55 Powerful Mindfulness Quotes To Inspire & Improve Your Life

Setting time and effort aside to be mindful can help you focus.

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Living a mindful life means slowing down a little bit and expanding your awareness of yourself and your situation. Mindfulness embraces focusing on the moment, your feelings, your thoughts and accepting them as they are before resolving to move on from the moment.

Taking a moment and leading a mindful life can be really therapeutic and can help put the world and ourselves in perspective. Mindfulness meditation can be a great way to separate yourself from your stresses and emotions.


It can be really helpful to quote mindfulness messages in order to help clear your mind and live in the present.

Here are some mindfulness quotes to help you in practice mindful behaviors.

1. “Rule your mind or it will rule you.” — Buddha

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

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

4. “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.” — Pema Chödrön

5. “What would it be like if I could accept life — accept this moment — exactly as it is?” — Tara Brach

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6. “Mindfulness helps us to live in harmony with our thoughts, words, and actions.” — Amit Ray

7. “Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” — Buddha

8. “The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” — Dalai Lama

9. “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh

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10. “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” — Frank Zappa

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

12. “Be happy in the moment, that's enough, each moment is all we need, not more.” — Mother Teresa

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


14. “Listen to silence. It has much to say.” — Rumi

15. “Wherever you go, there you are.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

16. “The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh

17. “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

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

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19. “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

20. “How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.” — Rasheed Ogunlaru

21. “Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” — Buddha

22. “Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften.” — Jack Kornfield

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23. “Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

24. “These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” — Najwa Zebian

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

26. “In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.” — Yuval Noah Harari

27. “The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.” — Dalai Lama

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28. “If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.” — Buddha

29. “Life is painful, suffering is optional.” — Sylvia Boorstein

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

31. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” — Sharon Salzberg

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

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33. “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” — Buddha

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

35. “The Way is not in the sky, the Way is in the heart.” — Buddha

36. “Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh

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

38. “Nothing is forever except change.” — Buddha

39. “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


40. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” — Dalai Lama

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41. “Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you’re doing.” — Jon Kabat Zinn

42. “No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today.” — Jack Kornfield


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

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

45. “The mind is like tofu. It tastes like whatever you marinate it in.” — Sylvia Boorstein

46. “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

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

48. “Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” — Buddha

49. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” — Buddha


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

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

52. “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh


53. “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” — Buddha

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

55. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” — Pema Chödrön

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