20 Quotes about Living in the Present Moment

Need some inspiration to live in the present moment? Look no further – enjoy the following 20 quotes about living in the present moment:

  1. “Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
  2. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ~ Buddha
  3. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” ~ Sharon Salzberg
  4. “Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
  5. “You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.” ~ Wayne Dyer
  6. “The next message you need is always right where you are.” ~ Ram Dass
  7. “When you are here and now, sitting totally, not jumping ahead, the miracle has happened. To be in the moment is the miracle.” ~ Osho
  8. “The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, “what is” is what we want.” ~ Byron Katie
  9. “The only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment.”~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
  10. “Remember then: there is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
  11. “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” ~ Wayne Dyer
  12. “The meeting of two eternities, the past and future….is precisely the present moment.”~ Henry David Thoreau
  13. “The more I give myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy it without feeling guilty or judgmental about any other time, the better I feel about the quality of my work.” ~ Wayne Dyer
  14. “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  15. “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ Buddha
  16. “Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  17. “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” ~ Abraham Maslow
  18. “Past and future are in the mind only – I am now.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  19. “When you have an intense contact of love with nature or another human being, like a spark, then you understand that there is no time and that everything is eternal.” ~ Paulo Coelho
  20. “I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” ~ Alan Watts


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  • Nick Grishawe

    Reply Reply January 4, 2019

    Thank you for an interesting collection of mindfulness quotes. I particularly liked the Byron Katie quote. Not only does she talk about what happens when we disagree with what is but gives us the solution of a clear mind.

    I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.


    • Jane

      Reply Reply January 8, 2019

      Thanks Nick – yes Byron Katie is a favourite of mine!

      Warm wishes, Jane

  • Kevin

    Reply Reply May 11, 2018

    This is an incredibly great article. You are right that we always live in the past or in the future. We usually think too much and can not relax in the here and now.
    Thanks for the nice post – which reminds you once again to be mindful and to enjoy the present moment.
    Best regards!

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