Every day you read about something that's supposed to change your life.
A new diet.
A revolutionary exercise program.
A killer productivity tool.
As soon as you adopt this latest new thing, another one comes along that undermines the one you're focused on.
You're doing it wrong. It's outdated. The research was faulty. And you're left frustrated and wondering what information you can trust.
Fortunately, there's one positive habit that has stood the test of time — not just for a few years but for millenniums.
It has been touted by sages, monks, gurus, philosophers, celebrities, scientists, and just about anyone who has practiced it regularly.
It has the power to change your brain quite literally according to many research studies.
It reduces stress, improves concentration, eases depression, increases optimism, improves decision making and problem-solving, strengthens memory, improves your immune system, reduces blood pressure, and increases longevity.
We're talking about meditation here — the practice that began with Hindi traditions of Vedantism around 1500 BCE.
As amazing as meditation is, it isn't as widely practiced as say running or dieting, even though has many more benefits.
Many people misunderstand meditation, believing it is a just a religious ritual practiced by crystal-toting gurus. But meditation is for everyone.
It's easy to learn, but it takes some practice and inspiration to reap the rewards.
I wanted to provide some of that inspiration with meditation quotes so you can commit to the practice.
Here are 39 of the most uplifting meditation quotes to put you in the right state of mind:
Positive Meditation Quotes
Meditation is a lifelong gift. It's something you can call on at any time. I think it's a great thing.
— Paul McCartney
Meditation is acceptance. It is the acceptance of life within us, without us and all around us. Acceptance of life is the beginning of human satisfaction. Transformation of life is the culmination of divine satisfaction.
— Sri Chinmoy
You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
— Eckhart Tolle
Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.
— Allan Lokos
Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate.
— Swami Sivananda
Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.
— Pema Chödrön
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
— Jeremy Taylor
That's life: starting over, one breath at a time.
— Sharon Salzberg
This is love: the flowering of love is meditation.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.
— Jack Kornfield
Mindful meditation has been discovered to foster the ability to inhibit those very quick emotional impulses.
— Daniel Goleman
I've never been good at meditation, but surfing is the closest I've ever come to that inner something.
— Yvonne Strahovski
Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation; and honor the reward of action.
— Francis Quarles
Short Meditation Quotes
Sleep is the best meditation.
— Dalai Lama
The purpose of meditation is personal transformation.
— Henepola Gunaratana
Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.
— Owen Feltham
My workout is my meditation.
— Kyle MacLachlan
There's no substitute for the practice of meditation.
— Wayne Dyer
The best way to meditate is through meditation itself.
— Ramana Maharshi
To me, meditation is simply silencing or focusing the mind.
— Brendon Burchard
Meditation is an essential aspect of my life.
— Toni Collette
I have one room dedicated to just meditation.
— Michelle Phan
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Many people could benefit from meditation.
— Jim Yong Kim
I meditate. Meditation helps me.
— Rick Springfield
Working out, for me, is sort of a meditation.
— Nicole Eggert
Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.
— Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
Meditation Quotes for Stress
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
— Amit Ray
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Peace begins with a smile.
— Mother Teresa
Meditation is not a way of making your mind 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
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Meditation is listening to the Divine within.
— Edgar Cayce
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
— Bruce Lee
In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.
— Fred Rogers
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
— Marcus Aurelius
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
— William James
It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there's nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.
— Wayne Dyer
Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
— Zen Proverb
It’s like, imagine the ripples on top of an ocean. And I’m in a rowboat, reactively dealing with the waves and water coming into my boat. What I need to do is dive into the deeper solace, the calmness beneath the surface.
— Dr. Oz
Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.
— S.A. Jefferson-Wright
If you want to get started with a meditation practice today, choose one of these quotes and meditate on what the writer shares.
Or simply begin with a simple mindfulness meditation by following your breaths as you inhale and exhale.
The most important part is meditation is simply to practice consistently.