Mindfulness Quotes: 50 Powerful Sayings to Quiet Your Mind

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Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your own feelings and thoughts. To be mindful means to become aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment. In this article, we have collected 50 powerful mindfulness quotes that are intended to inspire you to be more mindful in your daily life.

Here it is – our collection of the 50 inspirational mindfulness quotes!

50 Mindfulness Quotes


“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ~ Alan Watts

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“You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.” ~ Pema Chodron


“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


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


“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


“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


“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


“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hạnh


“Perhaps ultimately, spiritual simply means experiencing wholeness and interconnectedness directly, a seeing that individuality and the totality are interwoven, that nothing is separate or extraneous. If you see in this way, then everything becomes spiritual in its deepest sense. Doing science is spiritual. So is washing the dishes.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” ~ Henry Miller

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“A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open, quiet mind.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru


“Pure awareness transcends thinking. It allows you to step outside the chattering negative self-talk and your reactive impulses and emotions. It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life.” ~ Mark Williams


“The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” ~ Pema Chodron


“The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.” ~ Alan Watts


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


“Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere.” ~ Sharon Salzberg

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“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


“Meditation is to be aware of what is going on: in your body, in your feelings, in your mind, and in the world.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


“Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.” ~ Ramana Maharshi


“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


“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 stiller you are the calmer life is.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru


“The standard way of reducing stress in our culture is to put as much energy as possible into trying to arrive at a moment that matches our preferences. This ensures that we feel some level of stress until we get there (assuming we ever will) and worse, it makes the present moment into an unacceptable place to be.” ~ David Cain


“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.” ~ Pema Chodron

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“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” ~ 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.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


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


“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


“Every time we become aware of a thought, as opposed to being lost in a thought, we experience that opening of the mind.” ~ Joseph Goldstein


“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 Chodron


“Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom.” ~ Bhante Henepola Gunaratana


“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.” ~ Carl Jung


“Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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


“It’s not about approving or liking, but just being able to allow the world to be the way it is without resenting, hating, or judging it.” ~ Buddhism Now


“Wherever you are, be there totally.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


“Essentially, meditation allows us to live in ways that are less automatic. This necessarily means less time spent worrying, ruminating, and trying to control things we can’t control. It means we become less vulnerable to the throes of the fear-driven, older parts of our brains, and freer to use our newer and more sophisticated mental abilities: patience, compassion, acceptance and reason.” ~ David Cain


“Mindful and creative, a child who has neither a past, nor examples to follow, nor value judgments, simply lives, speaks and plays in freedom.” ~ Arnaud Desjardins


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


“Eat when you feel hungry. Drink when you feel thirsty. Go to sleep when you feel sleepy. Get up when you feel awake. And just forget everything else!” ~ Osho


“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ~ Carl Jung


“Reality is only an agreement – today is always today.” ~ Zen Proverb

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“Look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


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


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


“Until you realize how easy it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else’s game.” ~ Evita Ochel

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