Mindfulness Quotes and Comments

Every writer must, of necessity, be a reader as well.  Every one of the topics I write about in this blog has been informed in one way or another by what I have been reading on the subjects of mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism. It’s one of the cornerstones of my daily practice, and in this post I want to share a few favorite quotes on mindfulness from my reading over the past few years.

Insight always has the power of liberating us.  The energy of mindfulness enables us to look deeply and gain the insight we need so that transformation is possible.  ~~  Thich Nhat Hahn, “Peace Is Every Step”

What we need is a fundamental change in our orientation to life – toward a willingness to see, to learn, to just be with whatever we meet.  There is nothing more basic and essential than this willingness to just be.   ~~   Ezra Bayda, “Being Zen”

Instead of gathering many pieces of information seeking to gain knowledge, you should clear your mind.  If your mind is clear, true knowledge is already yours.  ~~  Shunryu Suzuki, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”

The source of wisdom is whatever is happening to us right at this very instant.  How we relate to it creates the future.  What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now.  ~~  Pema Chödrön, “When Things Fall Apart”

The imperfect is our paradise.  May we attend with mindfulness, generosity, and compassion to all that is broken in our lives.  May we live fully in each flawed and too human moment, and thereby gain the victory.  ~~  Phillip Simmons, “Learning to Fall”

When we are just ourselves, without pretense or artifice, we are at rest in the universe.  In this ordinariness there is no higher or lower, nothing to fix, nothing to desire, simply an opening to the joys and sufferings of the world.  ~~  Jack Kornfield, “A Path With Heart”

Every thought, every feeling, no matter how mixed up it may seem, is wise at bottom.  Every thought, every feeling, has some Buddha message for you, if you can only get close enough to listen.  ~~  Norman Fischer, “Sailing Home”

Each of these quotes has its own unique beauty and wisdom, and I believe that each of them offers an insight that has the power to transform us.  For the past several years, each quote served as a masthead on one of the seven pages of a website I maintained for a consulting business I operated.  Having recently closed that business and now in the process of shutting down the website, I re-discovered them while archiving the site contents for possible future use.  I thought that they deserved a second online life here in my blog, and hence this post.

Over the next few months, I plan to re-visit the books from which these quotes originate, and will write in more detail about each of them in future posts.

In the meantime, I hope that reading and reflecting upon these brief gems of wisdom will be as useful for you as it was for me.  And if any of them particularly resonates with you, please feel welcome to share your thoughts via a comment.


About Tom Cummings

A life-long news and current events junkie, an occasional political activist and volunteer, and for the past five years a practitioner of daily meditation and a student of Buddhist philosophy, I write this blog to explore what I see as the inherent tensions and contradictions between practicing mindfulness - so rooted in the Buddhist virtues of compassion, generosity, and non-attachment to self - and being an engaged citizen in today's world - where the very opposite traits are all too often the ones that prevail.
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4 Responses to Mindfulness Quotes and Comments

  1. ‘…Every thought, every feeling, no matter how mixed up it may seem, is wise at bottom…’ That’s really nice! Like the NLP idea that every single bit of human behaviour has a positive intention for us. When we find it we can find other bits of our self that might do whatever it is even better…


  2. Tom Cummings says:

    Thanks, Colin! That NLP concept you shared really enriches the quote above from Norman Fischer.



  3. erikleo says:

    My posts too are influenced by Buddhism and mindfulness!


  4. Tom Cummings says:

    Always good to hear from you, Eric!


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