Meditation Quotes

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Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati


Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. Paramahansa Yogananda


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha


Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen


Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong. Lao Tzu


When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place. Bhagavad Gita


Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius


Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax. Bryant McGill


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


Meditation is the art of doing nothing. Naval Ravikant


Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. Thich Nhat Hanh


Even in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary. Stephen Richards


Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally. Observe how you judge both yourself and those around you. Tim Ferriss


Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul. Meditation is establishing that connection. Amit Ray


To really do nothing, with perfection, is as difficult as doing everything. Alan Watts


You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. Eckhart Tolle


Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and listen. No more is needed. Eckhart Tolle


Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? David M. Bader


Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. Thich Nhat Hanh


Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. Osho


Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. Pema Chödrön


In practicing meditation, we’re not trying to live up to some kind of ideal – quite the opposite. We’re just being with our experience, whatever it is. Pema Chödrön


Buddha spent six years meditating on the essence, causes, and cures for human anguish. In the end, he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill fortune, by social injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behavior patterns of one’s minds. Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens)


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Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery. Amit Ray


Paradise is not a place, it’s a state of consciousness. Sri Chinmoy


Whatever state I am in, I see it as a state of mind to be accepted as it is. Nisargadatta Maharaj


When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


You are more than just your mind. You are more than just your habits. You are more than just your preferences. You’re a level of awareness. Naval Ravikant


To be concentrated means to live fully in the present. Erich Fromm


Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. Alan Watts


The mind is definitely something that can be transformed, and meditation is a means to transform it. Dalai Lama


The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. James Allen




Meditation is all about connecting with your soul. Deepak Chopra


Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass. Owen Feltham


Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively. Sharon Salzberg


Meditation is intermittent fasting for the mind. Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit. Naval Ravikant


Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Meditation is not a withdrawal from life. Meditation is a process of understanding oneself. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Meditation is a death – death of all that you are now. Of course there will be a resurrection, but that will be a totally new, fresh original being which you are not even aware is hidden in you. Osho


Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you. Amit Ray


Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves. Kathleen McDonald


Mindfulness meditation is the embrace of any and all mind states in awareness, without preferring one to another. Jon Kabat-Zinn


That’s an essential survival thing. Jerry Seinfeld




Sleep is the best meditation. Dalai Lama


All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself. Blaise Pascal


Confine yourself to the present. Marcus Aurelius


On what meditation did for him: Everything. You know, one of the great things of meditation is it makes stress very easy to get rid of. It just kind of floats away instead of like finding a home in your mind. You learn how to just let go of things. Jerry Seinfeld


If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. Steve Jobs


The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu


Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung


There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein


Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. Mother Teresa


Through meditation, the higher self is experienced. Bhagavad Gita


One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship. Muhammad


We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. Swami Vivekananda


I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse


Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man. Benjamin Franklin


Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. Bruce Lee


If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. Shunryu Suzuki


Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Voltaire


The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. Napoleon Bonaparte




Meditation is the action of silence. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Life is available only in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh


Breathe and let be. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Wherever you go, there you are. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Meditation is waiting on God. Mahatma Gandhi


Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding. Amit Ray


Be present above all else. Naval Ravikant


Mind only thinks, meditation lives. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


The act of meditation is being spacious. Sogyal Rinpoche


Do your practice and all is coming. K. Pattabhi Jois


Turn off your mind and get to know yourself. Thibaut


The quiet mind is richer than a crown. Robert Greene




Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour. Marcus Aurelius


Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. Isaac Newton


Tranquil as a forest, but on fire within, once you find your center, you are sure to win. David Zippel


Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself. Swami Vivekananda


A few conscious-hearted, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century. Swami Vivekananda


One morning, you’ll hit mental inbox zero, and that is a pretty amazing feeling. It’s a state somewhere between joy, bliss, and peace. Once you have that, you won’t want to give that up. If you can get a free hour of bliss every morning, just by closing your eyes…that’s worth its weight in gold. That will change your life. Naval Ravikant


If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation. Dalai Lama


By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise. Paramahansa Yogananda


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He who is persistent will realize God. So try your best to make meditation a regular experience in your life. Paramahansa Yogananda


If you meditate regularly, even when you don’t feel like it, you will make great gains, for it will allow you to see how your thoughts impose limits on you. Your resistances to meditation are your mental prisons in miniature. Ram Dass


Every heart has a divine intelligence and natural guidance system. With every prayer, every meditation and every thought of love, we tune in to ours. Marianne Williamson


To be calm is the highest achievement of the self. Zen proverb


You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible. Deepak Chopra


Don’t worry about whether you are making progress or not. Just keep your attention on the Self twenty-four hours a day. Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist through the day. Annamalai Swami


Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. Rene Descartes


Sitting like a mountain let your mind rise, fly and soar. Sogyal Rinpoche


You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather. Pema Chödrön




If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent. Pema Chödrön


It’s like having a charger for your whole body and mind. Jerry Seinfeld


Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone. Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Meditation is the weight room for the mind. Ed Latimore


To earn the trust of your meditation, you have to visit it every day. It’s like having a puppy. Chelsea Richer


Meditation is the way in which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe, and what that requires is that we shut up. Alan Watts


It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me. Ellen DeGeneres


SEX! Now that I have your attention… Please try to meditate at least 15 minutes, every day. You know it’s good for you. Marcelo Alves


A few hours of meditation were enough to show me that I hardly had any control of myself. I was not the CEO – I was barely the gatekeeper. Yuval Noah Harari


So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates. Allan Lokos


You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy — then you should sit for an hour. Zen proverb




A quiet mind is more important than a positive mind. Deepak Chopra


The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Only the individual transcends. Steve Maxwell


Busy is a drug that a lot of people are addicted to. Rob Bell


Modern man is too impatient and wants to master the art of meditation immediately. Swami Rama


Observe your thoughts, instead of being constantly the victim of your thoughts. Tim Ferriss


A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Sam Harris


You are not controlling the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm. Sam Harris


While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along. Allan Lokos


Practicing austerities such as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation will give you a front row seat to that which you will never attain and in the process make you an expert at forever seeking them. Kapil Gupta


The challenge of our time is relearning how to concentrate. The past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think, without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine, has become almost impossible. Thibaut


People have original thoughts in the shower because it is one of the only places in modern life that offers refuge from entertainment, compulsive workaholism, and social hyperconnectedness. The isolation allows you to hear yourself think. Morning meditation for the masses. The Stoic Emperor


The beauty of meditation is that you never know where you are, where you are going, what the end is. Jiddu Krishnamurti


I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect… The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth. Jiddu Krishnamurti


If there is no meditation, then you are like a blind man in a world of great beauty, light and colour. Jiddu Krishnamurti


We carry about us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young – not in time or age, but young, innocent, alive at whatever age – and only such a mind can see that which is truth and that which is not measurable by words. Jiddu Krishnamurti


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


When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves. Jack Kornfield


Thought can organize the world so well that you are no longer able to see it. Anthony De Mello


Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. Thich Nhat Hanh


Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. Thich Nhat Hanh


Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts. Allan Lokos


Perhaps ultimately, spiritual simply means experiencing wholeness and interconnectedness directly, a seeing that individuality and the totality are interwoven, that nothing is separate or extraneous. If you see in this way, then everything becomes spiritual in its deepest sense. Doing science is spiritual. So is washing the dishes. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive. Thich Nhat Hanh


In the beginning you will fall into the gaps in between thoughts – after practicing for years, you become the gap. J. Kleykamp


You’re actually in deep meditation all the time. It’s just covered up by all the noise, and all the thoughts, and all the emotional things that are running through you. It’s always there underneath. Naval Ravikant


Doing nothing is really hard for us, since we’re such a productivity-driven culture and species. Naval Ravikant


You can have the mind or you can have the moment. Naval Ravikant


When you’re centered, your emotions are not hijacking you. Ray Dalio


The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody. Ram Dass




Be the master of mind rather than mastered by mind. Japanese proverb


Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe. Buddhist proverb


To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. Eric Hoffer


Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. Anthony de Mello


The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all. Swami Vivekananda


The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. Sydney J. Harris


The only difference between meditation and ordinary social interaction is that the friend you’re gradually coming to know is yourself. Mingyur Rinpoche


Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. Indra Devi


Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Instead of “Let it go,” we should probably say “Let it be”; this recognizes that the mind won’t let go and the problem may not go away, and it allows you to form a healthier relationship with what’s bothering you. Jon Kabat-Zinn


What would it be like if I could accept life – accept this moment – exactly as it is? Tara Brach


Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Eckhart Tolle


Meditation could be said to be the Art of Simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. You have 24 to chop every day. Sleep, excercise, meditation, reading – those are some of your sharpening tools. Do not chop for 18 hours with a blunt axe. Johnny Uzan


The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation. Milarepa


Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. Alan Watts




The more present I am, the happier and more content I will be. Naval Ravikant


A happy life consists in tranquility of mind. Marcus Tullius Cicero


There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life. Tara Brach


The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle. Tara Brach


The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind. Wayne Dyer


To know that you need nothing to be happy, except self-knowledge, is wisdom. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


Two kinds of happiness. Worldly happiness is reward from our evolutionary program. Get praise, money, drugs, sex. It busies the mind with craving and anxiety. Internal happiness is reward from being in flow. Create, meditate, love, play. It clears the mind and leaves us in peace. Naval Ravikant


The problem with meditation, is that it’s not permanent. But what it does give me, is an hour a day, by myself, to work through my thoughts. Naval Ravikant


Happiness is that state when nothing is missing. When nothing is missing, your mind shuts down and your mind stops running into the future or running into the past to regret something or to plan something. Naval Ravikant


The fewer desires I can have, the more I can accept the current state of things, the less my mind is moving because the mind really exists in motion towards the future or the past. Naval Ravikant


Find single player games that you enjoy, like yoga, meditation, swimming. Naval Ravikant


Doing a three-minute meditation every day may change your life: It is the gateway drug to slowing down. Anne Lamott


Maintain your physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony with the universe by meditating every day. Inhale the precious breath of life. It is your connection to your Higher power. Louise Hay


Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is a spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being. Thomas Merton


I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul. Rumi


The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness. Virginia Woolf


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


Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. Ramana Maharshi


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


There is only one place to find real peace, real harmony. That place is within. S.N. Goenka


If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful and free from bonds. Ashtavakra Gita


Meditation puts into question more or less everything you tend to do in your search for happiness. But if you lose sight of this, it can become just another strategy for seeking happiness — a more refined version of the problem you already have. Sam Harris (Taming The Mind)


Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal bliss and supreme joy in the end. Swami Sivananda


It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life – perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody, that is the beauty of it. Jiddu Krishnamurti


I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you’ll feel good no matter what. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along. Paramahansa Yogananda


This is the mark of perfection of character — to spend each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, laziness, or any pretending. Marcus Aurelius


Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life. Thich Nhat Hanh


Our thinking minds deprive us of the happiness that comes when we are living fully in the moment. Ram Dass


From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Those who miss meditation miss the whole dance of life. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh




Awareness is the greatest agent for change. Eckhart Tolle


Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity. Allan Lokos


Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself. Swami Vivekananda


Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter. Amit Ray


Spiritual practice involves, on the one hand, acting out of concern for others’ well-being. On the other, it entails transforming ourselves so that we become more readily disposed to do so. Dalai Lama


Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority. Tom Hopkins


There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. Benjamin Franklin


Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen R. Covey


The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime. Sogyal Rinpoche


Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu


To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Marilyn vos Savant


The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river. Jiddu Krishnamurti


If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Do you consume libraries worth of articles, video, podcasts? Great. But it is only beneficial to the extent that it is modulated by personal observation, conversations, and deeply reflective, laborious meditation. Without these practices, information is just data. Thibaut


Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead life to sovereign power. Alfred Lord Tennyson


Meditation is the secret of all growth in spiritual life and knowledge. James Allen


How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world. Franz Kafka


Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. George Gurdjieff


No change occurs if we just let our habitual tendencies and automatic patterns of thought perpetuate and even reinforce themselves, thought after thought, day after day, year after year. But those tendencies and patterns can be challenged. Matthieu Ricard


Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are. Matthieu Ricard


Meditation is not growth of the ego, it is death of the ego. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


I think self-knowledge is the rarest trait in a human being. Elizabeth Edwards


The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one’s own mind. F. H. Bradley


Self-knowledge is the first step to maturity. Jane Austen




You are only here now; you’re only alive in this moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Consciousness is the one thing in this universe that cannot be an illusion. Sam Harris (Waking Up)


Learn to see what you are looking at. Christopher Paolini


Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being. Chögyam Trungpa


The things that trouble our spirits are within us already. In meditation, we must face them, accept them, and set them aside one by one. Cristopher L. Bennett


If you can resist the impulse to claim each and every thought as your own, you will come to a startling conclusion: you will discover that you are the consciousness in which the thoughts appear and disappear. Annamalai Swami


The entire exercise of Vipassana meditation is to learn the difference between fiction and reality, what is real and what is just stories that we invent and construct in our own minds. Almost 99 percent you realize is just stories in our minds. Yuval Noah Harari


For me it is a way to understand reality – about myself first of all and then reality about the rest of the world, without any stories and fictions and mythologies. Just to observe what is really happening. Yuval Noah Harari


The human mind is a factory of generating fictional stories about yourself, your family, your country, the world. It’s so difficult to tell the difference between the stories we invent and reality. Yuval Noah Harari


Whenever you try to dictate the outcome of your meditation you negate its most wondrous benefit – the pleasure of simply being. Paul Wilson


Reality is neutral. Our reactions reflect back and create our world. Judge, and feel separate and lonely. Anger, and lose peace of mind. Cling, and live in anxiety. Fantasize, and miss the present. Desire, and suffer until you have it. Heaven and hell are right here, right now. Naval Ravikant


Happiness to me is mainly not suffering, not desiring, not thinking too much about the future or the past, really embracing the present moment and the reality of what is, the way it is. Naval Ravikant


Meditation is about keeping the mind clear; thinking deeply about reality. It’s about thinking about our emotions, asking ourselves ‘Why do I feel angry?’ and coming to understand the advantages and sound basis of positive emotions like warmheartedness. Dalai Lama


Think hard, dig deep, do not take appearances for reality. Robert Greene


Meditation is such a more substantial reality than what we normally take to be reality. Richard Gere


The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Why do you want to read others’ books when there is the book of yourself? Jiddu Krishnamurti


All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. Jon Kabat-Zinn




Silence is not an absence but a presence. Anne D. LeClaire


Prayer is when you talk to God; Meditation is when you listen to God. Diana Robinson


Meditation is a vital way to purify and quiet the mind, thus rejuvenating the body. Deepak Chopra


When you reach a calm and quiet meditative state, that is when you can hear the sound of silence. Stephen Richards


Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers. Unknown


Within each of us there is a silence, a silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are. Gunilla Norris


Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness. Wayne Dyer


True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn


That deep silence has a melody of its own, a sweetness unknown amid the harsh discords of the world’s sounds. Paul Brunton


We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. C.S. Lewis


The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. Caroline Myss




The stiller you are the calmer life is. Rasheed Ogunlaru


One who is patient glows with an inner radiance. Allan Lokos


The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. Sakyong Mipham


So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. T. S. Eliot


Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman


Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. Saint Francis de Sales


The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter. Paulo Coelho


Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. Swami Vivekananda


Inner stillness is the key to outer strength. Jared Brock


True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. Eckhart Tolle


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


In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra


Patience is the companion of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo


It is only with total humility, and in absolute stillness of mind that we can know what indeed we are. Wei Wu Wei


Meditation is a state you’re in when you’re not doing anything – physically, mentally, or consciously. You’re just making no effort. You’re literally being completely still, physically and mentally, inside and out. Naval Ravikant


To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Stillness within one individual can affect society beyond measure. Bede Griffiths


If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind. Zhuangzi


The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. Molière




Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance. Amit Ray


Raise you awareness and share your uniqueness to the world. Amit Ray


Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience. Jon Kabat-Zinn


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


When we pay focused attention to our bodily sensations, we can recognize the ebb and flow of our emotions and, with that, increase our control over them. Bessel van der Kolk


Create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation. Eckhart Tolle


Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future. Eric Berne


In your present-moment awareness, awaken to your innocence, your trust, your love, your eternal being. Deepak Chopra


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


Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them. Eckhart Tolle


We can’t control what thoughts and emotions arise within us, nor can we control the universal truth that everything changes. But we can learn to step back and rest in the awareness of what’s happening. That awareness can be our refuge. Sharon Salzberg


Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing. Sharon Salzberg


The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Nathaniel Branden


Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. James Thurber


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


In awareness there is no becoming, there is no end to be gained. There is silent observation without choice and condemnation, from which there comes understanding. Jiddu Krishnamurti


The next message you need is always right where you are. Ram Dass


The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain. Pema Chödrön


You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea. Thich Nhat Hanh


Awareness without action is worthless. Phil McGraw




That’s life: starting over, one breath at a time. Sharon Salzberg


Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift. Amit Ray


If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. Amit Ray


If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down. Ajahn Amaro


This is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can’t say this is a Hindu breath or a Christian breath or a Muslim breath. Charles Johnson


Mere physical sitting is not enough. You have to sit carefully and attentively. Let your body and breathing sit. Let your mind and emotions sit. Let your blood circulation sit. Let everything sit. Then your sitting becomes indestructible, immovable. Maezumi Roshi


Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. Eckhart Tolle


Breathing is central to every aspect of meditation training. It’s a wonderful place to focus in training the mind to be calm and concentrated. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Breathing is the first thing we do upon entering this existence, and the last as well. Thibaut


To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life. Thich Nhat Hanh


Smile, breathe and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh




Watch every thought. Always ask, why am I having this thought? Naval Ravikant


A busy mind accelerates the perceived passage of time. Buy more time by cultivating peace of mind. Naval Ravikant


Mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Kabira


If you cultivate the attitude of indifference towards the mind, gradually you will cease to identify with it. Annamalai Swami


Meditation is what is left after you’ve worked out the clutter within your mind. Ideally it is not a bandaid but a cure where you are progressing towards peace from mind. Kapil Gupta


If you can be continuously aware of each thought as it rises, and if you can be so indifferent to it that it doesn’t sprout or flourish, you are well on the way to escaping from the entanglements of mind. Annamalai Swami


When you know that everything that is happening is only appearing on the screen of consciousness, and that you yourself are the screen on which it all appears, nothing can touch you, harm you or make you afraid. Annamalai Swami


Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. Deepak Chopra


Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it. Eckhart Tolle


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Realisation is nothing new to be acquired. It is already there, but obstructed by a screen of thoughts. All our attempts are directed to lifting this screen and then realisation is revealed. Ramana Maharshi


All that you are is the result of what you have thought. It is founded on your thoughts. It is made up of your thoughts. Swami Sivananda


Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment. Rumi


Your life doesn’t get any better than your mind is: You might have wonderful friends, perfect health, a great career, and everything else you want, and you can still be miserable. The converse is also true: There are people who basically have nothing — who live in circumstances that you and I would do more or less anything to avoid — who are happier than we tend to be because of the character of their minds. Unfortunately, one glimpse of this truth is never enough. We have to be continually reminded of it. Sam Harris (Taming The Mind)


The thoughts resolve themselves. Just sit there with them. The reason they don’t get resolved is because you’re either running away or fighting them. If you sit there with something long enough, it will get resolved. Naval Ravikant


I think that the mind itself is a muscle and it can be trained and it can be conditioned. It has just been haphazardly conditioned by society out of our control. Naval Ravikant


In my mind, the mind should be a servant and a tool, not a master. It’s not something that should be controlling me and driving me 24/7. Naval Ravikant


Modern humans, we don’t live enough in our body. We don’t live enough in our awareness. We live too much in this internal monologue in our heads. Naval Ravikant


In meditation, you are supposed to closely observe your mind and body, witness the ceaseless arising and passing of all your feelings, and realise how pointless it is to pursue them. When the pursuit stops, the mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied. Yuval Noah Harari


Our mind is accustomed to meditating on the future and the past, but we need to retrain it to come back to the present. Lodro Rinzler


The goal of meditation is precisely to make your mind smooth and manageable so that it can be concentrated or relaxed at will; and especially to free it from the tyranny of mental afflictions and confusion. Matthieu Ricard


The fruit of meditation is not the absence of thoughts, but the fact that thoughts cease to harm us. Bokar Rinpoche


Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind. Swami Muktananda


What is important in meditation is the quality of the mind and the heart. It is not what you achieve, or what you say you attain, but rather the quality of a mind that is innocent and vulnerable. Jiddu Krishnamurti


To meditate is to observe yourself, for you are totally responsible for your body, mind, thought. Jiddu Krishnamurti


The mind has to be empty to see clearly. Jiddu Krishnamurti


I don’t mind what happens. Jiddu Krishnamurti




Mind is like a mad monkey. Sathya Sai Baba


The mind can be a crazy monkey that is always dying to escape from the moment. Rolf Potts


Distraction is the main problem for us all – what the Buddha called the monkey mind. We need to tame this monkey mind. Tenzin Palmo


My mind swings wildly through time, touching on dozens of ideas a minute, unharnessed and undisciplined. Elizabeth Gilbert


Your mind is a wild horse. Logic, the saddle. Meditation, the reins. System Of Systems


Spend twenty minutes every day if possible, in meditation, listening to the crazy monkey mind inside you, and learning how to still the thoughts and discover that big, deep soulful part of yourself. Elizabeth Lesser


The advantage of meditation is not that you’re suddenly going to gain the superpower to control your internal state, it’s that you will recognize just how out of control your mind is. It is like a monkey flinging feces, that’s running around the room, making trouble, shouting, breaking things. It’s completely uncontrollable. It’s an out-of-control mad person. Naval Ravikant


I’m trying to turn off my monkey mind. Naval Ravikant


Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs


Our mind is habituated to running amok, not staying focused on something as basic as the breath. This is why meditation practice is difficult. We have spent years habituating ourselves to do anything other than be present with what is going on in this very moment. Lodro Rinzler


Your mind may sometimes be chaotic; it may sometimes be peaceful. In either case, if you can investigate it through simply being present then you are becoming more thoroughly who you are. Lodro Rinzler


You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind. Yoko Ono


You would lose your mind trying to understand mine. Unknown


Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. Oliver Wendell Holmes


In the untrained mind there is ceaseless movement, filled with plans, ideas, and memories. Seeing this previously unconscious stream of inner dialogue is one of the first insights in meditation practice. Jack Kornfield


The more your mind is occupied by involuntary thoughts, the less working memory is available, which means less cognitive processing power. For your cognitive machinery to work at its optimal capacity, you must clear it of unwanted data, and free up more mental space. The Ancient Sage


Sound is our mind, silence is our being. Osho




Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents. Eckhart Tolle


Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you. Anne Lamott


The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest. Simone Weil


Thinking is by far the most underrated activity. People consider it “unproductive” to sit on a bench and think. So they spend their lives doing things they never thought through. An hour of clear thinking, can yield a conclusion that changes your life. Johnny Uzan


Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do. John Carmack


Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda


Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. Swami Vivekananda


There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point. Swami Vivekananda


Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation. It’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention. That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. Susan Sontag


Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention. Howard Rheingold


Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary. Ray Knight


The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence. Robert J. Shiller


All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready. Paulo Coelho


Concentration is the doorway through which the meditative state becomes available. Gudjon Bergmann


When walking, walk. When eating, eat. Zen proverb




You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. Jon Kabat-Zinn


A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms. Zen Shin


Meditation means to be free from all phenomena and calmness means to be internally unperturbed. There will be calmness when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed. Bruce Lee


You cannot control the results, only your actions. Allan Lokos


Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose. Cyril Connolly


Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well. Jack Kornfield


Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. Pema Chödrön


It’s helpful to remind yourself that meditation is about opening and relaxing with whatever arises, without picking and choosing. Pema Chödrön


Happy he stands, happy he sits, happy sleeps, and happy he comes and goes. Happy he speaks and happy he eats. This is the life of a man at peace. Ashtavakra Gita


Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. Saint Francis De Sales


Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life. Paramahansa Yogananda


Peace doesn’t mean that you will not have problems. Peace means that your problems will not have you. Tony Evans


The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility. Sivananda


Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame. Thomas a Kempis


Having meditated for an hour a day for a few months now, I’ve sort of caught up. I’ve examined large parts of myself that have faded into the background, and so now what remains when I sit, is peace. Naval Ravikant


Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace”. Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place”. Marianne Williamson


The word ‘innocence’ means a mind that is incapable of being hurt. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso




To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. Mary Oliver


Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. Alexander Graham Bell


Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become. John O’Donohue


No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation. Walter Bagehot


The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh


Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had. Ray Dalio


I would like to spend the rest of my days in a place so silent–and working at a pace so slow–that I would be able to hear myself living. Elizabeth Gilbert


People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing. Naval Ravikant


You’re meant to do something. You’re not just meant to lie there in the sand and meditate all day long. You should self-actualize. You should do what you are meant to do. Naval Ravikant


I cultivate empty space as a way of life for the creative process. Josh Waitzkin


Meditation is as deep and as powerful a tool as I could possibly describe. Josh Waitzkin


The secret is that everything is always on the line. The more present we are at practice, the more present we will be in competition, in the boardroom, at the exam, the operating table, the big stage. If we have any hope of attaining excellence, let alone of showing what we’ve got under pressure, we have to be prepared by a lifestyle of reinforcement. Presence must be like breathing. Josh Waitzkin (The Art Of Learning)


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Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration. Peter F. Drucker


To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement. Bertrand Russell


The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. Charles R. Swindoll


Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within. George Washington Carver




If you can grow in love, you will grow in awareness. If you grow in awareness, you will grow in love. Osho


The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Rick Warren


The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another. Jack Kornfield


A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned. Naval Ravikant


Having a calm and compassionate mind enables us to use our natural intelligence more effectively. Dalai Lama


One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention. Jim Rohn


The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Rachel Naomi Remen


A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. Rachel Naomi Remen


Once you start drinking a little of meditativeness, a little of love, you start growing wings. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


Give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is, and allow yourself to be exactly as you are. Jon Kabat-Zinn


It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself. Jon Kabat-Zinn


Love is the bridge between you and everything. Rumi

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