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25 Mindfulness Quotes to Help You Hit the Pause Button

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25 Mindfulness Quotes to Help You Hit the Pause Button

In our modern society, technology is often an obstacle to mindfulness. It’s so easy to reach for your smartphone when the pangs of loneliness, fear, or boredom appear.

After all, it offers instant relief. And we’re only human.

If you want to break this reflex and empower yourself when it comes to technology, you’re in the right place. In today’s blog, we begin with inspiration.

We’ve gathered 25 mindfulness quotes to help you remember why it’s so important to accept the present, embrace your feelings, and welcome the gifts that mindfulness offers us.

25 Mindfulness Quotes

Use these mindfulness quotes for encouragement or motivation. Share them with friends and family.

Then explore the other resources on our website to gain control of technology– making it a tool for mindfulness rather than a barrier to your practice.

Accepting (Even Loving) the Present

These mindfulness quotes focus on the inherent value and beauty of the present moment. It’s difficult to be attentive every second of every day, but what might you miss if your focus is always drawn to your phone?

These quotes remind us to be awake and grateful for every moment we have.

    • “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.” -Pema Chödrön
    • “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “Now is the future that you promised yourself last year, last month, last week. Now is the only moment you’ll ever really have. Mindfulness is about waking up to this.” – Mark Williams
    • “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
    • “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 this moment, there is infinite possibility.” – Victoria Moran
    • “We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” – Jack Kornfield
    • “Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.” – Pema Chödrön
    • “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Embracing our Feelings

When we reach for technology, we’re often avoiding uncomfortable feelings. Practicing mindfulness allows for a space to develop between the feeling that arises and the act of avoidance.

These quotes talk about how mindfulness clarifies what we really need. They also remind us that all feelings will pass.

    • “By learning to allow different types of discomfort to simply stay in the room with you, without your scrambling for a button to push (real or metaphorical), you make discomfort matter less. The pool of things you’re afraid of shrinks. It becomes a lot less important to control circumstances because you know you can handle moments of uncertainty or awkwardness or disappointment without an escape plan.” – David Cain
    • “We use mindfulness to observe the way we cling to pleasant experiences and 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 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
    • “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Jack Kornfield
    • “We might begin by scanning our body . . . and then asking, “What is happening?” We might also ask, “What wants my attention right now?” or, “What is asking for acceptance?” – Tara Brach
    • “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
    • “We spend a lot of time judging ourselves for feelings that we had no role in summoning. The only thing you can control is how you handle it.” – Dan Harris

The Gifts of Mindfulness

With concerted effort, mindfulness can help you reduce stress, improve memory, increase focus, and minimize emotional reactivity. In essence, it can improve your quality of life.

These quotes are about the amazing gifts of peace and clarity that mindfulness offers us.

    • “Today, you can decide to walk in freedom. You can choose to walk differently. You can walk as a free person, enjoying every step.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
    • “Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.” – Tara Brach
    • “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung
    • “When we stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, we’re open to rich sources of information that we’ve been missing out on – information that can keep us out of the downward spiral and poised for a richer life.” – Mark Williams
    • “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
    • “Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.” – Henry David Thoreau
    • “A crowded mind leaves no space for a peaceful heart.” – Christine Evangelou
We hope these mindfulness quotes have given you some inspiration! Which of these quotes resonated with you? Did a favorite quote not make the list? Let us know in the comments.
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