How To Be Mindful
While struggling to become more mindful myself, I’ve found a few tips on how to be mindful that might be as helpful for you as they are for me. Below are 15 mindful suggestions and 45 quotes to inspire you to be more mindful too.
Being mindful can improve our lives. Mindfulness is the act of focusing on the moment at hand in a non-judgmental way. Mindfulness improves our health because it relaxes us and reduces stress and anxiety. It allows us to quiet the endless distracting chatter of our mind so we can focus on the current moment. When we experience mindfulness, we connect with our inner thoughts and feelings so we can make calm, positive decisions. Learning how to be mindful isn’t as daunting a task as it may seem. I hope these tips will help you in your endeavor.
Question Your Thoughts
“Do not believe your thoughts, neither when they tell you that you are terrible, nor when they tell you that you are a saint.”
~Elder Paisios of Mount Athos~
“Your thoughts are like the artist’s brush. They create a personal picture of the reality you live in.”
~ Sydney Banks ~
“Your thoughts are just thoughts.”
Explore Your Feelings
“The deepest pain I ever felt was denying my own feelings to make everyone else comfortable”
“The things you hide in your heart will eat you alive”.
“Emotions make us human. Denying them makes us beasts”.
Let it Go
“Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go.”
“Nobody is worth stressing over. People come and go. Move on and go find yourself, the world is yours. Life goes on”.
“What is coming is better than what is gone.”
One thing at a Time
Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.
“The quickest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time”.
“If you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither one“.
Embrace the Moment
“You have the capacity to turn a mundane task into a work of art, and a mere job into a calling”
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh~
“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.”
“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.”
“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.”
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”
“Understanding our relationship to eating cultivates a lot of insights and help us start living our highest potential.”
~Nataša Nuit Pantovic~
“Every moment nature is serving fresh dishes with the items of happiness. It is our choice to recognize and taste it.”
“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity. When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea. The rest of the world dissolves.”
~Thích Nhat Hanh~
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”
“The central tenet of the slow philosophy is taking the time to do things properly, and thereby enjoy them more.”
“Listening: You can convey no greater honor than actually hearing what someone has to say.”
~Philip B. Crosby~
“To self-righteously project without a thought of listening is a form of constant selfishness”
“In listening lies great power. Many are expert in speaking (while everyone hears), adept in analyzing in bits and pieces, very prompt in commenting, and always ready to stamp judgment of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Very few are skilled in listening, first, with the ears and, then, with the heart. Those who do hold true, sustainable, and great power.”
Rest, Don’t Quit
“If you get tired, Learn to rest, not to quit”
“As work is important for your survival, so is
“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.” ~Charlie Chaplin~
“To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.”
~William Arthur Ward~
“It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.”
~Lucius Annaeus Seneca~
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
Challenge Your Beliefs
“Step outside of the box of comfort and challenge existing beliefs.”
“We understand nothing! If you understand this, you understand everything.”
“I’d rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief”
Don’t Neglect Your Body
“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.”
“The body must be nourished, physically, emotionally and spiritually.”
“We’re spiritually starved in this culture-not underfed but undernourished.
Learning how to be mindful takes constant effort, but by practicing these things, you will soon improve your concentration, mental health