12 Quotes about Mindfulness from Jon Kabat Zinn

12 Quotes about Mindfulness from Jon Kabat Zinn

Inspired by Kay McGrath OAM’s keynote at the Bond University Women’s Network event for International Women’s Day and her timely mindfulness quote from Jon Kabat-Zimm, I reflected on my own mindfulness journey and resources that support greater inner calm, particularly during external chaos. As a passionate wellness advocate and the course developer of the nationally recognised 10299NAT Diploma of Wellness Leadership Program, I have a plethora of books in my library for wellness in life, leadership and workplaces. One of the books in my collection is Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life.” It’s simple, yet profound.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the most influential lay Buddhists leaders in America. As a Professor of Medicine Emeritus in the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he is considered a thought-leader in the American mindfulness movement.

Born as a Jew, Jon is now a Buddhist who advocates the science of mindfulness. He discovered the wisdom of mindfulness from Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn. These mindfulness teachings inspire him to integrate the science of the brain with the art of mindfulness to help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness.

Here are 12 of Jon’s quotes about mindfulness:

Quote #1

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #2

“Mindfulness wakes you up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments. If we are not fully present for many of those moments, we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives but also fail to realize the richness and the depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #3

“Practice sharing the fullness of your being, your best self, your enthusiasm, your vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence. Share it with yourself, with your family, with the world.”  ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #4

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”  ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #5

“You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquillity of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #6

“Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.”  ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #7

“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”  ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #8

“From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #9

“When we commit ourselves to paying attention in an open way, without falling prey to our own likes and dislikes, opinions and prejudices, projections and expectations, new possibilities open up and we have a chance to free ourselves from the straitjacket of unconsciousness.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #10

“When we can be centered in ourselves, even for brief periods of time in the face of the pull of the outer world, not having to look elsewhere for something to fill us up or make us happy, we can be at home wherever we find ourselves, at peace with things as they are, moment by moment.”  ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #11

“Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy.”  ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Quote #12

“I don’t know of any magical solutions and, frankly, I’m not looking for one. A full life is painted with broad brush strokes. Many paths can lead to understanding and wisdom. Each of us has different needs to address and things worth pursuing over the course of a lifetime. Each of us has to chart our own course, and it has to fit what we are ready for.”

These are quotes from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Wherever You Go, There You Are. If you’d like to take a look at my recommended book list for wellbeing in life, leadership and workplaces, head over here.

Angela Derks, ND is the Founder and CEO of the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy (ASWA) - the award winning accredited leader of wellness training and consulting services for organisations. Her life’s work is helping people achieve optimal health, wellbeing and business success through skills-based learning and healthy leadership strategies. She is the lead developer of the nationally recognised 10299NAT Diploma of Wellness Leadership qualification, delivering relevant skills to effectively integrate evidence-based wellness and management practices into organisations. The ASWA Wellness Solutions Team delivers an integrative approach for individuals, organisations and communities.