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50 quotes on mindfulness to shift your perspective

The ability to be mindful is a game changer and quotes on mindfulness can change your perspective. Are you being mindful right now? As you read these words are you really focusing on the content or are you thinking about something else?

What is mindfulness and/or what is being mindful?

The short version is being aware. Being of whatever is going on in the current moment. It’s the opposite of being carried away by trains of thought.

Mindfulness is experiencing each breath. It is feeling the sand beneath your feet with each step. Mindfulness is recognizing the transition from sitting to standing.

It is observing each moment as it comes – with no regard for what came before it or what is to come after it.

Quotes on mindfulness won’t change your life on their own. But they can motivate, inspire, and cause you to think about things differently.  

The more you think about things differently, the more likely you are to take different actions.  Over time, taking different actions will change your life.

In a roundabout way, quotes on mindfulness (or quotes in general) can be an impetus for self improvement and change.  

For example, one of my favorite quotes on mindfulness is:

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

– Buddha

I really like this quote because the present moment is where life truly happens.

When our minds are in the past we’re usually doing one of two things:

  1. Feeling regret wondering what we could have done differently
  2. Clinging to something pleasant from the past that no longer exists.

Either way, we’re not accepting things as they currently are.

It’s similar when our minds are in the future.

When our minds are in the future, we are anxious about things that haven’t happened yet or dreaming of things that don’t yet exist.

This quote helps me to be grounded during turbulent times. It reminds me to breathe and experience the present moment, and appreciate it.

The above quote might not have any significance for you, but chances are there are at least a few quotes on mindfulness that will.

Check out the list below and see if some of the quotes on mindfulness resonate with you.  If they do, commit them to memory and draw upon them when needed.

One of them could be just what you need at just the right time to help modify your thinking.  Armed with new thoughts, have the courage to act on them and behave differently.  

Over time, self improvement and change are inevitable.

Quotes on mindfulness to shift your perspective

“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

“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

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

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

“By learning to allow different types of discomfort to simply stay in the room with you, without your scrambling for a button to push (real or metaphorical), you make discomfort matter less.

The pool of things you’re afraid of shrinks. It becomes a lot less important to control circumstances, because you know you can handle moments of uncertainty or awkwardness or disappointment without an escape plan.”

– David Cain

“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

“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

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

“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

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

– Amit Ray

“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

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

– Louis L’Amour

“We cannot be present and run our story-line at the same time.” – Pema Chödrön

“When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it.”

– Eckhart Tolle

“No one has ever been angry at another human being we’re only angry at our story of them.”

– Byron Katie

“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

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

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

– Sharon Salzberg

“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

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

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

– 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

“Mindfulness, the Root of Happiness” – Joseph Goldstein

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

– Mother Teresa

“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

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

– Carl Jung

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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 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 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

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

– Sylvia Boorstein

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