100 Mindfulness Quotes To Ground Yourself

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best mindfulness quotes I could find. The goal? To inspire you and make you realize the power of being more alert, grounded, and mindful. You’ll discover quotes by Rumi, Eckhart Tolle, Dalai Lama, and more. Enjoy!

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Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. Sylvia Boorstein

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Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance. Amit Ray

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The wiser you get, the more detached and grounded you become. Maxime Lagacé

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Things that have a consciousness are higher than those that don’t. Marcus Aurelius

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The quieter you become, the more you can hear. Ram Dass


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Stop doing. Start being. Maxime Lagacé

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Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Rumi

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

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There is a great beauty in observation, in seeing things as they are. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. Alan Watts


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Your life should be a continuous death and a continuous resurrection, so that you remain fresh to the very last breath. Osho

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Clarity and decisiveness come from the willingness to slow down, to listen and look at what’s happening. Pema Chödrön

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In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go. Jack Kornfield

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Wherever you are, be all there. Ram Dass

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Normalize listening more than you talk. Maxime Lagacé


The Best Mindfulness Quotes

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Empathy is the new mindfulness. Scott Barry Kaufman

Any moment can be a meditation if you are in control of your attention. James Clear

Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind. Swami Muktananda

Mindfulness meditation helps you tackle every little problem one by one with equanimity and presence rather than worry about 100 problems all at once and never do anything about anything. Scott Barry Kaufman

Mindfulness is the kind of light that shows us the way. It is the living Buddha inside of each of us. Mindfulness gives birth to insight, awakening, compassion, and love. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Noise brings confusion. Silence brings clarity. Maxime Lagacé

To go out of your mind once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come to your senses. Alan Watts

Be devoted to heedfulness. Guard your mind. The Dhammapada

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. Chögyam Trungpa


Is it possible for the mind each day to be so totally aware that problems no longer exist? Jiddu Krishnamurti

Observe without division. Jiddu Krishnamurti

No thought, no mind, no choice – just being silent, rooted in yourself. Osho

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If we are unduly absorbed in improving our lives we may forget altogether to live them. Alan Watts

A serious mind can never be in the present. Only a playful mind, only children, are in the present. So be more childlike… play more. Osho

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. J. Mark G. Williams (The Mindful Way through Depression, Amazon book)

In trading the pleasures of an ordinary life for a meditative life, you’re trading candy for gold. Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Just because our eyes are open does not mean we are awake. Haemin Sunim

Conscious breathing is my anchor. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama. Ram Dass

The mad mind does not halt. If it halts, it is enlightenment. Zen proverb

Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. Eckhart Tolle

The present moment contains the fullness of space. Sahil Lavingia

Having no destination, I am never lost. Ikkyu

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The Most Famous Mindfulness Quotes

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Searching for a famous mindfulness quote or a famous author? Check out those ones by Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Osho, etc.
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Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it. Sharon Salzberg

Imagine witnessing every situation, person, and thing just as it is. Byron Katie

The first important step into the now is to become aware of whatever surrounds you. Eckhart Tolle

The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. 14th Dalai Lama

Become an alchemist. Transmute base metal into gold, suffering into consciousness, disaster into enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle

Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. Carl Jung

We try to fix the outside so much, but our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, illusory. Matthieu Ricard

The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to. Jack Kornfield

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. Michel de Montaigne

Meditation is not about achieving anything. It’s about letting go, being at ease with whatever arises. Andy Puddicombe (headspace.com)

Die each moment so that you are renewed each moment. Osho

Now is the only reality. All else is either memory or imagination. Osho

Learning to pause is the first step in the practice of Radical Acceptance. A pause is a suspension of activity, a time of temporary disengagement when we are no longer moving toward any goal. Tara Brach

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When you can bear your own emptiness, you are free. Mooji

If we want to become mindful, rather than just knowing about mindfulness, we need to establish our own regular practice. Thich Nhat Hanh

In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. Thich Nhat Hanh

It is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head. David Foster Wallace (This Is Water, fs.blog)

It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and day out. David Foster Wallace (This Is Water)

When the mind is nowhere it is everywhere. Zen proverb

Related: Cultivate Mindfulness at Home: Stress-Reduction for the Whole Family (porch.com)

Inspirational Mindfulness Quotes

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

With mindfulness we can see the poetry and beauty all around us. We can see the miracles of life. Thich Nhat Hanh

When the mind is completely aware it becomes extraordinarily silent, quiet; it is not asleep, but highly awake in that silence. Jiddu Krishnamurti

When you learn to just sit and become completely present, you naturally become completely quiet, with none of that jazz going on inside. A person who can’t really sit as if there were nothing else to do also won’t be able to act because he’ll never be completely all here. Alan Watts

You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. The very observation slows down the mind until it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, keep it quiet. Don’t get bored with peace, be in it, go deeper in it. Nisargadatta Maharaj

When you breathe in mindfully, there is a happy reunion between body and mind. This doesn’t take any fancy technique. Thich Nhat Hanh

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The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. Thich Nhat Hanh

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. Thich Nhat Hanh

When you step outside your mind you can relax and just witness the show. @zen_fi

Mindfulness meditation is a matter of rewiring your brain so that instead of primarily being rewarded by the possibility of reward, you are intrinsically rewarded by all of the beauty that already exists at any given moment right in front of your eyes or in your rich imagination. Scott Barry Kaufman

Practice of mindfulness is like a boat and by practicing mindfulness you offer yourself a boat and you will not sink in a river of suffering. Thich Nhat Hanh

If you listen completely, entirely, wholly, at the actual moment of listening there is no confusion, and that moment is enough. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You can discover truth only if you are willing to give your whole mind and heart to it, not a few moments of your easily spared time. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. Eckhart Tolle

Mindfulness is clarity. Clarity of thought. Clarity of intent. Clarity of action. When you possess this level of clarity you are able to be in control of most levels of your life. And being in control is one of the most powerful feelings one can experience. Adrian Lliopoulos

It is the most beautiful moment in one’s life when there is neither confusion nor certainty. One simply is – a mirror reflecting that which is. With no direction to go anywhere, with no idea of doing something, with no future – just utterly in the moment, tremendously in the moment. Osho

By silencing the mind, we can experience real peace. Henepola Gunaratana

Related: What is Mindfulness? (mindful.org), Getting Started with Mindfulness (mindful.org)


Wise Mindfulness Sayings

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The past has no power over the present moment. Eckhart Tolle

Inner emptiness is not a void to be filled with comforts; it is a window to be looked through. Alan Watts

Truly, just sit…That’s all there is. Motoko Ikebe

To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, “I am listening to this music,” you are not listening. Alan Watts

Only those who have cultivated the art of living completely in the present have any use for making plans for the future. For when the plans mature they will be able to enjoy the results. Alan Watts

You can’t be mindful when your mind’s full. Jack Butcher

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As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is. Ram Dass

Observing not absorbing. Maryam Hasnaa

It is up to the most conscious person in the situation to break the chain of reactivity. Ram Dass

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

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

When sitting in meditation, say, “That’s not my business!” with every thought that comes by. Ajahn Chah

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Look at things as they are, not as your emotions color them. Robert Greene

Right mindfulness is not a tool or an instrument, but a path. Right mindfulness is not a means that can be used to arrive at an end. Thich Nhat Hanh

The future is a concept – it doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now. Alan Watts

Mindfulness practice is not an evasion or an escape. It means entering vigorously into life — with the strength generated by the energy of mindfulness. Without this freedom and concentration, there is no happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh

Every day has its drama. If you are waiting for a day without drama, you are waiting for death. Mindfulness is what gives us the space to meet all drama without tension. While we can’t always be free of drama, we can be free from the effects of it. It’s called peace of mind. Thibaut

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Allowing the new to happen means putting aside your memory so the past does not interfere. Osho

Can this mind, which is the result of time, of various cultures, experiences and knowledge, look with eyes that are not conditioned? Jiddu Krishnamurti

Look at yourself, observe yourself; do not beat yourself, but observe. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The moment you try to correct what is, you are bringing disorder. But if you merely observe actually what is, then what is is order. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Observe your reaction, do not call it good or bad. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Become comfortable with silence. Maxime Lagacé


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Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of the present-moment reality. It wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments. If we are not fully present for many of those moments, we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives but also fail to realize the richness and the depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Key Takeaways

  • Mindfulness is the art of being present and accepting the moment, as it is.
  • It’s easy to be lost in thoughts. It’s hard to be in the moment. That’s why most people are deluded.
  • Who is wise? The ones detached from their thought patterns.
  • The benefits of mindfulness?
    • Less stress
    • More focus
    • Fewer ruminations
  • The ultimate benefit? You can find inner peace.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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October 6, 2022

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