Intending to live mindfully offers a chance, renewable in every moment, for greater emotional balance, greater cognitive balance, and greater clarity of mind and heart.

Eventually we may reach the point where every moment of sadness is no longer experienced as a whole life that’s going badly – but just as a moment that feels sad.

If you can be mindful in this moment, it is possible for the next moment to be hugely and creatively different — because you are aware and not imposing anything on it in advance.

Even brief moments by the clock, if we are really present for them with awareness, in being mode, are profoundly reorienting and healing.

Goodwill and warm curiosity toward our feelings will put us in greater touch with the full experience of each moment of our lives.

We are resting in our moment-by-moment experiencing of what is already here to be perceived, to be known directly.

The practice is always giving us the chance to begin again, in this moment, with this breath.

Mindfulness meditation allows us to respond creatively to the present moment, freeing us from the knee-jerk reactions that start the cycle of rumination.

Our breathing is with us wherever we go. No matter what we are doing, feeling, or experiencing. It is always available to help us reconnect our attention to the present moment.

To pay attention to the here and now, we need intention, not force.

Even a little bit of mindfulness brought to a single moment can break the chain of events that leads to persistent unhappiness.

Being mindful means that we suspend judgement for a time, set aside our immediate goals for the future, and take in the present moment as it is rather than as we would like it to be.

Through mindfulness we can experience a moment of life for all that it is, instead of letting our thoughts drag us somewhere we weren’t going in the first place.

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally to things as they are.

There is an unsuspected power in inhabiting the moment you’re living in right now with full awareness.

We learn to incline our hearts toward the qualities that ennoble our lives and liberate the moment from fear, ill will, and confusion.

A quiet(er) mind is a place we can more readily be present, which makes us available to care for ourselves and others.

People who do their best to enjoy what is before them have the greatest chance to discover inner peace.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn. A cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind is not clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. — a Chinese poem

If we simply feel the miracle of being present, a kind of appreciation grows along with a kind of joy.

The simple act of being completely present to another person is truly an act of love.

Sometimes we take quite a journey — physically or mentally or emotionally — when the very love and happiness we want so much can be found by just sitting down.

Forgiveness allows us to move beyond the past and appreciate the present.

When we enter the present moment deeply, our regrets and sorrows disappear, and we discover life with all its wonders.

When you go home to the present moment, you touch the wonders of life that are inside you and around you.

The practice is experience based, somatically based, present moment based. It is generous, wise, and open to possibilities, to not knowing.

How you are in relationship to this moment influences the quality and character of the next moment. In this way, we can shape the future by taking care of the present.

The curriculum of this adventure we call living is always what is unfolding in this moment, whether we like what is happening or not.

If you can remember that each moment is fresh and new, then maybe what you know won’t get in the way of what you don’t know.

Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.

Whatever the quality of your experience in a particular moment, what is most important is your awareness of it.

Mindfulness is: paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.

Taking care of this moment can have a remarkable effect on the next one.

To take refuge in our mindful breathing, to come back to the present moment, is to take refuge in the beautiful, serene island within each of us.

When I drink a glass of water, I invest one hundred percent of myself in drinking it. You should train yourself to live every moment of your daily life like that.

If you can stop and establish yourself in the here and the now, you will see that there are many elements of happiness available in this moment, more than enough for you to be happy.

Our true home is in the present moment.

Everything — peace, happiness, and stability — should be looked for in the here and the now.

When mind and body are together, suddenly we’re in the here and now, and we can live our life deeply.

I have arrived. I am home. In the here. In the now.

Just enjoy this moment. You don’t have to wait for tomorrow to have peace and joy.

Only the present moment contains life.

When we practice walking meditation, we arrive in every moment – we arrive at the destination of life.

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present.

This is the purpose of sitting meditation: being here, fully alive, and fully present.

Your most important task is to be here and now, and enjoy the present moment.

The present moment is the only moment that is real.

Breathing mindfully is enjoyable. You aren’t thinking anymore; of the past, of the future, of your projects, of your suffering.

When you pay attention to your in-breath and out-breath, you bring yourself home to the present moment, to the here and the now, and you are in touch with life.

Life is in you and life is around you – life with all its wonders: the sunshine, the blue sky, the autumn leaves.

Paying attention to our in-breath and out-breath brings our mind back to our body. And suddenly we are there, fully present in the here and the now.

Inner freedom allows us to savor the lucid simplicity of the present moment, free from the past and emancipated from the future.