Awareness Quotes for Inspiration, Meditation, and Reflection

awareness quotes

Although it is difficult to pinpoint the physical base or location of awareness, it is perhaps the most precious thing concealed within our brains. And it is something that the individual alone can feel and experience. Each of us cherishes it highly, yet it is private.

Dali Lama

Officially defined, awareness is the “the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, or sensory patterns.  [It] may be focused on an internal state … or external events.”  Awareness is the means through which we develop qualia, the Latin word which means “instances of subjective, conscious experience.” It is through awareness that we build up our ideas about life. If our awareness is limited, then our ideas about life are also limited.  If you want to change anything about yourself or the world around you, then start with fine tuning your awareness.  Only through expanded awareness can you finally overcome your self-imposed limitations and start thinking outside the box. We hope that you find the following awareness quotes useful for inspiration, meditation, and reflection.

Quotes for Expanding Your Awareness

On the advice of Jiddu Krishnamurti, you can fine tune your awareness by opening your eyes and actually seeing the world around you.

Awareness is that state of mind which takes in everything-the crows flying across the sky, the flowers on the trees, the people sitting in front, the colors they are wearing – being extensively aware, which needs watching, observing, taking in the shape of the leaf, the shape of the trunk, the shape of the head of another, what he is doing.

You can improve your awareness skills and open your mind by learning how to see like an artist.

Opening you awareness is not anything like intense concentration.  Awareness and concentration are not the same thing:

A Buddha is not a man of concentration, he is a man of awareness. He has not been trying to narrow down his consciousness; on the contrary, he has been trying to drop all barriers so that he becomes totally available to existence. Watch… existence is simultaneous. I am speaking here and the traffic noise is simultaneous. The train, the birds the wind blowing through the trees — in this moment the whole of existence converges. You listening to me, I speaking to you, and millions of things going on — it is tremendously rich.

Osho

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.

William Blake

Awareness is observation without choice, condemnation, or justification. Awareness is silent observation from which there arises understanding without the experiencer and the experienced. In this awareness, which is passive, the problem or the cause is given an opportunity to unfold itself and so give its full significance. In awareness there is no end in view to be gained, and there is no becoming, the ‘me’ and the ‘mine’ not being given the continuity.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Awareness Quotes for Greater Clarity

Consciousness without thinking: that’s what awareness is. Being alert and with no thought. Try it! whenever you see thinking gathering, disperse it! pull yourself out of it! Look at the trees with no screens of thinking between you and the trees. Listen to the chirping of the birds with no chirping of the mind inside. Look at the sun rising and feel that inside you also a sun of consciousness is rising… but don’t think about it, don’t assert, don’t state, don’t say. Simply be. And, by and by, you will start feeling glimpses of awareness, sudden glimpses of awareness — as if a fresh breeze has entered into your room which was getting stale and dead; as if a ray of light has entered into the dark night of your soul; as if, suddenly, life has called you back.

Osho

Reflections for Self-Awareness

Whereas the average individuals “often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are,” self-actualizing individuals have “superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general.

Abraham Maslow

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.

Walt Whitman

Awareness Quotes for Self-Realization

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.

Anne Sexton

Concentration makes you one-pointed at a very great cost: ninety-nine per cent of life is discarded. If you are solving a mathematical problem, you cannot listen to the birds — they will be a distraction. Children playing around, dogs barking in the street — they will be a distraction. Because of concentration, people have tried to escape from life — to go to the Himalayas, to go to a cave, to remain isolated, so that you can concentrate on God. But God is not an object. God is this wholeness of existence, this moment; God is the totality. That’s why science will never be able to know God. The very method of science is concentration and because of that method, science can never know God.

Osho

Deep down we have the qualities of clarity, awareness, sensitivity, warmth and love. but , we have little idea at the outset just how deep and vast those qualities can be.

Yaaqut

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

Rumi

Higher dimensions of Awareness means higher dimensions of energy.

Jaggi Vasudev

I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifest.

Albert Einstein

At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Awareness of True Love

Rumi certainly knew the secrets of true love and enlightened relationships.  He has some of the most fantastic quotes about the awareness of love:

The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.

Awareness Quotes to Overcome Negativity

Negativity is an obstacle to expanded awareness and a barrier to healthy relationships.  Sometimes, just a simple shift in our awareness is enough to change the way negativity affects us.

For awareness you need not go to the Himalayas; you need not go anywhere. Your life gives you enough opportunities to be aware. Somebody insults you — listen to it in full awareness. And you will be surprised — the insult is no more an insult. You may even smile. It does not hurt; it hurts only when received in unawareness. Somebody praises and appreciates you — listen with alertness. And then nobody can persuade you to do foolish things. Nobody can bribe you; flattery becomes impossible. You will smile at the whole nonsense.

Osho

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Rumi

Imagine if you really took these two messages to heart – you could solve any relationship problem you ever had.

Awareness and Appreciation of Diversity

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

Maya Angelou

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

John F. Kennedy

I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.

Ani DiFranco

He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves – in Man… For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.

Leo Tolstoy

The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity. 

Thomas Stephen Szasz

Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged

Rumi

Sometimes we think that differences between people are what cause problems, but really, it is through differences that we open doors to creatively solving problems.