Setting yourself a personal goal, or seeking to better your positive mental attitude? Or perhaps the current stresses of society are taking their toll on you? What better time to start putting your wellness first and making changes to improve your mindset than now?

Change always starts with you, but sometimes you need a little inspiration to get you going. That’s why we’ve picked the best quotes about life, emotion and ambition to give you some ideas about how you can achieve personal growth this year. Here are our favourite mindfulness quotes for 2020.

Mindfulness quotes

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”
- Sharon Salzberg, Budhhist meditation teacher.

In the chaos of managing your work-life balance, finding a moment to yourself can be a challenge. Especially if you don’t give yourself a reminder to. So whether you set an alarm on your phone, or place a sticky note on your fridge, make time to live in the moment.

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor of medicine.

Don’t let any moment pass you by. Whether you think it’s significant or not, simply acknowledging it is the start to being more mindful.

‘In a world full of doing doing doing, it’s important to take a moment to just breathe, to just be.’
- Unknown

Taking time out of a busy lifestyle to just breathe is commonly overlooked in favour of squeezing in another ‘essential’ job that needs to be done. A lot of the time, essential is an exaggeration. Prioritise what needs to be done and what it would be nice to do.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
- The Buddha

Hindsight is a beautiful thing, but don’t get hung up on the “could haves” and “should haves” of the past. Similarly, stressing over the potential future isn’t useful. Don’t waste your time and energy on things that you can’t change.

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
- Mother Teresa

In a world where we seem to always want more - more time, more money, more motivation - we should learn to be grateful for what we do actually have.

“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”
– Pema Chödrön, Budhhist teacher

Becoming your best self is exactly this. Accepting who you already are, and embracing it. Forcing yourself to become something that you wish you were, rather than who you really are, isn’t authentic or productive.

Mindfulness quotes about life

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”
– Jack Kornfield, author and teacher

When life gets in the way of living, it might feel like we’re just coasting along rather than carving out our own paths. Stay focused on what matters the most, and more importantly, focus on yourself!

“You cannot control the results, only your actions.”
– Allan Lokos, meditation teacher

How many times have you reacted rashly and instantly regretted your actions? We know that we definitely have. The way we respond to challenges can be a bigger learning curve than the challenge itself.

“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.”
– Tara Brach, psychologist and author

Perfect people and perfect lives aren’t real. Accepting your life, with all of its imperfections is the kindest thing you can do to yourself. It’s also an important step in being able to progress forward.

“Treat everyone you meet as if they were you.”
– Doug Dillon, diplomat & politician

Treat people with kindness. That’s the message.

“Believe me, all of you, the best way to help the places we live in is to be glad we live there.”
– Edith Wharton, author

Mindfulness isn’t all about being in the moment and inner reflections. Take a moment to count all of the things you have to be thankful for in real life. Appreciation for what you have will make the things you achieve even more rewarding.

Mindfulness quotes about emotions

"Emotion arises at the place where mind & body meet. It is the body's reaction to mind."
- Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher

Our emotions are powerful things, and can have a huge effect on our mental state. The good thing about emotions is that we can nurture them into something positive. Enhance your mood and improve your life with essential oil fragrances from our BeBalanced collection and achieve your desired moodstate.

“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”
- Ramana Maharshi, religious guru

What does happiness mean to you? Is it that half hour early finish, a delicious meal to enjoy when you get home or having exciting plans to look forward to? As pleasing as these things are, remember that true happiness means being content with yourself first.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
- The Dalai Lama

Putting ourselves in the position of others is one of life’s hardest, but most rewarding traits. Being compassionate teaches us the importance of looking out for those around us. So the next time you have to make an important decision, consider how your actions might impact someone else.

“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.”
– Amit Ray, author

We’ve all heard of the famous Roald Dahl phrase, “a person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly,” and the same goes for your outlook on the world. Keeping a positive mental attitude and appreciating the good things in life is key to feeling content.

Mindfulness quotes about ambition

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
- Carl Jung, psychiatrist

Do more of what makes you happy... what makes you really happy. Not what you think will make you happy, or what you think will make other people happy. If you envision freedom, independence and feeling empowered, make it a reality.

“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.”
– Rasheed Ogunlaru, life coach

It’s all a matter of perspective. Consider a different approach, a different angle, for a different result. And this doesn’t just apply to problem solving, it’s relevant in all aspects of life too.

“I believe in not trying to control things that are out of my control or none of my business.”
– Tobe Hanson, author

Focus less on what other people are doing, and more on what you could be doing. Simple, right? Well, we’re all prone to having an opinion on things that might not concern us, but we can guarantee that putting this energy into something productive will be a lot more rewarding.

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