Meditation Quotes, Sayings, Captions

These meditation quotes provide insight into the peaceful and calming state of mindful awareness.

For thousands of years, meditation has been used by Hindu and Buddhist cultures to reduce anxiety and stress, as well as enhance well-being and perception. It is even known to have positive effects on managing depression and healing pain.

We’ve curated some of the best meditation sayings from teachers, gurus, philosophers, and students. Read on to learn from their wisdom.


    1. Best meditation quotes to quiet the mind

    Let’s begin with ten of our favorite quotes. Their simple words capture the essence of mindfulness, calmness, and inner peace.

    Top 10 best meditation quotes

    1.) The quieter you become the more you can hear.
    Ram Dass

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

    3.) When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
    Lao Tzu

    4.) Meditation means the recognition or the discovery of one’s own true self.
    Sri Chinmoy

    5.) Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes.
    Carl Jung

    6.) Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.
    Amit Ray

    7.) If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air.
    Nayyirah Waheed

    8.) The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself, everything that you want, you already are.

    9.) Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.
    Walt Whitman

    10.) Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
    Albert Einstein

    Meditation quotes

    2. Short meditation sayings

    Praying is talking to the Universe. Meditation is listening to it.
    Paulo Coelho

    Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.

    Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity.
    Allan Lokos

    Through meditation, the Higher Self is experienced.
    Bhagavad Gita

    Sleep is the best meditation.
    Dalai Lama

    An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.

    The act of meditation is being spacious.
    Sogyal Rinpoche

    Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.
    Amit Ray

    The purpose of meditation is personal transformation.
    Henepola Gunaratana

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

    Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.

    The Way to do is to be.
    Lao Tzu

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

    Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.
    Thich Nhat Hanh

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    3. Calm quotes

    Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.
    Paramahansa Yogananda

    Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
    James Allen

    Meditation and concentration are the way to a life of serenity.
    Baba Ram Dass

    Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.
    Bryant McGill

    Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time and be yourself.
    Hermann Hesse

    Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
    Paramahansa Yogananda

    Inward calm cannot be maintained unless physical strength is constantly and intelligently replenished.

    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.

    Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.
    Ajahn Brahm

    Sri Chinmoy meditation quote

    For stress and anxiety

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

    Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
    St. Francis of Assisi

    Meditation is not you going through thoughts – it’s letting thoughts go through you.
    Naval Ravikant

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    4. Meditation quotes for healing

    The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
    Caroline Myss

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

    Health sayings

    Find happiness within nature and yourself. For a healthy and peaceful life, make yoga a habit
    B.K.S. Iyengar

    Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
    Hermann Hesse


    I meditate so that I can sit and inundate my entire being with the omnipotent power of peace.
    Sri Chinmoy

    Meditation, especially for people who don’t know very much about it and think it’s this very hippy dippy thing, can really be powerful, terrifying even, as it lifts the rug up on your subconscious and the dust comes flying out.
    Amanda Palmer

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
    Jimi Hendrix

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    5. Meditation quotes for inner peace

    The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a centre of inner peace.
    J. Donald Walters

    Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
    Pema Chodron

    Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

    Peace begins with a smile.
    Mother Teresa

    Chasing after the world brings chaos. Allowing it all to come to me, brings peace.
    Zen Gatha

    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 is a silent heart, a peaceful mind which can make life more lovable, more livable.

    Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes.
    Jawaharlal Nehru

    When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.

    You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
    Eckhart Tolle

    You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
    Wayne Dyer

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    Ram Dass meditation saying


    Rule your mind or it will rule you.

    Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.
    Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

    Meditation applies the brakes to the mind.
    Ramana Maharshi

    Meditation is the weight room for the mind.
    Ed Latimore

    Meditation is not a way of making the mind go quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there -buried under the 50,000 thoughts, the average person thinks every day.
    Deepak Chopra

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

    You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation.
    A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami

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

    Be the master of mind rather than mastered by mind.
    Japanese proverb

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

    Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.
    Amit Ray

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    Being present

    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.

    Only in my deep meditation do I come to know who I truly am.
    Sri Chinmoy

    Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

    Meditate. Let the light of the heart engulf you.

    Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
    Thich Nhat Hanh


    Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation.
    Isaac Newton

    To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

    Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence.
    Sri Chinmoy

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

    Give the child a taste of meditation by creating a climate and atmosphere of love, acceptance and silence.
    Swami Dhyan Giten

    Meditation is silence, energising and fulfilling. Silent is the eloquent expression of the inexpressible.
    Sri Chinmoy

    Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.
    Charlotte Eriksson

    Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest, better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind.
    Hugh Jackman

    Meditation is not a way of making the mind go quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts, the average person thinks every day.
    Deepak Chopra


    Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility, and joy.
    B.K.S. Iyengar

    Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.
    Cyndi Lee


    I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats.
    Eckhart Tolle

    You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for one hour.
    Old Zen Saying

    A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.
    Zen Shin

    You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.

    6. Meditation quotes about life

    We tend to think of meditation in only one way. But life itself is a meditation.
    Raul Julia

    A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Doing a three-minute meditation every day may change your life: It is the gateway drug to slowing down.
    Anne Lamott

    Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.
    Amit Ray

    Meditation will bring you more and more intelligence, infinite intelligence, a radiant intelligence. Meditation will make you more alive and sensitive; your life will become richer.

    The wise yogi knows that the process itself is a destination. That life itself-perhaps this very moment- is the ultimate reward.
    Nora Isaacs

    It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,
    Amit Ray

    The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.
    Tara Brach

    Meditation needs no results. Meditation can have itself as an end, I meditate without words and on nothingness. What tangles my life is writing.
    Hélène Cixous

    Meditation speeds up the evolutionary process by gradually purifying negative tendencies.
    Master Choa Kok Su

    The real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment.
    Jon Kabat-Zinn


    Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation affirming my connection to the earth body.
    Carol P. Christ

    Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
    Alan Watts

    Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.
    Herman Melville, from “Moby Dick”


    If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate.
    Ajahn Chah

    Funny meditation quotes

    Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.
    Saint Francis de Sales

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

    If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.
    Christopher McDougall

    Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.
    Matthieu Ricard

    At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.
    Ringo Starr

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

    If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.
    Ani Pema Chodron


    Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.

    Happy people build their inner world. Unhappy people blame their outer world.
    T. Harv Eker

    Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal bliss and supreme joy in the end.
    Swami Sivananda

    Our thinking minds deprive us of the happiness that comes when we are living fully in the moment.
    Ram Dass

    Live simply. Deepest joy is like a flower… beautiful in essence.
    Tony Samara

    Love and compassion

    This is love: the flowering of love is meditation.
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

    Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.
    Thich Nhat Hanh

    7. Meditation quotes about knowledge

    To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
    Marilyn vos Savant

    Self-knowledge is the first step to maturity.
    Jane Austen

    When you truly know yourself, you don’t try to impress people anymore. One way to know yourself is to meditate.
    Maxime Lagacé

    What I’ve learned through my meditation is a sense of equanimity, a sense of all things being equal.
    Goldie Hawn

    Meditation is such a more substantial reality than what we normally take to be reality.
    Richard Gere

    Motivational sayings

    Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books.
    Alice Walker

    Writing is a very focused form of meditation. Just as good as sitting in a lotus position.
    Alan Moore

    I’ve never been good at meditation, but surfing is the closest I’ve ever come to that inner something.
    Yvonne Strahovski

    If you meditate regularly, even when you don’t feel like it, you will make great gains, for it will allow you to see how your thoughts impose limits on you. Your resistances to meditation are your mental prisons in miniature.
    Ram Dass

    Positive quotes

    Morning meditation is important to start every day on a positive note.
    Susan Burton

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

    Meditation is realizing and expanding your inner beauty in every direction.
    Amit Ray

    As long as your heart remains, an ever-mounting aspiration-flame. It makes no difference what your weaknesses are.
    Sri Chinmoy

    Meditation can reintroduce you to the part that’s been missing.
    Russell Simmons

    8. Meditation quotes about wisdom

    Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

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

    To meditate is to observe simultaneously the formation of thought and breath, and then let it go, without complicating it, without formalizing it, without identifying with it, without rejecting it, letting it follow it’s own way.
    Allen Ginsberg

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

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

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    Famous meditation quotes

    The thing about meditation is that you become more and more YOU.
    David Lynch

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

    To really do nothing, with perfection, is as difficult as doing everything.
    Alan Watts


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

    In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire breaks into the mind that has not been practicing meditation.

    As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.

    Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.

    Spiritual meditation quotes

    You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you; none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but you own soul.
    Swami Vivekananda

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

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

    Meditation is one of the ways in which the spiritual man keeps himself awake.
    Thomas Merton

    With God

    I am divinely guided at all times.
    Louise Hay

    If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts.
    Alan Cohen

    Prayer is when you talk to God; Meditation is when you listen to God.
    Diana Robinson

    9. Meditation quotes for teacher

    If every eight-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.
    Dali Lama

    Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.
    Amit Ray

    I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.

    Meditate, Visualize and Create your own reality and the universe will simply reflect back to you.
    Amit Ray


    You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.
    Amit Ray

    You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.
    J.D. Salinger

    Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you.
    Amit Ray

    10. Meditation captions for Instagram

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    • Don’t hate, meditate.
    • Meditation is not what you think.
    • Heavily meditated.
    • Presently present.
    • Be here now.
    • Mindfulness.
    • Eat. Sleep. Meditate.
    • Heart centered.
    • Meditation is my medication.
    • Positive vibes only.
    • Feel the universe inside of you.
    • Some doors can only be opened from the inside.
    • Be in harmony with yourself.
    • Less hesitation, more meditation.
    • Meditation is my happy hour.
    • Keep calm and let the subconscious handle it.
    • Yoga and meditation.
    • Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice.
    • Create your own calm.
    • Starve your ego, feed your soul.
    • Just breathe.
    • Working on my core.
    • Straight outta meditation.
    • Free spirit.
    • Chakras aligned.
    • Be mindful.
    • Don’t seek, don’t ask, don’t demand. Just meditate.
    • Just trying to find inner peace.
    • Namasté.
    • If you have a pulse, you have a purpose.

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