Here are 100 of the best meditation quotes I could find. What’s my goal? To inspire you to slow down, relax and enjoy this moment as it is. You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Gandhi, and more. Happy reading!
Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. Thich Nhat Hanh
Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. Paramahansa Yogananda
When you truly know yourself, you don’t try to impress people anymore. One way to know yourself is to meditate. Maxime Lagacé
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen
Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong. Lao Tzu
When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place. Bhagavad Gita
When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. Unknown
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius
Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax. Bryant McGill
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu
Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
The best meditation is effortless. The best meditation is a gentle awareness. Maxime Lagacé
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha
Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally. Observe how you judge both yourself and those around you. Tim Ferriss
Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul. Meditation is establishing that connection. Amit Ray
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. James Allen
A few thoughts on meditation…
Since a young age, most of us are used to being busy all the time.
In the modern world, doing nothing and relaxing may even seem strange and useless for some people.
Fortunately, I’ve been lucky enough to discover meditation after I’ve listened to many interviews by Tim Ferriss.
80% of the time, his podcast guests (all world-class in their fields) told Tim that they practiced meditation.
That’s when I decided to give it a shot.
How did I start?
By doing 5 minutes each morning just before starting to work.
Meditation experts agree that consistency is better than intensity.
After around 30 days, I noticed that my mind and general anxiety had improved significantly.
I then increased to 10-15 minutes.
Today, I still practice meditation for 15-20 minutes every day and even more sometimes.
Beside my daily run, it’s one of the habits that contribute the most to my well-being.
And you, what does your meditation practice look like?
The Best Meditation Quotes And Thoughts
Whatever state I am in, I see it as a state of mind to be accepted as it is. Nisargadatta Maharaj
Meditation is the art of doing nothing. Naval Ravikant
Praying is talking to the Universe. Meditation is listening to it. Paulo Coelho
A few conscious-hearted, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century. Swami Vivekananda
To really do nothing, with perfection, is as difficult as doing everything. Alan Watts
Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. Thich Nhat Hanh Click to tweet
Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? David M. Bader
You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. Eckhart Tolle
Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and listen. No more is needed. Eckhart Tolle
Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. Pema Chödrön
The mind is definitely something that can be transformed, and meditation is a means to transform it. 14th Dalai Lama
A quiet mind is more important than a positive mind. Deepak Chopra
In practicing meditation, we’re not trying to live up to some kind of ideal – quite the opposite. We’re just being with our experience, whatever it is. Pema Chödrön
Buddha spent six years meditating on the essence, causes, and cures for human anguish. In the end, he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill fortune, by social injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behavior patterns of one’s minds. Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens)
When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
You are more than just your mind. You are more than just your habits. You are more than just your preferences. You’re a level of awareness. Naval Ravikant
To be concentrated means to live fully in the present. Erich Fromm
Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour. Marcus Aurelius
Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. Alan Watts
Paradise is not a place, it’s a state of consciousness. Sri Chinmoy
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is all about connecting with your soul. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet
Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively. Sharon Salzberg
Meditation is intermittent fasting for the mind. Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit. Naval Ravikant
Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Meditation could be said to be the Art of Simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Meditation is not a withdrawal from life. Meditation is a process of understanding oneself. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Meditation is a death – death of all that you are now. Of course there will be a resurrection, but that will be a totally new, fresh original being which you are not even aware is hidden in you. Osho
Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you. Amit Ray
Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves. Kathleen McDonald
Mindfulness meditation is the embrace of any and all mind states in awareness, without preferring one to another. Jon Kabat-Zinn
That’s an essential survival thing. Jerry Seinfeld
Part 2. Mediation Quotes That Are…
The Most Famous Meditation Quotes
Seeking for a famous meditation quote? Check out those by Dalai Lama, Bruce Lee, Carl Jung, etc.
Confine yourself to the present. Marcus Aurelius
Sleep is the best meditation. 14th Dalai Lama
All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself. Blaise Pascal
On what meditation did for him: Everything. You know, one of the great things of meditation is it makes stress very easy to get rid of. It just kind of floats away instead of like finding a home in your mind. You learn how to just let go of things. Jerry Seinfeld
If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. Steve Jobs
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu
Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. Thich Nhat Hanh
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung
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
Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. Mother Teresa
Through meditation, the higher self is experienced. Bhagavad Gita
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One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship. Muhammad
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. Swami Vivekananda
I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse
If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent. Pema Chödrön
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man. Benjamin Franklin
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. Bruce Lee
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. Shunryu Suzuki
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. Napoleon Bonaparte
Short Meditation Quotes
One-liners, short meditation quotes, sayings, phrases, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
Meditate. Slow down. There’s no rush. Maxime Lagacé
Life is available only in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation is the action of silence. Jiddu Krishnamurti Click to tweet
Breathe and let be. Jon Kabat-Zinn
Meditation is the act of stopping to deny what is. Sven Schnieders
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. Eric Hoffer
Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding. Amit Ray
The best meditation is being genuinely curious about the contents of your own mind. Naval Ravikant (Source)
Mind only thinks, meditation lives. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
The act of meditation is being spacious. Sogyal Rinpoche
The quiet mind is richer than a crown. Robert Greene
A meditator is both an artist and a warrior. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Part 3. How To Meditate? Tips And Quotes
Don’t know where to start with meditation?
Here are the best tips and quotes I’ve found over the years.
And remember, meditation is about consistency, not intensity.
One conscious breath in and out is a meditation. Eckhart Tolle
I just started with watching my breath and evolved from there. Naval Ravikant
Don’t try to solve anything, just “be”. Maxime Lagacé
No intentions, just be. There can’t be any formula. It’s available to everyone or not at all. Naval Ravikant
No apps, no noise, no guidance. Sit in a comfortable position first thing in the morning, back upright, but ok to use cushions etc.. One hour at a time, no less. Just surrender to and accept whatever happens. No energy for and no energy against. Resist and reject nothing. Naval Ravikant
No effort. You’re just going to sit there and let whatever happens happen. Naval Ravikant
If you have thoughts that’s perfectly ok. Let the thoughts happen. The key word is Surrender (to whatever is happening). Naval Ravikant
Tell yourself when you sit down, “my job is to do nothing. I’m taking a well deserved break from myself. Naval Ravikant
This will summon a horde of angry people but I would skip TM [Transcendental Meditation] and apps. No systems, no interference. Pick a dark, quiet place, first thing in the morning, just sit and observe (your breath). Let everything go, surrender to what happens. One hour per day for one week straight. Naval Ravikant
Sit down, close your eyes, get in a comfortable position, and whatever happens, happens. If you think, you think. If you don’t think, you don’t think. Don’t put any effort into it. Naval Ravikant
Please, when you practice meditation, don’t make any effort. Allow yourself to be like a pebble at rest. The pebble is resting at the bottom of a river, and the pebble does not have to do anything. While you are a walking, you are resting. While you were sitting, you are resting. Thich Nhat Hanh
If you are scoring points on meditation, you are doing it wrong. Naval Ravikant
When sitting in meditation, say, “That’s not my business!” with every thought that comes by. Ajahn Chah
When you begin to meditate you may notice changes right away. Or nothing much may seem to change. Don’t count on anything dramatic. Most changes happen slowly. Ram Dass
Meditate every single day. Not once in a while. Every single day. Khensu
8 Steps from Sam Harris (Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion)
1. Sit comfortably, with your spine erect, either in a chair or cross-legged on a cushion.
2. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and feel the points of contact between your body and the chair or the floor. Notice the sensations associated with sitting — feelings of pressure, warmth, tingling, vibration, etc.
3. Gradually become aware of the process of breathing. Pay attention to wherever you feel the breath most distinctly — either at your nostrils or in the rising and falling of your abdomen.
4. Allow your attention to rest in the mere sensation of breathing. (You don’t have to control your breath. Just let it come and go naturally.)
5. Every time your mind wanders in thought, gently return it to the breath.
6. As you focus on the process of breathing, you will also perceive sounds, bodily sensations, or emotions. Simply observe these phenomena as they appear in consciousness and then return to the breath.
7. The moment you notice that you have been lost in thought, observe the present thought itself as an object of consciousness. Then return your attention to the breath — or to any sounds or sensations arising in the next moment.
8. Continue in this way until you can merely witness all objects of consciousness — sights, sounds, sensations, emotions, even thoughts themselves — as they arise, change, and pass away.
Related: Headspace: Meditation and Sleep Made Simple (meditation app)
Meditation Quotes: The Conclusion
To pray and work in the morning and to labor and rest in the afternoon, and to sit still again in meditation in the evening when night falls upon that land and when the silence fills itself with darkness and with stars. This is a true and special vocation. There are few who are willing to belong completely to such silence, to let it soak into their bones, to breathe nothing but silence, to feed on silence, and to turn the very substance of their life into a living and vigilant silence. Thomas Merton
Just sit, breathe, and pay attention to what it’s like to be you. Nothing to add. Nothing to take away. Nothing to fix, or change or do. Just you – sitting, breathing, paying attention. You are welcome here. Here you belong. Here you are enough. Breathe. Jason Garner
- Meditation is the art of closing your eyes and doing nothing, for 2 minutes or more.
- Even taking one breath, consciously, is meditation.
- The benefits of meditation?
- What happens when you meditate? You get to know yourself, which leads to inner peace.
- Want to see clearly? Want to see reality? Learn to meditate today!
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