Mindfulness Quotes


1. What am I? – Anonymous

2. Be here now. – Ram Dass

3. Just breathe. – Anonymous

4. If not now, when? – Anonymous

5. There is only Now. – Anonymous

6. Breathe and let be. – Anonymous

7. Do one thing at a time. – Anonymous

8. Do dishes, rake leaves. – Anonymous

9. Chop wood, carry water. – Anonymous

10. Be right here, right now. – Anonymous

11. Be a witness, not a judge. – Rumi

12. Great doubt is don’t-know. – Anonymous

13. Clean the floor with love. – Osho

14. What you think, you become. – Anonymous

15. Only go straight — don’t know. – Anonymous

16. Wherever you go, there you are. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

17. You must become completely crazy. – Anonymous

18. Your body is present; is your mind? – Anonymous

19. Every person you look at is a soul. – Anonymous

20. I though you were a keen-eyed lion. – Anonymous

21. Wherever you are, be there totally. – Eckhart Tolle

22. Mindfulness, the Root of Happiness. – Joseph Goldstein

23. In meditation, be like a cat purring. – Tai Sheridan

24. Drink your tea slowly and reverently. – Thich Nhat Hanh

25. We’re all just walking each other home. – Anonymous

26. All problems are illusions of the mind. – Anonymous

27. The present moment is all you ever have. – Anonymous

28. Where are you going carrying your bowls? – Anonymous

29. Establish yourself in the present moment. – Anonymous

30. Nothing is permanent, everything changes. – Anonymous

31. Let go of thought. Become still and alert. – Anonymous

32. Awareness is the greatest agent for change. – Eckhart Tolle

33. What you are looking for is what is looking. – Joseph Goldstein

34. Find the life underneath your life situation. – Anonymous

35. Life is available only in the present moment. – Anonymous

36. Great faith. Great courage. Great questioning. – Anonymous

37. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Anonymous

38. Zen is keeping the mind which is before thinking. – Anonymous

39. Meditate … do not delay, lest you later regret it. – Buddha

40. When you know how to listen, everybody is the guru. – Anonymous

41. Treat everyone you meet as if they are God in drag. – Anonymous

42. When you are not thinking, all things are the same. – Anonymous

43. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

45. Breathe in deeply. Bring your mind home to your body. – Anonymous

46. Reality is only an agreement – today is always today. – Zen Proverb

47. Get the inside right. The outside will fall into place. – Anonymous

48. The next message you need is always right where you are. – Anonymous

49. You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now. – Anonymous

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50. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. – Thich Nhat Hanh

51. Who is the master of this body, and where does he reside? – Anonymous

52. Each time for the first time, each moment the only moment. – Anonymous

53. The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

54. Go through your day as if you are the Dalai Lama undercover. – Anonymous

55. Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents. – Anonymous

56. Causing suffering to others is causing suffering to yourself. – Anonymous

57. We cannot be present and run our story-line at the same time. – Pema Chödrön

58. Breathing in, I calm my body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. – Thich Nhat Hanh

59. When you are fully in the moment, this moment is all there is. – Anonymous

60. Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it. – Sharon Salzberg

61. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. – Thich Nhat Hanh

62. As you breathe in, imagine you are in a fragrant garden of roses. – Anonymous

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

64. Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive. – Thich Nhat Hanh

65. You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.Pema Chödrön – Anonymous

66. Pay attention to the present moment, on purpose, without judgment. – Jon Kabat Zinn

67. If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family. – Anonymous

68. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing. – Anonymous

69. Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality. – Robin S. Sharma

70. Do every act of your life as though it is the last act of your life. – Anonymous

71. Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen! – Jalaluddin Rumi

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

73. Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes. – The Buddha

74. The significance is hiding in the insignificant. Appreciate everything. – Eckhart Tolle

75. I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within. – Rumi

76. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you have chosen it. – Eckhart Tolle

77. Zen mind is before thinking. If already you are thinking, it is too late. – Anonymous

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

79. Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. – Anonymous

80. When reading, only read. When eating, only eat. When thinking, only think. – Anonymous

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

82. The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now. – Anonymous

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

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

85. My experience is that many things are not as bad as I thought they would be. – Mary Doria Russell

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

87. Have you eaten your porridge? / Yes, I have. / Then you better wash your bowl. – Anonymous

88. The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

90. The energy of mindfulness has the element of friendship and loving kindness in it. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

93. What would it be like if I could accept life–accept this moment–exactly as it is? – Tara Brach

94. If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. – Amit Ray

95. Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. – Anonymous

96. Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it. – The Buddha

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

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

99. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future. Concentrate on the present moment. – Anonymous

100. No one has ever been angry at another human being we’re only angry at our story of them. – Byron Katie

101. The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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

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

105. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. – Eckhart Tolle

106. What sensations do you feel right now? Are you hot, or cold? What do you hear in this moment? – Anonymous

107. Do not be concerned with the fruits of your action, just give attention to the action itself. – Bhagavad Gita

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

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

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110. You must first understand that form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Then, no form, no emptiness. – Anonymous

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

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

113. Leave your front door and back door open. Let your thoughts come and go; just don’t serve them tea. – Anonymous

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

115. Look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

116. When you do something, burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself. – Anonymous

117. Your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind all deceive you. The true you is without the six senses. – Anonymous

118. If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. – Jim Carrey

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

120. 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

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

122. 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

123. Every problem perceived to be ‘out there’ is really nothing more than a misperception within your own thinking. – Byron Katie

124. 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

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

126. I am not this body. I am in this body, and this is part of my incarnation and I honor it, but that isn’t who I am. – Anonymous

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

128. 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

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

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