and create more mindfulness in nature and appreciation of natural world, by being careful in our awareness, being in the present moment, looking to find our authentic self (a part of nature) and loving and protecting the natural world. The book has an introduction and five chapters and all of the thoughts and ideas of the author help to inspire people to be kind and mindful, to fall in love with nature and to be outside in nature as much as possible, and create more appreciation of and connection to the the natural world.
The art of mindful gardening, by Ark Redwood
‘the snowdrop is like a floral mindfulness bell, reminding us that the earth is beginning to breathe out again after the slumbers of winter’ (Ark Redwood)
The art of mindful gardening was also published by the same publisher as Mindfulness & the natural world, and I think could be a part of a collection of mindfulness books. The art of mindful gardening, sowing the seeds of meditation, is about gardening and being outside in nature, and the connection between mindfulness, nature and the natural world, and gardening. The book has four chapters, with one chapter for each of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer and autumn) and is about how to look after the earth and plants and flowers in your garden during each season, and the ways the garden (and the role of the gardener) change with the passing seasons. The book is so carefully written and the thoughts and ideas of the author are so thoughtful and uplifting and are helpful for inspiring people to connect to nature and the natural world as much as possible.
Peace is every step, by Thich Nhat Hanh
‘each flower smiles with me, how green, how fresh all that grows’ (Thich Nhat Hanh)
I borrowed a copy of Peace is every step, the path of mindfulness in every day life, from our public library just last year, and enjoyed reading the book a lot. I had read quite a lot of quotes by the author (Thich Nhat Hanh), which are always so kind and careful and uplifting, although I had not read a book by him before. The book is about being how being careful, positive and mindful about simple and every day activities, including being outside and walking in nature, can help you to feel at peace in the present moment and really appreciate every moment as much as possible. The book has three parts and in each part of the book, the author notes how more peace and happiness and joy can be created just by simply slowing down and being in the present moment, enjoying each step and listening to our breathing.
Have you read any of the books noted too, or are there any nature, environment or mindfulness kind of books you enjoy a lot or would recommend?
Please note: I also wrote an earlier blog post about the treasure yourself book by Miranda Kerr, the Beauty from the Inside Out book, the 100 Best Health Foods book, Earth to Earth book, the Curated Closet book and the Beauty Guide book by Dr Libby in case you would like to see a couple more blog posts about books (please check the links) 🌸
Disclaimer: please note, the blog post is not sponsored, endorsed by or affiliated with the authors of the books noted above, although I hope noting the authors could be helpful in case you are hoping to find a copy of the books 🕊🌸