20 Inspirational Quotes About Mindfulness to Inspire a Mindful Day

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Through the month of November, Essential Life Aromatherapy is focusing on the Wellness practice of Mindfulness.  As we continue our series on this practice, we will share tips on becoming more Mindful, the benefits of practicing Mindfulness & so much more. Sometimes, remembering to be Mindful is as simple as being inspired by the right quote or words. These 20 quotes are some of our favourites & they serve as a reminder to practice Mindfulness & Gratitude every day.

Inspirational Mindfulness Quotes

"Feelings come & go like clouds in the sky. conscious breathing is my anchor."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

"In today's rush we all think too much - seek too much - want too much - & forget about the joy of just being."

~Eckhart Tolle

"The Most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage & the respect to look at ourselves honestly & gently."

~Pema Chordron

"We use Mindfulness to observe the way we cling to pleasant experience & push away unpleasant ones."

~Sharon Salzberg

"Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomes, recognised & treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with my heart & mind. I clean the teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In Mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant & tea pot are all sacred."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

"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

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

~Dalai Lama

"There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

"If it isn't good, let it die. It is doesn't die, make it good."

~Ajahn Chah

"Hatred never ceases by hatred; it only ceases by love. This is a timeless truth."

~Joseph Goldstein

"There is no enlightenment outside of daily life."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more."

~Mother Teresa

"Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from the way they are."

~Allan Lokos

'You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness & peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness & like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development & short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom."

~Jon Kabat-Zinn

"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

"If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher." 

~Perma Chodron

"As soon as we wish to be happier, we are not longer happy."

~Walter Landor

"The habit of ignoring our present moments in favour of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded. This includes a lack of awareness & understanding of our own mind & how it influences our perceptions & our actions. It severely limits our perspective on what it means to be a person & how we are connected to each other & the world around us. Religion has traditionally been the domain of such fundamental inquiries within a spiritual framework, but Mindfulness has little to do with religion, except in the most fundamental meaning of the word, as an attempt to appreciate the deep mystery of being alive & to acknowledge being vitally connected to all that exists."

~Jon Kabat-Zinn

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."

~William Blake

"Our suffering stems from ignorance. We react because we do not know what we are doing, because we do not know the reality of ourselves. The mind spends most the time lost in fantasies & illusions, reliving pleasant or unpleasant experiences & anticipating the future with eagerness or fear. While lost in such cravings or aversions, now, is the most important for us. We cannot live in the past; it is gone. Nor can we live in the future; it is forever beyond our grasp. We can live only in the present. If we are unaware of our present actions, we are condemned to repeating the mistakes of the past & can never succeed in attaining our dreams for the future. But if we can develop the ability to be aware of the present moment, we can use the past as a guide for ordering our actions in the future, so that we may attain our goal."

~S.N. Goenka

At The Essential Life, we believe that part of living The Essential Life is the practice of Mindfulness & remembering to live a life of Gratitude. To learn more about Mindfulness, stay tuned to our website. 

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