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20 Quotes to Inspire a Mindful Mindset

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Need a reminder to remain calm and collected during the hectic holiday season?

Here are 20 of my favorite quotes about mindfulness to use as motivation to stay in the here and now. Choose one or two, write them on a post-it note, and post it in a place you see all the time: near your computer screen, on your fridge, on your bathroom mirror, in your car, or any other place you see often to remind yourself to stay in the present moment.

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

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“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” ~Wayne Dyer

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

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“What would it be like to let go of wanting things to be other than they are?” ~ Byron Katie

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

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

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“In today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget the joy of just Being.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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“Equanimity arises when we accept the way things are.” ~ Jack Kornfield

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“So, in meditation practice, the best way to get somewhere is to let go of trying to get anywhere at all.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

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“The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.” ~ Anonymous

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“The mind is a place where the soul goes to hide from the heart.” ~Michael Singer

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“When life is at that extremely hard time, all we can control is our attitude.” ~ Arianna Huffington

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“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…” ~ Pema Chodrom

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“To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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“Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.” ~ Remez Sasson

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“The day you decide that you are more interested in being aware of your thoughts than you are in the thoughts themselves—that is the day you will find your way out.” ~ Michael Singer

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“There are far too many people that waste their time telling themselves that they don’t have enough time.” ~ Unknown

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“There is a misconception that you need to stop thoughts, but the key is ‘finding space.'” ~ Mark Williams

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“If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing… We may only go in circles…” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

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“The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” ~ Buddha

Melissa Eisler

Melissa Eisler is an ICF Certified Leadership and Executive Coach, certified meditation and yoga instructor, and author. She created Mindful Minutes to offer practical, relatable anecdotes and tips on how to bring mindfulness into the busyness of the digital age. Her intention is to share what she learns about overcoming her own challenges with meditation, mindfulness, and life balance while maintaining a challenging schedule and career. Learn more about Melissa here.

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