Top 20 Mindful Life Quotes.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Jun 8, 2011
get elephant's newsletter

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started | Mindful | rePinned by

The order of appearance does not reflect quality, but a progression…

  1. “A great deal of the chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate themselves.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa
  2. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
  3. “To worship our false selves is to worship nothing. And the worship of nothing is hell.” ~ Thomas Merton
  4. “Till the false is seen as false, truth is not.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
  5. “Realization is to get rid of the delusion that you have not realized.” ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
  6. “It is precisely because our present life is so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire’s tremendous energy if we wish to transform our life into something transcendental.” ~ Lama Yeshe
  7. “Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.” ~ Sogyal Rinpoche
  8. “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth” ~ Pema Chodron
  9. “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ~ T.S. Eliot
  10. “God’s first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation.” ~ Thomas Keating
  11. “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ~ Aldous Huxley
  12. “If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.” ~ Achaan Chah
  13. “Have a mind that is open to everything, and attached to nothing.” ~ Tilopa
  14. “Big Mind is something to express, not something to figure out.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki
  15. “The primordial fire of reality is going to burn through the hull of our little ego spaceship, and scatter us like stars.” ~ Reggie Ray
  16. “Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.” ~ Mark Twain
  17. “I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.” ~ Saraha
  18. “Being completely and totally present and at every single point of space and time, It is fully and completely present here and now, thus we can no more attain immanent Spirit then we could, say, attain our feet.” ~ Ken Wilber
  19. “The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.” ~ Meister Eckhart
  20. “Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it’s just doing it.” ~ Alan Watts

Which is your favorite? Is there one you really like that is not included above? If so, what is it?

Elephant Meditation is now on twitter… Click here to follow us!

Elephant 365 is an example of Elephant Journal’s commitment to the Mindful Life. Everyday we will offer a new reading regarding meditation practice and the spiritual path, all infused with a fresh perspective on traditional spirituality. If you would like to follow Elephant 365 on FaceBook click here and become a fan of Elephant Meditation by clicking the “Like” tab at the top of the page.


About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


28 Responses to “Top 20 Mindful Life Quotes.”

  1. Jill says:

    I also like 15. It leaves a physical impression of reality (truth) and a fizzled, disentangled notion of ego. There’s feeling in that.

  2. Christine says:

    "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
    -Mahatma Ghandi

    #1 and #2 ring very true for me – Thanks for posting 🙂

  3. Ann says:

    #9 – Sort of like Dorothy tapping her ruby slippers. We are so busy looking everywhere else for our rainbows, we don't start where we are. Eventually that's where we end up, knowing ourselves, finding the divine was always there.

  4. yoga freedom says:

    They're all great, but I particularly love #8 today.

    "Knowledge is an affair of symbols and is, all too often, a hindrance to wisdom, the uncovering of the self from moment to moment." ~Aldous Huxley

  5. daisy says:

    #3. Great post, thanks. 🙂

  6. Brandi says:

    "Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
    ~ Howard Thurman

  7. Jessica says:

    #11. So powerful.

  8. #6 is vibing with me.

  9. dara says:

    Hi Ben , This is Dara from when "Gratitude is BS" and I opened this post expecting to find a list of mindful cliches and instead found 20 quotes that walk firmly on the earth. So refreshing. I love the truth. #6, 14, 16 & 17 are my favorites.

  10. Ben Ralston says:

    “If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.” ~Achaan Chah – love this one. Posting to EJ Fb page.

  11. La Sirena says:

    #12 and #19

    Beautiful post! Thank you!

  12. earlyrisersteph says:

    They keep lighting up, alternately,__ something like winking stars. Probably the one that keeps popping up on my refrigerator over the years is the 3rd Karmapa's: In the moment of love, the empty essence dawns nakedly. (I've seen it written in slightly different ways.)

  13. Nadine says:

    Ben, firstly, I love everything that you post! Definitely, you have your finger on the pulse. I was spoilt for choice. Here are the ones that resonated deeply for me:

    #8, 10 and 11. The winner though was # 13. There is a quote that has been niggling at me all week which I can’t seem to recall — it has something to do with knowing how to wait. Do you know it?



  14. Amelia says:

    #1 and #4 and #12 for me today ~ wicked awesome, ben, thank you!

  15. kathleen breault says:

    I’ve really enjoyed this list, Thanks!
    A quote from Eknath Easwaren touched this recovering multitasker:

    Doing two or more things at the same time splits our consciousness in two or more ways.

  16. Linda Lewis says:

    "He who bends to himself a joy, does the winged life destroy.
    He who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in Eternity's sunrise."
    –William Blake

  17. Pauline says:

    Life is what one is thinking all day long! Buddhist quote

  18. Leesa says:

    Desire is the root of all pain

  19. Rhonda Leigh says:


  20. freehugyoga says:

    Thanks Ben, it came in the right time!

  21. bill says:

    is the wilber quote missing a word or two, perhaps?

  22. Steve Jackson says:

    The quotes are all fantastic! I'd like to contribute another:
    "The meditation experience is interesting because on one hand it is about completely letting go of everything, and on the other hand, it is about paying more attention. It's a paradox. Let go of everything and have the courage and faith and conviction to keep letting go, fearlessly, no matter what arises. But don't let go of consciousness, don't let go of attention, don't let go of awareness. Meditation is the paradox between those two positions." -Andrew Cohen

  23. Kal2ie says:

    I can always appreciate something with the word primordial in it 😉

  24. Pat says:

    "To study the Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self." -Dogen

  25. Dave says:

    10 & 11

  26. karlsaliter says:

    " we can no more attain immanent Spirit then we could, say, attain our feet."is beautiful. Loved it.

  27. Jools says:

    Can u explain the symbol use in the heading? Intrigued …

  28. George Hoguet says:

    "The future of all life, including our own lives, depends on our mindful steps." – Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh