Meditation Quotes
Meditation Sayings | Daily Inspiration

Best meditation quotes and meditation sayings for daily inspiration in your practice.

Meditation tips for beginners to inspire you to make daily meditation a part of your life.



We hope our collection of quotes on meditation from both East and West will remind you of the benefits of meditation.

meditation quotes

Sometimes a quote or saying will express exactly what we need to hear, and in a way that resonates with us and urges us to action.

Read through our meditation quotes, pick one that 'speaks' to you, make a copy and put it where you can see it.

Meditation Quotes

"There are different things one can do to establish and hasten the peace process. Meditation is one way."
~ Mike Love ~

"Health, a light body, freedom from cravings, a glowing skin, sonorous voice, fragrance of body: these signs indicate progress in the practice of meditation."
~ Shvetashvatara ~

"Deep in the soul, below pain, below all the distraction of life, is a silence vast and grand – an infinite ocean of calm, which nothing can disturb; Nature’s own exceeding peace, which “passes understanding”. That which we seek with passionate longing, here and there, upward and outward; we find at last within ourselves."
~ C.M.C. quoted by R.M. Bucke ~

"Quite minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

"Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation affirming my connection to the earth body."
~ Carol P. Christ ~

"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 ~

"To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders."
~ Chuang Tzu ~

"It's not about having any particular experience. The practice is about opening to whatever presents itself."
~ Joel Goldsmith ~

"Be still and know."
~ Aristotle ~

"Mindful meditation has been discovered to foster the ability to inhibit those very quick emotional impulses."
~ Daniel Goleman ~

Inspirational meditation quotes...

"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose."
~ Elisabeth Kubler Ross ~

"Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose."
~ Eknath Easwaran ~

"We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin."
~ Alan W. Watts ~

"Imagine that your mind is like a calm, clear lake or a vast empty sky: Ripples appear on the surface of the lake and clouds pass across the sky, but they soon disappear without altering the natural stillness."
~ Kathleen McDonald ~

"It is not enough that one surrenders oneself. Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being. Do not delude yourself by imagining such a source to be some God outside you. One's source is within oneself. Give yourself up to it. That means that you should seek the source and merge in it."
~ Ramana Maharshi ~

"In the Buddha's life story we see the three stages of practice: Morality comes first, then concentrated meditation, and then wisdom. And we see that the path takes time."
~ Dalai Lama ~

"The art of meditation may be exercised at all hours, and in all places; and men of genius, in their walks, at table, and amidst assemblies, turning the eye of the mind inwards, can form an artificial solitude; retired amidst a crowd, calm amidst distraction, and wise amidst folly."
~ D'Israeli ~

We love meditation quotes like this one...

meditation sayings

"My meditation
Is my soul's
Soundless sound-conversation
With my Inner Pilot."
~ Sri Chinmoy ~

"In the Buddha's life story we see the three stages of practice: Morality comes first, then concentrated meditation, and then wisdom. And we see that the path takes time."
~ Dalai Lama ~

And simple meditation quotes like this...

"If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts."
~ Alan Cohen ~

"The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation."
~ Milarepa ~

"During meditation your metabolism and your breath rate go down to a level of rest, twice that of deep sleep."
~ Mike Love ~

"Our greatest experiences are our quietest moments."
~ Nietzsche ~

"A good meditation, even when it is interrupted by occasional nodding, is much more beneficial than many outward religious exercises."
~ Johannes Tauler ~

"Meditation is like farming... the right soil is required to grow anything, nothing will grow if the soil is polluted by striving or pushing too hard."
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn ~

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear."
~ Baba Ram Dass ~

‎"Even the great scientists have reported that their creative break-throughs came at a time of mental quietude. The surprising result of a nationwide inquiry among America's most eminent mathematicians, including Einstein, to find out their working methods, was that thinking 'plays only a subordinate part in the brief, decisive phase of the creative act itself'."
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
~ Carl Jung ~

"If you are doing mindfulness meditation, you are doing it with your ability to attend to the moment."
~ Daniel Goleman ~

More meditation quotes...

"We tend to think of meditation in only one way. But life itself is a meditation."
~ Raul Julia ~

"Meditation is the soul's perspective glass."
~ Owen Feltham ~

"The mind has to be empty to see clearly."
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti ~

"This life that has been given to us as a gift, as such a precious gift. To really try to understand it, really try to recognize it, is the greatest meditation. Through the media of this Knowledge we can tap into our inner sources that are so beautiful."
~ Prem Rawat ~

"Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation."
~ Bhagavad Gita ~

"The seated lotus postures are an amazing way to go into meditation, or simply just to take a moment to ground oneself."
~ Christy Turlington ~

"Sleep is the best meditation."
~ Dalai Lama ~

"What is this true meditation? It is to make everything: coughing, swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, action, the evil and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and wrong, into one single koan."
~ Hakuin ~

"When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into the deeper part of our being. At that time, we are able to bring to the fore the wealth that we have deep within us."
~ Sri Chinmoy ~

"Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

"Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation. And honor the reward of action."
~ Francis Quarles ~

"Joy is not in things! It is in us!"
~ Benjamin Franklin ~

And my best of all meditation quotes...

"The quieter you become the more you are able to hear."
~ Zen saying ~




Recommended Reads

If you feel inspired by Meditation Quotes and want to learn more, have a look at these books especially recommended by us.

Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach (Book & CD)

Quiet Mind: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation

Guided Meditations: For Calmness, Awareness, and Love

Meditation for Beginners




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