Meditation is a well-known technique that helps with your mind, body, and spirit.
And while a good number of people understand the practice well and are working with it in the long term, others still need help and a little more inspiration to make the practice work in their lives.
For that reason, we have gathered some of the best and most inspiring meditation quotes from popular and reputable meditation experts and teachers across the world to help put meditation into perspective for you and motivate you to do it.
Some are short and others long to give the whole picture of the concept of meditation from the person who gave the quote.
40 Insightful Meditation Quotes
1. In the book, Insight Meditation: A Psychology of Freedom, Joseph Goldstein says, “This is our practice: becoming aware of how suffering arises in our mind and of how we become identified with it, and learning to let it go. We learn through simple and direct observation, seeing the process over and over again until we understand.”
2. In the book, Teachings on Love, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “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.”
3. In the book, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations, Amit Ray says, “Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.”
4. In the book, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations, Ming-Dao Deng says, “Reject labels. Reject identities. Reject conformity. Reject convention. Reject definitions. Reject names.”
5. In the book, Meditation: The First and Last Freedom, Osho says, “Meditation is nothing but a device to make you aware of your real self—which is not created by you, which need not be created by you, which you already are. You are born with it. You are it!”
6. In the book, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, Pema Chödrön says, “In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel’s it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human…we really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience.”
7. In the book, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn says “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.”
8. In the book, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations, Amit Ray says, “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.”
9. In the book, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
10. In the book, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style, Amit Ray says, “Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.”
11. In the book, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “Guess what? When it comes right down to it, wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that’s what you’ve wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that’s what’s on your mind. Whatever has happened to you, it has already happened. The important question is, how are you going to handle it? In other words, “Now what?”
12. In the book, Guide to the Mindful Way of Life, Adam Dacey says, “Just watching our thoughts in a relaxed way for a few moments each day will make a positive impression on our mind and start to provide us with an objective viewpoint for observing our life.”
13. In the book, Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity, Ora Nadrich says, “The land of oneness lives in your heart, and has been waiting for you to return to it for a very long time. It was patient, and unconditional in its love for you, and knew that you had many steps to walk, many marathons to run, and a long, difficult voyage on the vast sea of your destiny before you got here, and you did.”
14. In the book, The Four Seasons Way of Life: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth, Tobe Hanson says, “If you feel anxiety or depression, you are not in the present. You are either anxiously projecting the future or depressed and stuck in the past. The only thing you have any control over is the present moment; simple breathing exercises can make us calm and present instantly.”
15. In the book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story, Dan Harris says, “Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, not good enough because you need to get to the next one. That is continuous stress.”
16. In the book, Meditation: The First and Last Freedom, Osho says, “If you feel pain, be attentive to it; don’t do anything. Attention is the great sword; it cuts everything. You simply pay attention to the pain.”
17. In the book, You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”
18. In the book, Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana says, “Deeply buried in the mind, there lies a mechanism that accepts what the mind experiences as beautiful and pleasant and rejects those experiences that are perceived as ugly and painful. This mechanism gives rise to those states of mind that we are training ourselves to avoid– things like greed, lust, hatred, aversion, and jealousy.”
19. In the book, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
20. In the book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book, Dan Harris says, “I cannot say this frequently enough: the goal is not to clear your mind but to focus your mind—for a few nanoseconds at a time—and whenever you become distracted, just start again. Getting lost and starting over is not failing at meditation, it is succeeding.”
21. In the book, Meditation for Beginners: How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness, Yesenia Chavan says, “The only two things that you can completely control in life are your thoughts and actions. That’s it. Most things are simply beyond your control.”
22. The Buddha said, “Though one should live a hundred years without wisdom and control, yet better, indeed, is a single day’s life of one who is wise and meditative.”
23. In the book, Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday, Matthew Sockolov says, “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”
24. In the book, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, Michael A. Singer says, “Instead of being encouraged to feel completely protected, loved, honored, and respected by the Divine Force, you’ve been taught that you’re being judged. Because you’ve been taught that, you feel guilt and fear. But guilt and fear do not open your connection to the Divine; they only serve to close your heart. The reality is that God’s way is love, and you can see this for yourself.”
25. In the book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation, Bob Roth says, “Effortlessly access the deep stillness that lies within every human being – in a way that was tailored specifically for that person”.
26. In the book, Finding the Gift: Daily Meditations for Mindfulness, Angela Howell says, “Today, suspend judgment and criticism of people who are different from you and celebrate diversity and variety—the spices of life—remembering that love, tolerance and compassion are universal truths we can all share together.”
27. In the book, Meditation: The First and Last Freedom, Osho says, “Meditation simply says how to go withinward: whether there is a soul or not doesn’t matter; whether there is a God or not doesn’t matter.”
28. In the book, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life, Rebekah Borucki says, “Nothing outside of you can take away your mental health. Only your reaction to those outside people or situations can do that. Your mental health is your own, and no one else has the right to access it. You will feel more powerful and in control when you realize that.”
29. In the book, Meditation for Beginners, Jack Kornfield says, “Meditation takes discipline, just like learning how to play piano. If you want to learn how to play the piano, it takes more than a few minutes a day, once a while, here and there. If you really want to learn any important skill, whether it is playing piano or meditation, it grows with perseverance, patience, and systematic training.”
30. In the book, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation, Norman E. Rosenthal says, “Men seek retreats for themselves in country places, on beaches and mountains, and you yourself are wont to long for such retreats, but that is altogether unenlightened when it is possible at any hour you please to find a retreat within yourself. For nowhere can a man withdraw to a more untroubled quietude than in his own soul.”
31. In the book, Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day, Andy Puddicombe says, “Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and understanding how and why you think and feels the way you do, and getting a healthy sense of perspective in the process.”
32. The Buddha said, “As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”
33. In the book, Om Chanting and Meditation, Amit Ray says, “The easiest way to get touch with this universal power is through silent Prayer. Shut your eyes, shut your mouth, and open your heart. This is the golden rule of prayer. Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the center of your heart filled with love.”
34. In the book, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath, Amit Ray says, “The more we practice mindfulness the more we understand the emotional dynamics of the self and others. Mindful emotions can create a positive climate leading to better outcomes.”
35. In the book, Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance, Emily Fletcher says, “Meditation, as I define it, is helping you get rid of your stress from the past. Your body is a perfect accountant: Every all-nighter you’ve pulled, every bite of fast food you’ve ever eaten, and every shot of tequila you’ve done—it’s all stored in your cellular memory.”
36. In the book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, Sharon Salzberg says, “When we can’t let the moment in front of us be what it is (because we’re afraid that if it’s good, it’ll end too soon; if it’s bad, it’ll go on forever; and if it’s neutral, it’ll bore us to tears), we’re out of balance. Mindfulness restores that balance; we catch our habitual reactions of clinging, condemning, and zoning out, and let them go.”
37. In the book, Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Healing Emotional Trauma, Valerie Mason-John says, “Social media draws us further into the already persistent habit of becoming stars of our own little personal movies. The movies we replay in our heads — held on to from lives past — cause us to recycle stories that no longer serve us, if they ever did.”
38. In the book, The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works, Shinzen Young says, “There is one possible negative effect from working with vanishing and the related themes of emptiness and no self. In extreme cases, the sense of goneness, emptiness, and no self may be so intense that it creates disorientation, terror, paralysis, aversion, or hopelessness. Unpleasant reactions such as these are well documented.”
39. The Buddha said, “Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.”
40. In the book, Meditation: The First and Last Freedom, Osho says, “These are the qualities of meditation: a really meditative person is playful; life is fun for him, life is a Leela, a play. He enjoys it tremendously. He is not serious. He is relaxed.”
There you go!
Those are some of the most insightful meditation quotes from people who have meditated for years using various meditation styles and have gained a deeper understanding of the practice.
We encourage you to read them carefully, take your time to think about each quote and how it relates to your life, and if any of them adds meaning to your life, make an effort of applying it in your everyday life.