Below is a selection of powerful quotes from The Coloring Book of Mindfulness: 50 Quotes and Designs to Help You Focus, Slow Down, De-Stress, illustrated by Holly MacDonald. I hope these quotes remind you to be more present and to savor each moment—because we naturally and inevitably forget, too wrapped up in our mind’s chatter, too focused on our to-do lists. Which is OK, because we can simply refocus on what’s unraveling right before us. We can start using our senses fully, refocusing on what we’re seeing, smelling, hearing, touching, tasting.
I hope these quotes remind you of the magic all around you and within you. I hope they remind you that you can access peace at any time. Because you can. One slow, deep, quenching breath at a time.
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ~ Carl Jung
“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time.” ~ Hermann Hesse
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Do every act of your life as though it were your last.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We only have this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon
“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they bloom like flowers.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats
“Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really taste your food when you eat, and when you sleep, really sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will dead soon enough.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
I hope you have a wonderful, nourishing Sunday!