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13 Jan 2021 - Aimée Kuntz

1400+ yoga quotes to inspire your yoga practice - PART 1

We all need inspiration or motivation from time to time. Also for something that helps us as well as yoga.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

 

Examples of how to use these yoga quotes:

  • Use your intuition to choose a yoga quote to inspire you during the day.
  • Reflect on a yoga quote by journaling about it. So that you can use it to go more inward and explore your yoga path with more true dept.
  • Set an intention at the beginning of your meditation with a yoga quote.

 

However, I have found so many beautiful yoga quotes for you that they didn't fit in one blog post. Here you will find the rest :

 

What is your favorite yoga quote? Please let me know in a comment (at the bottom of the page)? I would really appreciate it!

 

  1. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~ Etty Hittlesum

 

  1. “When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” ~ Peace Pilgrim

 

  1. “You either get bitter or get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” ~ Josh Shipp

 

  1. “Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.” ~ Linda Sparrowe

 

  1. “Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source — the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life.” ~ Julie Weiland

 

  1. “Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.” ~ Osho

 

  1. “You are the sky, everything else is just the weather.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

  1. “It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It’s simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality.” ~ Erich Schiffman

 

  1. “We all want happiness, and yoga is the way for that much needed happiness factor in life.” ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

 

  1. “I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi

 

  1. “If you choose to see everything as a miracle, then where you are right now is perfect. There is nowhere to run to; there is nothing else to do except be in this moment and allow what is to be. From that place of radical acceptance, major change can happen. The first step in any transformational experience is acceptance and surrender to the present moment, the way that it is. From that place we have the awareness, humility and power to change what is.” ~ Mastin Kipp

 

  1. “Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like.” ~ Ethan Walker III

 

  1. “Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

 

  1. “Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  1. “In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

  1. “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

  1. “Follow your nature. The practice is really about uncovering your own pose; we have great respect for our teachers, but unless we can uncover our own pose in the moment, it’s not practice — it’s mimicry.” ~ Judith Hanson Lasater 

 

  1. “Rest deeply in Savasana every day. Always enter that pratyahara (withdrawn state) every day. And just enjoy yourself.” ~ Judith Hanson Lasater

 

  1. “For many years I mistook discipline as ambition. Now I believe it to be more about consistency. Do get on the mat. Practice and life are not that different.” ~ Judith Hanson Lasater

 

  1. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

  1. “Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.” ~ Ivan Panin

 

  1. “There will always be people who can do it better than you, but that’s a good thing! Start to see competition as inspiration — without envy.” ~ Kathryn Budig

 

  1. “Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

 

  1. “What you think, you become.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Once you’re in touch with the life force around us, it’s natural to want to help keep it around.” ~ Adi Carter

 

  1. “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ~ The Bhagavad Gita

 

  1. “Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” ~ Caroline Adams

 

  1. “The soul is here for its own joy.” ~ Rumi

 

  1. “The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.” ~ Mama Indigo

 

  1. “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ~ Mother Teresa

 

  1. “Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are. Let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.” ~ C. Assaad

 

  1. “Go from a human being doing yoga to a human being yoga.” ~ Baron Baptiste

 

  1. “Yoga does not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” ~ B.K.S Iyengar

 

  1. “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour.” ~ Rumi

 

  1. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

 

  1. “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” ~ Aristotle

 

  1. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ~ Jimmy Johnson

 

  1. “May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” ~ Saint Terese of Liseaux

 

  1. “When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ John Lennon

 

  1. “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” ~ C.G. Jung

 

  1. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” ~ Rumi

 

  1. “Yoga is when every cell of the body sings the song of the soul.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. “When you are looking in the mirror, you are looking at the problem. But, remember, you are also looking at the solution.” ~ Unknown

 

  1. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

 

  1. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” ~ Camus

 

  1. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  1. “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” ~  Willy Wonka

 

  1. “Make each day your masterpiece.” ~ John Wooden

 

  1. “A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ — a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest— a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

  1. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill

 

  1. “Light tomorrow with today.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

  1. “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” ~ Sharon Gannon

 

  1. “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” ~ Terri Guillemets

 

  1. “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” ~ Svatmarama

 

  1. “Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious.” ~ David Williams

 

  1. “Yoga is really trying to liberate us from… shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing — I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body.” ~ Rodney Yee

 

  1. “Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.” ~ Sting

 

  1. “The peace of God is with them whose mind and soul are in harmony, who are free from desire and wrath, who know their own soul.” ~ Hagavad Gita

 

  1. “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~ Rumi

 

  1. “If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.” ~ Terri Guillemets

 

  1. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~ Patanjali

 

  1. “One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference.” ~ Dr. Timothy McCall

 

  1. “Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice Ashtanga yoga.” ~ Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “Clinging to life, flowing by its own potency [due to past experience], exists even in the wise.” ~ Patanjali

 

  1. “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.” ~ Patanjali

 

  1. “Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.” ~ Kripalvanandji

 

  1. “I love yoga because not only is it a workout for your body, but also your breathing, which helps release a lot of stress. It really prepares you for the day.” ~ Tia Mowry

 

  1. “Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.” ~ Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “Hope is not a prediction of the future, it’s a declaration of what is possible.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

 

  1. “The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living every moment of it. And to live in environments, which are calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. Whether you are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn’t make any difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful – great and full – that you are alive, and you enjoy it.” ~  Yogi Bhajan

 

  1. “The harmonizing of opposing forces is a key aspect of yoga — hot energy is united with cool energy, strong with soft, and masculine with feminine.” ~ Tara Fraser

 

  1. “The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called ‘the still point of the turning world.” ~ Barbara Stoler Miller

 

  1. “Mountain pose is an affirmation. You can conquer anything with your natural boldness and resolute strength. Only you can reach the peak of your success.” ~ Terri Guillemets

 

  1. “The reward for doing yoga well is simple—you get to do a better job at living a fulfilling life.” ~ Randal Williams

 

  1. “What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.” ~ Helen Keller

 

  1. “The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the fight or flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms.” ~ Richard Faulds

 

  1. “This calm steadiness of the senses is called yoga. Then one should become watchful, becomes yoga comes and go.” ~ Katha Upanishad

 

  1. “Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.” ~ Rumi

 

  1. “Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

 

  1. “Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice.” ~ Upanishads

 

  1. “This yoga is not possible, for the one who eats too much, or who does not eat at all; who sleeps too much, or who keeps awake.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

 

  1. “The more you meditate, the more helpful you can be to others, and the more deeply you will be in tune with God.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

 

  1. “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss

 

  1. “The perennial wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita can teach us how to transform our character, conduct and consciousness to meet the challenges of everyday life.” ~ Leonard Perlmutter

 

  1. “You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. When will they be released? Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute.” ~ Baba Muktananda

 

  1. “Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet…. teaching us to root ourselves into the earth…. Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth.” ~ Carol Krucoff

 

  1. “What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.” ~ Donna Farhi

 

  1. “The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more.” Liza Ciano 

 

  1. “Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it & use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.” ~ Sri Aurobindo

 

  1. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield

 

  1. “Every waking moment we talk to ourselves about the things we experience. Our self-talk, the thoughts we communicate to ourselves, in turn control the way we feel and act.” ~ John Lembo

 

  1. “Habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing . . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way we check out of the present, out of happiness itself.” ~ Alex Levin

 

  1. “All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world.” ~ Robin Sharma

 

  1. “Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that’s the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it’s unequaled.” ~ Kareem Abdul Jabbar

 

  1. “The Self in you is the same as the Self Universal. Whatever powers are manifested throughout the world, those powers exist in germ, in latency, in you… If you realize the unity of the Self amid the diversities of the Not-Self, then Yoga Will not seem an impossible thing to you.” ~ Annie Wood Besant

 

  1. “A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

  1. “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl

 

  1. “Feel good, be good, and do good.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

 

  1. “When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.” ~ B. K. S. Iyengar

 

  1. “The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

 

  1. “Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it’s much, much more.” ~ Patricia Walden

 

  1. “I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary.” ~ Betsy Cañas Garmon 

 

  1. “By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart.” ~ Phillip Moffitt

 

  1. “Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.” ~ B. K. S. Iyengar

 

  1. “Inhale the future. Exhale the past.” ~ Unknown

 

  1. “Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” ~ Kevin Trudeau

 

  1. “Yoga calms me down. It’s a therapy session, a workout, and meditation all the same time!” ~ Jennifer Aniston

 

  1. “Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.” ~ Bob Harper

 

  1. “These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” ~ Najwa Zebian

 

  1. “Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.” ~ Stephen Cope

 

  1. “There is always room for change, but you have to be open to that change.” ~ Kathryn Budig

 

  1. “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” ~Sydney J. Harris

 

  1. “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” ~ Viggo Mortensen

 

  1. “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” ~ David Allen

 

  1. “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” ~ Lee Iacocca

 

  1. “I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe and it will be okay because I don’t quit.” ~ Shayne McClendon

 

  1. “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

 

  1. “In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” ~ Fred Rogers

 

  1. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

  1. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

 

  1. “Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.” ~ Boethius

 

  1. “Even as fire finds peace in its resting place without fuel, when thoughts become silence the soul finds peace in its own source. When the mind is silent, then it can enter into a world which is far beyond the mind. This is wisdom, and this is liberation.” ~ The Upanishads

 

  1. “God give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

 

  1. He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” ~ Socrates

 

  1. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ~ Steve Maraboli

 

  1. “The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.” ~ Frank Herbert

 

  1. “My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears. Both are cleansers of stress.” ~ Mahogany SilverRain

 

  1. “Our stresses, anxieties, pains, and problems arise because we do not see the world, others, or even ourselves as worthy of love.” ~ Prem Prakash

 

  1. “It was after I first began to uplift my thoughts a bit that my cravings for junk food started to dissipate. I did not connect the two at that time. First, I simply noticed that I didn’t need to sleep so much. It took a while before I realized that in addition to my improved energy level, there was a direct correlation between chewing on mental garbage and putting garbage in my mouth.” ~  Holly Mosier

 

  1. “No beating yourself up. That’s not allowed. Be patient with yourself. It took you years to form the bad habits of thought that you no longer want. It will take a little time to form new and better ones. But I promise you this: Even a slight move in this direction will bring you some peace. The more effort you apply to it, the faster you’ll find your bliss, but you’ll experience rewards immediately.” ~ Holly Mosier

 

  1. “As her analyst had told her: the deeper buried the distress, the further into the body it went. The digestive system was about as far as it could go to hide.” ~ Richard Matheson

 

  1. “Sometimes we can focus so much on nothing that we make it a big something of nothing.” ~ Ricky Maye

 

  1. “Holding on to the past will hold you down in life. Learn from it but move on.” ~ Jonathan Anthony Burkett

 

  1. “As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality.” ~ Adi Shankara

 

  1. “Be still and know yourself as the Truth you have been searching for. Be still and let the inherent joy of that Truth capture your drama and destroy it in the bliss of consummation. Be still and let your life be lived by the purpose you were made for. Be still and receive the inherent truth of your heart.” ~ Gangaji

 

  1. “You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation.” ~ A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami

 

  1. “Too many composers become involved in intellectual speculation which seems to matter more to them than the sound that comes out of all this speculation.” ~ Louise Talma

 

  1. “Don’t hate the arising of thoughts or stop the thoughts that do arise. Simply realize that our original mind, right from the start, is beyond thought, so that no matter what, you never get involved with thoughts. Illuminate original mind, and no other understanding is necessary.” ~ Zen Master Bankei Yotaku

 

  1. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down.” ~ Ajahn Amaro

 

  1. “Touch your inner space, which is nothingness, as silent and empty as the sky; it is your inner sky. Once you settle down in your inner sky, you have come home, and a great maturity arises in your actions, in your behavior. Then whatever you do has grace in it. Then whatever you do is a poetry in itself. You live poetry; your walking becomes dancing, your silence becomes music.” ~ Osho

 

  1. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts.” ~ Alan Cohen

 

  1. “If you can’t meditate in a boiler room, you can’t meditate.” ~ Alan Watts

 

  1. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

  1. “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” ~ Alan Watts

 

  1. “Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity.” ~ Allan Lokos

 

  1. “When your attention moves into the Now, there is an alertness. It is as if you were waking up from a dream, the dream of thought, the dream of past and future. Such clarity, such simplicity. No room for problem-making. Just this moment as it is.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

 

  1. “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates.” ~ Allan Lokos

 

  1. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along.” ~ Allan Lokos

 

  1. “Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.” ~ Zen Master Hsing Yun

 

  1. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~ Amit Ray

 

  1. “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” ~ Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

 

  1. “Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.” ~ Amit Ray

 

  1. “Be quick to do good. If you are slow, The mind, delighting in mischief, Will catch you. Turn away from mischief. Again and again, turn away. Before sorrow befalls you. Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, And you will be filled with joy. A fool is happy Until his mischief turns against him. And a good man may suffer Until his goodness flowers. Do not make light of your failings, Saying, ‘What are they to me?’ A jug fills drop by drop.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.” ~ Adyashanti

 

  1. “Clarity is part of the mind from the beginning, a natural awareness. Just acknowledge it, simply notice that you’re aware. At any given moment, you can choose to follow the chain of thoughts, emotions, and sensations that reinforce a perception of yourself as vulnerable and limited or to remember that your true nature is pure, unconditioned, and incapable of being harmed.” ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

 

  1. “The masters only point the way. But if you meditate And follow the dharma You will free yourself from desire. ‘Everything arises and passes away.’ When you see this, you are above sorrow. This is the shining way.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.” ~ Amit Ray

 

  1. “Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul. Meditation is establishing that connection.” ~ Amit Ray

 

  1. “Meditation is meeting eternity in the present moment. It is resolving every problem as it comes. It is resolving every tension as it creeps in. It is facing the challenges of life in a non-fearful way.” ~ Vimala Thakar

 

  1. “If a man’s thoughts are muddy, If he is reckless and full of deceit, How can he wear the yellow robe? Whoever is master of his own nature, Bright, clear and true, He may indeed wear the yellow robe.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.” ~ Ani Pema Chodron

 

  1. “Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are.” ~ Ani Pema Chodron

 

  1. “What is this true meditation? It is to make everything: coughing, swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, action, the evil and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and wrong, into one single koan.” ~ Hakuin

 

  1. “I meditate and put on a rubber tire with three bottles of beer. Most of the time I just sit picking my nose and thinking.” ~ James Gould Cozzens

 

  1. “We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” ~ Alan Watts

 

  1. “You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too.” ~ Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

 

  1. “Jesus brooded upon the Divine imminence until at last he could declare, ‘I and my Father are One’.” ~ James Allen

 

  1. “Meditation should not be regarded as a learning process. It should be regarded as an experiencing process. You should not try to learn from meditation but try to feel it. Meditation is an act of nonduality. The technique you are using should not be separate from you; it is you, you are the technique. Meditator and meditation are one. There is no relationship involved.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

 

  1. “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Silence is not an absence but a presence.” ~ Anne D. LeClaire

 

  1. “When we raise ourselves through meditation to what unites us with the spirit, we quicken something within us that is eternal and unlimited by birth and death. Once we have experienced this eternal part in us, we can no longer doubt its existence. Meditation is thus the way to knowing and beholding the eternal, indestructible, essential centre of our being.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

 

  1. “I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

  1. “ If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “The word ‘innocence’ means a mind that is incapable of being hurt.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

  1. “On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Words are but the shell; meditation is the kernel.” ~ Bahya ibn Paquda

 

  1. “Through meditation, the Higher Self is experienced.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

 

  1. “I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfilment.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

  1. “Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end.” ~ Swami Sivananda

 

  1. “Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

  1. “Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.” ~ Sharon Salzberg

 

  1. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “The practice of reflective mediation, which consists of holding certain ideas in the mind long enough to enable them to form emotional connections, tends to break up the crust of habit and to create a new will.” ~ Walter M. Horton

 

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