20 Mindful Quotes To Keep You Peaceful in the Present Moment

We’re busy busy busy. We have so many things to do, people to see, and oh so much stress. And sometimes, it’s just not possible to take a long, refreshing break for ourselves. But if we practice mindfulness—being completely present in each moment we find ourselves in—we can still be relaxed, open, and at peace with ourselves, others, and the world.

Here are 20 quotes to remind and inspire you to be mindful in every moment:

1. “When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~Lao Tzu
2. “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” ~Eckhart Tolle
3. “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
4. “In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.” ~Jack Kornfield
5. “As soon as we wish to be happier, we are no longer happy.” ~Walter Landor
6. “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
7. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~Dalai Lama
8. “We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” ~Jack Kornfield
9. “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
10. “Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” ~Amit Ray
11. “In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.” ~Victoria Moran
12. “The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.” ~Joey Green
13. “Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.” ~Buddha
tree flowers14. “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” ~Pema Chödrön
15. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ~Mother Teresa
16. “We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” ~Maya Angelou
17. “If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are here and now, and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ~Masaru Emoto
18. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Dalai Lama
19. “Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.” ~Katherine Dunham
20. “Meditation is another dimension of natural beauty. People talk about appreciating natural beauty—climbing mountains, seeing giraffes and tigers in Africa, and all sorts of things. But nobody seems to appreciate this kind of natural beauty of ourselves. This is actually far more beautiful than flora and fauna, far more fantastic, far more painful and colorful and delightful.”
~Chögyam Trungpa

Quotes by themselves can’t do everything, but they can inspire us and help us remember to practice mindfulness and live in the moment. Make the ones that speak to you the background on your computer or tablet, stick a copy of them in your car, and post them on your walls, mirrors and refrigerator so you can be nourished and motivated by them every day!

-The Alternative Daily

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