By Emma-Louise Elsey, Founder of

This article first appeared on Emma Louise’s Fierce Kindness blog.

You have great wisdom, but are you listening? When did you last feel a deep self-connection, truly pay attention to you and make space to hear what you have to say?

Because whether you like it or not, you’re on a journey—the journey of your life. And it’s a heroic journey that takes us through ups, downs, trials and challenges as well as successes. Recently, with so many difficult and unsettling events both close to home and in our broader world, we all have more than usual concerns, griefs and hardships.

So to support you, I’m sharing 7 powerful nature-themed quotes followed by 10 beautiful summer journaling prompts to help you listen deeply to yourself and what you need in life right now.

Journaling is a powerful tool

Self-connection is a key part of the Fierce Kindness philosophy and practice, one of 4 threads (the “4 Cs”) that enable us to create a fulfilling and meaningful life.

And one tool I use to help me get through challenges and difficult times is my journal. I use it to connect to myself and pay attention to my own wisdom—and it has literally changed my life. I’ve got to know myself deeply, learned to trust myself more, acknowledged my deepest longings and had my best ideas. I’ve taken stock of my life, identified what matters most, made decisions and come to some deeply personal conclusions.

Go deeper by taking your journaling outside.

And the summer (or long holidays if you’re in the southern hemisphere) is a great time to take your journaling outside—into the peace and additional wisdom of nature!

Here are 7 gorgeous nature quotes to get you thinking

  1. “Look at a tree, a plant. How still they are, how deeply rooted in being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.” Eckhart Tolle
  2. “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein
  3. “Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.” Gary Snyder
  4. “To me, the first step to conscious awareness is understanding how nature intended things to be. It means being aware of our bodies and surroundings and being able to respect the essence of things without needing them to be different—and this includes ourselves. We must understand the magnificence on how the universe intended us to be without needing to change.” Anita Moorjani
  5. “When I pray, I always thank Mother Nature for all the beauty in the world. It’s about having an attitude of gratitude.” Miranda Kerr
  6. “The human soul doesn’t want to be fixed, it simply wants to be seen and heard. The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient and shy. When we go crashing through the woods shouting for it to come out so we can help it, the soul will stay in hiding. But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while, the soul may show itself.” Parker J. Palmer
  7. “Life, life, life! Think of the power that’s in the universe! Moving the earth, growing the trees! And that’s the same power within you. If you’d only have courage and the will to use it!” Charlie Chaplin as Calvero in the movie “Limelight” (1952)

Your Quotes “Practice”

STEP 1) If you can, get out in nature

Go for a hike, sit on a beach, by a pond or lake or simply in your yard, under a tree or in an urban park.
If getting outside in ‘nature’ isn’t an option, ponder these quotes over a quiet cup of tea or coffee, somewhere cosy or with an inspiring view.

STEP 2) Review the 7 nature quotes

STEP 3) Now consider the 10 summer journaling prompts below for some “deep inner listening”

Ponder your answers or for best results, write in your journal.

  1. Start by contemplating your life over the last few months.
    1. What has been the ‘tone’, texture or energy of your life experience?
    2. What is MISSING? What would you like to be DIFFERENT?
    3. What are you NOT acknowledging in your life that needs to be brought into the light?
  2. Next review the nature quotes, then answer:

    1. What pearls of WISDOM, INSPIRATION or YEARNINGS do these quotes spark for you?
    2. Which nature quote most RESONATES with you? Why is that?
  3. Write out the nature quotes that speak to you and ponder these questions:
    1. WHY do you think you were drawn to these quotes?
    2. WHAT do you think the quote is saying to YOU specifically?
    3. What are some IDEAS you’ve been having, of changes you could make in your life—however small?
  4. You have a deep inner wisdom that recognizes truth and what needs to change.
    1. What MESSAGE from this exercise do you most need to heed (pay attention to)?
    2. What ACTION do you need to take?

Go Deeper Still

Finally, to go even deeper still, choose one quote, write it out and put it somewhere you’ll see it often. Then over the next month, make an effort to notice it—and each time you do, ask:

    • What is this quote teaching me or reminding me of today/now?

Summer Journaling Prompts Wrap-up

It’s hard to take care of—and know what’s most important to us—unless we make time to listen to ourselves.

The summer and/or long holidays are an opportunity to be out in nature, and get additional wisdom from our connection with the natural world.

Will you make some time to listen to yourself and ask yourself these summer journaling prompts? If so, you’ll discover something incredibly valuable—your own wisdom!

About the Author: Emma-Louise Elsey is a life coach, writer, and gardener.  She is also the founder of both Fierce Kindness and The Coaching Tools Company. She is both a personal ICF (International Coach Federation) member and an ICF Business Solutions Partner. You can learn more about Emma-Louise and read the original article on her blog>>>