227 Meditation Quotes to Inspire Your Practice

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Sometimes it can be difficult to stick with your meditation practice. So, it can be helpful to indulge in a little inspiration and guidance from time to time.

There’s a lot of wisdom out there, so we decided to distill it down into its most potent form possible. Below you’ll find over 200 bits of wisdom from sages of times past, current meditation teachers, and the gamut of people in-between.

Regardless of your point along the path of meditation you’ll be able to find some gold in the post below.

Now, without further ado we present our collection of our favorite and most inspiring meditation quotes. Feel free to read from top to bottom, or pick a random part on the page. Trust yourself and dive in.

The Ultimate List of Inspiring Meditation Quotes

1. If you can’t meditate in a boiler room, you can’t meditate. – Alan Watts

2. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. – Alan Watts

3. It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held onto the old view. When you flip the switch, it doesn’t matter whether it’s been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before. It’s never too late to take a moment to look. – Sharon Salzberg

4. So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates. – Allan Lokos

5. While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along. – Allan Lokos

6. The ending of sorrow is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge is always within the shadow of ignorance. Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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8. Silence is not an absence but a presence. – Anne D. LeClaire

9. I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The word ‘innocence’ means a mind that is incapable of being hurt. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

11. Meditation is the way in which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe, and what that requires is that we shut up. – Alan Watts

12. When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place. – Bhagavad Gita

13. The you that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same you that comes out the other side. – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

14. Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. – Buddha

15. This withdrawal from the day’s turmoil into creative silence is not a luxury, a fad, or a futility. It is a necessity, because it tries to provide the conditions wherein we are able to yield ourselves to intuitive leadings, promptings, warnings, teachings, and counsels and also to the inspiring peace of the soul. It dissolves mental tensions and heals negative emotions. – Paul Brunton

16.Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.– Peter McWilliams

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18. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Buddha

19. There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting. – Buddha

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind. – Buddha

21. When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. – Buddha

22. You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. – Buddha

23. 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

24. To earn the trust of your meditation, you have to visit it every day. It’s like having a puppy. – Chelsea Richer

25. 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

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27. Mental problems feed on the attention that you give them. The more you worry about them, the stronger they become. If you ignore them, they lose their power and finally vanish. – Annamalai Swami

28. Meditation must be continuous. The current of meditation must be present in all your activities. – Annamalai Swami

29. 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

31. Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? – David M. Bader

32. You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms. – Terence McKenna

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34. The simplest aspect of self-enquiry is to just hold onto the sense I AM, the sense of Being. Keep the sense of “I” or “I AM” by itself. Everyone can do this exercise – it brings immediate results. – Mooji

35. 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

36. Let every thought come and hug you, but you don’t hug anything. Then, gradually, the noise will start to back off. – Mooji

37. Let the mind come as it wants; just you don’t go with it. The greatest salesman in the world cannot sell you if you don’t buy. – Mooji

38. In the beginning you will fall into the gaps in between thoughts – after practicing for years, you become the gap. – J. Kleykamp

39. Meditation is the secret of all growth in spiritual life and knowledge. – James Allen

It’s like having a charger for your whole body and mind. That’s what Meditation is! – Jerry Seinfeld

41. Meditation is to the mind what exercise is to the body – it warms and invigorates. – John Thornton

42. Meditation provides a way of learning how to let go. As we sit, the self we’ve been trying to construct and make into a nice, neat package continues to unravel. – John Welwood

43. If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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45. Even in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary. – Stephen Richards

46. Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind. – Swami Muktananda

47. You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. The very observation slows down the mind till it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, keep it quiet. Don’t get bored with peace, be in it, go deeper into it. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

48. The first steps in self-acceptance are not at all pleasant, for what one sees is not a happy sight. One needs all the courage to go further. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

49. There is only one meditation – the rigorous refusal to harbor thoughts. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

When pain is accepted for what it is, a lesson and a warning, and deeply looked into and heeded, the separation between pain and pleasure breaks down, both become just experience – painful when resisted, joyful when accepted. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

51. The main factor in meditation is to keep the mind active in its own pursuit without taking in external impressions or thinking of other matters. – Ramana Maharshi

52. Meditation applies the brakes to the mind. – Ramana Maharshi

53. Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words ‘Be still’. Give up the notion that ‘I am so and so’. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that? – Ramana Maharshi

54. From where does this “I” arise? Seek for it within; it then vanishes. This is the pursuit of wisdom. When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that there is no such thing as mind. This is the direct path for all. The mind is merely thoughts. Of all thoughts the thought “I” is the root. – Ramana Maharshi

55. Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. – Swami Sivananda

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57. 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

58. Mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy. – Kabira

59. May my heart be kind. May my mind be fierce. May my spirit be brave. – Kate Forsyth

Go within every day and find the inner strength, so that the world cannot blow your candle out. – Katherine Dunham

61. Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves. – Kathleen McDonald

62. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu

63. Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong. – Lao Tzu

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65. 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

66. 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

67. Do not think about yourself, but be aware of the thought, emotion, or action that makes you think of yourself. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

68. He who lives in harmony with himself, lives in harmony with the universe. – Marcus Aurelius

69. Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. – Marcus Aurelius

Thoughts are like birds in mind; some fly in, some fly out. Some stay at water hole to drink. Beware of birds that linger. – Natalie Wright

71. It is better to meditate a little bit with depth than to mediate long with the mind running here and there. If you do not make an effort to control the mind it will go on doing as it pleases, no matter how long you sit to meditate. – Paramahansa Yogananda

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73. Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time. – Paul McCartney

74. Whenever you try to dictate the outcome of your meditation you negate its most wondrous benefit – the pleasure of simply being. – Paul Wilson

75. It’s helpful to remind yourself that meditation is about opening and relaxing with whatever arises, without picking and choosing. – Pema Chödrön

76. Loving-kindness towards ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. It means we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid, jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. – Pema Chödrön

77. What’s encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we’re closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance. – Pema Chödrön

78. Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes. – Peter McWilliams

79. It’s like being in love, but instead of this love directed at someone or something, it’s directed at everyone and everything. – Preston Lindsay

You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind. – Remez Sasson

81. Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave. – Remez Sasson

82. A most useful approach to meditation practice is to consider it the most important activity of each day. Schedule it as you would an extremely important appointment, and unfailingly keep your appointment. – Roy Eugene Davis

83. Learn to enjoy the way as much as you would enjoy when you reach the destination. – Sakshi Chetana

84. It is sometimes said that the first stages of the meditation process are the most difficult. The first distraction is the physical body. Sometimes there is real pain in sitting, and sometimes the ego just tries to distract us by creating itches we will want to scratch. – Sarasvati Buhrman

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86. Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively. – Sharon Salzberg

87. Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. – Swami Vivekananda

88. The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all. – Swami Vivekananda

89. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point. – Swami Vivekananda

A few conscious-hearted, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century. – Swami Vivekananda

91. It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. – Swami Vivekananda

92. Meditation: Because some answers can only be found on the Inner net. – Shira Tamir

93. The meditation that gives you immediate joy or continuous joy is the best meditation for you. Everyone will not have the same meditation. Your meditation will not suit me, my meditation will not suit you. You like a certain food, I don’t like it. You are right in your own way I am right in my own way. – Sri Chinmoy

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95. We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. – C.S. Lewis

96. Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves. – Kathleen McDonald

97. When you’re centered, your emotions are not hijacking you. – Ray Dalio

98. Are you experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay! – Pema Chödrön

99. Meditation connects you with your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love. – Sarah McLean

After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked-as I am surprisingly often-why I bother to get up in the mornings. — Richard Dawkins

101. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. — Lao Tzu

102. I still practice Transcendental Meditation and I think it’s great. Marharishi only ever did good for us, and although I have not been with him physically, I never left him. — George Harrison

103. 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. — Alan Watts

104. You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too. — Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

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106. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Buddha

107. All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. – Buddha

108. There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting. – Buddha

109. We are what we think. All that we are arises With our thoughts. With our thoughts, We make our world. – Buddha

It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one’s own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled. – Buddha

111. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Lao Tzu

112. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. – Buddha

113. Death is not to be feared so much by one who has lived wisely. – Buddha

114. We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them. – Buddha

115. Seeker! Do not be restless. Meditate constantly. Or you will swallow fire And cry out: “No more!’ If you are not wise, How can you steady the mind? If you cannot quieten yourself, What will you ever learn? – Buddha

116. A good meditation, even when it is interrupted by occasional nodding, is much more beneficial than many outward religious exercises. – Johannes Tauler

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118. I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness. – Marianne Williamson

119. If I had not been already been meditating, I would certainly have had to start. I’ve treated my own depression for many years with exercise and meditation, and I’ve found that to be a tremendous help. – Judy Collins

Those who sit perfectly physically usually take more time to obtain the true way of Zen. –  Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

121. When we pay attention, whatever we are doing…is transformed and becomes a part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before’ everyday life becomes clearer, sharper, and at the same time more spacious. –  Rick Fields, Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life

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123. Meditation and water are wedded for ever. – Herman Melville

124. One hour’s meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer. – Muhammad

125. The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. – Confucius

126. I believe that painting should come through the avenues of meditation rather than the canals of action. – Mark Tobey

127. Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. – Rene Descartes

128. Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. – Swami Sivananda

129. It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. – Buddha

My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel. – Edward Abbey

131. Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit. – Jeremy Taylor

132. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

133. What’s encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we’re closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance. – Pema Chödrön

134. We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. – C.S. Lewis

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136. Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. – Diana Robinson

137. If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. – The Dalai Lama

138. Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man. – Benjamin Franklin

139. Meditation is acceptance. It is the acceptance of life within us, without us and all around us. Acceptance of life is the beginning of human satisfaction. Transformation of life is the culmination of divine satisfaction. – Sri Chinmoy

Meditation… dissolves the mind. It erases itself. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass. – Tom Robbins

141. Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation. and honor the reward of action. – Frances Quarles

142. Meditation is listening to the Divine within. – Edgar Cayce

143. The spirit is something to be enjoyed. It is not a harsh discipline. And I think people should take some time everyday for some kind of moving meditation, like Qigong or Tai Chi. – Shirley Maclaine

144. Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes. – Peter McWilliams

145. 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

146. What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. – Shunryu Suzuki

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148. Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves, in endless activity. Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being. – Sogyal Rinpoche

149. The whole of meditation practice can be essentialized into these 3 crucial points: Bring your mind home. Release. And relax! – Sogyal Rinpoche

The masters say if you create an auspicious condition in your body and your environment then meditation and realization will automatically arise. – Sogyal Rinpoche

151. Sitting like a mountain let your mind rise and fly and soar. – Sogyal Rinpoche

152. Just as the ocean has waves or the sun has rays, so the mind’s own radiance is its thoughts and emotions. – Sogyal Rinpoche

153. Samsara is mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections. Nirvana is mind turned inwardly, recognizing its nature. – Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

154. Rest in natural great peace, this exhausted mind, beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought, like the relentless fury of the pounding waves in the infinite ocean of samsara. – Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

155. The best way to control cow and sheep is to give them a big grazing field. – Shunryu Suzuki

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157. When the mind goes beyond the thought of ‘the me,’ the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible.  – Jiddu Krishnamurti

158. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n. – John Milton

159. Body on your seat, mind in your body, mind in relaxation. – Patrul Rinpoche

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. – Shunryu Suzuki

161. Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent.  – Jiddu Krishnamurti

162. With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

163. The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime. – Sogyal Rinpoche

164. Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.  – Tsoknyi Rinpoche

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166. You as a salt-being, made of salt, go to fathom the depth of the ocean, and in the process you yourself dissolve. A great maharishi once said that true meditation is like this. – Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

167. After a few years of meditation practice we can even learn how to occasionally ignore ourselves. And what relief that can be! – Wes Nisker

168. All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself. – Blaise Pascal

169. In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. – Mahatma Gandhi

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

171. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are. –Pema Chödrön

172. Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life — perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody, that is the beauty of it. It has no technique and therefore no authority. When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy — if you are aware of all that in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

173. When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely – the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears – when you give your whole attention to it. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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175. The you that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same you that comes out the other side. – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

176. At the beginning of every winter people are careful to install storm windows. These extra panes of glass protect their houses against the bitter winds. We do something very similar to protect our minds through the practice of meditation. – Eknath Easwaran

177. Meditation provides a way of learning how to let go. As we sit, the self we’ve been trying to construct and make into a nice, neat package continues to unravel. – John Welwood

178. 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 throughout the day. – Annamalai Swami

179. Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is. – Sylvia Boorstein

Meditation is a silent heart, a peaceful mind which can make life more lovable, more livable…. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

181. To be alone and to be drunk with your own aloneness is what meditation is all about. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

182. Meditation is the most significant because it opens the door for all other significant things: love, prayer, God, light, music, poetry. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

183. My whole effort here is to keep you as non-serious as possible, for the simple reason that meditation, all kinds of meditation, can make you too serious and that seriousness will create a spiritual disease and nothing else. Unless a meditation brings you more laughter, more joy, more playfulness, avoid it. It is not for you. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

184. You cannot see clearly, because you are so full of expectations, hopes, desires. Your eyes are covered with many layers of dust: you need a deep cleansing of your eyes. That’s what meditation is. Let the thoughts disappear, the hopes disappear, the desires disappear. Then you have a clarity, then your eyes are perfect mirrors. Only then, in that silent state of your vision, will you know the secrets of the beyond. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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186. If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. – Amit Ray

187. Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery. – Amit Ray

188. Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul. Meditation is establishing that connection – Amit Ray

189. Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss or tranquility, nor is it attempting to be a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. – Chögyam Trungpa

Wisdom happens through meditation, and bliss also happens through meditation. Both the flowers bloom on the same branch. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

191. Meditation is just a strategy to take away your personality, your thoughts, your mind, your identity with the body, and leave you absolutely alone inside, just a living fire. And once you have found your living fire, you will know all the joys and all the ecstasies that human consciousness is capable of. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

192. If you ask Zen people they will say; tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

193. In meditation you are not unconscious, you are conscious—more conscious than ever. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

194. The purpose of meditation practice is not enlightenment; it is to pay attention even at extraordinary times, to be of the present, nothing-but-in-the-present, to bear this mindfulness of now into each event of ordinary life. – Peter Matthiessen

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196. Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought. To experience the beauty of the flower you have to be in a state of meditation, not in a state of mentation. You have to be silent, utterly silent—not even a flicker of thought—and the beauty explodes, reaches to you from all directions. You are drowned in the beauty of a sunrise, of a starry night, of beautiful trees. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

197. A man of meditation functions differently. Whatever profession he chooses, it does not matter. He will bring to his profession some quality of sacredness. He may be making shoes, or he may be cleaning the roads, but he will bring to his work some quality, some grace, some beauty, which is not possible without samādhi. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

198. My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite. – Terence McKenna

199. A very sensitive person in this stupid world is bound to become mad…. Only meditation can save him from becoming mad. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is a rich and powerful method of study for anyone who knows how to examine his mind. – Michel de Montaigne

201. 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 and the hope 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. Eliot

202. The soil in which the meditative mind can begin is the soil of everyday life, the strife, the pain, and the fleeting joy. It must begin there, and bring order, and from there move endlessly. But if you are concerned only with making order, then that very order will bring about its own limitation, and the mind will be its prisoner. In all this movement you must somehow begin from the other end, from the other shore, and not always be concerned with this shore or how to cross the river. You must take a plunge into the water, not knowing how to swim. And the beauty of meditation is that you never know where you are, where you are going, what the end is. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

203. There are qualities which grow as meditation deepens. For example, you start feeling loving for no reason at all. Not the love that you know, in which you have to fall—not falling in love. But just a quality of lovingness, not only to human beings. As your meditation deepens, your lovingness will start spreading beyond humanity to animals, to trees, even to the rocks, to the mountains. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

204. Meditation is not something you do once and you are done with. It is something that is like breathing, like blood circulating. It is not that once the blood has circulated it is finished, once you breathe there is no more need of it. No, you have to breathe and you have to go on meditating; every moment you will need it. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

205. Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable. – Terence McKenna

206. The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation. – Jetsun Milarepa

207. Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life. – Paramahansa Yogananda

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209. Meditating means bringing the mind back to something again and again. Thus, we all meditate, but unless we direct it in some way, we meditate on ourselves and on our own problems, reinforcing our self-clinging. – Yeshe Dorje

Meditation is not sitting and fidgeting, daydreaming, worrying, or fantasizing. It means watching, calmly observing the mind itself. Calm observation makes the mind itself calmer. The calmness of the mind creates power to go deeper and deeper into the beds of samsaras, into all the latent memories and impressions that daily provoke our habits and personalities. However, by calmly and very quietly going to the samskaras and observing them they are burnt away; they bubble to the surface and dissipate. This is the process of purification. It is a very powerful practice, and an essential one. Meditation is the exact method of becoming aware of who you are. It is the fundamental training for knowing your inner world. – Swāmī Rāma

211. Meditation simply means a discipline that makes you capable of being aloof and detached from your mind. So even if the mind is sick, your consciousness is never sick. Even if your mind is going crazy, you are just witnessing it. Mind is only a machine. You are not. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

212. Mindfulness is about falling awake rather than asleep. – Shamash Alidina

213. Somewhere in this process, you will come face to face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking, gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill, utterly out of control and helpless. No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way, and you just never noticed…. So don’t let this realization unsettle you. It is a milestone actually, a sign of real progress. – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

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215. When you meditate, what you actually do is to enter into a calm or still, silent mind. We have to be fully aware of the arrival and attack of thoughts. That is to say, we shall not allow any thought, divine or undivine, good or bad, to enter into our mind. Our mind should be absolutely silent. Then we have to go deep within; there we have to observe our real existence. – Sri Chinmoy

216. The so-called transcendental meditation is nothing but a psychological tranquilizer. It is nothing—just a tranquilizer. It helps, but it is good for sleep, not for meditation. You can sleep well, a more calm sleep will be there. It is good, but it is not meditation at all. If you repeat a word constantly it creates a certain boredom, and boredom is good for sleep. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

217. The mind is constantly talking. If the inner talk can drop even for a single moment you will be able to have a glimpse of no-mind. That’s what meditation is all about. The state of no-mind is the right state. It is your state. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

218. Words are but the shell; meditation is the kernel. – Bahya ibn Paquda

219. Meditation requires courage. It requires the basic integrity, sincerity, respect towards your own being. At least don’t deceive yourself. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

When meditation releases energy in you, it will find all sorts of ways to be expressed. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

221. Meditation is a tool to shake yourself awake. A way to discover what you love. A practice to return yourself to your body when the mind medleys threaten to usurp your sanity. – Geneen Roth

222. Why do we meditate? We meditate precisely because this world of ours has disappointed us and because failure looms large in our day-to-day life. We want fulfillment. We want joy, peace, bliss and perfection within and without. Meditation is the answer, the only answer. – Sri Chinmoy

223. The child is naturally meditative. He is a sort of samadhi; he’s coming out of the womb of existence. His life river is yset absolutely fresh, just from the source. He knows the truth, but he does not know that he knows…. His knowledge is not yet aware. It is innocent. It is simply there, as a matter of fact. And he is not separate from his knowledge; he is his knowledge. He has not mind, he has simple being. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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225. The world can come to a harmony if meditation is spread far and wide. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

226. One conscious breathe in and out is a meditation. – Eckhart Tolle

227. Through meditation one discovers one’s own light. That light you can call your soul, your self, your God—whatsoever word you choose—or you can remain just silent because it has no name. It is a nameless experience, tremendously beautiful, ecstatic, utterly silent, but it gives you the taste of eternity, of timelessness, of something beyond death. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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