Mindfulness quotes (List)

In this brief blog post we have curated a list of mindfulness quotes. Mindfulness quotes may be necessary when you meditate or simplywant to relax and take your mind off something.

Mindfulness quotes are an easy and straightforward way to let go of the days stress whilst shaping your mind and mental wellbeing in a positive manner.

Below are the mindfulness quotes we have curated.

Mindfulness quotes (List)

The first batch of 10 mindfulness quotes

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

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

― Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations

“I get so god damn lonely and sad and filled with regrets some days. It overwhelms me as I’m sitting on the bus; watching the golden leaves from a window; a sudden burst of realisation in the middle of the night. I can’t help it and I can’t stop it. I’m alone as I’ve always been and sometimes it hurts…. but I’m learning to breathe deep through it and keep walking. I’m learning to make things nice for myself. To comfort my own heart when I wake up sad. To find small bits of friendship in a crowd full of strangers. To find a small moment of joy in a blue sky, in a trip somewhere not so far away, a long walk an early morning in December, or a handwritten letter to an old friend simply saying ”I thought of you. I hope you’re well.”

No one will come and save you. No one will come riding on a white horse and take all your worries away.

You have to save yourself, little by little, day by day. Build yourself a home. Take care of your body. Find something to work on.

Something that makes you excited, something you want to learn. Get yourself some books and learn them by heart.

Get to know the author, where he grew up, what books he read himself. Take yourself out for dinner.

Dress up for no one but you and simply feel nice. it’s a lovely feeling, to feel pretty. You don’t need anyone to confirm it.

I get so god damn lonely and sad and filled with regrets some days, but I’m learning to breathe deep through it and keep walking.

I’m learning to make things nice for myself. Slowly building myself a home with things I like.

Colors that calm me down, a plan to follow when things get dark, a few people I try to treat right.

I don’t sometimes, but it’s my intent to do so. I’m learning.I’m learning to make things nice for myself. I’m learning to save myself.

I’m trying, as I always will.” 

― Charlotte Eriksson

– James Baraz

“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Being mindful means that we suspend judgment for a time, set aside our immediate goals for the future, and take in the present moment as it is rather than as we would like it to be.”

“We’re merely one tree with various types, shapes and sizes of leaves that all wave differently in the breeze” 

― Rasheed Ogunlaru

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

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

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

“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the small uncaring ways.”

– Stephen Vincent Benet

“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

“We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” ~Jack Kornfield

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

– Chuang

The second batch of 10 Mindfulness quotes

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”

– Roy T. Bennett

“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, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

“Envy and jealousy stem from the fundamental inability to rejoice at someone else’s happiness or success.” ~Matthieu Ricard

“Even if you can’t be totally mindful at every meal, if you can say a blessing, silently if necessary, or offer up a prayer for someone, something beyond yourself and your food, the prayer helps to transform eating into something that affects not only our hunger at that moment but the greater world.” 

― Mary DeTurris Poust, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

“Believe me, all of you, the best way to help the places we live in is to be glad we live there.”

– Edith Wharton

“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

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

“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”

“It is also important to understand that, even though you have been taught to believe that your mind is in charge of life, it was not designed for this. It is an exquisite tool for maneuvering through your life, but it is not supposed to be in charge of it. Life is in charge of your life, and it does a lot better job than your mind does.” 

― Mary O’Malley

“Use every distraction as an object of meditation and they cease to be distractions.”

– Mingyur Rinpoche

“ Singing at the Edge of Need by Susan Laughter Meyers (fragment)

Three things I turned my back to: light,

the past, the trunk of an old tree.

One by one each unfastened itself.

To sit is to present when the roll is called.

I knew that. I wore my hat of straw, fringed

like fingers sifting a breeze. My hat

collecting a thousand thoughts…

…I had no map

and few lessons yet to guide me.

I was a study of questions. O Grandmother,

I was small, sitting in the midst of wildness,

a child thrilling at the boss of thunder.

A rustle of leaves, moss tipping at me-

I was small, I was hunger, I was thirst-

wings flitting in a brush pile. O Grandmother,

I was small, kneeling in the midst of wonder,

quaking and singing at the edge of need.” 

― Susan Laughter Meyers

The third batch of 10 mindfulness quotes

“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

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

“There is nothing passive about mindfulness. One might even say that it expresses a specific kind of passion—a passion for discerning what is subjectively real in every moment. It is a mode of cognition that is, above all, undistracted, accepting, and (ultimately) nonconceptual. Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience; it is the act of experiencing more clearly, including the arising of thoughts themselves. Mindfulness is a vivid awareness of whatever is appearing in one’s mind or body—thoughts, sensations, moods—without grasping at the pleasant or recoiling from the unpleasant.” 

― Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

“In the 1991 movie City Slickers, Jack Palance gives Billy Crystal some profoundly simple advice. When Crystal asks him the secret of life, Palance holds up a forefinger, answers with a single word: “One.”

Choose one thing. Do it to the best of your ability. Let it go. Pick something else. Repeat endlessly.” 

― Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories Of Splendid Solitude

“That’s life: starting over, one breath at a time.” – Sharon Salzberg

“We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” ~Jack Kornfield

“If you could possibly understand how precious and powerful your experience of this one lifetime as yourself is, you wouldn’t be trying to go anywhere else.

If you could know the perfection of time and space,

You would slow each moment down

To drain every possible nuance of juice and flavor from it.

When you leave this place, your body and mind and the earth which holds you, you will look back and only wish you had known the immense richness that you hurried through trying to find other better states of being.

But this is the best bite.

Heaven is here.

Nirvana is now.

As soon as you know that for sure

Your life will never be the same again.

In fact, in every way it seeks to get your attention. begs you to awaken to the magic right before your eyes.” 

― Jacob Nordby

“Much of the time the mind is wandering, either drawn to focus, ruminate, or push away unpleasant experiences, or chasing after stuff we like. But if we don’t practise being still, we are prone to get blown about by every wind, buffeted by the ups and downs of life. By training to pay attention precisely and gently to the breath, coming back again and again, we cultivate a resilience that allows us to be present when difficulty and temptation arises. Distractions still come, but we don’t get so lost in them.” 

― Ed Halliwell

“Practice is this life, and realization is this life, and this life is revealed right here and now.”

– Maezumi Roshi

‘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

‘ The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.’ – Thich Nhãt Hanh

“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

List of mindfulness quotes in images

We have also curated a list of 24 images which have mindfulness quotes on them.

The first batch of 6 mindfulness quotes in Images

The Second batch of 6 mindfulness quotes in Images

The third batch of 6 mindfulness quotes in Images

The fourth batch of 6 mindfulness quotes in Images

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If you find that you are struggling with your mental wellbeing and you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run programme may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.

You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.

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