32 Mindfulness Quotes That Will Help Your Practice


Being more mindful (more often) has been a huge focus for me personally. And as it’s no surprise that I enjoy a good quote, I’ve collated a great collection of quotes about mindfulness.

Reading through these quotes from thought leaders, researchers and mindfulness experts has been a great way to further understand what mindfulness is and the best way to incorporate it into an already busy life.

The key concepts of mindfulness are discussed in these inspiring quotes and therefore add to the learning experience. Remember, mindfulness is a practice and a great tool to live our best lives. Enjoy.


Mindfulness Quotes


“Wherever you are, be there totally.” Eckhart Tolle


“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


“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


“Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it.” Buddha


“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


“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” Thích Nhất Hạnh


“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


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


“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


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


“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


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


“Mindfulness, the Root of Happiness.” Joseph Goldstein


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


“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha


“What would it be like if I could accept life? Accept this moment, exactly as it is?” Tara Brach


“Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” Thích Nhất Hạnh


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


“It’s not a matter of letting go—you would if you could. Instead of ‘let it go’ we should probably say ‘let it be’.” Jon Kabat-Zinn


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


“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


“Essentially, meditation allows us to live in ways that are less automatic. This necessarily means less time spent worrying, ruminating, and trying to control things we can’t control. It means we become less vulnerable to the throes of the fear-driven, older parts of our brains, and freer to use our newer and more sophisticated mental abilities: patience, compassion, acceptance and reason.” David Cain


“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” Jack Kornfield


“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


“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


“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” Eckhart Tolle



Mindfulness Quotes For Work


Sometimes the hardest place to remain mindful, is in the workplace and during work hours. However, the above and below quotes on mindfulness can also be applied very successfully in the work environment.


“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” Alan Watts


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


“The standard way of reducing stress in our culture is to put as much energy as possible into trying to arrive at a moment that matches our preferences. This ensures that we feel some level of stress until we get there (assuming we ever will) and worse, it makes the present moment into an unacceptable place to be.” David Cain


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


“You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.” Pema Chödrön


“It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me.” Ellen DeGeneres


Related: 32 Inspirational Quotes For Work



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