The essence of mindfulness is the art of living in the present moment. Its getting in touch with the peace that is in the now, releasing judgement and simply experiencing what is.  Use these 111 beautiful, and powerful mindfulness quotes to help you stay focused, content, joyful and present in the moment no matter how busy and hectic life can get.

What Is Practicing Mindfulness?

To put it simply Mindfulness is practicing the art of being present in your whole life.  You can do this through mindful breathing, walking, mindful eating, a guided meditation or in the minute by minute awareness as you wash the dishes, make a cup of tea or brush your teeth.

You are no longer dwelling on events of the past or worries of what might happen in the future, because you are living in the perfection that is the present moment. Even if it is not exactly what you wanted.

Practicing Mindfulness lays a foundation for your life.  From the stories that you tell yourself, to the range of emotions you experience such as fear, anger, or sadness that result from those stories and thoughts. Mindfulness helps you feel more connected to the whole mind, body and soul.  So you can easily pass through these sensations and live in reality of what is happening now.

Mindfulness affects the relationship you have with yourself and others, Allowing you to be present without constant lables, judement and criticisms. Enabling  you to rewire yourself to experience more joy and love for yourself and others as well as deeper understanding and a greater sense of compassion and loving kindness.

Here are 111 Of The Greatest Quotes On Mindfulness To Inspire You

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

“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 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

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

“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

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

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“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

“Each place is the right place–the place where I now am can be a sacred space.” – Ravi Ravindra

“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

“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

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

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

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

“Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.” – Leo Babauta

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“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

“Training your mind to be in the present moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.” – Susan Albers

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

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

“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

“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

“Training your mind to be in the present moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.” – Susan Albers

“Every moment nature is serving fresh dishes with the items of happiness. It is our choice to recognize and taste it.” – Amit Ray

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” – Thích Nhat Hanh

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

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

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

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

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

“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 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

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

“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.” – Sylvia Boorstein

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“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” –  Dalai Lama

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

“Mindfulness requires that we not “over-identify” with thoughts and feelings, so that we are not caught up and swept away by negativity.” – Brene Brown

“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

“I believe in not trying to control things that are out of my control or none of my business.” – Tobe Hanson

“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

“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

“If every day you practice walking and sitting meditation and generate the energy of mindfulness and concentration and peace, you are a cell in the body of the new Buddha. This is not a dream but is possible today and tomorrow.” –  Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” – Sylvia Boorstei

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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

“Meditation is not evasion, it is a serene encounter with reality.” – Thích Nhat Hanh

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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“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

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

“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

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller

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

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

“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

“Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” ~ Jackson Kiddard

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

“Your actions are your only true belongings.” – Allan Lokos

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

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

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.“ – Masaru Emoto

“Water if you don’t stir it will become clear; the mind left unaltered will find its own natural peace.” – Unknown

“How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.” – Anne Dillard

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

“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.” ~ Lao Tzu

Bonus Video: Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness Dissolves Thoughts — Attention Is What’s Left Over

Many people understand meditation as a way to banish worldly thoughts, but your thoughts will never go away, says Jon Kabat-Zinn. You’ve got to observe them like a scientist.

Take Away

We hope that at least a few of the above mindfulness quotes have inspired you to practice more awareness in the moments of your day to day life. Remember, the reality you create is in the now, focus on the peace in the present, in this breath right now and build a balanced, harmonious and fulfilling tomorrow, today.

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