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87 Greatest Mindfulness Quotes You Need to Live By

87 Greatest Mindfulness Quotes to Live By

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

It’s incredibly important for people to learn how to become mindful, in order to boost their emotional intelligence and they way they deal with certain situations.

We’ve gone around the web, and collected 87 of the best mindfulness quotes to live by:


87 Mindfulness Quotes to Live By

1. “Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ― Dalai Lama

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

4. “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.” ― ThichNhat Hanh

5. “Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.” ― ThichNhat Hanh

6. “If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…” ― Pema Chödrön


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7. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray


8. “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

9. “Knowledge does not mean mastering a great quantity of different information, but understanding the nature of mind. This knowledge can penetrate each one of our thoughts and illuminate each one of our perceptions.” ― Matthieu Ricard

10. “Maybe,” he said, rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.” ― Ruth Ozeki


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11. “Observe the space between your thoughts, then observe the observer.” – Hamilton Boudreaux


12. “Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.” ― Marcus Aurelius

13. “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

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14. “The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.” – Joey Green

15. “This isn’t just “another day, another dollar.” It’s more like “another day, another miracle.” ― Victoria Moran

16. “Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another.” ― Amit Ray

17. “When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.” ― Swami Satchidananda

18. “You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

19. “As long as we have practiced neither concentration nor mindfulness, the ego takes itself for granted and remains its usual normal size, as big as the people around one will allow.” – AyyaKhema


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20. “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” – Seneca


21. “Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.” ― Catherynne M. Valente

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

23. “I am grateful for all those dark years, even though in retrospect they seem like a long, bitter prayer that was answered finally.” ― Marilynne Robinson

24. “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake

25. “If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.” ― Sharon Salzberg

26. “In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be, and in this moment, there is infinite possibility.” – Victoria Moran

27. “Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!” ― Rumi

28. “Mindful and creative, a child who has neither a past, nor examples to follow, nor value judgments, simply lives, speaks and plays in freedom.” – Arnaud Desjardins

29. “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” ― C.G. Jung

30. “Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” ― Raji Lukkoor


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31. “The mind in its natural state can be compared to the sky, covered by layers of cloud which hide its true nature.” ― Kalu Rinpoche

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32. “There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient.” ― Marilynne Robinson

33. “To diminish the suffering of pain, we need to make a crucial distinction between the pain of pain, and the pain we create by our thoughts about the pain. Fear, anger, guilt, loneliness and helplessness are all mental and emotional responses that can intensify pain.” – Howard Cutler

34. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― ThichNhat Hanh

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

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

37. “As soon as we wish to be happier, we are no longer happy.” ― Walter Landor

38. “Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” ― Amit Ray

39. “Do not speak about anyone who is not physically present.” ― Allan Lokos

Written by Dan Western

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan is a young ambitious guy who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off travelling the world. His mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up." Join Wealthy Gorilla on Facebook.

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