Monday, December 14, 2015

15 Mindfulness Quotes to Inspire You to Live in the Moment

Mind full, or Mindful?

1. 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 

2. 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 

3. 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 

4. 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 

5. Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. -Nhat Hanh 

6. 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 

7. 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

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

9. 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 

10. You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace. -Thich Nhat Hanh 

11. Mindfulness is not just a word or a discourse by the Buddha, but a meaningful state of mind. It means we have to be here now, in this very moment, and we have to know what is happening internally and externally. It means being alert to our motives and learning to change unwholesome thoughts and emotions into wholesome ones. Mindfulness is a mental activity that in due course eliminates all suffering.-Ayya Khema 

12. Mindfulness of oneself cultivates wisdom. Mindfulness of others cultivates compassion. -Stonepeace 

13. Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now. - Jon Kabat-Zinn 

14. When we perform an act mindfully--be it meditating, vacuuming or playing Scrabble with a child--we nourish ourselves, as well. Rather than scattering our concentration on a dozen things at once, we focus. We slow down. We give ourselves time to calm down from the inside out and the luxury of saying: Nothing is more important right now than this moment, this deed. We may not get as much done by day's end, but we can feel more peaceful and satisfied with the work itself. That's a good way to think of it: Mindfulness is quality time for the soul. -Shana Aborn 

15. Mindfulness asks us to simply see, to open to ourselves and, in so doing, to open to the world, learning to be with whatever presents itself. - Saki Santorelli

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