Mindfulness Spiritual Quotes
Right mindfulness is the seventh path of the Eightfold Path of Buddhism
‘Most of us take for granted that time flies, meaning that it passes too quickly. But in the mindful state, time doesn't really pass at all. There is only a single instant of time that keeps renewing itself over and over with infinite variety.’
Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets
‘If you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production of it, you just relax and remove it from your thinking. That's all there is to it.’
Richard Bach, Illusions
‘Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else. Don Juan’
Carlos Castaneda, The Teaching of Don Juan
‘Sometimes sit by the side of a tree - just feel. By the side of a waterfall - listen. Lie down on the beach and listen to the roar of the ocean, feel the sand, the coolness of it, or look at the stars, and let that silence penetrate you. Or look at the dark night and let that velvety darkness surround you, envelop you, dissolve you. This is the way of the simple heart.’
Osho's Mindfulness Meditation, The Buddha Said
‘Gurdjieff used self-remembering as a basic technique in the West. The self-remembering is derived from this sutra. The whole Gurdjieffian system is based on this one sutra. Remember yourself, whatsoever you are doing. It is very difficult. It looks very easy, but you will go on forgetting. Even for three or four seconds you cannot remember yourself. You will have a feeling that you are remembering, and suddenly you will have moved to some other thought. Even with this thought that ‘Okay, I am remembering myself’, you will have missed, because this thought is not self-remembering. In self-remembering there will be no thought; you will be completely empty.'
Osho about Gurdjieff and Self-Remembering Techniques
‘Notice how each particle moves.
Notice how everyone has just arrived here
from a journey.
Notice how each wants a different food.
Notice how the stars vanish as the sun comes up,
and how all streams stream toward the ocean.
Look at the chefs preparing special plates
for everyone, according to what they need.
Look at this cup that can hold the ocean.
Look at those who see the face.
Look through Shams’ eyes
into the Water that is
Rumi, about Mindfulness Poem, The Essential Rumi
“Let go of your mind and then be mindful.
Close your ears and listen!’
Rumi, Love’s Ripening
‘Gurdjieff said: “Not one of you has noticed the most important thing that I have pointed out to you. That is to say, not one of you has noticed that you do not remember yourselves. You do not feel yourselves; you are not conscious of yourselves... In order really to observe oneself one must first of all remember oneself... If you ask a man whether he can remember himself, he will of course answer that he can. If you tell him that he cannot remember himself, he will either be angry with you, or he will think you an utter fool. The whole of life is based on this, the whole of human existence, the whole of human blindness. If a man really knows that he cannot remember himself, he is already near to the understanding of his being.’
P. D. Ouspensky about Self-Remembering
‘Another formula: Know thyself – is full of particularly deep meaning and is one of the symbols leading to the knowledge of truth. The study of the world and the study of man will assist one another. In studying the world and its laws a man studies himself, and in studying himself he studies the world.’
P. D. Ouspensky about Self-Remembering, In Search of the Miraculous
‘Now the main method for single-pointed meditation is the cultivation of mindfulness and introspection. Here mindfulness means that the object on which your mind concentrates is thoroughly held. That means the image or picture of that must be held in mind. That means mindfulness. Then, not only that, but the mind must be very sharp, fully alert. If the object is a bit hazy and your mind is slack, that is a great danger for proper samadhi. The mind must not only hold the object of your meditation, your mind must be fully alert. You must have a very sharp mind. Whether such obstacles occur or not, you need introspection to monitor that. These two are the main instruments for developing a single-pointed mind.’
Dalai Lama on Single-Pointed Meditation and Mindfulness, 2011
‘Then to practice something subtler than focusing on an external object but coarser than focusing on the mind as the object of meditation, it’s best to focus on the in and out breath. So single-pointedly concentrate on your breathing, just coming and going. You can count 20, 50, 100 breaths. This is one way of training the mind that is so scattered. This gives it some discipline. As you discipline the mind, you can begin with a coarser object like the breathing, and then go to subtler objects.’
Dalai Lama on Breathing and Mindfulness, 2011
‘For that reason in our daily life, even in our dreams, some sort of mindfulness of what is right must be sustained. Then you watch whether your mental action, verbal action, physical action go in the wrong direction. Constantly watch... Constantly check. And likewise for speech, check whether it goes the right way or not. Among the three trainings, training in ethics is the basis. That develops these two: mindfulness and introspection. Then the second practice is single-pointed mind. Once we experience that, then no matter what we focus on - whether conventional things, or mind itself, or shunyata - wherever your mind is put, it remains there single-pointedly.’
Dalai Lama on Rightfulness and Mindfulness, 2011
‘When you stop memories about the past and don't let in hopes and visions of the future, then in that moment you get the feeling of nothingness, empty. That is not emptiness. We are normally so caught up in feelings and images. While you prolong for a little while that sense of emptiness, then you get a sense of sheer luminosity... That is the conventional reality of the mind. It is neutral, just pure luminosity. Then concentrate on it as long as you can. Then once that becomes familiar, then take that as an object and further investigate the reality of that. The mind must be designated on the continuation of that experience - so what is the mind? Through further investigation, you can’t find it. Then you touch the ultimate reality of the mind.’
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Shamatha and Mindfulness, 2011
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Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training and Mindfulness Quotes
The Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Books explore Mindfulness and its Magic within the day-to-day life. The following are some quotes from our two Books: Conscious Parenting and Mindful Being.
‘Do not give up when touching the Door of Awareness, you meet its Mindfulness Magic, but let it open wide giving your family a possibility to Create Reality of Your Dreams.’
Conscious Parenting by Nuit Quotes about kids Mindfulness and Awareness
‘Our mind is constantly busy with thoughts and feelings about our past, present or future. To stop it from useless chat, we must learn how to hear this noise, become aware of it, and transform it through concentration into mindfulness.’
Mindful Being by Nuit Quotes about Busy Mind and Mindfulness
‘When we say Mind we think of: consciousness, awareness, cognitive thinking; but also of: intuition, subconscious gibberish, or unconscious strata influencing our lives. The ‘state’ of this Mind, our positive or negative attitude towards the world, is closely related to our experiences of happiness or suffering.’