Inspiration is an important part of staying motivated on your journey to live a healthier life. These mindfulness quotes come from folks who understand that living a healthy life is about more than what you eat and how many calories you burn.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, grateful for the good in your life, and tolerant of the bad. That may sound simple, but it can be difficult to execute and may require a lifetime of practice to master.
Mindfulness quotations are sayings, usually quoted from experts, which resonate with the truths one can uncover through mindful thinking. If even one of the quotes we’ve collected speaks to you, this article will have been a success. Consider writing down any phrases you find especially inspiring so that you can remember them later.
Much like a good book, it’s possible to learn new things from mindfulness quotes the 2nd, 5th, or 10th time you read them.
Mindfulness Quotes We Love
There are hundreds of brilliant sayings related to mindfulness spreading love and appreciation across the internet. These six are just some of our favorites because they exemplify a positive mindset we teach our patients to enjoy.
Quote #1 From Susan Albers
“Training your mind to be in the present moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.”
If you are a stress eater or a comfort eater, this quotation may resonate especially powerfully. Stress is often caused or exacerbated by allowing your thoughts to dwell on the future. Eating for comfort can be an escape from memories of the past. In both cases, learning to ground your thinking in the present moment can make a world of difference.
Susan Albers is a clinical psychologist who specializes in teaching mindful eating and other mindful practices related to weight loss and wellbeing. She is also the author of several books including Hanger Management: Master Your Hunger and Improve Your Mood, Mind, and Relationships.
Quote #2 From Allan Lokos
“One who is patient glows with inner radiance.”
What does this quotation make you think about? Patience is often attributed to our ability to tolerate other people, but at the end of the day patience with oneself is often the key to staying calm and collected.
If you’re embarking on a weight loss journey, having patience with yourself and the process is key to success. Healthy fat loss rarely occurs as quickly as certain “miracle products” would want you to believe, and “weight loss plateaus” are very real and frustrating. But if you can exercise unyielding patience, these will be mere speed bumps on your road to a healthier life.
Allan Lokos is founder of the Community Meditation Center in New York City, as well as a meditation instructor and the author of several books on mindfulness, including one entitled simply Patience.
Quote #3 From Amit Ray
“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it to see a better world.”
Sometimes a shift in your perspective is all it takes to turn a mountain back into a molehill. Dr. Amit Ray illustrates this both with his words and with his practices of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. Also an author, Amit Ray has produced multiple books including Compassionate Artificial Intelligence.
Quote #4 From Amit Ray
“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.”
When you find a perspective of gratitude, presence, and openness, the beauty of everyday life presents itself more and more. Whether you’re watching a leaf float on the wind or stuck in traffic on your way to work, being present in the moment means living and enjoying every passing second, regardless of how mundane.
Of course, you may find that the healthier you become, the easier it is to engage in activities that bring beauty into your life.
Quote #5 From Daniel J. Siegel
“Mindfulness has never met a cognition it didn’t like.”
-Daniel J. Siegel
A fairly common reaction for newcomers learning mindfulness is “mindfulness doesn’t work for me.” This can be an easy way out of a difficult lesson. The truth is that mindfulness does work and it can work for most people; it just requires a level of introspection that many are not comfortable with.
Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry, speaker, and author of many books related to both the mind and the brain.
Quote #6 From Susan Albers
“Mindful eating is about awareness. When you eat mindfully, you slow down, pay attention to the food you’re eating, and savor every bite.”
Dr. Albers does a fine job of summarizing mindfulness for healthy eating in this quotation. Eating can be an immensely pleasurable experience (especially eating healthy food!), it just requires that you take the time to spare a thought.
If you’re truly grateful for every bite, you’ll enjoy it that much more – and this truth extends far beyond your meals. Living a mindful life means finding pleasure in the smallest things, and even in moments, others might consider annoying.
Why Practice Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can help you improve your willpower, patience, mental clarity, and improve your overall sense of well-being and joy. Considering it is freely accessible to everyone and the list of benefits, it’s a wonder more people don’t practice mindfulness. And more and more people are starting to realize that.
There are many ways you can get started practicing mindfulness – by meditating, journaling, or even just sitting and focusing on your breath. If you want to take a more in-depth approach, you could pick up a book by one of the authors mentioned above or sign up for our clinical nutrition program, which includes a mindful eating course and live counseling to practice mindfulness.
Mindful weight loss can be a difficult journey to embark on alone, and our team would be happy to help you.