Meditation Quotes That Will Leave You Inspired and Refreshed

Meditation isn’t always easy, but it’s always beneficial and refreshing. And over the years, it’s attracted the attention and focus of some of the world’s most successful and positive people. In this post, we’re going to explore some powerful meditation quotes that may leave your mind, body, and spirit feeling inspired and refreshed.

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Quotes About Meditation

In this section, we’ve gathered some of our favorite quotes about meditation. These quotes perfectly exemplify why meditation is such a powerful tool and how it can be leveraged to bring about peace, balance, and spiritual and emotional refreshment.

“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

“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

“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

“With every breath, the old moment is lost; a new moment arrives. We exhale and we let go of the old moment. It is lost to us. In doing so, we let go of the person we used to be. We inhale and breathe in the moment that is becoming. In doing so, we welcome the person we are becoming. We repeat the process. This is meditation. This is renewal. This is life.” - Lama Surya Das

Meditation in the woods on the lake

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” - Bruce Lee

“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.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn

“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 the original mind, and no other understanding is necessary.” - Zen Master Bankei Yotaku

“If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state.” - Ramana Maharshi

“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

“We must experience the Truth in a direct, practical and real way. This is only possible in the stillness and silence of the mind; and this is achieved by means of meditation.” - Samael Aun Weor

“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” - Patanjali

“The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.” - J. Donald Waters

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” - T.S. Elliot

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It's a discipline; you have to practice it.” - Walter Isaacson

“Any action done with awareness is meditation. Meditation means to be fully aware of our actions, thoughts, feelings and emotions. Another name of meditation is passive awareness.” - Unknown

“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.” - Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

“Meditation is a deliberate attempt to pierce into the higher states of consciousness and finally go beyond it. The art of meditation is the art of shifting the focus of attention to ever subtler levels, without losing one’s grip on the levels left behind. (…) Save all your energies and time for breaking the wall your mind had built around you. Believe me, you will not regret.” - Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Through repeated practice of the body scan over time, we come to grasp the reality of our body as whole in the present moment. This feeling of wholeness can be experienced no matter what is wrong with your body. One part of your body, or many parts of your body, may be diseased or in pain or even missing, yet you can still cradle them in this experience of wholeness.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quotes and Affirmations to Use During Meditation

Sometimes people find it helpful to repeat specific quotes or affirmations as a part of their meditation process. In this section, we’re going to explore some of our favorite quotes and affirmations. Perhaps a few of them will inspire you.

“In this moment, I am free. In this moment, I breathe deeply. In this moment, I find peace. In this moment, nothing else matters. In this moment, I simply am.” - Alexandra Katehakish

"My soul honors your soul.  I honor the place in you where the entire Universe resides.  I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me.  In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one." - The meaning of Namaste

“Today is a new day with a new beginning. I greet every minute with renewed enjoyment.” - Anonymous

“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.” - Anonymous

“I am determined. I am fearless. I am disciplined.” - Anonymous

Meditation by the ocean

I am flexible and I am willing to do what it takes to achieve my goals.” - Anonymous

“All that I need is drawn to me. All that I have I give away. All that I give comes back to me tenfold.” - Anonymous

“May my heart be kind. May my mind be fierce. May my spirit be brave.” - Kate Forsyth

“I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself.” - Anonymous

“Happy he stands, happy he sits, happy sleeps, and happy he comes and goes. Happy he speaks and happy he eats. This is the life of a man at peace.” – Ashtavakra Gita

“I exhale worry and inhale peace. I release tension and accept tranquility. I breathe out fear and breathe in courage. I let go of all anger and welcome love. I release my sadness and receive joy.” - Anonymous

“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

“I am in process. I am not complete. At my core I am continually becoming who I’m destined to be.” - Anonymous

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