45 Mindfulness Quotes to Quieten Mind Chatter

If you’re someone who struggles to live in the present moment and your mind is constantly in a different place, usually stuck in the past or future, these 45 mindfulness quotes will help you experience life through a different lens than you otherwise have been.

The beauty of mindfulness is that it increases your awareness of everything you feel and experience, which can be life-changing as you find pleasure in things you otherwise may not have, like simply staring at a flower or a tree.

Though these examples are things, most of us take for granted, when your awareness level increases, you experience pleasure and beauty in them and plenty of other “ordinary” things life offers.

Practicing mindfulness also hosts other benefits such as improved patience levels, relationships with those we encounter, greater understanding, kindness, and compassion.

Mindfulness is being right here now during whatever is happening not just to you, but around you, at that moment, without the desire to want or try to change the experience, irrespective if it is considered an adverse or challenging situation.

Mindfulness is about accepting what life has to offer you without the need to be judgemental.

Sure, this may all sound easy to read yet more challenging to put into practice – and you’d be right.

Your awareness may take time to change, but the good news is that it’s possible, which is where mindfulness quotes come in.

Mindfulness quotes help inspire you to keep going and understand that mindfulness is a powerful thing.

When you read the mindfulness quotes, take your time to digest them, so they sink in. See the deeper meaning behind them.

Mindfulness Quotes

Use these mindfulness quotes as inspiration when you feel pulled away from the present moment. Live in the here and now, as that is all there has ever been and all there ever is.

1. “Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Jack Kornfield

2. “Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” Amit Ray

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

4. “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” Pema Chödrön

5. “Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “When you’re feeling frazzled, put all of your attention on the breath. It’s a portal into the present moment, the best remedy for stress.” Ellen Barrett

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

8. “If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.” Ivan Nuru

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

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

11. “Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.” Pema Chödrön

12. “The wiser you get, the more detached and grounded you become.” Maxime Lagacé

13. “Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.” Rumi

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

15. “Remember the blue sky. It may at times be obscured by clouds, but it is always there.” Andy Puddicombe

16. “Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness.” Sri Chinmoy

17. “Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom.” Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

18. “Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.” Jack Kornfield

19. “We use mindfulness to observe the way we cling to pleasant experiences & push away unpleasant ones.” Sharon Salzberg

20. “The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.” Matthieu Ricard

21. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha

22. “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.” Thich Nhat Hanh

23. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” Ram Dass

24. “Pure awareness transcends thinking. It allows you to step outside the chattering negative self-talk and your reactive impulses and emotions. It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life.” Mark Williams

25. “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

26. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

27. “Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” Allan Lokos

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

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

30. “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

31. “Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.” Swami Muktananda

32. “Reality is only an agreement – today is always today.” Zen Proverb

33. “There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind—you are the one who hears it.” Michael A. Singer

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

35. “The future is always beginning now.” Mark Strand

36. “The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.” Gabor Maté

37. “Imagine witnessing every situation, person, and thing just as it is.” Byron Katie

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

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

40. “Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” Walt Whitman

41. “It is the most beautiful moment in one’s life when there is neither confusion nor certainty. One simply is – a mirror reflecting that which is. With no direction to go anywhere, with no idea of doing something, with no future – just utterly in the moment, tremendously in the moment.” Osho

42. “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” James Baraz

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

44. “When you replace ‘why is this happening to me?’ to ‘what is this trying to teach me?’ everything shifts.” Unknown

45. “Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” Chuang

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Chris Jones

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