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.
2.) Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.
3.) When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
4.) Meditation means the recognition or the discovery of one’s own true self.
5.) Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes.
6.) Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.
7.) If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air.
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.
10.) Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
2. Short meditation sayings
Praying is talking to the Universe. Meditation is listening to it.
Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.
Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity.
Through meditation, the Higher Self is experienced.
Sleep is the best meditation.
An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.
The act of meditation is being spacious.
Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.
The purpose of meditation is personal transformation.
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.
So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates.
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.
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
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.
Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time and be yourself.
Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
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.
For stress and anxiety
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
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.
4. Meditation quotes for healing
The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves.
Find happiness within nature and yourself. For a healthy and peaceful life, make yoga a habit
Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
I meditate so that I can sit and inundate my entire being with the omnipotent power of peace.
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.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
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.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Peace begins with a smile.
Chasing after the world brings chaos. Allowing it all to come to me, brings peace.
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.
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.
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
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.
Meditation is the weight room for the mind.
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.
While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along.
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.
Be the master of mind rather than mastered by mind.
Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.
Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.
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.
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.
To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.
Silence is not an absence but a presence.
Anne D. LeClaire
Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence.
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility, and joy.
Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.
I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats.
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.
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.
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.
Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.
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.
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,
The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.
Meditation needs no results. Meditation can have itself as an end, I meditate without words and on nothingness. What tangles my life is writing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.
Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.
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.
Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.
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.
Our thinking minds deprive us of the happiness that comes when we are living fully in the moment.
Live simply. Deepest joy is like a flower… beautiful in essence.
Love and compassion
This is love: the flowering of love is meditation.
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.
When you truly know yourself, you don’t try to impress people anymore. One way to know yourself is to meditate.
What I’ve learned through my meditation is a sense of equanimity, a sense of all things being equal.
Meditation is such a more substantial reality than what we normally take to be reality.
Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books.
Writing is a very focused form of meditation. Just as good as sitting in a lotus position.
I’ve never been good at meditation, but surfing is the closest I’ve ever come to that inner something.
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.
Morning meditation is important to start every day on a positive note.
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.
As long as your heart remains, an ever-mounting aspiration-flame. It makes no difference what your weaknesses are.
Meditation can reintroduce you to the part that’s been missing.
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.
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.
Famous meditation quotes
The thing about meditation is that you become more and more YOU.
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.
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.
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
Meditation is the secret of all growth in spiritual life and knowledge.
Meditation is one of the ways in which the spiritual man keeps himself awake.
I am divinely guided at all times.
If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts.
Prayer is when you talk to God; Meditation is when you listen to God.
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.
Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.
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.
You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.
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.
Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you.
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.
- 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.
- If you have a pulse, you have a purpose.
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By Greg Johnson | Published 7/6/2021