135+ Mindfulness Quotes

Discovering the power of mindfulness can be a life-changing experience. From calming our restless minds to creating an atmosphere of peace and serenity, mindfulness has been an essential part of many cultures for centuries. To help you explore the depths of mindfulness and discover the transformative potential of this path, we’ve compiled a collection of the best mindfulness quotes. These words of wisdom will help to inspire, enlighten and guide you on your journey.

It’s sometimes easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. When that happens, it can be helpful to take a step back and reflect on deep mindfulness quotes. With thoughtful words from people around the world, mindfulness quotes can offer reminders of the importance of being present in the moment. They can be a source of positive energy and provide an opportunity to slow down and check in with ourselves and our environment.

Best Mindfulness Quotes

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

If you are doing mindfulness meditation, you are doing it with your ability to attend to the moment. Daniel Goleman

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

Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are…each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness.  Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

Don’t think your practice is right or wrong. Simply bring your whole heart to your practice. Michael Stone

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open. Frank Zappa

Meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware— not only of our own inner workings but also of what’s happening around us in the here & now. Sharon Salzberg

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

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Jon Kabat-Zinn

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, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.  Amit Ray, Beautify your Breath – Beautify your Life

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind. Roy T. Bennett

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

Practicing a mindful moment in the middle of the day, helps to bring you back to center, reset, and move into the rest of your day with greater clarity and focus. Christine Agro

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

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

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When you open your mind, you open new doors to new possibilities for yourself and new opportunities to help others. Roy T. Bennett

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

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

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

Do not speak about anyone who is not physically present.  Allan Lokos, Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living

Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.  Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult

Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be. Sonia Ricotti

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

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, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, nonintrusively, 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, When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships

As soon as we wish to be happier, we are no longer happy. Walter Landor

Each step along the Buddha’s path to happiness requires practicing mindfulness until it becomes part of your daily life. Henepola Gunaratana

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

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.

Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.  Amit Ray, Mindfulness : Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath

You’ve got to think high to rise,

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

No matter what’s going on in your life right now, meaningful enjoy every moment quotes can help you reach your potential each day.

Famous Mindfulness Quotes

Slow down, you’ll get there faster. Katherine King

I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. Pema Chödrön

Meditation means dissolving the invisible walls that unawareness has built Sadhguru

When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself. Shunryu Suzuki

When we allow ourselves to embrace the moment, we allow ourselves to live. Lisa Bien

Two thoughts cannot coexist at the same time: if the clear light of mindfulness is present, there is no room for mental twilight. Nyanaponika Thera

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, Younger by the Day:  Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.  Amit Ray, Mindfulness: Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath

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

Mindfulness is like taking your brain for a virtual walk. Like our bodies, our minds need time to recover after a difficult workout. It is a way to ‘walk’ it off—catch your breath, settle your muscles, and be fully present. Notice what you see, smell, feel, and hear. Be in the moment as you gain insight and nurture yourself. Even a few seconds or minutes is enough. Don’t overthink—it isn’t the formal practice of meditation … and you don’t need sneakers. Lori Maney Lentini

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

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.  Thich Nhat Hanh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices

For out of the world we find,

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

There are two types of seeds in the mind: 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

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

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

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

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

True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out – you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.  Henry James, Roderick Hudson

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

Success begins with a fellow’s will

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

Mindfulness, the Root of Happiness Joseph Goldstein

Mindfulness is a pause – the space between stimulus and response: that’s where choice lies. Tara Brach

Be happy in the moment. That is enough. Mother Teresa

It’s all in the state of mind.

All your power resides in the now. Mindfulness is the best tool to tap you into that power. Anita M. Scott

A mind set in its ways is wasted. Eric Schmidt

Emotion arises at the place where mind & body meet. It is the body’s reaction to mind. Eckhart Tolle

Life is an endurance sport, but endurance without compassion is torture. Living mindfully, we bring our whole heart to the event of being alive so that we can be present from beginning to end. Lauren Eckstrom

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

There are a thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient  Marilynne Robinson

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

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

Mindfulness has never met a cognition it didn’t like. Daniel J. Siegel

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

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, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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

These inspirational and thought-provoking famous meditation quotes can help you on your journey.

Powerful Mindfulness Quotes

Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Writing can be an incredible mindfulness practice. Jon Kabat-Zinn

― Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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

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

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

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

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

When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always. ()  Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras’

Practice is this life, and realization is this life, and this life is revealed right here and now. Maezumi Roshi

Each morning we’re born again of yesterday nothing remains what’s left began today. Palladas

Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing.  Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

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

Use every distraction as an object of meditation and they cease to be distractions. Mingyur Rinpoche

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Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. Nhat Hanh

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

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

The great benefit of practicing mindfulness… is presence of mind within a storm of emotions. Phillip Moffitt

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

Training your mind to be in the present moment is the number one key to making healthier choices.  Susan Albers

It’s good to have an end in mind but in the end what counts is how you travel. Orna Ross

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

Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness & all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past & not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle

Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.  RajiLukkoor

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

When you’re quiet, everything settles on the floor of your mind like sediment in undisturbed still water. Megan Monahan

Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choice. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Now is the future that you promised yourself last year, last month, last week. Now is the only moment you’ll ever really have. Mindfulness is about waking up to this. Mark Williams

Every morning we are born again. What we do today matters most. Buddha

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

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

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

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 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

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you. Anne Lamott

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

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness is a simple practice, but not an easy one … but you are worth doing hard things. Nicole Davis

Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!  Rumi, Love’s Ripening: Rumi on the Heart’s Journey

If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion. Linji Yixuan

We use mindfulness to observe the way we cling to pleasant experiences & push away unpleasant ones. 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

.When the pure basics—what we once referred to as common etiquette—are no longer recognized, it’s time for society to realize how crucial the small things are. Nita Patel

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

Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay!

Mindfulness allows us to watch our thoughts, see how one thought leads to the next, decide if we’re heading down an unhealthy path, and, if so, let go and change directions. Sharon Salzberg

And when you feel frustrated, best stay positive quotes will remind you to appreciate the beauty around you.

Inspirational Mindfulness Quotes

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

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. Ayya Khema

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

You can ever win a prize.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.  Dalai Lama

Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson

Every time we ponder a thought, act on an impulse, or dwell on a desire, we are setting in motion a cause that will have a future effect. Mindfulness enables us to choose wisely. Tamara Levitt

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

Mindful leadership keeps you cool and energetic in any situation, so that you can make the best possible decisions. Amit Ray

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

Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath. Huang Po

Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality. Pema Chodron

Our lives are lived in an 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

Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from the way they are.  Allan Lokos, Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living

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

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

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

The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it’s done in mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

As I noticed feelings and thoughts appear and disappear, it became increasingly clear that they were just coming and going on their own. . . . There was no sense of a self owning them. Tara Brach

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

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack. Germany Kent

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

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

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.

The greatest communication is usually how we are rather than what we say. Joseph Goldstein

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

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Mindless fear is greater than mindful fear. Idowu Koyenikan

Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here. Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer: Now. Say it until you can hear it. Ram Dass

Life’s battles don’t always go

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

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

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 we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher. Pema Chodron

There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind—you are the one who hears it. Michael A. Singer

Mindfulness is a mental activity that in due course eliminates all suffering. Ayya Khema

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

Mindfulness can help people of any age. That’s because we become what we think. Goldie Hawn

Awareness is the greatest agent for change. Eckhart Tolle

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

If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.  Sharon Salzberg, The Power of Meditation: A -Day Programme for Real Happiness

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

I don’t need anyone else to distract me from myself anymore, like I always thought I would.  Charlotte Eriksson

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.  ThichNhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

The insight and experience from deep peace of mind quotes are valuable sources of wisdom, inspiration and motivation.