If you’ve read anything about mindfulness or Buddhism, you’ve probably at one point given meditation a go. And if you’re like most people, you found it hard to begin with.
It’s no secret that meditation isn’t exactly easy for a mind that grew up in the west. In our constant busy lives, it’s rare that we ever get a chance to sit alone with our thoughts. So when we do, we feel agitated and uneasy.
But according to recent research, meditation could be one of the most powerful habits to adopt for our wellbeing. Countless sages and mystics have spoken about the wonders of meditation.
In order to understand the practice, how to do it and why it can be so beneficial, I thought I’d share some of the most remarkable quotes on meditation.
Hopefully these inspire you to keep at it with meditation so you get to know who you truly are.
On what meditation is
“Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” – Alan Watts
“While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along.” – Allan Lokos
“This is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can’t say this is a Hindu breath or a Christian breath or a Muslim breath.” – Charles Johnson
“The things that trouble our spirits are within us already. In meditation, we must face them, accept them, and set them aside one by one.” – Cristopher L Bennett
“One conscious breathe in and out is a meditation.” – Eckhart Tolle
On meditation practice
“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are.” – Ani Pema Chodron
“If you can resist the impulse to claim each and every thought as your own, you will come to a startling conclusion: you will discover that you are the consciousness in which the thoughts appear and disappear.” – Annamalai Swami
“Be conscious of yourself as consciousness alone, watch all the thoughts come and go. Come to the conclusion, by direct experience, that you are really consciousness itself, not its ephemeral contents.” – Annamalai Swami
“If you cultivate the attitude of indifference towards the mind, gradually you will cease to identify with it.” – Annamalai Swami
“If you pay attention to thoughts and feelings while you meditate and try to use them to evaluate how well or how badly you are meditating, you will never reach the ultimate silence. Instead you will just get bogged down in mental concepts.” – Annamalai Swami
“If you can be continuously aware of each thought as it rises, and if you can be so indifferent to it that it doesn’t sprout or flourish, you are well on the way to escaping from the entanglements of mind.” – Annamalai Swami
On the benefits of meditation
“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
“Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.” – Amit Ray
“Through meditation, the Higher Self is experienced.” – Bhagavad Gita
“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place.” – Bhagavad Gita
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” – Buddha
“If every 8-year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” – Dalai Lama
“Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.” – Eckhart Tolle
“All you need to do is recognize your true position as the witness. You only have to do this for some time, until the spell is broken. Even after the spell is broken these mental tendencies may arise, but without any power, just like you can see the moon in the daylight.” – Mooji
On your feelings
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
On mindful living
“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
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray
“Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.” – Amit Ray
“Don’t worry about whether you are making progress or not. Just keep your attention on the Self twenty-four hours a day. Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist through the day.” – Annamalai Swami