90 Inspirational Quotes: Meditation and the Present Moment
90 Inspirational Quotes: Meditation and the Present Moment

Meditation Quotes

Inspiration to help you understand, enjoy and practice meditation and living in the present moment.

These beautiful meditation quotes and present moment quotes are designed to give you inspiration to explore or continue with meditation and living in the present moment, so that every aspect of your life is enriched.

Being in the present moment enhances our life, which is exactly what meditation is about—it enhances our life in every way. But very few people practice to be present because they don’t deeply understand the benefit of it. They might understand the benefit of it a little, but they think other things are a lot more important.

If a person understands that meditation and living in the present moment are like gold, that person drops other things and goes for the gold!

We can all use inspiration to gain a deeper understanding of why and how meditation works to bring us into the present moment, and the benefits—for us and for all around us.

These inspiring meditation quotes and present moment quotes are compiled for your benefit, from the wisdom teachings of a true meditation master, Master Sri Avinash. They are designed to inspire contemplation and success in meditation and present moment living.

1. To still the mind

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“The grandest but most difficult goal to achieve in life is to still the mind. All magnificence and power comes from that.”

2. Happiness is calmness

“If a person can’t be calm for long, they can’t be happy for long, because happiness is calmness.”

3. Being present is harmony

“The trademark of being present is harmony. When you’re calm and relaxed, it always leads to harmony.”

4. Present moment and expectations

“If you don’t want suffering in your life you have to get rid of all expectations. And expectations are nothing but future projections, so to get rid of expectations means to live in the present moment.”

5. If you think you can’t meditate

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“There’s no such thing as a person who can’t meditate. It’s just a beginner who hasn’t practiced for long enough, that’s all.”

6. Purposefully remaining calm

“When we set aside a bit of energy to purposefully remain calm and relaxed every moment—rain, hail or shine—suddenly our life will shift from meaningless living to living with depth, warmth and cheerfulness.”

7. Meditation, freedom and happiness

“If we don’t know how to increase our awareness or how to control our mind, we have suffering, like everybody else. When we know how to increase our awareness, we have freedom, we have happiness.”

8. The aim of spiritual practice

“The aim of spiritual practice is to cultivate love in us. In other words, to stop all those signals going on in our head that tell us not to love another.”

9. When you taste the present moment

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“Once you truly taste the present moment, you will not want anything else in your life. Nothing is comparable. You’re hooked forever.”

10. Learn to switch off the mind

“When one starts to know how to switch off the mind, then one will understand that is how to stop suffering.”

11. The expansiveness of your soul

“Your soul is too expansive to ever be able to fit into anybody’s expectations.”

12. Meditation is ‘gold’

“If someone has learned meditation but doesn’t practice to be in the present moment, that must mean they think being present has less value than gold. So the first step is not to learn meditation techniques. The first step is to realise that this is gold.”

13. Love peacefulness more

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“Don’t hate moneylove money. But love peacefulness a thousand times more.”

14. How long you can be present

“How long you are able to be in the present moment will determine how happy you are, how peaceful you are or how fearful you are in your life.”

15. Seeing perfection

“To see perfection in everything means we are equally happy in the favourable situations and the unfavourable situations.”

16. The magnificence of our divine Self

“We did not come to this planet to complete a set of tasks and then die. We came to experience the magnificence of our divine Self in every single moment.”

17. Find happiness and joy in stillness

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“We don’t need to search for happiness—search for stillness, because happiness and joy come from that.

18. Love and peace

“Love and peace are like twins—they come together. If you cannot feel peace inside, you will not be able to feel love inside you.”

19. Life is enhanced

“All of life is enhanced when you are in the present moment.”

20. Feeling inner calmness

“When you feel inner calmness, it just feels beautiful. Well, that feeling is you! That beauty is not somewhere else, with another person—it’s inside you. And all you had to do was relax so that you could perceive it.”

21. Without the mind, there is peace

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“Where there’s love, the mind doesn’t enter and when the mind doesn’t enter then there’s peace.”

22. The impact of peacefulness

“Once a person is peaceful, everything that comes out of them has an impact of peacefulness—the look in their eyes, the words they speak, the wish in their heart, the vibration they project—everything about them will contribute to peace.”

23. Surrendered to life

“Enlightenment is when you are totally surrendered to life, like a leaf that falls off a tree—the destiny of that leaf could go in any direction, depending on which way the wind is going to blow in that moment.”

24. Seeing the beauty

“When you are present, you see the beauty of life—the little things that make you feel beautiful.”

25. Inner stillness

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“When there’s inner stillness, all our potential starts to flower.”

26. Freedom from suffering

“When we master the ability to focus or concentrate on one point, and remain there for long durations, we will be free from emotional suffering.”

27. Meditation techniques

“Meditation techniques are based on the truth that when we focus on one thing, like the breath, then thoughts can’t enter and the energy within you becomes still.”

28. Heaven is here and now

“Heaven is right here, right now. You’re not going to find heaven anywhere else.”

29. Happy moments in life

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“Learning to notice and appreciate beautiful little happy moments in life is why we were born. This is the true challenge for every human being.”

30. Maximizing beauty and joy

“The purpose of life is to maximize the beauty and the joy of every moment, and you can not enjoy life if you are thinking.”

31. What mindfulness does

“Mindfulness is always alert to ignore those things that destroy our goal to love another.”

32. Getting rid of ‘knowledge’

“You have to get rid of your knowledge about life, to know life. You have to get rid of your knowledge about yourself, to know yourself. You have to get rid of your knowledge about love, to know love. You have to get rid of all your knowledge about happiness, to know happiness.”

33. The eternal now

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“Meditation is the state of no mind, the eternal now, and that is where the heart lies.”

34. Selfless service and the meditation state

“Selfless service is a very powerful method to bring you to the meditation state. Because if you’re kind to someone, it’s going to make you feel beautiful about yourself, and when you feel beautiful about yourself your mind will stop. That chattering that speaks garbage all the time will stop.”

35. Being yourself

“When you are being 100% yourself, your life will flow effortlessly and love will sparkle in your eyes.”

36. If we are peaceful

“If we are all peaceful, if we have inner calm, inner peace, all of nature will be celebrating.”

37. Living in the now

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“If you’re not here in the now, you’re living in thought. It’s not real. You miss everything—you miss the conversation, you miss the child’s giggle, you miss life.

38. Ignoring the mind

“When you are able to ignore the mind, then your life is peaceful. Suddenly, you’ve got no problems.”

39. The goal of meditation

“The goal of meditation is to have inner stillness. And from that inner stillness then outer movement or outer non-movement is irrelevant. When you don’t move outside, when you sit still, there’s beauty and magnificence and peace in that. And when you walk, there can be grace in that, when you talk, there can be grace in that—as long as there’s stillness inside.”

40. Limitations

“Know that anything is possible. We are our only limitation.”

41. Anchor to the present moment

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“No matter what difficulties you may have faced in your life, when you anchor