146 Mindfulness and Meditation Quotes For a More Aware, Mindful Life

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A daily practice of mindfulness or meditation helps you fully experience every passing moment of your life. It’s the difference between living in endless shades of gray and stepping into a full, rich world of brilliant colors. From quotes on meditation to quotes on using a mindfulness practice for anxiety, eating, gratitude, or just more awareness, check out these 146 mindfulness and meditation quotes for a more aware, mindful life.  

Mindfulness, Meditation and Awareness Quotes

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“Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Observe the space between your thoughts, then observe the observer.” – Hamilton Boudreaux

“To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

 “Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.” – Jack Kornfield

“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

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

“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

“Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being.” – Chögyam Trungpa

“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

“That’s life: starting over, one breath at a time.” – Sharon Salzberg

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“Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter.” – Amit Ray

“It is never too late to turn on the light.” – Sharon Salzberg

“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

“All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.” – Adyashanti

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

“Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.” – Rumi

“Few of us ever life in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” – Louis L’Amour

“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Meditation Quotes for Spirituality, Peace and Positivity

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“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

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

“Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.” – Jack Kornfield

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” – Pema Chödrön

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

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

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“He who has freed himself of the disease of ‘tomorrow’ has a chance to attain what he came here for.” – G.I. Gurdjieff

“Watch, witness. Your body is not you; your mind is not you. You are just a pure witness.” – Osho

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” – Eckhart Tolle

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Mindfulness Quotes About Gratitude

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

 “Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

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

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

“With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” – Eckhart Tolle

“With meditation, you begin to relax in your seat and just watch the movie of life.” – Ken Wilber

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” -Rabbi Harold Kushner

Inspirational Quotes on Mindfulness and Meditation

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

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.” – Jack Kornfield

“The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.” – Pema Chödrön

“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” – Allan Lokos

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

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

“If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.” – Tara Brach

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

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

“The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.” – Osho

“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Mindfulness Eating Quotes for Eating Mindfully

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“Mindful eating is about awareness. When you eat mindfully, you slow down, pay attention to the food you’re eating, and savor every bite.” – Susan Albers

“Training your mind to be in the present moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.” – Susan Albers

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

“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity. When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea. The rest of the world dissolves.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“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

“Mindful eating means simply eating or drinking while being aware of each bite or sip.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“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.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Instead of thinking of food as the enemy, allow yourself to enjoy the process of planning and preparing meals or going out to lunch with a friend. Stay in the present moment and understand that the purpose of food is nourishment.” – Susan Albers

“Mindful eating is a way to become reacquainted with the guidance of our internal nutritionist.” – Jan Chozen Bays

“You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Mindfulness Quotes for Anxiety

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

 “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Jack Kornfield

“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.” – Ziggy Marley

“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

“We do so much, we run so quickly, the situation is difficult, and many people say, “Don’t just sit there, do something.” But doing more things may make the situation worse. So you should say, “Don’t just do something, sit there.” Sit there, stop, be yourself first, and begin from there.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“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

“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

 “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” – Viggo Mortensen

“The art of peaceful living comes down to living compassionately & wisely.” – Allan Lokos

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee

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“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” – Fred Rogers

“Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.” – Tara Brach

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

“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another. The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.” – Deepak Chopra

“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

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let life harden your heart.” – Pema Chödrön

“If you gathered up all the fearful thoughts that exist in the mind of the average person, looked at them objectively, and tried to decide just how much good they provided that person, you would see that not some but all fearful thoughts are useless. They do no good. Zero. They interfere with dreams, hopes, desire and progress.” – Richard Carlson

Awareness Quotes for Increasing Peace In Your Life

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“Step outside for a while – calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than to bang your head against a wall continually.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

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

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

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

“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

“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

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

“We might begin by scanning our body . . . and then asking, ‘What is happening?’ We might also ask, ‘What wants my attention right now?’ or, ‘What is asking for acceptance?’” – Tara Brach

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

Mindfulness Quotes for Finding Yourself

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“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

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

“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.” – Ramana Maharshi

 “Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“We often have very little empathy for our own thoughts and feelings and frequently try to suppress them by dismissing them as weaknesses.” – Mark Williams

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

 “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” -Seneca

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

“As a doctor, let me tell you what self-love does: It improves your hearing, your eyesight, lowers your blood pressure, increases pulmonary function, cardiac output, and helps wiring the musculature. So, if we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our healthcare costs would go down dramatically. So, this isn’t just some little frou-frou new age notion, oh love yourself honey. This is hardcore science.” – Dr. Christiane Northrop

“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

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“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“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

“Each of us has a different nature. We’re not supposed to think and live in the same way. Our uniqueness is sacred and must be respected.” – Rudá Iandê

“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

“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

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Mindfulness Quotes for Work and Students

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“The future is always beginning now.” – Mark Strand

 “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

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

“Your actions are your only true belongings.” – Allan Lokos

“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

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

“Every moment is an eminently suitable moment for unlimited profundity–if you allow it to be so.” – Adi Da Samraj

 “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

“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” -Robin S. Sharma

“Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” -Raji Lukkoor

“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 ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Give your attention to the experience of seeing rather than to the object seen and you will find yourself everywhere.” – Rupert Spira

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frankl

“As the witnessing presence of Awareness, we stand in the background of experience; as the light of pure Knowing, we stand at its heart.” – Rupert Spira

Buddha Mindfulness and Meditation Quotes

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

“With our thoughts we make the world.” – Buddha

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” – Buddha

“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” – Buddha

“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” – Buddha

“If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.” – Buddha

“Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.” – Buddha

“Nothing is forever except change.” – Buddha

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

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“Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” – Buddha

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

“You only lose what you cling to.” – Buddha

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

“The Way is not in the sky, the Way is in the heart.” – Buddha

“Attachment leads to suffering.” – Buddha

“If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.” – Buddha

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” –  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

Jon Kabat-Zinn Quotes on Meditation and Mindfulness

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

“The real meditation is how you live your life.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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

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

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Wherever you go, there you are.” – 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

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