I have read a lot of books, articles, blog posts and scientific papers about mindfulness.You can find a list of my favourite books about mindfulness by CLICKING HERE, including the book The Power of Now, written by one of my favourite mindfulness meditation authors Eckhart Tolle. Books and articles and blog post are very useful when you are trying to find out what exactly mindfulness is, but I have found mindfulness quotes even more useful. In the space of a couple of sentences, one can find an extensive and exact definition of mindfulness. This can be used as a reminder for those already in the know or as an explanation for those still trying to figure mindfulness out.
More than that, Mindfulness Quotes can be inspiring and motivating. It’s all about that « Aha ! » moment, that moment when you realise that others have struggled with the same questions as you are struggling with now…and found a solution, sometimes many centuries ago. It is the realisation that people from different cultures, different religions, different time frames, different walks of life have thought and talked about mindfulness and have all come to similar conclusions. Quotes from all over the world and throughout the centuries give weight to our current understanding of mindfulness.
Mindfulness quotes can also be useful during mindfulness meditation, as mantras, to help us remember and understand what we are trying to do and put it into practice. Mindfulness quotes can be used as reminders, written on a piece of paper and stuck to the fridge or bathroom mirror, as daily e-mails, as an app, as a desktop picture or as a poster in your office.
Below are 25 mindfulness meditation quotes, some of the best I have ever read, that you can use for clarification, inspiration, motivation, meditation or reminders.
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, no more.” Mother Teresa
“When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.” Montaigne
“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
“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“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
“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
“The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.” Earon Davis
“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
“As long as we have practised neither concentration nor mindfulness, the ego takes itself for granted and remains its usual normal size, as big as the people around one will allow.” Ayya Khema
“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
“Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“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
“Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions.” Henepola Gunaratana
” I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness. It’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practising gratitude.” Brené Brown
“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
“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
“Start living right here, in each present moment. When we stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, we’re open to rich sources of information we’ve been missing out on—information that can keep us out of the downward spiral and poised for a richer life.” Mark Williams
“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is nothing we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” R.D. Laing
“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
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” Wayne Dyer
“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” Eckhart Tolle
“Some people do not know the difference between mindfulness and concentration. They concentrate on what they’re doing, thinking that is being mindful. . . . We can concentrate on what we are doing, but if we are not mindful at the same time, with the ability to reflect on the moment, then if somebody interferes with our concentration, we may blow up, get carried away by anger at being frustrated. If we are mindful, we are aware of the tendency to first concentrate and then to feel anger when something interferes with that concentration. With mindfulness, we can concentrate when it is appropriate to do so and not concentrate when it is appropriate not to do so.” Ajahn Sumedho
“As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. Whatever happens does not really matter.” Jack Kornfield
“The habit of ignoring our present moments in favour of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded. This includes a lack of awareness and understanding of our own mind and how it influences our perceptions and our actions. It severely limits our perspective on what it means to be a person and how we are connected to each other and the world around us. Religion has traditionally been the domain of such fundamental inquiries within a spiritual framework, but mindfulness has little to do with religion, except in the most fundamental meaning of the word, as an attempt to appreciate the deep mystery of being alive and to acknowledge being vitally connected to all that exists.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.” Christopher Germer
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