Quotes to inspire or energise…Back to blog
I have a confession to make. I am a quote junkie! When I read something that really resonates with me – it could be a line in a book, newspaper article or journal, or a quote – I write it down in a little book given to me by one of my oldest and best friends, Dhakshy. It sits under my bed and I regularly draw on it for inspiration.
I thought I’d share some of my favourite lines and quotes that relate to mindfulness in this blog article. If you’ve done one of our courses you’ve probably seen some of these in the course books and worksheets! I’m sure you have your own favourite quotes as well – feel free to email me and I’ll include them in a revised version of this article.
“We can approach our lives as an experiment. In the next moment, in the next hour, we could choose to stop, to slow down, to be still for a few seconds. We could experiment with interrupting the usual chain reaction, and not spin off in the usual way.” –Pema Chodron
“It is both possible and something of an adventure in self-discovery to learn that through becoming aware, we can relate quite differently to our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and impulses – in other words, to our experience of being alive.” – Segal, Williams and Teasdale
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
“When you look at thoughts as just thoughts, purposely not reacting to their content and to their emotional charge, you become at least a little freer from their attraction or repulsion.” -Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with Spring.” – George Santayana
“For as long as you are breathing, there is more right than wrong with you.” –Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, or deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot. Instead do meditation as an act of love.” -Bob Sharples
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