During the last few years, I discovered just how important spirituality is. Between the law of attraction and affirmations, all the way to mindfulness and gratitude, you start feeling centered, more in the moment. And perhaps most importantly, you start truly living and being in control of your life, rather than pondering over the past or fearing the future. These mindfulness and gratitude quotes are here to help inspire you to get there.
What Is Mindfulness? How to be Mindful?
Mindfulness is the art of being in the present moment, without labeling it. You don’t judge the moment (or thought) as good, bad, dull, annoying, exciting – you simply let it be there, knowing it’s just a moment in time. Like any other moment, it will pass and make room for another moment.
And while that may sound like you’re taking all the fun out of life, when done just a couple of minutes a day, it helps your mental health. Being mindful makes you less anxious, something I’ve been struggling with throughout my entire pregnancy. And once you get into the practice, even when you’re not sitting with your knees crossed and meditating, you start being more mindful. You start noticing the sounds, the smells, the touch, the taste, appreciating them far more.
Mindfulness + Gratitude Quotes
The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little. — Jon Kabat-Zinn
The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. — Jon Kabat-Zinn
The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. — Thích Nhất Hạnh
Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive. — Thích Nhất Hạnh
The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness. — Thích Nhất Hạnh
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. — Amit Ray
Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts. — Allan Lokos
What would it be like if I could accept life – accept this moment – exactly as it is? — Tara Brach
Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded. — Buddha
Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life. — Buddha
What is Gratitude? How to Practice It?
Gratitude is often confused with simply being thankful for what you have. And while they really are similar, gratitude runs deeper than a simple “thanks”. It’s an act of truly appreciating what you’ve been given, down to the smallest things we often take for granted. Next time you lay in your bed, feel the softness of the mattress, the warmth of the blanket, and express gratitude for having them – not everyone does. Or start a gratitude diary, and each morning write three things you’re grateful for. It will make your day much better and have you start it on a more positive note.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle
“I may not be where I want to be, but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.” — Habeeb Akande
“Gratitude opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” — Stephen Richards
“Forget yesterday-it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow–you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift–today.” — Steve Maraboli
“Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.” — Sanaya Roman
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” — Frank A. Clark
“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” — Deepak Chopra
“Be grateful for what you have, work hard for what you don’t have.” — Unknown
Which of these mindfulness/gratitude quotes did you like best? Share your favorites in the comments!