21 Mindfulness Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live the Moment

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“Mindfulness” is becoming incredibly popular in the Western world thanks to countless studies demonstrating how beneficial it is.

For those readers new to mindfulness, in essence it’s about paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. The key is to detach from your thoughts and feelings about whatever is happening in that moment, and instead be a neutral observer of what’s happening.

It’s easier said than done, but these 21 quotes on mindfulness will help set you on the path to reaching enlightenment.

1) “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

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

3) “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10) “Practice is this life, and realization is this life, and this life is revealed right here and now.” – Maezumi Roshi

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

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

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

14) “Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness & all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past & not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolle

15) “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” – Eckhart Tolle

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

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

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

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

19) “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

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