30 Mindfulness Quotes for Kids

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity. It can be incredibly powerful and beneficial for students. It can teach them to manage stress, improve focus, emotional regulation, and develop empathy. The skill of being able to be mindful is a powerful tool that helps students stay in the current moment. It is a skill that can be impactful for their entire life.

Mindfulness is a skill that can be learned and practiced, just like riding a bike or playing a sport. It is not a skill that someone automatically has and it takes practice to master. This has been an gaining traction in education, and for good reason. Teaching mindfulness is going to have a positive impact on the behaviors we are seeing within our classrooms. Schools around the world are incorporating mindfulness into their school day and curriculums to support student well-being and academic success.

Keep reading to learn more about mindfulness for kids and quotes all about mindfulness for adults and students.

Why is mindfulness important for kids?

Mindfulness has many proven positive impacts on kids lives.  Mindfulness practices help children learn to pay attention to what’s happening in the present moment, reducing distractions and enhancing concentration. This can bring down anxiety in students who worry about what is coming in the future. When students learn to be mindful, they stay in the actual moment and forget the ‘what ifs’ that may be coming.

By doing mindfulness meditation, it teachers students to recognize and accept their emotions without judgment. Sometimes students are not even aware of emotions within their body. When students take the time to be calm and present, they can identify those emotions, process them, and work through them.

It allows students to be more self aware. They become more in tune into their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, fostering a deeper understanding of themselves and their reactions to the world around them.

Mindfulness also helps student respond to challenging situations with calmness and resilience.

Research suggests that regular mindfulness practice can reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression in children, leading to greater happiness and overall life satisfaction. This is true for both students and adults, so when teaching this- be sure to practice these techniques yourself.

30 Mindfulness Quotes

Mindful quotes are important to reinforce our thinking and understand mindfulness in a variety of ways. These inspirational quotes are a variety of quotes for kids and adults! Read through to see which ones resonate with you!

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” – Sharon Salzberg

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

“When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.” – Dalai Lama

“We cannot overstate our debt to the past, but the moment has the supreme claim.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We all have an inner space of peace, happiness, and wisdom that can be accessed through meditation.” -Matthieu Ricard

“As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense.” – Jack Kornfield

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.” – Steve Jobs

“Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Stop. Take three deep breaths and smile everywhere in your body, observing what’s happening in your body” – Deepak Chopra

“Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance.”- Tara Brach

“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” – Allan Lokos

“Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with the contents of your mind. Thoughts will lead you in circles. Silence will bring you back to your centre. Take a walk outside – it will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Listen; don’t talk.Think; don’t assume. Emerge; don’t cower.Endure; don’t run.” – Raji Lukkoor

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Socrates’s injunction “Know thyself” speaks to the keystone of emotional intelligence: awareness of one’s own feelings as they occur.” Daniel Goleman

“Meditation, in whatever form you choose, helps you resist. What I know for sure, and have had to learn through much trial and error: The voice that truly matters is the silent voice of awareness, consciousness, aliveness.” – Oprah Winfrey

“The natural quality of mind is clear, awake, alert, and knowing. Free from fixation. By training in being present, we come to know the nature of our mind. So the more you train in being present – being right here – the more you begin to feel like your mind is sharpening up.” – Pema Chödrön

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”- Marcus Aurelius

“A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.”- Frank Zappa

“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality. We are all here for some special reason.” – Robin S. Sharma

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” – Rabbi Harold Kushner

“A mind set in his ways is wasted. Don’t do it.”- Eric Schmidt

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” James Baraz

“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely!” – Roald Dahl

“When you’re feeling frazzled, put all of your attention on the breath. It’s a portal into the present moment, the best remedy for stress.” – Ellen Barrett

“Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness.” – Sri Chinmoy

Mindfulness Activities for Your Classroom

Free calming strategies task box

This is a great first step when introducing mindfulness to your classroom. These task boxes allow you to give a hands on tool for students that is engaging and helps teach them to breath and be mindful in a variety of ways. This task box could be for one student and stay in their desk or could be stored in a safe space for students to use when they need to collect themselves.

Get it here!

Youtube Videos

You can find some great youtube videos that pair a visual to practice mindfulness. This is a very easy thing to add into your daily life. You can hit play once or twice a day and get students to practice some mindfulness to reset! Here is an example of a great one you can use.

Grounding Technique

Grounding involves directing attention to the sensations of the body or the immediate surroundings, it helps to stay connected to the here and now.  The most common grounding exercise is the “5-4-3-2-1” technique, where individuals use their senses to notice five things they can see, four things they can touch, three things they can hear, two things they can smell, and one thing they can taste. This exercise helps bring awareness to the present experience, calming the mind and reducing feelings of stress or overwhelm. 

If you want to get this in a student friendly format, you can grab it inside of this set of Social Emotional Task Boxes.

Body Scan

Body scanning is when you directing attention to different parts of the body, from head to toe, with a gentle and non-judgmental awareness. During a body scan, students are encouraged to notice any sensations, tensions, or areas of discomfort without trying to change them. The goal is to cultivate a deep sense of presence and connection with the physical body which will result in relaxation. 

By scanning through each part of the body, students can learn release tension, reduce stress, and create a sense of calm within themselves. You can do this as a whole group with you leading (if you feel comfortable), you can find a youtube video to walk you through it, or you can have students do it on their own once they become proficient at it.

Gratitude

Including gratitude in your classroom can help students develop empathy and be grateful for what they have and what you provide for them. Students can develop mindset of thankfulness and acknowledging the positive aspects of each day. This can be done in a variety of ways, from writing in a gratitude journal to simply taking a few moments to silently reflect on the things one is grateful for. If you need a gratitude journal, here is one you can grab with prompts for students!

Research has shown that practicing gratitude regularly can lead to increased happiness, improved relationships, and better overall well-being. This can help students to think of what they do have instead of what they don’t- which can be a big mindset shift for many students. 

Mindfulness is one skill we can embed into our everyday life as well as our students. It is something that can combat the anxiety of life to bring more joy and calmness to our daily lives. I hope you can find a quote or two that really resonates with you and your students.

If you want to start adding mindfulness to your classroom, pick one strategy and try it out. See how it feels because by taking time each day to acknowledge and appreciate the small things in our lives, we shift our focus from what we lack to what we already have.

This shift in perspective not only fosters feelings of contentment and satisfaction but also brings about tangible benefits for our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. 

Whether through writing in a gratitude journal, engaging in mindful reflection, or simply expressing thanks to others, the practice of mindfulness is a powerful tool. So, as we embrace the habit of daily gratitude, may we continue to find joy in the abundance that surrounds us and cultivate a deeper sense of appreciation for the richness of life.

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