81 Greatest Mindfulness Quotes to inspire you (2021)

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Interested in mindfulness meditation but not quite sure where to start?

Well before you need to get your meditation practice in, why not gain some inspiration from some tried and tested guru’s out there?

I’m talking about some real experts who know how to capture the essence of mindfulness.

Before you know it you’ll have more Zen than you know what to do with.

So sit back and check out the best quotes on mindfulness that the internet has to offer.

Top 10 best mindfulness quotes

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”Sharon Salzberg

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — Dalai Lama

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” Pema Chödrön

“We are awakened to the profound realization that the true path to liberation is to let go of everything.” — Jack Kornfield

“The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” Idowu Koyenikan

“The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments.” Thích Nhất Hạnh

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” C.G. Jung

“Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.” ― Anton Chekhov

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo

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10 Quotes for present moment power

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” — Jack Kornfield

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” Mother Teresa

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” — Sylvia Boorstein

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” — Amit Ray

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.” — Victoria Moran

“What would it be like if I could accept life–accept this moment–exactly as it is?”  ― Tara Brach 

“The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.”  Joey Green

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Best Quotes on Mindfulness

7 Famous quotes on the practice of mindfulness

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.” Pema Chodron

“Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” — Marcus Aurelius

“If you can see the little things and the small details around you as big things, you’re enlightened.” — Henry Ford

“Be universal in your love. You will see the universe to be the picture of your own being.”  — Sri Chinmoy

“Think about every good thing in your life right now. Free yourself of worrying. Let go of the anxiety, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.”Germany Kent

“As we place more importance on being happy, not only do we become less happy, but we become depressed. In other words, the emphasis on the search for happiness results in more unhappiness.” Robert Gill Jr

“I must feel and let go in order to grow.” Grace Grossmann

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8 Mindfulness quotes from Buddha

“You only lose what you cling to.” Buddha

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” Buddha

“Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” Buddha

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Buddha

“Nothing is forever except change.” Buddha

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Buddha

“Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” Buddha

“Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.” Buddha

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8 Mindful quotes for everyday life

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

“Looking at beauty in the world is the first step of purifying the mind.” Amit Ray

“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest as if it was the only one we had.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the small uncaring ways.” — Stephen Vincent Benet

“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.” — Rumi

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

“You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily life for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Our lives are lived in intense and anxious struggle, in a swirl of speed and aggression, in competing, grasping, possessing and achieving, forever burdening ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations.” — Sogyal Rinpoche

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

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10 quotes on profound realization

“Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different than they are.” — Allan Lokos

“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” — Eckhart Tolle

“The mind in its natural state can be compared to the sky, covered by layers of cloud which hide its true nature.” — Kalu Rinpoche

“The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.” — Matthieu Ricard

“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” — Lao Tzu

“The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.” — Matthieu Ricard

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”  ― Sylvia Boorstein

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” William Blake

“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go”  — Jack Kornfield

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7 quotes about what mindful means

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” — James Baraz

“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”Thich Nhat Hanh

“Knowledge does not mean mastering a great quantity of different information, but understanding the nature of mind. This knowledge can penetrate each one of our thoughts and illuminate each one of our perceptions.” — Matthieu Ricard

“Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Being mindful means that we suspend judgment for a time, set aside our immediate goals for the future, and take in the present moment as it is rather than as we would like it to be.” Mark Williams


“Great leaders have three things; inner light, inner vision and inner strength.” Amit Ray

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9 Great Maverick Mindsets quotes on mindfulness

“Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness.” – Sri Chinmoyle

“Envy and jealousy stem from the fundamental inability to rejoice at someone else’s happiness or success.”  Matthieu Ricard

“To diminish the suffering of pain, we need to make a crucial distinction between the pain of pain, and the pain we create by our thoughts about the pain. Fear, anger, guilt, loneliness and helplessness are all mental and emotional responses that can intensify pain.” — Howard Cutler

“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.” Amit Ray

“When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.” – Shunryu Suzuki

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another-and ourselves.” – Jack Kornfield

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there.” – Deepak Chopra

“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.” Marcus Aurelius

“By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.” —  Matthieu Ricard

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11 mindful quotes for kids

“A mind set in its ways is wasted.” Eric Schmidt

“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” Amit Ray

“One who is patient glows with an inner radiance.” — Allan Lokos

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“You cannot control the results, only your actions.” — Allan Lokos

“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” —Tara Brach

“When I’m hungry, I eat what I love. When I’m bored, I do something I love. When I’m lonely, I connect with someone I love. When I feel sad, I remember that I am loved.” — Michelle May

“There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have…. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss.” — Anthony de Mello

“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” – H. Jackson Brown

“You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss

“Anything is possible. Anything can be.”Shel Silverstein

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Best Quotes on Mindfulness

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