Last year when my wife Stefanie Goldstein, PhD and I started The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, our intention was to provide a space for people to integrate mindfulness into their lives for healing and growth. I’ve found over the years that pictures and quotes have the power to move beyond explanations and speak directly to our hearts and minds.
Here are 10 Quotes for Mindful Living, with some having links back to blog posts where I have explored the quote. There is a lot under these links, so feel free to bookmark this page and come back to it over and again.
Note: One way to go through this is to pause, do a mindful check-in, and then read the quote slowly. See what you notice.
- “You can hold back from suffering of the world,
you have permission to do so,
and it is in accordance with your nature,
but perhaps this very holding back
is the one suffering you could have avoided.” ~ Franz Kafka
- “Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.” ~ Rumi
- “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford
- “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis but rather the feeling of not belonging.” ~ Mother Teresa
- “Nothing endures but change.” ~ Heraclitus
- “To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.” ~ Dogen Zenji
- “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.” ~ Viktor Frankl
- “When the resistance is gone, the demons are gone.” ~ Pema Chodron
- “You lose your grip and then you slip into the masterpiece.” ~ Leonard Cohen
I like thinking of this last one by Leonard Cohen in terms of vulnerability. Sometimes we’re holding on so tight to our personas in order to protect ourselves from vulnerability. The moment we let go of the armor, we release ourselves into the masterpiece of life.
The truth is, we needn’t be ashamed of our vulnerability because within the vulnerability is a strength beyond our knowing.
As always, please share your own quotes, stories, thoughts, and questions below. Your interaction here truly does create a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.
Adapted from Mindfulness and Psychotherapy