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A Selection of quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh and Others on Mindfulness, Peace and Stillness

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.”


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”


To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself


“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”


Smile, breathe and go slowly.”


Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”


Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”


“Life is available only in the present moment.”


When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love


I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”


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


“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.”


All the above quotes are by Thich Nhat Hanh


The habit of ignoring our present moments in favor of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded. This includes a lack of awareness and understanding of our own mind and how it influences our perceptions and our actions. It severely limits our perspective on what it means to be a person and how we are connected to each other and the world around us. Religion has traditionally been the domain of such fundamental inquiries within a spiritual framework, but mindfulness has little to do with religion, except in the most fundamental meaning of the word, as an attempt to appreciate the deep mystery of being alive and to acknowledge being vitally connected to all that exists.
Jon Kabat-Zinn


Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.
Bhagavad Gita

A racing mind that reacts sensitively to little things indicates thinking that has lost its spiritual strength. Meditation restores that power.

Every moment there is a possibility to be total. Whatsoever you are doing, be absorbed in it so utterly that the mind thinks nothing, is just there, is just a presence. And more and more totality will be coming. And the taste of totality will make you more and more capable of being total. And try to see when you are not total. Those are the moments which have to be dropped slowly, slowly. When you are not total, whenever you are in the head--thinking, brooding, calculating, cunning, clever--you are not total. Slowly, slowly slip out of those moments. It is just an old habit. Habits die hard. But they die certainly--if one persists, they die.

If a person's basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. On the other hand, if someone is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any form of emotional distress, then even if he or she happens to be enjoying physical comforts, he will not really be able to experience the happiness that these could bring.
Dalai Lama

Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox. Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form.

When we meditate we expand, spreading our wings like a bird, trying to enter consciously into Infinity, Eternity and Immortality, welcoming them into our aspiring consciousness. We see, feel and grow into the entire universe of Light-Delight.
Sri Chinmoy

Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence. It reveals. It reveals to the aspirant that matter and spirit are one, quantity and quality are one, the immanent and the transcendent are one. It reveals that life can never be the mere existence of seventy or eighty years between birth and death, but is, rather, Eternity itself.
Sri Chinmoy

Do you have the patience to wait till your mind settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself.
Lao Tzu

Some people do not know the difference between mindfulness and concentration. They concentrate on what they're doing, thinking that is being mindful. . . . We can concentrate on what we are doing, but if we are not mindful at the same time, with the ability to reflect on the moment, then if somebody interferes with our concentration, we may blow up, get carried away by anger at being frustrated. If we are mindful, we are aware of the tendency to first concentrate and then to feel anger when something interferes with that concentration. With mindfulness we can concentrate when it is appropriate to do so and not concentrate when it is appropriate not to do so.
Ajahn Sumedho

You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind.
Remez Sasson

The road to daily happiness is not hard to find, it's what we do for others that brings us peace of mind.

God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed, Give me courage to change things which must be changed, And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Through concentration and meditation you become the boss of your mind, and gain the ability to tell it when to be active and when to stay silent.
Remez Sasson


By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
Lao Tzu

Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one's being.
Donald Curtis

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you - all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are.
Rachel Naomi Remen

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
Thich Nhat Hanh

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be
Lao Tzu

Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.
Ann Landers

Every breath is an opportunity to receive and let go. I receive love and I let go of pain.
Brenda MacIntyre

Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?
Leo Buscaglia

Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them.
Bill Russell

When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you'll come to realize what you were dragging around with you. And for that, no one else other than you was responsible.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
Mahatma Gandhi

Silence is a fence around wisdom.
German Proverb

You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Silence is the mother of truth.
Benjamin Disraeli

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.
Deepak Chopra

Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.

The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.

There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris.

Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.
Stephen C. Paul

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.
Brian Tracy

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
Etty Hillesum

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.
Brian Tracy

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
Chinese Proverb

Laughter relaxes. And relaxation is spiritual.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh