80 greatest mindfulness quotes

Mindfulness is a conscience state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Below there is a collected list of 85 of the best mindfulness quotes to live by:

  1. 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
  2. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama
  3. Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” – Marcus Aurelius
  4. 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.” – ThichNhat Hanh
  5. If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…” – Pema Chödrön
  6. If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray
  7. In the end, just three aspects matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.” – Jack Kornfield
  8. Knowledge does not mean mastering a great quantity of different information, but understanding the nature of conscience. This knowledge can penetrate each one of our thoughts and illuminate each one of our perceptions.” ― Matthieu Ricard
  9. “Maybe,” he said, rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.” – Ruth Ozeki
  10. Observe the space between your thoughts, then observe the observer.” – Hamilton Boudreaux
  11. Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.” – Marcus Aurelius
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. This isn’t just “another day, another dollar.” It’s more like “another day, another miracle.” – Victoria Moran
  15. Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the conscience layers, one after another.” – Amit Ray
  16. When even one virtue becomes our nature, the conscience becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.” – Swami Satchitananda
  17. You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living 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
  18. As long as we have practiced 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.” – AyyaKhema
  19. Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” – Seneca
  20. Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.” – Catherynne M. Valente
  21. Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

  1. I am grateful for all those dark years, even though in retrospect they seem like a long, bitter prayer that was answered finally.” – Marilynne Robinson
  2. If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake
  3. If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace transformation. It isn’t enough to appreciate transformation from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can occur to other people but not to you. We need to create transformation for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.” – Sharon Salzberg
  4. In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be, and in this moment, there is infinite possibility.” – Victoria Moran
  5. Let go of your conscience and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!” – Rumi
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” ― Raji Lukkoor
  9. The conscience in its natural state can be compared to the sky, covered by layers of cloud which hide its true nature.” ― Kalu Rinpoche
  10. There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient.” – Marilynne Robinson
  11. 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 intelectual and emotional responses that can intensify pain.” – Howard Cutler
  12. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – ThichNhat Hanh
  13. When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
  14. Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – ThichNhat Hanh
  15. As soon as we wish to be happier, we are no longer happy.” – Walter Landor
  16. Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” – Amit Ray
  17. Do not speak about anyone who is not physically present.” – Allan Lokos
  18. Envy and jealousy stem from the fundamental inability to rejoice at someone else’s happiness or success.” – Matthieu Ricard
  19. I don’t need anyone else to distract me from myself anymore, like I always thought I would.” – Charlotte Eriksson
  20. If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” – Pema Chodron
  21. Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.” – Pema Chodron
  22. 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
  23. Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” – Amit Ray
  24. Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is occurring 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
  25. One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.” – unknown
  26. Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing.” – Sharon Salzberg
  27. 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
  28. There are two types of seeds in the conscience: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group.” – Amit Ray
  29. 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

  1. We are awakened to the profound realization that the true path to liberation is to let go of everything.” – Jack Kornfield
  2. Why, if we are as pragmatic as we claim, don’t we begin to ask ourselves seriously: where does our real future lie?” – Sogyal Rinpoche
  3. As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three will occur to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. Whatever occurs does not really matter.” – Jack Kornfield
  4. By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our consciences. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of conscience, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.” – Matthieu Ricard
  5. Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” – Allan Lokos
  6. Everything is created twice, first in the conscience and then in reality.” – Robin Sharma
  7. I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. 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
  9. In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, non-intrusively, the way we are present with things in nature.We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both.” – David Richo
  10. It stands to reason that anyone who learns to live well will die well. The skills are the same: being present in the moment, and humble, and brave, and keeping a sense of humor.” – Victoria Moran
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Suffering usually relates to wanting events to be different than they are.” – Allan Lokos
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” – Jack Kornfield
  17. Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa
  18. Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all.” – Aberjhani
  19. If one were truly aware of the value of human life, to waste it blithely on distractions and the pursuit of vulgar ambitions would be the height of confusion.” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  20. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

  1. Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti
  2. 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
  3. Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the conscience.” ― Amit Ray
  4. 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
  5. The basic root of happiness lies in our consciences; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.” – Matthieu Ricard
  6. The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious intelect and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.” – Earon Davis
  7. Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.” – Pema Chodron
  8. True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out – you need to stay out; and to stay out you need to have some absorbing errand.” – Henry James
  9. Whatever you eye falls on – for it will fall on what you love – will lead you to the questions of your life, the questions that are incumbent upon you to answer, because that is how the conscience works in concert with the eye. The things of this world draw us where we need to go.” – Mary Rose O’Reilley
  10. You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the in-breath or out-breath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity.” – Stephen Levine


December 3, 2022


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