Mindfulness Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old mindfulness quotes, mindfulness sayings, and mindfulness proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we're adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere.     

Sharon Salzberg

With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.     

Thich Nhat Hanh

We use mindfulness to observe the way we cling to pleasant experiences & push away unpleasant ones.     

Sharon Salzberg

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

Mindfulness needs to not be judgmental to really be mindfulness, which means it needs a basis of loving kindness.     

Sharon Salzberg

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

Mindfulness is to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, at the present time and without judging.     

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Nowadays, mindfulness has become a catch-all word, but the general principle of trying to be more conscious and aware in our daily life is very important. Along with this, it's helpful to contemplate some of the mind training verses which are designed to take and transform all of the problems we experience.     

Tenzin Palmo

Mindfulness is to keep our consciousness alive to present reality.     

Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions.     

Henepola Gunaratana

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality.     

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness captures a quality of consciousness characterized by the clarity and vividness of present experience.     

Brown & Ryan

The whole path of mindfulness is this: Whatever you are doing, be aware of it.     

Dipa Ma

Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing,.     

Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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

To be mindful entails examining the path we are traveling & making choices that alleviate suffering & bring happiness to ourselves & those around us.     

Allan Lokos

As long as we have practised neither concentration nor mindfulness, the ego takes itself for granted and remains its usual normal size, as big as the people around one will allow.     

Ayya Khema

Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else.     

Don Juan

Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves.     

Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.     

Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.     

Sylvia Boorstein

Concentration and mindfulness are the internal ways in which the mind restores itself from being out of balance and lost in confusion to a condition of ease, clarity, and wisdom. No external action needs to happen.     

Sylvia Boorstein

When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.     

Lao Tzu

Mindfulness is like a microscope; it is neither an offensive nor defensive weapon in relation to the germs we observe through it. The function of the microscope is just to clearly present what is there.     

Chogyam Trungpa

Mindfulness has helped me succeed in almost every dimension of my life. By stopping regularly to look inward and become aware of my mental state, I stay connected to the source of my actions and thoughts and can guide them with considerably more intention.     

Dustin Moskovitz

Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we're suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.     

Christopher Germer

The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.     

Earon Davis