100 Positive Mindfulness Quotes To Be Present In Life

When it comes to being more mindful in life using positive mindfulness quotes is an easy way to get in the practice of being more mindful every day. 

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These inspiring quotes provide wisdom and inspiration to live each day fully in the present moment, which allows you to experience and feel what is presented to you each day.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a practice originating from Buddhist principles where the main goal is to direct one’s attention to the present moment through one’s thoughts, emotions, sensory experiences and environment.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, who created the ‘Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society’ explains it well in this video…

I also like to think of mindfulness as living an intentional life by mindfully choosing to do things that make you feel good and also bringing you one step closer to reaching your goals. 

There are many ways to practice mindfulness such as meditation, mindfulness walks, journaling. However today I want to share these mindfulness quotes for some inspiration (and a reminder) that you can start small just by reading some inspiring words that will connect you with the meaning of mindfulness.

100 of the Best Positive Mindfulness Quotes To Be Present

Explore these positive mindfulness quotes to help you be present in the moment and live your life with intention, every day.

100 Positive Mindfulness Quotes To Be Present in the Moment

The first two mindfulness quotes below nicely describe the meaning of mindfulness…

  1. “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
  1. “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”
  1. “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.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
  1. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa
  1. “Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.” – Sharon Salzberg
  1. “As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whatever happens does not really matter.” – Jack Kornfield
  1. “Our life stories are largely constructed and without mindfulness can prove destructive.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru
  1. Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain. – Eckhart Tolle
  1. We cannot overstate our debt to the past, but the moment has the supreme claim. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “The natural quality of mind is clear, awake, alert, and knowing. Free from fixation. By training in being present, we come to know the nature of our mind. So the more you train in being present – being right here – the more you begin to feel like your mind is sharpening up. The mind that can come back to the present is clearer and more refreshed, and it can better weather all the ambiguities, pains, and paradoxes of life.” – Pema Chödrön
  1. “Mindfulness cultivates our ability to do things knowing that we’re doing them.” – Mark Williams
  1. “Mindfulness is a pause – the space between stimulus and response: that’s where choice lies.” – Tara Brach
“Mindfulness is a pause – the space between stimulus and response: that’s where choice lies.” – Tara Brach
  1. “We need never be bound by the limitations of our previous or current thinking, nor are we ever locked into being the person we used to be, or think we are.” – Allan Lokos
  1. “Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman
  2. “Mindfulness is a quality that’s always there. It’s an illusion that there’s a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you’re either mindful or you’re not.” – Richard Gere
  1. “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
  1. “Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.” – Rumi
  1. “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand melting like a snowflake.” – Francis Bacon Sr.
  1. “Training your mind to be the present moment is the number one key to making healthier choices.” – Susan Albers
  1. “The goal of mindfulness is to become fully aware of the thoughts one is having, and of the emotions one is experiencing.” – Larry Shapiro
  1. “While focusing on the present moment, we soothe our minds and construe our intuition and inner wisdom. 
  1. “Mindfulness clears the windshield of the mind so that we can see things as they really are.” – Travis Eliot
  1. “Mindfulness is a simple practice, but not an easy one … but you are worth doing hard things.” – Nicole Davis

👉 Related: 70 Mindfulness Questions for Self-Reflection 

Mindfulness quotes about life

When we are mindful in all aspects of life this brings us peace and harmony we didn’t know was within us.

  1. “Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” – Amit Ray
  1. “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
  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
  1. “Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.” – Marcus Aurelius
  1. “There will never be a time when your life is not this moment.” – Deepak Chopra
“There will never be a time when your life is not this moment.” – Deepak Chopra
  1. “When you focus on what works for you and what doesn’t, you step out of that comparison cycle and spiral into your real, beautiful life.” – Robyn Conley Downs
  1. “A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open…quiet mind.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru
  1. “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” – Wayne Dyer
  1. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle
  1. “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
  1. “The present is life – all else is either memory or imagination.” – Abhijit Naskar
  1. “Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” – Deepak Chopra
  1. “The answer to having a better life is not about getting a better life, it’s just about changing how we see the one we have right now.” Angel Kyodo Williams
  1. ​​“It takes a little bit of mindfulness and a little bit of attention to others to be a good listener, which helps cultivate emotional nurturing and engagement.” – Deepak Chopra
  1. “The great benefit of practicing mindfulness … is presence of mind within a storm of emotions.” – Phillip Moffitt
  1. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
  1. “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind” – Caroline Myss
  1. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama
  1. “Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” – Roy T. Bennett
“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” – Roy T. Bennett
  1. “Mindfulness does not reject experience. It lets experience be the teacher.” – Jack Kornfield
  1. “Mindfulness encourages you to respond to your experience rather than react to thoughts.” – Shamash Alidina

Daily Mindfulness Quotes

Mindfulness quotes to remind you that there is a lot to live for today, in this very moment. 

45. “No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today.”

– Jack Kornfield
  1. “Practicing a mindful moment in the middle of the day, helps to bring you back to center, reset, and move into the rest of your day with greater clarity and focus.” – Christine Agro
  1. “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” – Dalai Lama
  1. “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
“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
  1. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha
  1. “Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  1. “This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou
  1. “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -– that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  1. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
  1. Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse
  1. You are not your thoughts; you are the awareness behind them. – Eckhart Tolle
  1. “Mindfulness helps us to live in harmony with our thoughts, words, and actions.” – Amit Ray
  1. With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
  1. “Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness.” – Sri Chinmoy

Mindfulness Meditation Quotes

59. “Meditation goes in. Prayer goes out. But both aim for the same place of union between you and the Divine.”

– Lisa Jones
  1. “Mindfulness meditation should be more than just watching what you are doing. What you really need to watch is your motivation.” – Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
  1. “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
  1. “Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being.” – Chogyam Trungpa
  1. “Think about the practice of meditation as zoning in, as opposed to spacing out.” – Susie Levan
  1. “As we practice meditation, we get used to stillness and eventually are able to make friends with the quietness of our sensations.” – Sharon Salzberg
  1. “In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go.” – Jack Kornfield
  1. “The journey of meditation isn’t to reach a certain destination – the journey is the destination.” – Shamash Alidina
  1. “Thus, little by little, through training the mind, you can change your habitual way of being.” – Matthieu Ricard
  1. “A little rest and meditation often saves a lot of riding over rough country.” – Louis Lamour
  1. “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance.” – Buddha
  1. “The real meditation is how you live your life” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  1. “Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” – Pema Chödrön
  1. “Meditation means dissolving the invisible walls that unawareness has built” – Sadhguru

Practicing Mindfulness Quotes

These mindfulness quotes provide inspiration and tips to start your mindfulness practice.

  1. “Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!” – Rumi

74. “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”

– Jon Kabat-Zinn
  1. “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” – Henry David Thoreau
  1. Look past your thoughts so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment – Rumi
  1. “Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.” – Marcus Aurelius
  1. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
  1. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  1. “When you’re feeling frazzled, put all of your attention on the breath. It’s a portal into the present moment, the best remedy for stress.” – Ellen Barrett
  1. “Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here. Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer: Now. Say it until you can hear it.” – Ram Dass

Short Mindfulness Quotes

  1. “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” – Robin Sharma
  2. “Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
  3. “Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” – Buddha
  4. “All work done mindfully rounds us out, helps complete us as persons.” – Marsha Sinetar
  5. “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  6. “Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle
  7. “Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung
  8. “To a mind that is still, a whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu
  9. “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” – Frank Zappa
  10. “Mindfulness, the Root of Happiness” – Joseph Goldstein
  11. “Reality is only an agreement – today is always today.”– Zen Proverb
  12. “Sit, be still, and listen.” – Rumi
  13. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear” – Ram Dass
  14. “Breathe and let be” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  15. “Mindfulness helps you to be where you are when you’re there.” – Tim Ryan
  16. “Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot
  17. “Be – don’t try to become” – Osho
  18. “When we allow ourselves to embrace the moment, we allow ourselves to live.” — Lisa Bien
  19. “Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickinson

5 Ways To Use These Inspirational Quotes To Practice Mindfulness

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1. Mindfulness Journaling

Write a meaningful mindfulness quote in your journal each day and then think about what the particular quote means to you. Does it teach you anything new? Is it a good reminder of something?

Next, write down what it means and how you can use the quote to practice mindfulness every day.

2. Mindfulness Affirmations

Use some inspiring mindfulness quotes as an affirmation to start your day. You can use the original quote or customize a quote to make it more relevant in your life.

The easiest way to do this is by adding ‘I am’ in the quote.

For example:

Quote: “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

Affirmation: Each morning I am born again. What I do today is what matters to me most.

3. Share on Social Media

Inspire yourself and your friends/followers by sharing some of these mindfulness quotes on social media.

You can save an image (like the below) on Pinterest for example.

100 Positive Mindfulness Quotes To Be More Present

4. Daily Planner

Write a new quote every day in your daily planner and think about the meaning of this quote and what you can learn from it during various points in the day.

5. Frame It

Create a mindfulness graphic in Canva. Then you can print and frame. This can be a beautiful DIY gift idea or a nice way to decorate your bedroom or office.

What’s your favorite Mindfulness Quote and What Does it Mean to You?

Share in the comments below to inspire others!

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