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    mindfulness Quotes

    Mindfulness is about finding ways to slow down and pay attention to the present moment-which improves performance and reduces stress. It's about having the time and space to attend to what's right in front of us, even though many other forces are trying to keep us stuck in the past or inviting us to fantasize or worry about the future. It's about a natural quality each of us possesses, and which we can further develop in just a few minutes a day.
    — Tim Ryan
    I think you have to include your legacy in everything that you do because it makes you proceed with a little more mindfulness when it comes to decision-making, and the lives that you will affect by your choices.
    — Tichina Arnold
    tags: live  choice  mindfulness 
    Mindfulness meditation should be more than just watching what you are doing. What you really need to watch is your motivation.
    — Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
    Nowadays, mindfulness has become a catch-all word, but the general principle of trying to be more conscious and aware in our daily life is very important. Along with this, it's helpful to contemplate some of the mind training verses which are designed to take and transform all of the problems we experience.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    With mindfulness training we are able to recognize when we get lost in our mental dramas, and bring a kind and nonreactive presence to the feelings that accompany them.
    — Tara Brach
    tags: mindfulness  mental  lost 
    Mindfulness is a pause - the space between stimulus and response: that's where choice lies.
    — Tara Brach
    The mistake we make is that when we're feeling another person is not treating us in the way that makes us feel secure and loved, we fixate our attention on that person and what's wrong with them. We also fixate on what's wrong with us. Instead, we can bring forward two wings of awareness: the wing of mindfulness (noticing what's going on inside us) and the wing of kindness (compassion to what's going on inside us).
    — Tara Brach
    The two wings of mindfulness and kindness will begin to open the heart to more connection with our world.
    — Tara Brach
    Concentration and mindfulness are the internal ways in which the mind restores itself from being out of balance and lost in confusion to a condition of ease, clarity, and wisdom. No external action needs to happen.
    — Sylvia Boorstein
    Mindfulness is attentiveness, moment to moment. What's happening right now and what's coming up in me in response to what's happening right now. Importantly, this is in the service of being able to choose wisely so that I avoid complicating my own life and the lives of others.
    — Sylvia Boorstein
    Mindfulness meditation doesn't change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart's capacity to accept life as it is.
    — Sylvia Boorstein
    Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated that that. It is opening to or recieving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
    — Sylvia Boorstein
    The Buhha was a monastic, but the practice of mindfulness in the context of any lifestyle is one of renunciation. Every moment of mindfulness renounces the reflexive, self-protecting response of the mind in favor of clear and balanced understanding. In the light of the wisdom that comes from balanced undertanding, attachment to having things be other than what they ar falls away.
    — Sylvia Boorstein
    We cannot expect miracles of mindfulness in our own lives without preparation, commitment & continuing to energetically progress along our spiritual way.
    — Surya Das
    Creativity of all kinds focuses your mind, engages your imagination, and feeds your soul. Being creative can also facilitate understanding and encourage healing. Creativity is mindfulness in motion-intuitive, artistic motion. Creative moments and activities give you a boost and help you feel energized and good about yourself.
    — Sue Thoele
    Mindfulness of the body is awareness of... the taste and smell of this moment.
    — Steve Hagen
    tags: mindfulness  moment  body 
    You have to remember one life, one death"this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the inbreath or outbreath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity. (24)
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: death  joy  mindfulness  moment  birth 
    The first step in this process of mindfulness is radical self-acceptance .
    — Stephen Batchelor
    When you sit quiet and watch yourself, many things may come to the surface. Do nothing about them, don't react to them. As they have come, so will they go, by themselves. All that matters is mindfulness, total awareness of oneself, or rather, of one's mind.
    — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
    The point is not how long you meditate; the point is whether the practice actually brings you to a certain state of mindfulness and presence, where you are a little open and able to connect with your heart essence. And five minutes of wakeful sitting practice is of far greater value than twenty minutes of dozing!
    — Sogyal Rinpoche
    tags: heart  mindfulness  value 
    When you have learned, through discipline, to simplify your life, and so practiced the mindfulness of meditation, and through it loosened the hold of aggression, clinging, and negativity on your whole being, the wisdom of insight can slowly dawn. And in the all-revealing clarity of its sunlight, this insight can show you, distinctly and directly, both the subtlest workings of your own mind and the nature of reality.
    — Sogyal Rinpoche
    The ultimate expression of meditation comes when we can feel all the pains of the world, experience them with mindfulness and equanimity so they dissolve into energy, and then recolor that energy and radiate it out as unconditional love, moment by moment, through every pore of our being.
    — Shinzen Young
    The bones and tendons of the mind are mindfulness and awareness. Mindfulness is the mind's strength, and awareness is its flexibility. Without these abilities, we cannot function. When we drink a glass of water, drive a car, or have a conversation, we are using mindfulness and awareness.
    — Sakyong Mipham
    For me mindfulness is like building a house, so the next time the tsunami that is depression comes I'll have a structure in place to resist it.
    — Ruby Wax
    I admire the fact that the central core of Buddhist teaching involves mindfulness and loving kindness and compassion.
    — Ron Reagan
    Mastery is the natural result of mindfulness.
    — Ron Kurtz
    Wellness within is mindfulness and acceptance of what you are, what you feel inside and how it's always changing. That process is helped by being attentive to the breath as it moves through the body.
    — Rodney Yee
    Reading is a gymnasium for the imagination where people can work out, get ready for the shocks of existence. [...] For me, the intimate teachers have not only taught me how to make things, they have represented some qualities of mind and mindfulness that I would like to have.
    — Robert Hass
    Mindfulness is a quality that's always there. It's an illusion that there's a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you're either mindful or you're not.
    — Richard Gere
    Mindfulness - moment to moment non-judgemental attention and awareness.
    — Richard Davidson
    I love that I live a creative life. It is in the work that I do - acting, writing, and directing. It's also in the mindfulness of every part of my life, from a meal that I prepare for family and friends to putting my imagination to work in a garden.
    — Regina Taylor
    Our life stories are largely constructed and without mindfulness can prove destructive.
    — Rasheed Ogunlaru
    Mindfulness is Buddha's word for meditation. By mindfulness he means: you should always remain alert, watchful. You should always remain present. Not a single thing should be done in a sort of sleepy state of mind. You should not move like a somnambulist, you should move with a sharp consciousness.
    — Rajneesh
    Metaphor is our mental root of imagination and language. Arnold Kozak offers fertile metaphors for growing your knowledge of the Buddhadharma. If you contemplate these brief stories, your emotional intelligence and mindfulness will develop effortlessly from the insights they provide.
    — Polly Young-Eisendrath
    The great benefit of practicing mindfulness... is presence of mind within a storm of emotions.
    — Phillip Moffitt
    Mindfulness is a state wherein one is totally aware in any situation and so always able to respond appropriately. Yet one is aware of being aware. Mindlessness, on the other hand, or "no-mindness" as it has been called, is a condition of such complete absorption that there is not vestige of self-awareness.
    — Philip Kapleau
    tags: mindfulness 
    It's never too late to change the programming imprinted in childhood, carried in our genes or derived from previous lives; the solution is mindfulness in the present moment.
    — Peter Shepherd
    The purpose of meditation practice is not enlightenment; it is to pay attention even at extraordinary times, to be of the present, nothing-but-in-the-present, to bear this mindfulness of now into each event of ordinary life.
    — Peter Matthiessen
    Mindfulness is loving all the details of our lives, and awareness is the natural thing that happens: life begins to open up, and you realize that you're always standing at the center of the world.
    — Pema Chodron
    Mindfulness, as defined by the Buddha, means awareness of incessant change, of arising and vanishing, inside of your own body, which is the ultimate reality of your own life.
    — Paul Fleischman
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