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.
Rumi

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

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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.
Rumi

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.
Hafiz

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.
Rumi

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.
Buddha

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.
Patanjali

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

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

Power

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

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.
Buddha

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.
Rajneesh

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

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

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

Mindfulness

Rule your mind or it will rule you.
Buddha

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

Meditation applies the brakes to the mind.
Ramana Maharshi

Just know what is happening in your mind: not happy or sad about it, not attached. If you suffer, see it, know it and be empty.
Ajahn Chah

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

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.
Buddha

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.
Buddha

Meditate. Let the light of the heart engulf you.
Chidvilasananda

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

Silence

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

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

Zen

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.
Buddha

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.
Osho

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

Nature

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

Time

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

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

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.
Buddha

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

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.
Buddha

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.
Voltaire

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

Buddha

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

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.
Buddha

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

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

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.
Rumi

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

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

Training

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

Use these captions to add a funny line or comment to your social media posts and photos.

  • 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.
  • 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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