Mindfulness quotes are small doses of soul food that remind you that you are not your mind, not your thoughts and not your emotions. You are eternally the observer, and knowing this is a game changer.
I’m sharing my absolute favorite quotes on mindfulness from the greats like Eckhart Tolle, who authored The Power of Now, and Michael Singer who wrote the beautiful book The Untethered Soul, as well as many others who have shared words of wisdom on this topic.
I hope that these quotes help you to remember to step back, untangle yourself from the world and its happenings, and watch with curiosity, compassion and gratitude.
What does it mean to be mindful?
Being mindful is essentially to be aware of the present moment. This sounds simple enough, but actually most people are constantly distracted with thoughts and emotions pertaining to either the past or the future.
Few are living in the present moment.
Why live in the present moment? Because it’s one of the best ways to obtain inner peace. When you are constantly having emotional reactions to life, you are living in your own personal hell.
When you become the observer of you life rather than the actor in it, so much opens up. Situations, circumstances and drama that would normally pull you down no longer have an affect on you.
You see others with more understanding and realize that they too have the option of observing rather than reacting. You begin to see more objectively and less defensively. More from a place of love and curiosity instead of fear and projection.
The mindfulness quotes below are from some of my favorite books and from various other authors and revolutionaries.
Eckhart Tolle quotes on mindfulness
“Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now: otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into pace. This is the miracle of surrender.”
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. And that’s a revelation for some people: to realize that your life is only ever now.”
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly–you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.”
“This I AM realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind.”
“So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to misidentify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of the mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger.”
“To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important.”
“Make it a habit to ask yourself: What’s goin on inside me at this moment? That question will point you in the right direction. But don’t analyze, just watch.”
“Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind.”
“The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.”
“The mind, to ensure that it remains in control, seeks continuously to cover up the present moment with past and future.”
“Say ‘yes’ to life–and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
“Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”
Michael Singer quotes on mindfulness
“Eventually you will see that the real cause of problems is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes problems.”
“Your consciousness is actually experiencing your mental model of reality, not reality itself.”
“Come to know the one who watches the voice, and you will come to know one of the great mysteries of creation.”
“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.”
“To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead of being lost in them.”
“When you get clear enough, you will realize that the real problem is that there is is something inside of you that can have a problem with almost anything. The first step is to deal with that part of you.”
“Stand firm in the seat of the witness and release the hold that the habitual mind has on you. This is your life–reclaim it.”
“You are not your thoughts. You are simply aware of your thoughts.”
“When you are an aware being, you are no longer become completely immersed in the events around you.”
“When you concentrate on the world of the physical senses, it draws you in. Then your emotional and mental reactions draw you in further. At that point, you are no longer sitting in the centered Self; you are absorbed in the inner show you’re watching.”
“When you contemplate the nature of Self, you are meditating. That is why meditation is the highest state. It is the return to the root of your being, the simple awareness of being aware. Once you become conscious of the consciousness itself, you attain a totally different state. You are now aware of who are. You have become an awakened being. It’s really just the most natural thing in the world. Here I am. Here I always was.”
“The truth is, everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything. And that’s the only time everything will be okay.”
“As you pull back into consciousness, this world ceases to be a problem. It’s just something you’re watching. It keeps changing, but there is no sense of that being a problem. The more you are willing to just let the world be something you’re aware of, the more it will let you be who you are–the awareness, the Self, the Atman, the Soul.”
“Eventually, you will begin to realize that the outside world and the flow of inner emotions come and go. But you, the one who experiences these things, remain consciously aware of whatever passes before you.”
More powerful mindfulness quotes
“People get disturbed no so much by events, but by the view which they take of them.” Epictetus
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” Mother Teresa
“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present…gratefully.” Maya Angelou
Be like a very small joyous child, living gloriously in the ever present now, without a single worry or concern about even the next moment of time. Eileen Caddy
“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” Buddha
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” Earl Nightingale
“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” Seneca
“Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday.” Papyrus
“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.” Viktor E. Frankl
“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 Hanhs
“When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset. Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.” Christy Ann Martine
“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
“Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” Don Miguel Ruiz
“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” Sakyong Mipham
“Be where you are, not where you think you should be.” Unknown
“Be present. Make love. Make tea. Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation. Buy a plant, water it. Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed. Have a smart mouth, and a quick wit. Run. Make art. Create. Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain. Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Learn. Know your worth. Love fiercely. Forgive quickly. Let go of what doesn’t make you happy. Grow.” Paulo Coelho
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed these quotes and found a few to take away with you.
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Jessica Dimas is the creator of Manifesting Magic with the Moon, a holistic self-care ritual bundle.