As we face our restless minds, we may question our progress and get perplexed. Many of us may even start to wonder if we’re doing it correctly.
Meditation is a nuanced practice, and a good instructor acts as a coach in any profession, guiding you to your goals and correcting your errors. Unfortunately, finding a competent teacher in your region is not always easy.
That is why many individuals seek inspiration from meditation books. From Buddhist perspectives like Thich Nhat Han’s The Miracle of Mindfulness to medical doctor Jon Kabat- Zinn’s, Wherever You Go, There You Are, dozens of wonderful meditation books have been written throughout the years.
Some literature is more instructive, focusing on exactly what you should do in your meditation practice, such as how to sit, breathe, and repeat mantras, among other things.
Some meditation literature, on the other hand, takes a more poetic approach.
Whenever anyone is both a good teacher and a skilled writer, their words have the power to reshape our minds and bring us serenity. This is especially crucial when we’re going through a difficult time in our lives and our meditation practice isn’t helping us calm down.
We are aware of the importance of mindfulness and meditation. That’s why, no matter where you are in your meditation journey, we’ve compiled a well-balanced collection of meditation quotes to help guide and support you.
30+ Peace-Inducing Meditation Quotes
Meditation has become one of the most popular ways for individuals from all walks of life to relieve stress. This age-old technique, which comes in a variety of forms and can be linked with a variety of spiritual practices, can be employed in a variety of ways.
It can become a part of your daily routine and aid in the development of stress resilience.
It’s a strategy for regaining your equilibrium when you’ve been thrown off by emotional stress.
It can be a quick-fix stress reliever that helps you physically relax and reverse your body’s stress response.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.____Thich Nhat Hahn
Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves.___Pema Chodron
To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.___Jiddu Krishnamurti
Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.___Swami Muktananda
I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.― T.S. Eliot
Meditation provides a way of learning how to let go. As we sit, the self we’ve been trying to construct and make into a nice, neat package continues to unravel. ___ John Welwood
Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.___Ajahn Brahm
Touch your inner space, which is nothingness, as silent and empty as the sky; it is your inner sky. Once you settle down in your inner sky, you have come home, and a great maturity arises in your actions, in your behavior. Then whatever you do has grace in it. Then whatever you do is a poetry in itself. You live poetry; your walking becomes dancing, your silence becomes music.___Osho
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ___ Lao Tzu
Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens― Tony DeLiso
It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,― Amit Ray
With every breath, the old moment is lost; a new moment arrives. We exhale and we let go of the old moment. It is lost to us. In doing so, we let go of the person we used to be. We inhale and breathe in the moment that is becoming. In doing so, we welcome the person we are becoming. We repeat the process. This is meditation. This is renewal. This is life.___Lama Surya Das
The act of meditation is being spacious.___Sogyal Rinpoche
We must experience the Truth in a direct, practical and real way. This is only possible in the stillness and silence of the mind; and this is achieved by means of meditation.___Samael Aun Weor
Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.___Zen Master Hsing Yun
Give the child a taste of meditation by creating a climate and atmosphere of love, acceptance and silence.___Swami Dhyan Giten
Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.― Thich Nhat Hanh
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.― Amit Ray
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.___Bruce Lee
Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves. ___ Kathleen McDonald
I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.― Eckhart Tolle
The problem with introspection is that it has no end.― Philip K. Dick
Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.― Bernard Branson
With me, illusions are bound to be shattered. I am here to shatter all illusions. Yes, it will irritate you, it will annoy you – that’s my way of functioning and working. I will sabotage you from your very roots! Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you.― Osho
Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.― Amit Ray
In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire breaks into the mind that has not been practicing meditation.___Anonymous
If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state.____Ramana Maharshi
Meditation and concentration are the way to a life of serenity.___Baba Ram Dass
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
Don’t hate the arising of thoughts or stop the thoughts that do arise. Simply realize that our original mind, right from the start, is beyond thought, so that no matter what, you never get involved with thoughts. Illuminate original mind, and no other understanding is necessary.___Zen Master Bankei Yotaku
I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats.____Eckhart Tolle
Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.___Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
A young buddhist boy in orange sits in a pool, pouring water from a bowl onto a stone
“Meditation is a vital way to purify and quiet the mind, thus rejuvenating the body.” – Deepak Chopra
The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.____J. Donald Walters