Mindfulness Quotes

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Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. Mindfulness is derived from sati, a significant element of Buddhist traditions, and based on ZenVipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques. Individuals who have contributed to the popularity of mindfulness in the modern Western context include Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926– ), Herbert Benson (1935– ), Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944– ), and Richard J. Davidson (1951– ). Mindfulness is very similar to what was earlier known as Gestalt therapy.

The practice of mindfulness seeks to become aware of subjective conscious experience.

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Mindfulness brings contentment not by consuming more externally, but by harvesting more from within and by sharing more without. – Rohini Nilekani

Mindfulness can help people of any age. That’s because we become what we think. – Goldie Hawn

Mindfulness can play a big role in transforming our experience with pain and other difficulties; it allows us to recognise the authenticity of the distress and yet not be overwhelmed by it. – Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness clears the windshield of the mind so that we can see things as they really are. – Travis Eliot

Mindfulness creates centered awareness. When you do one thing at a time, you’re guaranteed excellent results. If you do too many things simultaneously, it messes up your neural circuits. Focus on one thing at a time. – Deepak Chopra

Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don’t have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity – Henepola Gunaratana

Mindfulness has never met a cognition it didn’t like. – Daniel J. Siegel

Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions. – Henepola Gunaratana

Mindfulness helps us to live in harmony with our thoughts, words, and actions. – Amit Ray

Mindfulness is a mental activity that in due course eliminates all suffering. – Ayya Khema

Mindfulness is a pause—the space between stimulus and response: that’s where the choice lies. – Tara Brach

Mindfulness is a quality that’s always there. It’s an illusion that there’s a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you’re either mindful or you’re not. – Richard Gere

Mindfulness is a simple practice, but not an easy one … but you are worth doing hard things. – Nicole Davis

Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reactions to our everyday experiences. – Elizabeth Thornton

Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment. – Jan Chozen Bays

Mindfulness is clarity. Clarity of thought. Clarity of intent. Clarity of action. When you possess this level of clarity you are able to be in control of most levels of your life. And being in control is one of the most powerful feelings one can experience. – Adrian Lliopoulos

Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you — in your body, heart, and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment. – Jan Chozen Bays

Mindfulness is like taking your brain for a virtual walk. Like our bodies, our minds need time to recover after a difficult workout. It is a way to ‘walk’ it off—catch your breath, settle your muscles, and be fully present. Notice what you see, smell, feel, and hear. Be in the moment as you gain insight and nurture yourself. Even a few seconds or minutes is enough. Don’t overthink—it isn’t the formal practice of meditation … and you don’t need sneakers. – Lori Maney Lentini

Mindfulness is not concerned with anything transcendent or divine. It serves as an antidote to theism, a cure for sentimental piety, a scalpel for excising the tumor of metaphysical belief. – Stephen Batchelor

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

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated that 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

Mindfulness is the cure for everything; the essence of being alive. – Ellen Langer

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

Mindfulness means being aware of how you’re deploying your attention and making decisions about it, and not letting the tweet or the buzzing of your BlackBerry call your attention. – Howard Rheingold

Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is. It teaches the heart to be more accommodating, not by beating it into submission, but by making it clear that accommodation is a gratifying choice – Silvia Boorstein

Mindfulness meditation helps you tackle every little problem one by one with equanimity and presence rather than worry about 100 problems all at once and never do anything about anything. – Scott Barry Kaufman

Mindfulness meditation is a matter of rewiring your brain so that instead of primarily being rewarded by the possibility of reward, you are intrinsically rewarded by all of the beauty that already exists at any given moment right in front of your eyes or in your rich imagination. – Scott Barry Kaufman

Mindfulness meditation should be more than just watching what you are doing. What you really need to watch is your motivation. – Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Mindfulness won’t ensure you’ll win an argument with your sister. Mindfulness won’t enable you to bypass your feelings of anger or hurt either. But it may help you see the conflict in a new way, one that allows you to break through old patterns. – Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere. – Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness, simply stated, means paying attention to what is happening; it’s about what is really going on. – Nell Newman

Mindfulness, the Root of Happiness. – Joseph Goldstein

Mental health


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

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms. – Zen Shin

A goal properly set is halfway reached. – Zig Ziglar

A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job. – Zig Ziglar

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open. – Frank Zappa

A mind set in its ways is wasted. – Eric Schmidt

A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

A moment spent in gratitude is worth two in lamentation. – ProProfs Quiz

A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill

A serious mind can never be in the present. Only a playful mind, only children, are in the present. So be more childlike… play more. – Osho

A small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference. – Dr. Timothy McCall

A year from now you may wish you had started today. – Karen Lamb

Acknowledging the pain and the suffering that take place inside you, and allowing the feelings, will take time, but this new way of handling these feelings will change the way you relate to you and to the outside world. – Kelly Martin

Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. – Nelson Mandela

All beings want to be happy, yet so very few know how. It is out of ignorance that any of us cause suffering, for ourselves or for others. – Sharon Salzberg

All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are. – Adyashanti

All your power resides in the now. Mindfulness is the best tool to tap you into that power. – Anita M. Scott

Allowing the new to happen means putting aside your memory so the past does not interfere. – Osho

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you. – Anne Lamott

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

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. – Bruce Lee

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

Always mind your surroundings. – Liam Neeson, Batman Begins

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. – Arthur Somers Roche

Any moment can be a meditation if you are in control of your attention. – James Clear

As a doctor, let me tell you what self-love does: It improves your hearing, your eyesight, lowers your blood pressure, increases pulmonary function, cardiac output, and helps wiring the musculature. So, if we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our healthcare costs would go down dramatically. So, this isn’t just some little frou-frou new age notion, oh love yourself honey. This is hardcore science. – Dr. Christiane Northrop

As I noticed feelings and thoughts appear and disappear, it became increasingly clear that they were just coming and going on their own. . . . There was no sense of a self owning them. – Tara Brach

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. – Ayya Khema

As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is. – Ram Dass

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

As the witnessing presence of Awareness, we stand in the background of experience; as the light of pure Knowing, we stand at its heart. – Rupert Spira

As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. Whatever happens does not really matter. – Jack Kornfield

Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here. Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer: Now. Say it until you can hear it. – Ram Dass

Awakening self-compassion is often the greatest challenge people face on the spiritual path. – Tara Brach

Awareness is the greatest agent for change. – Eckhart Tolle

Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. – Eckhart Tolle

Be courageous and face this moment in time consciously and with all the discernment and clarity within your power. – James O’Dea

Be devoted to heedfulness. Guard your mind. – The Dhammapada

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa

Be happy at the moment, that’s enough, each moment is all we need, not more. – Mother Teresa

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind. – Roy T. Bennett

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. – Wayne Dyer

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. – Kurt Vonnegut

Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behaviour. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain. – Eckhart Tolle

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books-especially the Bible. Make prayer your greatest key and living by faith your greatest adventure. – John Wooden

Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. – John Wooden

Be where you are, not where you think you should be. – Unknown

Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance. – Brené Brown

Become an alchemist. Transmute base metal into gold, suffering into consciousness, disaster into enlightenment. – Eckhart Tolle

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

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand melting like a snowflake. – Francis Bacon Sr.

Being authentic is the ability to be true to oneself. Living an authentic life requires the ability to be true to our own wants, needs and desires and not live our lives by the opinion of others. Being authentic is the ability to make self-honoring choices and stand firmly in who we are in our core. Being true to ourselves gives us the insight and compassion to see others for who they are, not who we expect them to be. It frees us up from the judgment of ourselves and others and it gives others the freedom to be themselves as well. – Victoria J. Reynolds

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. – J. Mark G. Williams

Believe you can, and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Victor Frankl

Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift. – Amit Ray

Breathe in the good shit. Breathe out the bull shit. – Karen Salmansohn

Buddhist mindfulness is about the present, but I also think it’s about being real. Being awake to everything. Feeling like nothing can hurt you if you can look it straight on. – Krista Tippett

By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness. – Matthieu Ricard

By silencing the mind, we can experience real peace. – Henepola Gunaratana

Can this mind, which is the result of time, of various cultures, experiences and knowledge, look with eyes that are not conditioned? – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Change only happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change. – Tony Robbins

Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

Clarity and decisiveness come from the willingness to slow down, to listen and look at what’s happening. – Pema Chödrön

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can be be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognise our shared humanity – Pema Chodron

Cultivating a generous spirit starts with mindfulness. Mindfulness, simply stated, means paying attention to what is happening; it’s about what is really going on. – Nell Newman

Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To talk about how you’re feeling. To have the hard conversations. – Brene Brown

Deep breaths are like little love notes to your body. -Unknown

Die each moment so that you are renewed each moment. – Osho

Die in your thoughts every morning and you will no longer fear death. – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Distraction addiction is the disease. Smartphones are just a delivery mechanism. – Unknown

Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all. – Aberjhani

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

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

Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow. – Catherynne M. Valente

Do not speak about anyone who is not physically present. – Allan Lokos

Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive. – Ziggy Marley

Don’t think your practice is right or wrong. Simply bring your whole heart to your practice. – Michael Stone

Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live. – Robin Sharma

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller

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

Don’t do anything—no repetition of mantra, no repetition of the name of God—just watch whatever the mind is doing. Don’t disturb it, don’t prevent it, don’t repress it; don’t do anything at all on your part. You just be a watcher, and the miracle of watching is meditation. As you watch, slowly, slowly mind becomes empty of thoughts; but you are not falling asleep, you are becoming more alert, more aware. As the mind becomes completely empty, your whole energy becomes a flame of awakening. This flame is the result of meditation. So you can say meditation is another name of watching, witnessing, observing—without any judgment, without any evaluation. Just by watching, you immediately get out of the mind. – Osho

Don’t let life harden your heart. – Pema Chödrön

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. – Orison Swett Marden

Don’t wait. The time will almost never be just right. – Napoleon Hill

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. – Drew Houston

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEING – what we truly are is so bright, so vast, that it burns away our accumulated fears and disguises. – Joseph Campbell

Each of us has a different nature. We’re not supposed to think and live in the same way. Our uniqueness is sacred and must be respected. – Rudá Iandê

Each step along the Buddha’s path to happiness requires practicing mindfulness until it becomes part of your daily life. – Henepola Gunaratana

Eat that frog! – Brian Tracy

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle

Empathy is the new mindfulness. – Scott Barry Kaufman

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. – Chögyam Trungpa

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

Essentially, meditation allows us to live in ways that are less automatic. This necessarily means less time spent worrying, ruminating, and trying to control things we can’t control. It means we become less vulnerable to the throes of the fear-driven, older parts of our brains, and freer to use our newer and more sophisticated mental abilities: patience, compassion, acceptance and reason. – David Cain

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers

Every day has its drama. If you are waiting for a day without drama, you are waiting for death. Mindfulness is what gives us the space to meet all drama without tension. While we can’t always be free of drama, we can be free from the effects of it. It’s called peace of mind. – Thibaut

Every emotion is connected with the breath. If you change the breath, change the rhythm, you can change the emotion. – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Every man dies. Not every man really lives. – William Ross Wallace

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. – Thomas Merton

Every moment is an eminently suitable moment for unlimited profundity–if you allow it to be so. – Adi Da Samraj

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

Every time we become aware of a thought, as opposed to being lost in a thought, we experience that opening of the mind. – Joseph Goldstein

Every time we ponder a thought, act on an impulse, or dwell on a desire, we are setting in motion a cause that will have a future effect. Mindfulness enables us to choose wisely. – Tamara Levitt

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein

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

Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality. – Robin S. Sharma

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

Expectation has brought me disappointment. Disappointment has brought me wisdom. Acceptance, gratitude and appreciation have brought me joy and fulfilment. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Fall in love with where you are. Turn towards this – a sacred moment, unrepeatable. Trust the ebb and flow of things. Say yes to uncertainty and the unresolvedness of your life. Come out of stories and second-hand dreams and remember the place where breathing happens. Here. Now. – Jeff Foster

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

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

First, we must do our own personal work, then we tend the necessary work of our family, then our community, then the world. – Laozi

For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Forever is composed of nows. – Emily Dickinson

Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace…..it is translated into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. – Eckhart Tolle

Freeing oneself from words is liberation. – Bodhidharma

Gather strength, pull it in – Be right where you are. – Joy Harjo

Give your attention to the experience of seeing rather than to the object seen and you will find yourself everywhere. – Rupert Spira

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect, but man can be. – Confucius

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. – Samuel Johnson

Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness & all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past & not enough presence. – Eckhart Tolle

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude. – Denis Waitley

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. – Dale Carnegie

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. – Ramana Maharshi

Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour. – Walt Whitman

Having no destination, I am never lost. – Ikkyu

He who has freed himself of the disease of ‘tomorrow’ has a chance to attain what he came here for. – G.I. Gurdjieff

Healing comes when the individual remembers his or her identity- the purposes chosen in the world of ancestral wisdom – and reconnects with that world of spirit. – Malidoma Patrice Some

How we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the character of our experience, and therefore, the quality of our lives. – Sam Harris

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

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

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey

I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. – Albert Einstein

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness. It’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practising gratitude. – Brené Brown

I don’t need anyone else to distract me from myself anymore, like I always thought I would. – Charlotte Eriksson

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough – we must do. – Leonardo da Vinci

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work – Thomas A. Edison

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time. – Anna Freud

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau

I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. – Shayne McClendon

I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then is an empty desk a sign? – Albert Einstein

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

If one were truly aware of the value of human life, to waste it blithely on distractions and the pursuit of vulgar ambitions would be the height of confusion. – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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

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

If the present is burdened with the experience of yesterday there can be no renewal. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

If we are unduly absorbed in improving our lives we may forget altogether to live them. – Alan Watts

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

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. – Marcus Aurelius

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

If you cant hold a person in your mind with a good thought, it is better not to think about them at all. – Frederick Lenz

If you can’t do anything about it, then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change. – Tony Gaskins

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. – Rabbi Harold Kushner

If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs. – Farrah Gray

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

If you gathered up all the fearful thoughts that exist in the mind of the average person, looked at them objectively, and tried to decide just how much good they provided that person, you would see that not some but all fearful thoughts are useless. They do no good. Zero. They interfere with dreams, hopes, desire and progress. – Richard Carlson

If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit. – Banksy

If you listen completely, entirely, wholly, at the actual moment of listening there is no confusion, and that moment is enough. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. – Bruce Lee

If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another. The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience. – Deepak Chopra

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

If you think of others in a jealous way of if you become angry, immediately pause for a moment. It’s going to pull you down and send negative energy. At that moment, pause and correct yourself. – Frederick Lenz

If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito. – African proverb

If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief. – Brene Brown

If you want to change the world, start with the next person who comes to you in need. – B. D. Schiers

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

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration. – Nikola Tesla

If your behavior is out of control, governed by mimetic desires, social signaling, mindless habits, impulsive anger, ignorance-induced anxiety, start watching all your thoughts, reactions, emotions, actions, be mindful of every moment of the day, and life will slowly get better. – Anonymous

If you’re determined to think of yourself as limited, fearful, vulnerable, or scarred by past experience, know only that you have chosen to do so. The opportunity to experience yourself differently is always available. – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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

If you’re too open-minded, your brain will fall out. – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Imagine witnessing every situation, person, and thing just as it is. – Byron Katie

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

Inevitably, each of us will reach the moment when the place we have felt most comfortable becomes so uncomfortable that we feel as if we are suffocating in the stale air of our own history.
Most of us will arrive at some point in our lives when the world with which we are most familiar no longer works for us.
We are meant to outgrow ourselves; indeed, we can no more avoid this development than we can stop the ageing process.
The only question is how gracefully – and healthily – we will handle the transition. – Caroline Myss

In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, non-intrusively, the way we are present with things in nature. We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both. – David Richo

In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power. – Yuval Noah Harari

In a world full of doing, doing, doing, it’s important to take a moment to just breathe, to just be. – Well

In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel’s it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human…we really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience. It goes against the grain to stay present. These are the times when only gentleness and a sense of humor can give us the strength to settle down…so whenever we wander off, we gently encourage ourselves to ‘stay’ and settle down. Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay! – Pema Chödrön

In meditation, I attempt to empty my–– oh that reminds me. – Unknown

In mindfulness, acceptance always comes first, change comes after. – Shamash Alidina

In mindfulness, we start to see the world as it is, not as we expect it to be, how we want it to be, or what we fear it might become. – Mark Williams

In our times, it is radical to choose to sit still and be silent, to resist an identity of busyness, ceaseless motion, and noise, and to reclaim our sanity and humanity by coming home to ourselves. – Sumi Loundon Kim

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

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

In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers. – Fred Rogers

In today’s rush we all think too much, seek to much, want to much and forget about the joy of just Being. – Eckhart Tolle

In trading the pleasures of an ordinary life for a meditative life, you’re trading candy for gold. – Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Inner emptiness is not a void to be filled with comforts; it is a window to be looked through. – Alan Watts

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

Is it possible for the mind each day to be so totally aware that problems no longer exist? – Jiddu Krishnamurti

It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – A.J. Fratelli

It is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head. – David Foster Wallace

It is never too late to turn on the light. – Sharon Salzberg

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials. – Bruce Lee

It is not necessary to change or manipulate experience in any way in order to notice the background of simply being aware. We may be afraid, bored, agitated, depressed, in love or at peace; the experience of being aware remains the same in all cases. – Rupert Spira

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

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

It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and day out. – David Foster Wallace

It is up to the most conscious person in the situation to break the chain of reactivity. – Ram Dass

It may look like I’m doing nothing, but in my head, I’m quite busy. – Unknown

It stands to reason that anyone who learns to live well will die well. The skills are the same: being present in the moment, and humble, and brave, and keeping a sense of humor. – Victoria Moran

It takes a little bit of mindfulness and a little bit of attention to others to be a good listener, which helps cultivate emotional nurturing and engagement. – Deepak Chopra

It takes courage to say yes to rest and play, in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a symbol status. – Brene Brown

It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married. – Robert Frost

It’s easy to be mindful when things are fine and dandy. It’s times of challenge, adversity and anxiety that we must face with mindful strength. – Anonymous

It’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory. – Bruce Lee, Enter The Dragon

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

It’s not a question of learning much. On the contrary. It’s a question of unlearning much. – Osho

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. – Epictetus

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest as if it was the only one we had. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. – Pema Chödrön

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. – Art Williams

Just because our eyes are open does not mean we are awake. – Haemin Sunim

Just see beauty as you walk around through your day. Feel things. Unhook from your thoughts and all the busy things you are doing. Start to look at life. This is mindfulness. – Frederick Lenz

Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know this is the moment you most need to relax. – Matt Haig

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

Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama. – Ram Dass

Learning to pause is the first step in the practice of Radical Acceptance. A pause is a suspension of activity, a time of temporary disengagement when we are no longer moving toward any goal. . . . The pause can occur in the midst of almost any activity and can last for an instant, for hours or for seasons of our life. . . . We may pause in the midst of meditation to let go of thoughts and reawaken our attention to the breath. We may pause by stepping out of daily life to go on a retreat or to spend time in nature or to take a sabbatical. . . . You might try it now: Stop reading and sit there, doing ‘no thing,’ and simply notice what you are experiencing. – Tara Brach

Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. – Jack Kornfield

Let that shit go. – Unknown

Let the breath lead the way. – Sharon Salzberg

Life doesn’t need you to accept it. Life accepts you totally in the moment, including your present non-acceptance of life, just as the ocean accepts every wave as itself, no matter how the wave appears. Stop trying to ‘do’ acceptance, and stop rejecting non-acceptance, and sink deeply into the acceptance that is here, the unconditional acceptance that you have always been… – Jeff Foster

Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance. – Amit Ray

Life is an endurance sport, but endurance without compassion is torture. Living mindfully, we bring our whole heart to the event of being alive so that we can be present from beginning to end. – Lauren Eckstrom

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

Life is painful, suffering is optional. – Sylvia Boorstein

Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor. – Benjamin Disraeli

Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene

Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance. – Amit Ray

Life repeats itself mindlessly―unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel. – Osho

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. – Eckhart Tolle

Look at things as they are, not as your emotions color them. – Robert Greene

Look at yourself, observe yourself; do not beat yourself, but observe. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Looking at beauty in the world is the first step of purifying the mind. – Amit Ray

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is to you. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as he can from a lack of bread. – Richard Wright

May I meet this moment fully. May I meet it as a friend. – Sylvia Boorstein

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

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. – Ramakrishna

Meditation goes in. Prayer goes out. But both aim for the same place of union between you and the Divine. – Lisa Jones

Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Meditation is not about achieving anything. It’s about letting go, being at ease with whatever arises. – Andy Puddicombe

Meditation means dissolving the invisible walls that unawareness has built – Sadhguru

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

Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world. – Amit Ray

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

Mindful eating emphasizes a spirit of exploration, experimenting and flexibility in finding ways to make use of nutritional information. – Jean L. Kristeller

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

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

Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering. – Christopher Germer

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

My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we’re living with right now. – Byron Katie

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. – Saint Francis de Sales

Never compare. Comparison is one of the causes of keeping you tethered to the mundane, because comparison creates competition, comparison creates ambition. It does not come alone, it brings all its companions with it. And once you become competitive there is no end to it; you will end before it does. Once you become ambitious you have chosen the most stupid path for your life. – Osho

No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today. – Jack Kornfield

No matter how many times you have failed you must keep going forward. Only when you have become humble will you begin to grasp the meaning of life. – Frederick Lenz

No thought, no mind, no choice – just being silent, rooted in yourself. – Osho

No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. – Alan Watts

None of our inner parts are inherently bad. All parts are trying their best to be safe and find love. We can unburden our shadow parts by embracing them with the unconditional love from Being. – Loch Kelly

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

Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance. – Bruce Barton

Now is the future that you promised yourself last year, last month, last week. Now is the only moment you’ll ever really have. Mindfulness is about waking up to this. – Mark Williams

Now is the only reality. All else is either memory or imagination. – Osho

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

Observe without division. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Observe your reaction, do not call it good or bad. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Observing not absorbing. – Maryam Hasnaa

On average it takes us five days to plan one day. That’s longer than any planning session I’ve ever been in. – Francesco Cirillo

Once you get your mind right, happiness and inner peace are sure to follow. – Bohdi Sanders

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

One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt. – Alan Watts

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress. – Viggo Mortensen

One of the great things about children is that they have no other concern than to be simply interested in things. It is the height of mindfulness to approach the world afresh like a child. – John Dickerson

One person feels quite secure with practically no money in the bank, another feels insecure even though he has millions. It isn’t the amount of money but their programming that makes the difference. – Anthony de Mello

One who is patient glows with an inner radiance. – Allan Lokos

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. – Carol Burnett

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso

Only those who have cultivated the art of living completely in the present have any use for making plans for the future. For when the plans mature they will be able to enjoy the results. – Alan Watts

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

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller

Our lives are lived in intense and anxious struggle, in a swirl of speed and aggression, in competing, grasping, possessing and achieving, forever burdening ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations. – Sogyal Rinpoche

Our true nature is like a precious jewel: although it may be temporarily buried in mud, it remains completely brilliant and unaffected. We simply have to uncover it. – Pema Chodron

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. – Brené Brown

Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness. – Sri Chinmoy

Pause practice creates an open doorway to the sacredness of the place in which you find yourself. – Pema Chodron

Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. – Wayne Dyer

Peace makes you strong
Hate reveals your emptiness
kindness feeds your happiness
anger reveals your fear
love makes you free. – Yung Pueblo

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar

People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on. – Eckhart Tolle

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. – Andrew Carnegie

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

Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In it’s presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power & healing. – Rachel Naomi Remen

Practice is this life, and realization is this life, and this life is revealed right here and now. – Maezumi Roshi

Practice radical self care, self kindness and self compassion. For it is the degree to which you are able to take responsibility for your own vulnerability and core emotional wounding that you will release your partner from this burden, which is not theirs to carry. – Matt Licata

Practicing a mindful moment in the middle of the day, helps to bring you back to center, reset, and move into the rest of your day with greater clarity and focus. – Christine Agro

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

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal. – Pamela Vault Starr

Reality is only an agreement – today is always today. – Zen Proverb

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. – Eckhart Tolle

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. – Eckhart Tolle

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

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

Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume. – Raji Lukkoor

Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing. – Sharon Salzberg

Sadness comes, joy comes, and everything passes by. What remains always is the witness. The witness is beyond all polarities. – Osho

Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. – Omar N. Bradley

She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures and doubts, but because she continued on despite them. – Beau Taplin

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful thing- humans can do for each other. – Randy Pausch

Slow down, you’ll get there faster. – Katherine King

So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates. – Allan Lokos

Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul. – Ezra Taft Benson

Some people do not know the difference between mindfulness and concentration. They concentrate on what they’re doing, thinking that is being mindful. . . . We can concentrate on what we are doing, but if we are not mindful at the same time, with the ability to reflect on the moment, then if somebody interferes with our concentration, we may blow up, get carried away by anger at being frustrated. If we are mindful, we are aware of the tendency to first concentrate and then to feel anger when something interferes with that concentration. With mindfulness, we can concentrate when it is appropriate to do so and not concentrate when it is appropriate not to do so. – Ajahn Sumedho

Somehow I always seem to forget the most powerful tool I have in my parenting arsenal: myself. My presence. – Carla Naumburg

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. – Nicole Reed

Start living right here, in each present moment. When we stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, we’re open to rich sources of information we’ve been missing out on—information that can keep us out of the downward spiral and poised for a richer life. – Mark Williams

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

Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit. – Tara Brach

Stop, breathe, look around and embrace the miracle of each day, the miracle of life. – Jeffrey A. White

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Strong minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Weak minds discuss people. – Socrates

Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different than they are. – Allan Lokos

Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be. – Sonia Ricotti

Sweetheart, you are in pain. Relax. Take a breath. Let’s pay attention to what is happening; then we’ll figure out what to do. – Sylvia Boorstein

Take a walk outside – it will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. – Swami Vivekananda

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

That’s why you start where you are. Not where you wish you were. Not where you hope you are. Not where you think you should be. But right where you are. – Bill Burnett

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

The art of living is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past and the known on the other. It consists in being completely sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive. – Alan Watts

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

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

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. – Agatha Christie

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

The best time to start building a better future is always now. – Steve Maraboli

The body and mind are interdependent. They are inseparable in the art of introspection. – Geeta Iyengar

The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. – Sakyong Mipham

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek. – Joseph Campbell

The day you decide that you are more interested in being aware of your thoughts than you are in the thoughts themselves – that is the day you will find your way out. – Michael Singer

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. – Maya Angelou

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

The emotion of fear often works overtime. Even when there is no immediate threat, our body may remain tight and on guard, our mind narrowed to focus on what might go wrong. When this happens, fear is no longer functioning to secure our survival. We are caught in the trance of fear and our moment-to-moment experience becomes bound in reactivity. We spend our time and energy defending our life rather than living it fully. – Tara Brach

The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to. – Jack Kornfield

The essence of bravery is being without self-deception. – Pema Chödrön

The experience of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral is the consequences of perception. – Allan Lokos

The first and best victory is to conquer self. – Plato

The first important step into the now is to become aware of whatever surrounds you. – Eckhart Tolle

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine

The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes. – Mark Nepo

The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering. – Carl Jung

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

The future is a concept – it doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now. – Alan Watts

The future is always beginning now. – Mark Strand

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. – Albert Einstein

The goal of this work is not ‘get rid of your story’ but to have a more flexible relationship with it. – Matt Licata

The healing is in the return, not in never having wandered to begin with. – Sharon Salzberg

The healthiest relationships are the honest ones. And they might not look so ‘happy’ or ‘carefree’ from the outside. They might not fit the image of what a relationship ‘should’ or ‘must’ look or feel like. Here, two people tell the honest, painful truth about today, and continually let go of all their preconceived ideas about each other. The relationship is forever renewed in the furnace of authenticity. There may be ruptures, misunderstandings, even intense feelings of doubt and disconnection, but there is a mutual willingness to face this seeming mess head-on! To look – with open eyes – at the present rupture, and not turn away or cling to the past. To sit together in the midst of mutual shattered dreams and expectations, and work to find a place of reconnection, here, now, today. Here, relationship is seen as the ultimate yoga – an ongoing and ever-deepening adventure and rediscovery of each other, a constant letting-go and a constant meeting! Love is not a future destination, conclusion, point of arrival, or a convenient story to tell others. Love is alive.
As Eckhart Tolle says, relationships aren’t here to make us happy – for true happiness lies within. They’re here to make us profoundly conscious.
To break us, to humble us, to make us whole again. – Jeff Foster

The intuitive recognition of the instant, thus reality… is the highest act of wisdom. – D.T. Suzuki

The inward journey is about finding your own fullness, something that no one else can take away. – Deepak Chopra

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. – Barbra Streisand

The mad mind does not halt. If it halts, it is enlightenment. – Zen proverb

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

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

The mind is like tofu. It tastes like whatever you marinate it in. – Sylvia Boorstein

The mind is like water. When it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear. – Prasad Mahes

The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size. – Albert Einstein

The mindfulness revolution is not quite as dramatic as the moon shot or the civil rights movement, but I believe, in the long run, it can have just as great an impact. – Tim Ryan

The moment you try to correct what is, you are bringing disorder. But if you merely observe actually what is, then what is order. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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 Chodron

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. – Henry Boye

The older you get, the more ‘mindfulness’ becomes about trying to remember why you came upstairs. – Victoria Coren Mitchell

The one you are looking for is the one who is looking. – Francis of Assisi

The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. – Eckhart Tolle

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs

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

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. – Alan Watts

The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions. – Eckhart Tolle

The past has no power over the present moment. – Eckhart Tolle

The perfect moment is this one. – Jon Kabat Zinn

The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see. – Earon Davis

The present contains the infinity. – Abhijit Naskar

The present moment contains the fullness of space. – Sahil Lavingia

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it. – Eckhart Tolle

The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality. – Chögyam Trungpa

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

The quieter you become, the more you can hear. – Ram Dass

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is nothing we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. – R.D. Laing

The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death. – Osho

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates

The secret of change is to focus not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates

The secret to peace is right under our noses. Slow down, love yourself, sloth and smell the roses! – Sabrina Moyle

The significance is hiding in the insignificant. Appreciate everything. – Eckhart Tolle

The standard way of reducing stress in our culture is to put as much energy as possible into trying to arrive at a moment that matches our preferences. This ensures that we feel some level of stress until we get there (assuming we ever will) and worse, it makes the present moment into an unacceptable place to be. – David Cain

The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the self is reflected. – Vanda Scaravelli

The stiller you are the calmer life is. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee

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

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. – Bob Marley

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. – Leo Tolstoy

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

The way you speak to yourself matters. – Unknown

There are a thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient. – Marilynne Robinson

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

There are two types of people, those who want to get things done and those who want to get things done now. Guess which ones are more fun at parties. – Kristy Anne Szramka

There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group. – Amit Ray

There is a great beauty in observation, in seeing things as they are. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. – C.G. Jung

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

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

There’s no problem so great it cant be solved. If it cant be solved, its not a problem, it’s reality. – Barbara Coloroso

There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have…. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss. – Anthony de Mello

These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb. – Najwa Zebian

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. – Pema Chodron

Things that have a consciousness are higher than those that don’t. – Marcus Aurelius

This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. – Hamlet, Shakespeare

Think about the practice of meditation as zoning in, as opposed to spacing out. – Susie Levan

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. – Anne Frank

This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. – Alan Watts

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

This moment is an invitation to start again…Begin where you are. – Jeff Foster

Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath. – Huang Po

Time is not a line, but a series of now-points. – Taisen Deshimaru

To be mindful entails examining the path we are traveling, and making choices that alleviate suffering and bring happiness to ourselves and those around us. – Allan Lokos

To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid. – Unknown

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

To everyone who has a dream, don’t ever let anyone tell you that it’s not possible. – Oprah Winfrey

To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness. – Robert Morely

To go out of your mind once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come to your senses. – Alan Watts

To live in the eternal present there must be death to the past, to memory. In this death is timeless renewal. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

To produce at peak level, you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction. – Cal Newport

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour. – William Blake

To some people, surrender may have negative connotations, implying defeat, giving up, failing to rise to the challenges of life, becoming lethargic, and so on. True surrender, however, is something entirely different. It does not mean to passively put up with whatever situation you find yourself in and to do nothing about it. Nor does it mean to cease making plans or initiating positive action. Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. – Eckhart Tolle

To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail. – Abraham Maslow

To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, I am listening to this music, you are not listening. – Alan Watts

To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Today I will live in the moment. Unless the moment is unpleasant in which case I will eat a cookie. – Unknown

Training your mind to be in the present moment is the number one key to making healthier choices. – Susan Albers

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

True compassion is undirected and holds no conceptual focus. That kind of genuine, true compassion is only possible after realizing emptiness. – Tsoknyi Rinpoche

True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out – you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand. – Henry James

True healing is not the fixing of the broken, but the rediscovery of the unbroken. – Jeff Foster

Truly, just sit…That’s all there is. – Motoko Ikebe

Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. – Alan Watts

Until you are clear nothing will be. The moment you are clear everything will be. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. – Carl Jung

Use every distraction as an object of meditation and they cease to be distractions. – Mingyur Rinpoche

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

Visualize your highest self and start showing up as him/her. – Ali Owens

Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes. – Ramana Maharshi

Watch, witness. Your body is not you; your mind is not you. You are just a pure witness. – Osho

We are awakened to the profound realization that the true path to liberation is to let go of everything. – Jack Kornfield

We are constantly evolving as we are interacting with the world. Mindfulness and growth mindset drives our evolution faster and on the right track. – Amit Ray

We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives. – Adyashanti

We are sitting under the tree of our thinking minds, wondering why we’re not getting any sunshine. – Ram Dass

We can do anything we want in this world if we stick to it long enough. – Helen Keller

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. – Helen Keller

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it. – John Newton

We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are. – Max Depree

We cannot force the development of mindfulness. – Allen Lokos

We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions. – Brene Brown

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. – Helen Keller

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. – George Bernard Shaw

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

We live in a house of mirrors and think we are looking out the windows. – Fritz Perls

We might begin by scanning our body . . . and then asking, ‘What is happening?’ We might also ask, ‘What wants my attention right now?’ or, ‘What is asking for acceptance?’ – Tara Brach

We need to become the sanctuary we seek. – Jack Kornfield

We often have very little empathy for our own thoughts and feelings and frequently try to suppress them by dismissing them as weaknesses. – Mark Williams

We try to fix the outside so much, but our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, illusory. – Matthieu Ricard

We use mindfulness to observe the way we cling to pleasant experiences and push away unpleasant ones. – Sharon Salzberg

We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.
When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.
It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something, and then, forgetting we chose to put them on, we complain that nothing feels quite real. Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world but to unglove ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold and the car handle feels wet and the kiss goodbye feels like the lips of another being, soft and unrepeatable. – Mark Nepo

We withdraw from our experience of the present moment. We pull away from the raw feelings of fear and shame by incessantly telling ourselves stories about what is happening in our life. – Tara Brach

Wellness within is mindfulness and acceptance of what you are, what you feel inside and how it’s always changing. That process is helped by being attentive to the breath as it moves through the body. – Rodney Yee

What comes to you is your karma; also translated as The Universe Sows The Seeds Of What You Will Harvest. – Herman Hesse

What is gain to the ego is loss to the soul. What is a blessing to the ego is a curse to the soul. What seems to be of tremendous importance to the ego is just sheer stupidity to the innermost core of your being. – Osho

What is meditation? Pure fascination with this moment, exactly as it is. Not adding anything. Not taking anything away. No goal. No seeking. No meditator – Jeff Foster

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we get from each moment depends on the attention we give it, and the quality of our experience reflects the quality of our awareness. – Roger N. Walsh

What we learn in meditation, we can apply to all other realms of our lives. – Sharon Salzberg

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

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – Henry David Thoreau

Whatever has been said about you by others, simply drop it. It is absolutely crap. They don’t know about themselves; what can they say about you which can be truthful? And the opinions that you have collected from others … just try to watch from whom you are collecting your opinions. They are not from a Gautam Buddha, or from a Jesus, or from a Socrates; they are from people who are as ignorant as you are. They are simply passing on others’ opinions that have been given to them. – Osho

Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. – Eckhart Tolle

Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you eye falls on – for it will fall on what you love – will lead you to the questions of your life, the questions that are incumbent upon you to answer, because that is how the mind works in concert with the eye. The things of this world draw us where we need to go. – Mary Rose O’Reilley

When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; when he has not suffered defeat, he has no chance to learn anything. – Karl A. Menninger

When a problem is disturbing you, don’t ask, ‘What should I do about it?’ Ask, ‘What part of me is being disturbed by this?’ – Michael Singer

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. – Rainer Maria Rilke

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

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself. – Michel de Montaigne

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. – Albert Einstein

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. – Tao Te Ching

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened. – Winston Churchill

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. – Erma Bombeck

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

When life is at the extremely hard time, all we can control is our attitude. – Amit Ray

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir

When sitting in meditation, say, That’s not my business! with every thought that comes by. – Ajahn Chah

When the chest is opening, the mind is opening, and we feel emotionally shiny and stability comes. – Vanda Scaravelli

When the mind is completely aware it becomes extraordinarily silent, quiet; it is not asleep, but highly awake in that silence. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

When the mind is nowhere it is everywhere. – Zen proverb

When the mind remains silent for yours, it becomes fresh, young, more creative, more sensitive, rejuvenated through rest. – Osho

When the pure basics—what we once referred to as common etiquette—are no longer recognized, it’s time for society to realize how crucial the small things are. – Nita Patel

When we allow ourselves to embrace the moment, we allow ourselves to live. – Lisa Bien

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

When we keep choosing between right and wrong. We spend our energy sorting life rather than living it. – Mark Nepo

When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. – Eckhart Tolle

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

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

When you can bear your own emptiness, you are free. – Mooji

When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself. – Shunryu Suzuki

When you focus on the good, the good gets better. – Abraham Hicks

When you focus on what works for you and what doesn’t, you step out of that comparison cycle and spiral into your real, beautiful life. – Robyn Conley Downs

When you learn to just sit and become completely present, you naturally become completely quiet, with none of that jazz going on inside. A person who can’t really sit as if there were nothing else to do also won’t be able to act because he’ll never be completely all here. – Alan Watts

When you love yourself you are able to celebrate the inner happiness you feel WITH the outside world and not THROUGH it. – Gay Hendricks

When you practice yoga once a week, you change your mind. When you practice yoga twice a week, you change your body. When you practice yoga everyday, you change your life. – Unknown

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

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

When you recognize and reflect on even one good thing about yourself, you are building a bridge to a place of kindness and caring. – Sharon Salzberg

When you replace ‘why is this happening to me?’ to ‘what is this trying to teach me?’ everything shifts. – Harsh Mariwala

When you step outside your mind you can relax and just witness the show. – @zen_fi

When you want to succeed, as much as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful. – Eric Thomas

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

When you’re quiet, everything settles on the floor of your mind like sediment in undisturbed still water. – Megan Monahan

When your inner world is on fire and you are burning for resolution, it is tempting to conclude that something has gone wrong, that you have failed, that you are flawed, and that you are unworthy of love. The questions are surging, the longing is unbearable, and you are still aching to find some relief. You are exhausted, but this is no ordinary exhaustion. It is sacred. It is the end of one world and the beginning of another. Stay close. In these moments, which may always arise in the heart of an open, sensitive human being, slow way down. Touch the earth, look up into the sky, listen to the song of the unseen. Dare to consider that things are not always as they appear. Today may not be the day for answers, but to finally let your heart break open to the vastness of the question. You are not a project to be solved and you were never unhealed. With eyes wide open, see that you could never lose the way. The unfolding of the heart is the work of a lifetime and there is no urgency on the path of love. – Matt Licata

Whenever you find yourself becoming angry or jealous, try to see a good quality in the person. You will suddenly be thinking a higher thought and that will elevate you. – Frederick Lenz

Whenever you step out of the noise of thinking, that is meditation, and a different state of consciousness arises. – Eckhart Tolle

Wherever you are, be all there. – Ram Dass

Wherever you are, be there totally. – Eckhart Tolle

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Seuss

Why, if we are as pragmatic as we claim, don’t we begin to ask ourselves seriously: where does our real future lie? – Sogyal Rinpoche

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

With awareness, we can make concious choices, instead of letting our habitual thoughts and patterns run the show. – Tamara Levitt

With meditation, you begin to relax in your seat and just watch the movie of life. – Ken Wilber

With mindfulness training we are able to recognise when we get lost in our mental dramas, and bring a kind and nonreactive presence to the feelings that accompany them. – Tara Bracch

With the happiness, ecstasy and power you gain from meditation, you can gradually remove your mind from the things it has become hooked to that cause it pain. – Frederick Lenz

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. – Hermann Hesse

Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are. – Pema Chödrön

Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise. – Frank Ocean

Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain. – Wiz Khalifa

Yoga does not change the way we see things. It transforms the person who sees. – B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly, you can’t rush. You can’t skip to the next position. You just have to breathe and let go. – Madonna

Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony. – Debashis Mridha

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis

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

You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. The very observation slows down the mind until it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, keep it quiet. Don’t get bored with peace, be in it, go deeper in it. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

You can discover truth only if you are willing to give your whole mind and heart to it, not a few moments of your easily spared time. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus

You cannot breathe deeply and worry at the same time. – Sonia Choquette

You cannot control the results, only your actions. – Allan Lokos

You can’t be mindful when your mind’s full. – Jack Butcher

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. – Brian Tracy

You discover that a ‘bored person’ is not who you are. Boredom is simply a conditioned energy movement within you. Neither are you an angry, sad, or fearful person. Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. – Eckhart Tolle

You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you. – Dan Millman

You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. – Eckhart Tolle

You have to look at your own thought forms. Are you sitting around and thinking a lot of negative thoughts? These injure the subtle body. When you hate, when you are angry, you bring that energy through you. – Frederick Lenz

You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the in-breath or out-breath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity. – Stephen Levine

Your actions are your only true belongings. – Allan Lokos

Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax. – Bryant McGill

Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind. – Swami Muktananda

Your life should be a continuous death and a continuous resurrection, so that you remain fresh to the very last breath. – Osho

Your mind’s hunger is many times more than body’s hunger. Do fasting of mind. – Shunya

Your past is just a story. And once you realize this it has no power over you. – Chuck Palahniuk

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again. – Joseph Campbell

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung

‪A wise man once said, ‘Life is like breathing. If you try to hold it, you’ll lose it. But let it come & go & you’ll always be connected to it.’‬ – Curtis Tyrone Jones


Mindfulness Quotes Rumi

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. – Rumi

Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is. – Rumi

Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop. – Rumi

Becoming awake involves seeing our confusion more clearly. – Rumi

I am not this hair, I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within. – Rumi

Just as water reflects the stars and the moon, the body reflects the mind and soul. – Rumi

Let go of your mind and then be mindful. – Rumi

Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen! – Rumi

Listen to silence. It has so much to say. – Rumi

Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor. – Rumi

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

Only the soul knows what love is. – Rumi

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. – Rumi

The cure for pain is the pain. – Rumi

The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires. – Rumi

The lamps are different, but the light is the same. – Rumi

The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night. – Rumi

The wound is the place where the light enters you. – Rumi

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. – Rumi

These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them. – Rumi

This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself: everything you want, you already are. – Rumi

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. – Rumi

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river of joy within you. – Rumi

When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth. – Rumi

Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure. – Rumi

Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself. – Rumi

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. – Rumi

You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens. – Rumi

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. – Rumi

Mindfulness Quotes Thich Nhat Hanh

Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath. – Thich Nhat Hanh

As long as we’re rejecting ourselves and causing harm to our bodies and minds, there’s no point in talking about loving and accepting others. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Because you are alive, everything is possible. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing out. Breathing in, I am grateful for this moment. Breathing out, I smile Breathing in, I am aware of the preciousness of this day. Breathing out, I vow to live deeply in this day. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Conscious breathing is my anchor. – 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; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Each minute we spend worrying about the future and regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life – a missed opportunity to engage life and to see that each moment gives us the chance to change for the better, to experience peace and joy. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Enlightenment is growing all the time. It is not something that happens once and is then complete. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Every feeling is a field of energy. A pleasant feeling is an energy which can nourish. Irritation is a feeling which can destroy. Under the light of awareness, the energy of irritation can be transformed into an energy which can nourishes. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Every step taken in mindfulness brings us one step closer to healing ourselves and the planet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. – Thich Nhat Hanh

If we practice mindfulness, we always have a place to be when we are afraid. – Thich Nhat Hanh

If we want to become mindful, rather than just knowing about mindfulness, we need to establish our own regular practice. – Thich Nhat Hanh

If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious! – Thich Nhat Hanh

In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. – Thich Nhat Hanh

In mindfulness, one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. – Thích Nhất Hạnh

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

Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Mindful eating means simply eating or drinking while being aware of each bite or sip. – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness is the kind of light that shows us the way. It is the living Buddha inside of each of us. Mindfulness gives birth to insight, awakening, compassion, and love. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what’s the use of seeing? – Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness practice is not an evasion or an escape. It means entering vigorously into life — with the strength generated by the energy of mindfulness. Without this freedom and concentration, there is no happiness. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Never in human history have we had so many means of communication, yet we remain islands, with little real communication between us. When we cannot communicate, we suffer, and we spill our suffering on to other people. Mindfulness and insight can intervene. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Only the present moment contains life. – Thich Nhat Hanh

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. – Thich Nhat Hanh

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Practice of mindfulness is like a boat and by practicing mindfulness you offer yourself a boat and you will not sink in a river of suffering. – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Right mindfulness is not a tool or an instrument, but a path. Right mindfulness is not a means that can be used to arrive at an end. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Smile, breathe, and go slowly. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere. – 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

The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment. Mindful speaking is a deep practice. – Thich Nhat Hanh

There are many ways to come back to the here and the now, and to touch life deeply. But they all involve mindful breathing. If we are anchored in our mindful breathing, we can practice anytime. Otherwise we risk missing our lives, our lives that are lived in the here and now. – Thich Nhat Hanh

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. – Thich Nhat Hanh

This is a very important practice. Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself. – Thich Nhat Hanh

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh

To be mindful of something is to recognise that something is there in the present moment. Mindfulness is the capacity of being aware of what is going on in the present moment. ‘Breathing in – I know that anger has manifested in me; breathing out – I smile towards my anger.’ This is not an act of suppression or of fighting. It is an act of recognising. Once we recognise our anger, we embrace it with a lot of awareness, a lot of tenderness. – 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

Today, you can decide to walk in freedom. You can choose to walk differently. You can walk as a free person, enjoying every step. – Thich Nhat Hanh

True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. – Thich Nhat Hanh

We do so much, we run so quickly, the situation is difficult, and many people say, Don’t just sit there, do something. ‘But doing more things may make the situation worse. So, you should say, Don’t just do something, sit there.’ Sit there, stop, be yourself first, and begin from there. – Thich Nhat Hanh

We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

What we believe can significantly affect what we can achieve. – Thich Nhat Hanh

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. – Thich Nhat Hanh

When it is cold in your room, you turn on the heater, & the heater begins to send out waves of hot air. The cold air doesn’t have to leave the room for the room to become warm – there’s no fighting at all between them. We practice taking care of our anger in the same way. Mindfulness recognizes anger, is aware of it’s presence, accepts and allows it to be there. Mindfulness is like a big brother who does not suppress his younger brother’s suffering. He simply says, ‘dear brother, I’m here for you.’ You take your younger brother in your arms and you comfort him. This is exactly our practice. – Thich Nhat Hanh

When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. – Thich Nhat Hanh

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. – Thich Nhat Hanh

When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. Hugging with mindfulness and concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, and much happiness. – Thich Nhat Hanh

When you breathe in mindfully, there is a happy reunion between body and mind. This doesn’t take any fancy technique. – Thich Nhat Hanh

When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there? – Thich Nhat Hanh

With mindfulness we can see the poetry and beauty all around us. We can see the miracles of life. – Thich Nhat Hanh

With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. – Thich Nhat Hanh

You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The Seed is already there. A good teacher touches the Seed, allowing it to Wake up, to Sprout, and to Grow. – Thich Nhat Hanh

You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea. – Thích Nhất Hạnh

You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Your ability to love another person, depends on your ability to love yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness Quotes Jon Kabat-Zinn

All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. – Jon Kabat Zinn

Breathe and let be. – Jon Kabat Zinn

Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into mindfulness. – Jon Kabat Zinn

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

It’s not a matter of letting go—you would if you could. Instead of ‘let it go’ we should probably say ‘let it be’. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience. – Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of the present-moment reality. It wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments. If we are not fully present for many of those moments, we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives but also fail to realize the richness and the depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

Non-doing has nothing to do with being indolent or passive. Quite the contrary. It takes great courage and energy to cultivate non-doing both in stillness and in activity. – Jon Kabat Zinn

So, in meditation practice, the best way to get somewhere is to let go of trying to get anywhere at all. – 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

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

The habit of ignoring our present moments in favour of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded. This includes a lack of awareness and understanding of our own mind and how it influences our perceptions and our actions. It severely limits our perspective on what it means to be a person and how we are connected to each other and the world around us. Religion has traditionally been the domain of such fundamental inquiries within a spiritual framework, but mindfulness has little to do with religion, except in the most fundamental meaning of the word, as an attempt to appreciate the deep mystery of being alive and to acknowledge being vitally connected to all that exists. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

The perfect moment is this one. – Jon Kabat Zinn

There are always waves on the water. Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small, and sometimes they are almost imperceptible. The water’s waves are churned up by the winds, which come and go and vary in direction and intensity, just as do the winds of stress and change in our lives, which stir up the waves in our minds. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

We must be willing to encounter darkness and despair when they come up and face them, over and over again if need be, without running away or numbing ourselves in the thousands of ways we conjure up to avoid the unavoidable. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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

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

Mindfulness Quotes Buddha

Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others. – Buddha

Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes. – Buddha

As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts. – Buddha

Attachment leads to suffering. – Buddha

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

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? – Buddha

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

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

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

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

Every morning we are born again. What we do today matters most. – Buddha

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. The thoughtless are the greatest liars. Desire is the greatest cause of pain. A contented man is the greatest rich man. The convinced are the strongest, and those who have discernment and knowledge are the wisest. – Buddha

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

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

If you can’t do anything about it, then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change. – Buddha

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

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed. – Buddha

Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it. – Buddha

Living hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living years without it. – Buddha

Meditate … do not delay, lest you later regret it. – Buddha

Mindfulness of the body leads to nirvana. – Buddha

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

Nothing is forever except change. – Buddha

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

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

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. – Buddha

Rule your mind or it will rule you. – Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha

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

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

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha

What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now. – Buddha

When you move your focus from competition to contribution life becomes a celebration. Never try to defeat people, just win their hearts. – Buddha

With our thoughts we make the world. – Buddha

You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things, but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them – for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions. – Buddha

You only lose what you cling to. – Buddha

Mindfulness Quotes 14th Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – 14th Dalai Lama

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. – 14th Dalai Lama

He said, ‘There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live. – 14th Dalai Lama

If you think you’re too small to make a difference… try sleeping with a mosquito in the room. – 14th Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – 14th Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher. – 14th Dalai Lama

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – 14th Dalai Lama

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. – 14th Dalai Lama

The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. – 14th 14th Dalai Lama

The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred. – 14th Dalai Lama

The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger. – 14th Dalai Lama

What is love? Love is the absence of judgement. – 14th Dalai Lama

When you talk, you are repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. – 14th Dalai Lama

Meditation Reflection Universe Person Middle

Mindfulness and Awareness

Quotes from Wikiquote

  • There is, monks, this one way to the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and distress, for the disappearance of pain and sadness, for the gaining of the right path, for the realization of Nibbāna :—that is to say, the four foundations of mindfulness.
    • Gautama Buddha, Digha Nikaya, Sutta 22 (Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta), as translated by M. Walshe, (1987), p. 335
  • It is more important that we should remember God than that we should breathe.
    • Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, On God and Christ: The Five Theological Orations and Two Letters to Cledonius (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press: 2002), Oration 27
  • Mindfulness is nonconceptual awareness. Another English term for sati is “bare attention.” It is not thinking. It does not get involved with thought or concepts. It does not get hung up on ideas or opinions or memories. It just looks. Mindfulness registers experiences, but it does not compare them. It does not label them or categorize them. It just observes everything as if it was occurring for the first time. It is not analysis that is based on reflection and memory. It is, rather, the direct and immediate experiencing of whatever is happening, without the medium of thought. It comes before thought in the perceptual process.
    • Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English (2011), p. 134
  • Mindfulness is present-moment awareness. It takes place in the here and now. It is the observance of what is happening right now, in the present. It stays forever in the present, perpetually on the crest of the ongoing wave of passing time.
    • Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English (2011), p. 134
  • Children live on one side of despair, the awakened on the other side. p.83
    • Hermann Hesse in Journey to the East (1932)
  • Mindfulness, though so highly praised and capable of such great achievements, is not at all a “mystical” state, beyond the ken and reach of the average person. It is, on the contrary, something quite simple and common, and very familiar to us.
    • Nyanaponika, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (1965), p. 24
  • It may be relevant here to recall gratefully a fraternal correction I was kindly offered by the Archimandrite Ambrosius of the Greek Orthodox Church. After listening to a lecture I delivered at Oxford University some years ago, he gently chided me (in private, not in public) for not perceiving the difference between the brand of Hellenism affecting Western theology that had absorbed the philosophical thought of ancient Greece, and the Hellenism of Eastern Orthodox theology which had assimilated the spiritual praxis of their non-Christian ancestors. Mulling over this critical observation of his, I came to understand why our scholastic tradition has not given importance to what Greek Orthodox spirituality has named nepsis (vigilance), which is its own technical term for mindfulness.
    • Aloysius Pieris, “Spirituality as Mindfulness: Biblical and Buddhist Approaches,” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, vol. 10, no. 1, Spring 2010
  • Life is a collection of moments. Mindfulness is beautification of the moments.
    • Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath (2015)
  • Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.
    • Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath (2015)
  • Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.
    • Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath (2015)
  • Mindfulness is not chasing the moment but beautifying the moment.
    • Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath (2015)
  • See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always non-acceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.56
  • Most humans are still in the grip of the egoic mode of consciousness: identified with their mind and run by their mind. If they do not free themselves from their mind in time, they will be destroyed by it. They will experience increasing confusion, conflict, violence, illness, despair, madness. Egoic mind has become like a sinking ship. If you don’t get off, you will go down with it. The collective egoic mind is the most dangerously insane and destructive entity ever to inhabit this planet.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.67
  • Open your eyes and see the fear, the despair, the greed, and the violence that are all-pervasive. See the heinous cruelty and suffering on an unimaginable scale that humans have inflicted and continue to inflict on each other as well as on other life forms on the planet. You don’t need to condemn. Just observe. That is sin. That is insanity.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.71
  • If a word doesn’t work for you anymore, then drop it and replace it with one that does work. If you don’t like the word sin, then call it unconsciousness or insanity. That may get you closer to the truth, the reality behind the word, than a long-misused word like sin, and leaves little room for guilt.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.71
  • Being aware of your breathing takes attention away from thinking and creates space. It is one way of generating consciousness. Although the fullness of consciousness is already there as the unmanifested, we are here to bring consciousness into this dimension…
    The new earth arises as more and more people discover that their main purpose in life is to bring the light of consciousness into this world and so use whatever they do as a vehicle for consciousness… Awakened consciousness then takes over from ego and begins to run your life. You may then find that an activity that you have been engaged in for a long time naturally begins to expand into something much bigger when it becomes empowered by consciousness.

    • Eckhart Tolle, in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005)
  • “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth,” writes the biblical prophet (Revelation 21:1). The foundation for a new earth is a new heaven – the awakened consciousness. The earth – external reality – is only its outer reflection. The arising of a new heaven and by implication a new earth are not future events that are going to make us free. Nothing is going to make us free because only the present moment can make us free. That realization is the awakening.
    • Eckhart Tolle, in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005)
  • Awakening as a future event has no meaning because awakening is the realization of Presence. So the new heaven, the awakened consciousness, is not a future state to be achieved. A new heaven and a new earth are arising within you at this moment, and if they are not arising at this moment, they are no more than a thought in your head and therefore not arising at all.
    • Eckhart Tolle, in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005)

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