Mindfulness and self-improvement experts, authors, teachers, spiritual leaders, and philosophers have been talking about meditation for centuries. To help inspire your practice, we’ve compiled some of their wisdom here in these 15 quotes about meditation.
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“Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help.” Thich Nhat Hanh
“Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” Hermann Hesse
“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
“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
“Have patience with all things, but first of all, with yourself.” Saint Francis de Sales
“Through repeated practice of the body scan over time, we come to grasp the reality of our body as whole in the present moment. This feeling of wholeness can be experienced no matter what is wrong with your body. One part of your body, or many parts of your body, may be diseased or in pain or even missing, yet you can still cradle them in this experience of wholeness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn (Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)
“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” Voltaire
“Loving-kindness toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. It means we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid, jealous, or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” Pema Chödrön
“Meditation is a microcosm, a model, a mirror. The skills we practice when we sit are transferable to the rest of our lives.” Sharon Salzberg
“Meditation speeds up the evolutionary process by gradually purifying negative tendencies.” Master Choa Kok Su
“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
“The thing about meditation is that you become more and more YOU.” David Lynch
“You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quieting and relaxing the restless mind.” Remez Sasson
“See who is in the subject. The investigation leads you to pure consciousness beyond the subject.” Ramana Maharshi
“Meditation connects you with your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love.” Sarah McLean
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