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47 Life-Shattering Mindfulness Quotes to Live By

You have undoubtedly heard of mindfulness and you’ve perhaps even given mindfulness meditation a shot.

We all have. Mindfulness practices are sweeping the western world at alarming rates.

But it’s no fad. This science-based practice can significantly improve your life.

Practicing mindfulness can improve your overall health and well-being, from blood pressure to anxiety. It has the power to completely change your experience in day-to-day life by teaching you how to observe your thoughts and feelings about the experience.

It has the power to stop your negative self-talk and to help you pay attention to the details of your daily life.

A daily mindfulness practice can significantly reduce suffering, both emotionally and physically.

While that may sound like over the top exaggerations, it is true. Science has definitively proven that a regular meditation practice, including living mindfully, can do wondrous things.

In fact, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy are insurance-approved treatment methods for mental health professionals.

There are many ways to practice mindfulness in your day-to-day life (no, a daily meditation practice isn’t the only way to end suffering). Being mindful in all that you do, from preparing your meals to exploring your thoughts and feelings, can help significantly improve the way that you experience your life.

Here are  47 quotes on mindfulness to help keep you motivated to stay in the present moment throughout the day:

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

“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; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

“Mindful eating means simply eating or drinking while being aware of each bite or sip.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Pema Chodron Quotes

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

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” – Pema Chodron

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron

“Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.” – 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 Chodron

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.” ~Pema Chodron

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” – Pema Chodron

“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.” – Pema Chodron

Buddhist Quotes

“Attachment leads to suffering.” – Buddha

“Nothing is forever except change.” – Buddha

“You only lose what you cling to.” – Buddha

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha

“Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.” – Buddha

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

“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” – Buddha

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

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” – Buddha

“Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” – Buddha

Self Reflection Quotes

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

“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

“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

“Treat everyone you meet as if they were you.” – Doug Dillon

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

“Mindful eating is a way to become reacquainted with the guidance of our internal nutritionist.” – Jan Chozen Bays

“When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.” – Shunryu Suzuki

Jon Kabat-Zinn Quotes

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

“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

“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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

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

Mooji Quotes

“Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.” ― Mooji

“Whatever comes, don’t push it away. When it goes, do not grieve.” ― Mooji

“Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go.” ― Mooji

“Surrender is not a weakness it is strength. It takes tremendous strength to surrender life to the supreme – to the cosmic unfolding.” ― Mooji

“I don’t have to be anything at all. I don’t even have to be myself, because there is no such thing as not being myself. I am inescapably myself.” ― Mooji

“Life cannot be against you, for you are life itself. Life can only seem to go against the ego’s projections, which are rarely in harmony with the truth.” –  Mooji

“You don’t know how things are going to work out. Don’t make premature conclusions.” Mooji

“It is not what the ego says, it is how much it is believed.” –  Mooji