Awareness Quotes

We need to be fully aware


Carpe diem (Seize the day) – famous motto

The most important thing is the way we act from moment to moment in our everyday life, just as it happens.   – Arnaud Desjardins

Let us enjoy this fleeting moment.   – Omar Khayyam

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.
– Margaret Bonnano

When the mind is full of memories and preoccupied by the future, it misses the freshness of the present moment.   – Matthieu Ricard

Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax.  There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond. You will never, never be able to sit back with full contentment and say, “Now, I’ve arrived!” Your entire education has deprived you of this capacity because it was preparing you for the future, instead of showing you how to be alive now.
– Alan Watts

Our heart, as much as our mind, needs to be fully awake.
– Brother David Steindl-Rast.

Let us try to recognise the precious nature of each day.
– The 14th Dalai Lama

To see the preciousness of all things, we must bring our full attention to life.
– Jack Kornfield

We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.   – Jack Kornfield

The present is the only thing that has no end.  – Unknown

Those who are contented and at ease with the moment, those who live in accord with the course of Nature, cannot be affected by sorrow or joy.
Chuang-Tzu, Taoist thinker

Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.
– Paramhansa Yogananda

Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts.  What good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future?  Remain in the simplicity of the present moment.   – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future or to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present wisely and earnestly.   – Buddha

There is only one moment in time when it is essential to awaken.
That moment is now.   – Buddha

Be Here Now.   – Bhagavan Das

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;
it is something you design for the present.
– Jim Rohn

The past is a good place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
– Unknown

Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it.
– David Guy Powers

Your life is not lying in wait in the future like a wild animal or some ominous destiny. Nor is it hidden in the heavens, like a paradise or promise. Nor is it shut up in the cave or the prison of your past. It is here and now; it is what you live and what you do. At the heart of being; at the heart of the present; at the heart of everything – in the great current of life, of reality.
   – Andre Comte-Sponville, French philosopher.

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
– Groucho Marx

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.
If you are attentive, you will see it.
―Thich Nhat Hanh

Without mindful awareness, the shadows of your past may haunt your present.
― Reuben Lowe

If there is a state where the soul can find a resting-place secure enough to establish itself and concentrate its entire being there, with no need to remember the past or reach into the future, where time is nothing to it, where the present runs on indefinitely but this duration goes unnoticed, with no sign of the passing of time, and no other feeling of deprivation or enjoyment, pleasure or pain, desire or fear than the simple feeling of existence, a feeling that fills our soul entirely, as long as this state lasts, we can call ourselves happy, not with a poor, incomplete and relative happiness such as we find in the pleasures of life, but with a sufficient, complete and perfect happiness which leaves no emptiness to be filled in the soul.
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

When you make friends with the present moment, you feel at home no matter where you are.  When you don’t feel at home in the now, no matter where you go, you will carry unease with you.
– Eckhart Tolle

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