20 Inspirational Quotes for Practising Presence

Each year, I invest time reflecting on the year – the gifts, lessons, challenges, what is calling for attention. As I was doing my reflection this year, I’m discovering more and more the gifts within this process and also how reflection continually helps me to cultivate presence. Even though I have left the presence moment many times throughout the year, I have compassion with myself, begin again and continue to cultivate presence.

Subsequently, today I wanted to share with you the following inspirational quotes on practising presence and why I continually invest time to do this practise.


20 Inspirational Quotes on Practising Presence

  1. “Absence sharpens love. Presence strengthens it.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  2. “In any moment, no matter how lost we feel, we can take refuge in presence and love. We need only pause, breathe, and open to the experience of aliveness within us. In that wakeful openness, we come home to the peace and freedom of our natural awareness.” ~ Tara Brach
  3. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~ Buddha
  4. “Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
  5. “May your sleep be your death, and your wakefulness be your heaven.” ~ Anthony Liccione
  6. “Your actions are your only true belongings.” ~ Allan Lokos
  7. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~ Buddha
  8. “Presence is not some exotic state that we need to search for or manufacture. In the simplest terms, it is the felt sense of wakefulness, openness, and tenderness that arises when we are fully here and now with our experience.” ~ Tara Brach
  9. “The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.” ~ Pema Chödrön
  10. “That’s life: starting over, one breath at a time.” ~ Sharon Salzberg
  11. “The point is not how long you meditate; the point is whether the practice actually brings you to a certain state of mindfulness and presence, where you are a little open and able to connect with your heart essence. And five minutes of wakeful sitting practice is of far greater value than twenty minutes of dozing!” ~ Sogyal Rinpoche
  12. “The Way is not in the sky, the Way is in the heart.” ~ Buddha
  13. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~ Amit Ray
  14. “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
  15. “You cannot control the results, only your actions.” ~ Allan Lokos
  16. “Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.” ~ Jack Kornfield
  17. “The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
  18. “We convince by our presence” ~ Walt Whitman
  19. “Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” ~ Buddha
  20. “Training your mind to be in the present moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.” ~ Susan Albers


Over to You…

Which quote was your favourite relating to practising presence?  Do you have another inspiring quote on practising presence? If so, feel free to let us know below or post the quote on our Facebook page 🙂


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