50 Mindfulness Quotes to Help Your Students Now

Mindfulness is one of the most overlooked powerful tools in our lives. Maybe it's the perceived simplicity of the concept that makes people dismiss it's value. However, research shows that practicing simple mindful behaviors daily can result in long term mental and physical benefits.  Even better, your students can improve their concentration, memory, and overall happiness.

Mindfulness is simply being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the current moment and accepting your reality for what it is without judgement.   

50 Mindfulness Quotes

(Sprinkled with mindfulness activities to awaken your students and improve their lives.)

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~Dalai Lama
“Wherever you go, there you are.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” ~Robin S. Sharma
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~ Buddha
 “Your actions are your only true belongings.” ~ Allan Lokos
“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” ~Sharon Salzberg
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” ~Pema Chodron
 “Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” ~ Buddha
 “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
 “The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.” ~Matthieu Ricard
Decorative banner serves as a visual reminder to practice mindfulness daily.

“Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.” ~Buddha
 ”Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
“A mind set in its ways is wasted.” ~ Eric Schmidt
“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” ~ Amit Ray  
“Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” ~ Buddha
“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
 “Step outside for a while – calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than to bang your head against a wall continually.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” ~ Amit Ray
“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
“One who is patient glows with an inner radiance.” ~ Allan Lokos
 “Nothing is forever except change.” ~ Buddha
 “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.” ~ Pema Chödrön

These masks encourage mindful breaks during the school day.  They are also fun to color using "Mindful Coloring."

“We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” ~Jack Kornfield
 “Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
 “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha
 “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~ Amit Ray
 “Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” ~ Buddha
“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Dalai Lama
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~Amit Ray “You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Buddha  
“You cannot control the results, only your actions.” ~ Allan Lokos
“Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.” ~ Jack Kornfield “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh “Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” ~Raji Lukkoor
 “Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” ~Allan Lokos
“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” ~Tara Brach
“What would it be like if I could accept life – accept this moment – exactly as it is?” ~ Tara Brach

Every student will want to make one of these arm bands with their favorite mindulfulness reminders.

“Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” ~Marcus Aurelius
 “The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~Rabbi Harold Kushner
“Don’t let life harden your heart.” ~ Pema Chödrön 
“When I’m hungry, I eat what I love. When I’m bored, I do something I love. When I’m lonely, I connect with someone I love. When I feel sad, I remember that I am loved.” ~ Michelle May
“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.” ~Victoria Moran
 “When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki
 “In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go” ~Jack Kornfield
 “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).” ~James Baraz
“There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have…. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss.” ~Anthony de Mello

Do you have a favorite mindful quote or activity? Please share in the comments.

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