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Mindfulness is, very broadly, being present and aware of what's happening around you. Whether you’re already super attuned to yourself and your surroundings or you’re just starting out, read on for nine quotes about mindfulness, from philosophers and Buddhist monks to essayists and Catholic saints.

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jon kabat zinn

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

thich nhat hanh

“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

pema chodron

“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” – Pema Chödrön

mother theresa

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa

eckhart tolle

“In today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being.” – Eckhart Tolle

buddha

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

marcus aurelius

“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.” – Marcus Aurelius

deepak chopra

“Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are…each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness.” – Deepak Chopra

thoreau

“Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.” – Henry David Thoreau

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