76 Most Powerful Mindfulness Quotes: Your Daily Dose of Inspiration

76 Most Powerful Mindfulness Quotes: Your Daily Dose of Inspiration

No matter how established your personal mindfulness practice is, sometimes you can use a little extra inspiration.

Luckily, when it comes to mindfulness, there is no shortage of inspirational quotes you can use to give yourself that extra bit of motivation.

Whether you are looking for recent quotes or age-old quotes from the Buddha himself, and whether you are looking for quotes about mindful eating or less-specific sayings, here are the most powerful mindfulness quotes out there, from a wide range of mindfulness leaders and practitioners.

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38 Quotes About Being Mindful

These are some of our favorite quotes about being mindful in general. A number of them come from some of our favorite mindfulness leaders because some people just have a way with words.

These quotes should inspire your mindfulness practice in one way or another without having to be too specific. They may also help you define mindfulness in a way you had not previously thought of.

 

Jon Kabat -Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or MBSR.

mindfulness quotes Jon Kabat-Zinn

The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

mindfulness quotes Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever you go, there you are.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

mindfulness quotes Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

mindfulness quotes Jon Kabat-Zinn

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

mindfulness quote Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Buddhist monk, author, and mindfulness teacher (whose many students include the above-mentioned Jon Kabat-Zinn) who was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

mindfulness quote thich nhat hanh

To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

mindfulness quote thich nhat hanh

Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

mindfulness quote thich nhat hanh

The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

mindfulness quotes thich nhat hanh

Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

mindfulness quote thich nhat hanh

The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

mindfulness quote thich nhat hanh

Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield is a mindfulness teacher and author who (along with Sharon Salzberg and Tara Brach) founded the Insight Meditation Society in 1975 and played a key role in bringing mindfulness and mindfulness meditation to the West.

mindfulness quote jack kornfield

When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.

Jack Kornfield

mindfulness quote jack kornfield

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

Jack Kornfield

mindfulness quotes jack kornfield

Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.

Jack Kornfield

mindfulness quotes jack kornfield

The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.

Jack Kornfield

mindfulness quote jack kornfield

Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.

Jack Kornfield

 

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun and author who has written several popular books about mindfulness. She is also the director of the only Tibetan Monastery for Westerners.

mindfulness quote pema chodron

You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.

Pema Chödrön

mindfulness quote pema chodron

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.

Pema Chödrön

mindfulness quote pema chodron

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.

Pema Chödrön

mindfulness quote pema chodron

The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.

Pema Chödrön

mindfulness quote pema chodron

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.

Pema Chödrön

mindfulness quote pema chodron

Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.

Pema Chödrön

 

Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa was the 11th Trungpa tülku, an important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, and a major influence in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West by teaching students like Pema Chödrön. He was also an originator of the idea of Shambhala meditation practice.

mindfulness quote Chögyam Trungpa

Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being.

Chögyam Trungpa

 

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a mindfulness teacher and author who (along with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach) founded the Insight Meditation Society in 1975 and played a key role in bringing mindfulness and mindfulness meditation to the West.

mindfulness quote sharon salzberg

Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.

Sharon Salzberg

mindfulness quote sharon salzberg

That’s life: starting over, one breath at a time.

Sharon Salzberg

 

Allan Lokos

Allan Lokos is the founder of the Community Meditation Center in New York as well as a popular mindfulness author.

mindfulness quote allan lokos

You cannot control the results, only your actions.

Allan Lokos

mindfulness quote allan lokos

Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.

Allan Lokos

mindfulness quote allan lokos

Your actions are your only true belongings.

Allan Lokos

mindfulness quote allan lokos

The art of peaceful living comes down to living compassionately & wisely.

Allan Lokos

mindfulness quote allan lokos

We cannot force the development of mindfulness.

Allen Lokos 

 

Tara Brach

Tara Brach is a mindfulness teacher and author who (along with Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg) founded the Insight Meditation Society in 1975 and played a key role in bringing mindfulness and mindfulness meditation to the West.

mindfulness quote tara brach

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

Tara Brach

mindfulness quote tara brach

There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.

Tara Brach

 

Amit Ray

Amit Ray is a mindfulness leader who has authored several popular books on mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.

mindfulness quote amit ray

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.

Amit Ray

mindfulness quote amit ray

Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.

Amit Ray

mindfulness quote amit ray

Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter.

Amit Ray

 

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Rasheed Ogunlaru is a motivational speaker and life/business coach who has authored several popular books on mindfulness.

mindfulness quote rasheed ogunlaru

Step outside for a while – calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than to bang your head against a wall continually.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

mindfulness quote rasheed ogunlaru

A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open…quiet mind.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

mindfulness quote rasheed ogunlaru

How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

 

15 Mindfulness Quotes From The Buddha

Unsurprisingly, some of the most powerful mindfulness quotes come from the Buddha. When it comes to quotes from The Buddha, though, it is important to really do your research. There are almost countless inspiring quotes floating around that are attributed to The Buddha despite there being no evidence of the Buddha having said them.

The following are some of our favorite quotes from The Buddha that we are fairly certain can actually be attributed to The Buddha, but of course, let us know if this is not the case.

mindfulness quote buddha

The Way is not in the sky, the Way is in the heart.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

You only lose what you cling to.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Attachment leads to suffering.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Nothing is forever except change.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

With our thoughts we make the world.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

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

Buddha

mindfulness quote buddha

If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.

Buddha

 

12 Mindfulness Quotes For Quotes of The Day

If you’re looking for a little extra mindfulness motivation to start off your day with, these quotes should help you out. If you want, you can even put them together in a daily calendar and use one of these quotes to guide you throughout each of your days (well, for about two weeks).

These quotes are short, but will give you a lot to think about during your day. For this section, we have only selected one quote per speaker, so that you can start each day with a different perspective.

mindfulness quote sharon salzberg

It is never too late to turn on the light.

Sharon Salzberg

mindfulness quote jon kabat-zinn

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

mindfulness quote buddha

Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

Buddha

mindfulness quote marcus aurelius

Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.

Marcus Aurelius – The Emperor of Ancient Rome in the second century as well as a philosopher.

mindfulness quotes amit ray

Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.

Amit Ray

mindfulness quotes doug dillon

Treat everyone you meet as if they were you.

Doug Dillon – Teacher and author who has written on a large variety of subjects, including mindfulness and history.

mindfulness quote eric schmidt

A mind set in its ways is wasted.

Eric Schmidt – Author and business executive. He is also the former CEO of Google, where he attempted to bring mindfulness and psychology teachings into the workplace.

mindfulness quotes Idowu Koyenikan

The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.

Idowu Koyenikan – Consultant, speaker and author who has written about mindfulness in the business world.

mindfulness quotes Rasheed Ogunlaru

The stiller you are the calmer life is.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

mindfulness quote tara brach

The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.

Tara Brach

mindfulness quotes allan lokos

One who is patient glows with an inner radiance.

Allan Lokos

mindfulness quote pema chodron

Don’t let life harden your heart.

Pema Chödrön

 

11 Quotes About Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is, as it sounds, an aspect of mindfulness practice that focuses on eating (and drinking). It is the idea that you should not rush through your meal to get it over with or to stop being hungry, but that rather you should be thoughtful about how you eat, what you eat, and how what you eat is nourishing you.

It also aims to stop the practice of mindless eating, which can either consist of rushing through your meals or eating when you do not really need or want to eat. Practicing mindful eating can be an extremely powerful part of a mindfulness practice, as everyone needs to eat throughout the day, so everyone has similar opportunities to practice mindful eating no matter what else is going on in their lives.

These are some of our favorite quotes to get you thinking about mindful eating, or to enrich your existing practice.

 

Jan Chozen Bays

Jan Chozen Bays is a medical doctor and Zen teacher who (along with others such as her husband) founded the Great Vow Zen Monastery in the United States. In 2009 she published Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship With Food.

mindfulness quote Jan Chozen Bays

Mindful eating is a way to become reacquainted with the guidance of our internal nutritionist.

Jan Chozen Bays

 

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Along with his Buddhist and mindfulness background mentioned above, Thích Nhất Hạnh coauthored Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, a popular book on mindful eating.

mindfulness quote thich nhat hanh

Mindful eating means simply eating or drinking while being aware of each bite or sip.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

mindfulness quote thich nhat hanh

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

mindfulness quote thich nhat hanh

You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

mindfulness quotes thich nhat hanh

Tea is an act complete in its simplicity. When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea. The rest of the world dissolves.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

Susan Albers

Susan Albers is a clinical psychologist and author who is a major proponent of mindful eating.

mindfulness quote susan albers

Mindful eating is about awareness. When you eat mindfully, you slow down, pay attention to the food you’re eating, and savor every bite.

Susan Albers

mindfulness quote susan albers

Instead of thinking of food as the enemy, allow yourself to enjoy the process of planning and preparing meals or going out to lunch with a friend. Stay in the present moment and understand that the purpose of food is nourishment.

Susan Albers

mindfulness quote susan albers

Training your mind to be in the present moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.

Susan Albers

 

Shunryu Suzuki

Shunryu Suzuki was a Buddhist monk and author who founded the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Buddhist Monastery outside of Asia, and helped popularize mindfulness in the West as a result.

mindfulness quote Shunryu Suzuki

When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.

Shunryu Suzuki

 

Michelle May

Michelle May is a medical doctor, motivational speaker, and author who has written several popular books on mindful eating.

mindfulness quote michelle may

When I’m hungry, I eat what I love. When I’m bored, I do something I love. When I’m lonely, I connect with someone I love. When I feel sad, I remember that I am loved.

Michelle May

 

Chögyam Trungpa

mindfulness quote Chögyam Trungpa

Everyone loves something, even if it’s only tortillas.

Chögyam Trungpa

 

Bonus Video: Thích Nhất Hạnh

As a bonus, this is an excerpt from a talk Thích Nhất Hạnh gave to Google employees which touches on aspects of mindfulness including mindful eating. In it, he offers suggestions for ways that even Google employees can incorporate mindfulness into their day-to-day lives. If you are looking for some brief (under five minutes) mindful inspiration from a mindfulness leader, give this video a watch:

 

A Take-Home Message

We hope that at least a few of the above quotes were inspiring to you, and we especially hope that they have given you something new to consider for your mindfulness practice (or maybe one even inspired you to start a mindfulness practice).

If one of your favorite mindfulness quotes was not on this list, please go ahead and share it with us! After all, at the end of the day, a mindfulness practice is a deeply personal thing.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our 3 Mindfulness Exercises for free.

If you wish to learn more, Mindfulness X© is our 8-module mindfulness training package for practitioners which contains all the materials you’ll need to not only enhance your mindfulness skills but also learn how to deliver a science-based mindfulness training to your clients, students or employees.

About the Author

Joaquín Selva, Bc.S., Psychologist is a behavioral neuroscience researcher and scientific editor. Joaquín was both a teaching assistant and a research assistant and conducted research that led to the publication of three peer-reviewed papers. Since then, his work has included writing for PositivePsychology.com and working as an English editor for academic papers written by non-native English speakers.

Comments

  1. B

    One flower can wake the dream.

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  2. Samira Morimoto

    Journaling is my thing and I write in two different journals. Do you use multiple journals?

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    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Samira,
      I’ve gone through periods of journaling in my life, but I only ever wrote one at a time! How do you use your different journals? 🙂
      – Nicole | Community Manager

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  3. Ken

    As one of the quotes said, “it’s not difficult, just do it.” Very helpful reminders.

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  4. rohinishivananda

    it is so nice to read this article and apply it to our day to day life. Based on this reading I am inspired to write an article about how mindfulness practices help us in facing the present situation.

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  5. Heather

    Lovely photos and quotes…much needed reminders. Thank you!

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  6. Rachel Casanta

    Thank you for compiling this wonderful collection of quotes. There is much wisdom here! I will be sharing them far and wide and sharing the love with others.

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  7. Nick Grimshawe

    I’m a bit of a quote nut, so reading your wonderful post was indeed a pleasure and a mindful activity. I loved the images you used to enhance the quotes.
    I found your site when I started to search for quotes about reading mindfully. I cherish the beautiful accidental design that brought me here.
    Nick

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  8. Kate

    Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing these empowering quotes.

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  9. Zoe Robinson

    Thank you for the reminder of how great life is, how it passes us by and how to take joy from the smallest of moments

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  10. Sushant

    Mindfulness in amazing, it just started with 5 min daily practice and now I cant stop practicing it daily.

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  11. Ademar

    Jessie thank for sharing! What a great article!
    Regards from Perú

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  12. Lady Butterfly

    “The mark of self-mastery is to see, feel, and behave positively even if the external reality is perceived to be negative or undesired. Only then will you have truly transformed because you are no longer concerned about the outside anymore, you remain mindful, loving and detached. Decide how you’re going to feel simply because that is what you choose to feel regardless of what’s going on around you. You may, or may not have control over the events in your life, but you can certainly take control of how you respond to them.” ~ Anon I mus

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  13. Charlene Ann Hinds

    Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Pauline Duncan-Thrasher

    Thank-you Joaquin for collecting and sharing so much wisdom.The beautiful illustrations matched the spirit. In our hectic lives mindfulness is the calming balm that is available to each person with investment in stillness and reward all merging.

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  15. Michael

    Lovely. Thanks.
    But note that “Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.” – is a Jack Kornfield ‘we’ version of a quote by Sri Nisargadatha Maharaj…

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  16. Jelka van der Ford

    Beautiful, peaceful, and reMINDerFUL.

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  17. Lucy hurlstone

    Thankyou- lovely!

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  18. Dvorah Elias

    This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it. Practicing mindfulness has changed my life.

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    • Jessie van den Heuvel

      Our pleasure Dvorah. Glad you liked it.

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  19. Charlotte Thaarup

    I look into the cup and I see the sky, clouds and gum tree in the corner of the garden. I take the cup to my lips and I drink. I drink the sky, I drink the clouds and I drink the gum tree. Every time we eat and drink we take the world into our bodies. Eating is not just a symbol of our interconnectedness, it is the proof, the everyday reminder; all we need to do is pay attention. Charlotte Thaarup – Mindfulness, Mindful Eating – Dear Body

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    • Jessie van den Heuvel

      Thank you so much for sharing your quote Charlotte 🙂

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    • Anita Cline

      Absolutely beautiful! I was just explaining to a friend that when I mindfully eat I think about the sun, the rain, bees, etc. everything the came together to create the food that I’m eating. I can taste the sweetness from the bees, the rain that hydrated the plant, the warmth of the sunshine. I feel that interconnectedness that this quote speaks about. I can taste it. I feel every cell in my body absorbing the nutrients the food is providing when I mindfully eat.

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  20. Science

    I love a quote “The Way is not in the sky, the Way is in the heart.” and you added it!
    Very nice article, really thanks!

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    • Jessie van den Heuvel

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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