Mindfulness Quotes

Whether mindfulness is a new concept to you or is as familiar as an old friend, it can be handy to re-affirm your views on mindfulness every now and again and to seek inspiration. The mindfulness quotes below have been chosen by the Meaningful Paths team for their motivating messages. Scroll down to take a look at our collection of favourite mindfulness quotes from a great range of people from all walks of life.

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“Simply put, mindfulness is moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved; it is reality to be experienced. Beware of the man who claims to have solved the problem of life, who would explain its complexities and, with deadly logic, build a system in which all the facts of our existence may be pigeon-holed and neatly stored away. He stands condemned by his own claim. The child which sees wonder in all the world around it, to whom the shells with which it plays on the beach are objects breathless excitement and thrilled amazement, is nearer to divine truth than the intellectualist who would strip a world of its mystery and takes pride in showing us its anatomy in ruthless dissection. For a while it may satisfy evolving man to know that the splendors of a sunset are but the breaking of light-rays in a moist atmosphere; he will come to realize that he may have explained the method, but has not touched the mystery at all. Recovering from the sureness of youth, never doubting itself, awakened man returns to the wonder of childhood and once again sees a world, which, as the years pass by, deepens in mystery and beauty, but is never exhausted or explained.”

Jacobus Johannes Leeuw

“The ego, however, is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image, it is your social mask, it is the role your are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power because it lives in fear.”

Ram Dass

“Knowing yourself is to be rooted in being, instead of lost in your mind.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”


“Suffering often relates to wanting things to be different than they are.”

Allan Lokos

“Feel the emotion but don’t become it. Witness it. Allow it. Release it.”

Crystal Andrus
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