125 Mindfulness Quotes

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Here are 125 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. Enjoy!

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

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Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance. Amit Ray Click to tweet

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

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

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

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Stop doing. Start being. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Rumi Click to tweet

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

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

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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 Click to tweet

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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 Click to tweet

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

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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 Click to tweet

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Wherever you are, be all there. Ram Dass Click to tweet

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Normalize listening more than you talk. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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The Best Mindfulness Quotes

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Empathy is the new mindfulness. Scott Barry Kaufman Click to tweet

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

The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment. Mindful speaking is a deep practice. Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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Noise brings confusion. Silence brings clarity. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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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

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

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

Conscious breathing is my anchor. Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Want another related topic? Please check out serenity

Part 2. Mindfulness Quotes That Are…

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 Click to tweet

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

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

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, Amazon book)

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 Click to tweet

We try to fix the outside so much, but our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, illusory. Matthieu Ricard (Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, Amazon book)

The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to. Jack Kornfield (Living Dharma, Amazon book)

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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

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

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

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

Freeing oneself from words is liberation. Bodhidharma

Inspirational Mindfulness Quotes

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

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

This is a very important practice. Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself. Thich Nhat Hanh

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 Click to tweet

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

It’s easy to be mindful when things are fine and dandy. It’s times of challenge, adversity and anxiety that we must face with mindful strength. @dailyzen

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 Click to tweet

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

When the mind remains silent for yours, it becomes fresh, young, more creative, more sensitive, rejuvenated through rest. Osho

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

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

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Deep Mindfulness Sayings

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

Die in your thoughts every morning and you will no longer fear death. Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure, Book of the Samurai)

Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. Alan Watts

In mindfulness, we start to see the world as it is, not as we expect it to be, how we want it to be, or what we fear it might become. Mark Williams (Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Amazon book)

One person feels quite secure with practically no money in the bank, another feels insecure even though he has millions. It isn’t the amount of money but their programming that makes the difference. Anthony de Mello

The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality. Chögyam Trungpa

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

No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. Alan Watts

The art of living is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past and the known on the other. It consists in being completely sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive. Alan Watts

Distraction addiction is the disease. Smartphones are just a delivery mechanism. Michael (@mmay3r)

If your behavior is out of control, governed by mimetic desires, social signaling, mindless habits, impulsive anger, ignorance-induced anxiety, start watching all your thoughts, reactions, emotions, actions, be mindful of every moment of the day, and life will slowly get better. @orangebook_

To live in the eternal present there must be death to the past, to memory. In this death is timeless renewal. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Life repeats itself mindlessly – unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel. Osho

Sadness comes, joy comes, and everything passes by. What remains always is the witness. The witness is beyond all polarities. Osho

Time is not a line, but a series of now-points. Taisen Deshimaru

See also: Benefits of Mindfulness (helpguide.org)

Wise Mindfulness Sayings

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

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

Observing not absorbing. Maryam Hasnaa

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

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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 Click to tweet

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

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

Never in human history have we had so many means of communication, yet we remain islands, with little real communication between us. When we cannot communicate, we suffer, and we spill our suffering on to other people. Mindfulness and insight can intervene. Thich Nhat Hanh

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

There are many ways to come back to the here and the now, and to touch life deeply. But they all involve mindful breathing. If we are anchored in our mindful breathing, we can practice anytime. Otherwise we risk missing our lives, our lives that are lived in the here and now. 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 Click to tweet

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

If the present is burdened with the experience of yesterday there can be no renewal. 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

It’s not a question of learning much. On the contrary. It’s a question of unlearning much. Osho

Become comfortable with silence. Maxime Lagacé

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Part 3. Conclusion

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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

Call to action: Read Less stress, clearer thoughts with mindfulness meditation (news.harvard.edu)

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

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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

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