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100+ Mindfulness Quotes To Inspire, Motivate, And Uplift

Practicing mindfulness is the best way to increase focus and concentration, have full awareness of thought patterns, and it can even enhance the brain’s grey matter in adults, according to recent studies.

So, whether you’re new to the practice of mindfulness, connecting mind and body through conscious breathing, and living in the actual moment or you’ve been practicing for years, these mindfulness quotes can help inspire, motivate, and encourage you when you need it most!

Positive Mindfulness Quotes

Begin your morning with a clear mind, a positive thought, and your whole day will be happier and less stressful. Here are a few to positive thoughts to get you started!

1.) “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

2.) “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” – Princess Diana

3.) “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” -Judy Garland

4.) “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

5.) “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

6.) “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

7.) “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” -Grandma Moses

8.) “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

9.) “You are today where your thoughts brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” – James Lane Allen

10.) “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

11.) “Support the type of thinking that leads you to feeling good, peaceful & happy.”- Allan Lokos

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Inspirational Mindfulness Quotes

These mindfulness quotes and affirmations will remind you that the power of positive thinking is never-ending and hope comes in many forms.

1.) “A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.” – Joe Paterno

2.) “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

3.) “Life is a journey home, and we are here to help each other get there.” – Mitch Albom

4.) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

5.) “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

6.) “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

7.) “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

8.) “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

9.) “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” – Anonymous

10.) “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” -Chinese Proverb

11.)“Mindfulness is attentiveness, moment to moment. What’s happening right now and what’s coming up in me in response to what’s happening right now. Importantly, this is in the service of being able to choose wisely so that I avoid complicating my own life and the lives of others.”- Sylvia Boorstein


Daily Mindfulness Quotes

These mindfulness quotes will help you stay on track every day, whether it’s learning to forgive yourself for past mistakes or simply trying to remain positive.

1.) “I accept who I am and that is a reflection of all my experiences – the good and the bad.” – Jada Pinkett Smith

2.) “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3.) “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” – Unknown

4.) “When you know better, you do better.” – Maya Angelou

5.) “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

6.) “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

7.) “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

8.) “If we encounter a man of rare intellect we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

9.) “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

10.) “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

11.) “Basically when I’m walking I’m not consciously writing or intending anything. In the manner I have learned from meditation practice, I let things unfold.”- Steven Vincent Benet

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Mindfulness Quotes For Self-Reflection

These mindfulness quotes will help you build self-awareness and self-esteem, as well as improve your mental health.

1.) “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

2.) “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” – Wayne Dyer

3.) “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo

4.) “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay

5.) “Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.” – Wayne Dyer

6.) “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

7.) “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

8.) “If you can dream it, then you can do it.” – Walt Disney

9.) “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” – James Allen

10.) “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – Author Unknown

11.) “Compassion and kindness towards oneself is intrinsically woven into mindfulness.”- Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Powerful Mindfulness Quotes For Success

These mindfulness quotes will help you achieve success in your life and career.

1.) “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

2.) “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” – William James

3.) “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

4.) “Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Wayne Dyer

5.) “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

6.) “In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

7.) “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

8.) “Do or Do Not. There is no ‘Try’.” – Yoda

9.) “The moment you hesitate is the moment you lose.” – Author Unknown

10.) “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” – Bruce Lee

11.) “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”- Sharon Salzburg

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Mindfulness Quotes For Anxiety and Stress

These mindfulness quotes will help you reduce anxiety and stress, deal with others effectively, and gain perspective in your life.

1.) “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” – The Buddha

2.) “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill

3.) “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

4.) “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

5.) “The true source of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” – Eckhart Tolle

6.) “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Sam Harris

7.) “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

8.) “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose” Mark Twain

9.) “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

10.) “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth or power he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” Bob Marley

11.) “In the end, just three things matter: How well we lived, how well we loved, how well we have learned to let go.”- Jack Kornfield

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Mindfulness Quotes For Happiness

Happiness is important to living a meaningful life. These mindfulness quotes will help you live happily and purposefully.

1.) “Look at the sun shining on everything, making rainbows in the clouds, throwing streamers of light over the hills and mountains, flooding the world with warmth and joy.” – George Washington Carver

2.) “Life is an adventure. Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.” – Jules Verne

3.) “Happiness blooms on the ruins of unhappy past.” – Barbara de Angelis

4.) “Love what you do, and doing it will love you back in abundance” – Dan Brown

5.) “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

6.) “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

7.) “Happiness blooms in your heart when you choose to live in your inner light, when you walk with your face towards the sunshine, and when you see with your eyes of love.” – Louise L. Hay

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

9.) “Blessed are those who dance for they shall never be counted as luckless” – Susan Polis Schutz

10.) “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” – Victor Hugo.

11.) “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 Hahn

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Short Mindfulness Quotes

These short mindfulness quotes are a more succinct way of living a mindful life.

1.) “Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.” – Deepak Chopra

2.) “It is not our circumstances that create who we are, It is our thoughts and actions.” – Bruce Lee

3.) “Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses

4.) “The mind can go in a thousand directions but the body has only one direction to go. That’s forward.” – Diane Ackerman

5.) “Do not ruin today with mourning of yesterday or worrying about tomorrow.” – Mother Teresa

6.) “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Philo of Alexandria

7.) “The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here.”- Robert Green Ingersoll

8.) “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

9.) “Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.”- Miguel de Cervantes

10.) “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

11.) “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”- Pema Chodron

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Spiritual Mindfulness Quotes

Spiritual mindfulness quotes encourage us to be open and accepting, which makes it easy to appreciate the finer things of life.

1.) “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

2.) “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

3.) “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

4.) “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5.) “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

6.) “Live and life will give to you as you need it” – Proverb

7.) “All that we are is the result of what we have thought” – Buddha

8.) “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

9.) “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Unknown

10.) “Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.” – Epictetus

11.) “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. ”- Shunryu Suzuki

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Bible Verses Related To Mindfulness

Bible verses about mindfulness encourage us to live a life of discipline and gratitude, which is at the heart of enjoying our lives here on earth.

1.) “Seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

2.) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” – Colossians 3:23

3.) “Whatever you have decided in your heart to do, do it. For there is no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom in the Grave where you are going.” – Ecclesiastes 9:10

4.) “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” – Psalm 37:4

5.) “Seek first his kingdom and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

6.) “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions” – Luke 12:15

7.) “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:34-35

8.) “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4

9.) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

10.) “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” – Proverbs 4:20-22

11.) “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.”- Joshua 1:8

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Favorite Mindfulness Quotes

Here are a few favorite quotes that remind us that life is precious, full of joy and love. Which is something we should never take for granted.

1.) “Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” – Unknown

2.) “Do what makes you happy, because life is too short to be anything but happy.” – Unknown

3.) Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” – George Eliot, 1819-1880

4.) “Don’t Let The Noise Of Others’ Opinions Drown Out Your Inner Voice. Have The Willingness To Walk Alone. And Always Trust Your Gut.” – Steve Jobs

5.) “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

6.) “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” – William James

7.) “What makes one feel old is not the consciousness of years, but dullness of mind and heaviness of heart and succumbing to gravity all around us. What keeps one young at heart I believe is the capacity to keep oneself open and receptive to new experiences, ideas and people. It’s a state of mind – which you can control – and I think that’s what makes me feel young” – Steve Martin

8.) “It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” – Anne Sexton

9.) “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” – Unknown

10.) “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Whatever happens, behave as if you had chosen it.” – Epictetus

11.) “Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.”- Matthieu Ricard

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Mindfulness Quotes Wrap Up

People are always looking for new ways to improve their daily life, let go of anxious struggle, find the real secret of life and their true self. It makes sense because every day is a precious gift and we have limited time on this Earth.

If you’ve been curious about mindfulness meditation, but haven’t started yet, these quotes might just motivate and inspire you to make the commitment.

Whether it is your first time trying or you are a seasoned practitioner, there is something here for everyone.

Which quote resonates most with you? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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