Calmness (quotes)


Calmness is a state of peace and quiet


Practice calmness, even in the midst of agitation


The holy grail is to be calm, even in the midst of the storm

  • Be the light in the dark, be the calm in the storm and be at peace while at war. Mike Dolan
  • If an individual has a calm state of mind, that person’s attitudes and views will be calm and tranquil even in the presence of great agitation. Tenzin Gyatso
  • Remember to preserve a calm soul amid difficulties. Horace
  • In the midst of the flurry – clarity. In the midst of the storm – calm. Mary Anne Radmacher
  • Practice being the eye of the storm. Commit to being the one person in the room who is an example of peace and calm. All it takes is intention and practice. Richard Carlson
  • Serenity is not freedom from the storm…but peace amid the storm. Wilbur Pierce
  • During crisis or stress, remember that 100 years from now we will all be gone from this planet.  Richard Carlson
  • No matter how dire the situation, keep your cool. Life’s Little Instruction Book
  • Do not jump into reaction mode at the first appearance of negative energy. Just breathe, and relax.  Neale Donald Walsch
  • We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. Swami Satchidananda
  • May such calmness of soul be mine, so as to meet the forces of circumstances. Aeschylus
  • A life with a peaceful centre can weather all storms. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Analyse the situation honestly and figure out what is the worst possible thing that could happen. Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst, if necessary. Then calmly try to improve upon the worst, which you have already agreed mentally to accept. Willis H. Carrier
  • Calm in chaos. In the midst of the flurry – clarity. In the midst of the storm – calm. In the midst of divided interests –   In the many roads – a certain choice.  Mary Anne Radmacher
  • Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic; and it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation. Vannevar Bush
  • Practice being in the “eye of the storm.” The eye of the storm is that specific spot in the centre of a tornado that is calm, almost isolated from the frenzy of activity.  Commit to being the one person in the room who is going to be an example of peace. Practice breathing.  Practice listening.  What it takes is intention and practice.  You can do it if you set your mind to it.  Richard Carlson
  • Remaining calm no matter what’s going on around you is an incredible challenge, but it will liberate your psychic sense and will probably add a few years to your life as well—after all, getting worked up about things only makes them worse. Life is always full of drama and challenges, but you don’t have to overreact to any of it if you choose not to. Sonia Choquette
  • The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person.  Norman Vincent Peale
  • They sicken of the calm who know the storm. Dorothy Parker
  • I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits. Bernard Moitessier
  • Life is sunshine and storm

Calmness is a powerful force that brings great rewards


Calmness is the cradle of power

  • Calmness is the cradle of power. G. Holland
  • Your strength is in your calmness, in the clarity of your mind. Strength comes from putting the negative aside without reacting. Win in calmness, in consciousness, in balance. Yogi Amrit Desai
  • Your power is proportional to your ability to relax. David Allen
  • The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. Bruce Lee
  • It is the nature of a great mind to be calm and undisturbed. Seneca, De Clementia
  • The person who is at peace and has achieved a state of calmness needs no thing. He or she has everything. Peter Cajander
  • Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. Thomas Jefferson
  • Remain calm in every situation because peace equals power. Joyce Meyer
  • Calmness, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and purity: these are the disciplines of the mind. Krishna
  • Power

Inner calm creates calm without

  • Your outer world—your environment, the noise level, the relative calm or chaos in your life—is usually a reflection of your inner world, the degree of peace and equanimity (or lack thereof) you experience in your mind. Richard Carlson
  • What comes first, a calm mind or a calm life? If you think about it, the answer, while difficult to admit, is obvious: A calm mind precedes a more peaceful outer life. Richard Carlson
  • Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace. Our internal state determines our experience of our lives; our experiences do not determine our internal state. Marianne Williamson
  • We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. Swami Satchidananda
  • Problems can’t exist in the face of total relaxation. Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual problems have nothing to stick to in the face of total relaxation. John C. Parkin
  • If an individual has a calm state of mind, that person’s attitudes and views will be calm and tranquil even in the presence of great agitation. Tenzin Gyatso
  • So, let the mind flow like water. Face life with a calm and quiet mind and everything in life will be calm and quiet. Thich Thien- An

Inner calmness can greatly boost outer effectiveness

  • Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral, loose, and free- floating – these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything. Wayne Dyer
  • Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation. Stephen C. Paul
  • The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person. Norman Vincent Peale
  • The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen
  • The power of calm: In matters of the mind, the more mental effort you apply to any given situation, the less will be the result. Richard Carlson
  • Your ability to be productive is directly proportional to your ability to relax. David Allen
  • The thing to do is to keep your mind when the world around you is losing theirs. Warren Buffett
  • The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one. Wallace D. Wattles
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Calmness empowers concentration

  • As long as I can concentrate and remain somewhat calm, I can normally do very well. Al Oerter
  • You have to block everything out and be extremely focused and be relaxed and mellow too. Jennifer Capriati
  • Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win. Channel your energy. Focus. Carol Lewis
  • The Zen of doing anything is doing it with a particular concentration of mind, a calmness and simplicity of mind, that brings the experience of enlightenment and, through that experience, happiness. Chris Prentiss
  • Concentration

Calmness brings happiness

  • Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Happiness cannot be given or taken away by anything that life throws at you. It is internal, unchanging, and constant. It is still, it is calm, and it is complete. It searches for nothing, it does not seek anything, it is absolute, and it is. Jac O’keeffe
  • Pleasure is a river running to the sea; happiness is the full, calm sea. Peter Kreeft
  • Happiness

Calmness creates resilience

  • Store up reservoirs of calm and content and draw on them at later moments when the source isn’t there, but the need is very great. Rupert Brooke
  • When the world threatens to flood my barricades, I run to my centre, my calm, my bliss. Alison Stormwolf
  • Resilience

Calmness conquers conflict

  • Be calm. Conflict usually engenders strong emotions and even anger but, in such a state, you are unlikely to be particularly rational or in the mood for compromise. Roger Darlington
  • Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Conflict management

Calmness opens us to love and compassion

  • A way of strengthening compassion is to understand and then release what prevents it from arising. For example, tension and stress limit compassion. When we’re stressed, we’re usually too preoccupied for empathy to operate. However, when we’re relaxed, our capacity for empathy increases. People who cultivate deep states of calm often find it naturally opens their hearts to great capacities of compassion and love. Gil Fronsdal
  • A way of strengthening compassion is to understand and then release what prevents it from arising. For example, tension and stress limit compassion. When we’re stressed, we’re usually too preoccupied for empathy to operate. However, when we’re relaxed, our capacity for empathy increases. People who cultivate deep states of calm often find it naturally opens their hearts to great capacities of compassion and love. Gil Fronsdal
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Calmness heals and sustains the body

  • If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. The Dalai Lama
  • They who are of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressures of age. Plato
  • If we could learn how to balance rest against effort, calmness against strain, quiet against turmoil, we would assure ourselves of joy in living and psychological health for life. Josephine Rathbone
  • What I believe, according to my own experience, is that a calm, peaceful mind is a very important element for sustaining the body in a balanced way. The Dalai Lama
  • He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden. Plato
  • HealingHealthThe body

Calmness solves problems

  • I try to imagine my problem as a knot. The more I panic and pull on the ends, the tighter the knot cinches. But, when I adopt a singular focus, a calm takes over and I can loosen one strand at a time. Jay White
  • Problem solving

Calmness enhances pleasure

  • Excitement is not enjoyment: in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow. Victor Hugo
  • Pleasure

Calmness reveals our true, peaceful nature …

  • Calmness is your eternal, true nature. Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature. Think of your ordinary emotional, thought-ridden self as a block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun. If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation. Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing. And you will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being. Rumi
  • Excitement is the drunkenness of the spirits. Only calm waters reflect heaven in their bosom. Marguerite de Valois

… at the depths of our being

  • Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm. Gautama Buddha
  • Mind can be compared to an ocean, and momentary mental events such as happiness, irritation, fantasies, and boredom to the waves that rise and fall on its surface. Just as the waves can subside to reveal the stillness of the ocean’s depths, so too is it possible to calm the turbulence of our mind to reveal its natural pristine clarity. Kathleen McDonald
  • Being

Calmness reveals truth

  • The simplified life is a sanctified life, Much more calm, much less strife. Oh, what wondrous truths are unveiled. Projects succeed which had previously failed.
  • There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. Willa Cather
  • Truth

Calmness enables the most appropriate response

  • Calmness is a huge gift. And once you master it, you will be able to respond in a useful way to every difficult situation that decides to walk into your heart. Geri Larkin

Practice calm habits


Practice being calm

  • Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked. Yoga Sutras
  • Affirm divine calmness and peace, and send out only thoughts of love and goodwill if you want to live in peace and harmony. Never get angry, for anger poisons your system. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Become peacefully calm and quiet, without motion, without stillness, without birth, without destruction, without coming or going, with no judgments of right or wrong, neither staying nor going. This, then, is the Great Way. Hui Neng
  • Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm. Mason Cooley

Practice effortless being and doing

  • The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Act without doing; work without effort. Lao Tzu
  • Practice non-doing, and everything will fall into place. Lao Tzu
  • Life is water, and we tend to push too hard, thrash about, force things, struggle. Instead, learn to float, learn to allow things to become effortless. Leo Babauta
  • The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. Bruce Lee
  • Practice not-doing. And everything will fall into place. Lao Tzu
  • Do or do not. There is no try. Yoda
  • Conscious effort inhibits and ‘jams’ the automatic creative mechanism. Maxwell Maltz
  • Flow is the natural, effortless unfolding of our life in a way that moves us towards wholeness and harmony. Charlene Belitz & Meg Lundstrom
  • Check yourself four or five times a day, and say to yourself, ‘Am I making my work harder than it actually is? Am I using muscles that have nothing to do with the work I’m doing?’ Dale Carnegie
  • Test yourself again at the end of the day, by asking yourself, ‘Just how tired am I? If I am tired, it is not because of mental work I have done but because of the way I have done it. Dale Carnegie
  • The Zen of doing anything is doing it with a particular concentration of mind, a calmness and simplicity of mind, that brings the experience of enlightenment and, through that experience, happiness. Chris Prentiss
  • Trying too hard can actually have the opposite effect to what you want. Amanda Harvey
  • Don’t push the river, it flows anyway. Barry Stevens
  • It is not the degree of ‘willing’ or ‘trying’, but the way in which the energy is directed, that is going to make the ‘willing’ or ‘trying’ effective. M. Alexander
  • You translate everything, whether physical, mental or spiritual, into muscular tension. M. Alexander
  • There’s a concept in Taoism, “wei wu wei”, which is often translated as “action without action” or “effortless doing”. I prefer to think of it more in the sense of “action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort”. Leo Babauta
  • Go easy, step lightly, stay free. The Clash
  • Effortlessness

Practice calmness by living in the moment

  • We must learn to position ourselves effortlessly within each moment, rather than stumbling through time. We can either escape from the moment or stay with it as it unfolds and do something good with it. M. Forni
  • Live in the moment

Practice calmness by taking time to be

  • Learn the art of relaxing, of just “being” rather than “doing,” for a few minutes each day. Just sit still and notice your thoughts and feelings.  For many of us, our lives are so filled with stumuli, not to mention responsibilities, that it’s almost impossible for us to sit still and do nothing.  People are no longer human beings.  We should be called human doings. Richard Carlson
  • If we are not careful, it is all too easy to fall into becoming more of a human doing than a human being, and forget who is doing all the doing, and why. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The beauty of doing nothing is that it teaches you to clear your mind and relax. Just like your body, your mind needs an occasional break from its hectic routine.  when you allow your mind to take a break, it comes back stronger, sharper, more focused and creative.  Richard Carlson
  • What is this life, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. William Henry Davies
  • Because it’s so easy to get caught up in our cultural obsessions of doing and having, we often miss the joy of just being—being in nature, being with ourselves, being with our loved ones. Brad Swift
  • When was the last time you spent a quiet Moment just doing nothing–just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? Ralph Marston
  • BeingAwareness

Practice calmness by doing only one thing at a time

  • There are hundreds of tasks we feel we must accomplish in the day, but if we do not take them one at a time and let them pass through the day slowly and evenly, as do the grains of sand passing through the narrow neck of the hourglass, then we are bound to break our own physical and mental structure. Ted Bergernine
  • We never receive more than we can handle, and there is always just one thing to do. Byron Katie
  • Focus

Practice calmness by living just one day at a time

  • There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry… Yesterday and Tomorrow. Robert Jones Burdette
  • We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it. John Newton

Practice calmness by adopting a calm pace instead of rushing

  • Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Walter C. Hagen
  • Instead, try going slowly. This is the true tempo of an effortless life, and, ironically, it isn’t easy for many people. Leo Babauta
  • Smile, breathe and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Don’t rush, go slowly, and be. Leo Babauta
  • Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu
  • Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. St. Francis de Sales
  • An unhurried sense of time is in itself a sort of wealth. Bonnie Friedman
  • Today I will focus on a peaceful pace, rather than a harried one. I will keep moving forward gently, not frantically. I will let go of my need to be anxious and upset and will replace these feelings with calmness and harmony. Melody Beattie
  • Age hath its quiet calm, and youth enjoyeth not for haste. Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • Slow down. Calm down. Don’t worry. Don’t hurry. Trust the process. Alexandra Stoddard
  • Slow downHaste

Practice calmness by following the middle way

  • We need to find the “middle way” in our own lives. It is the art of finding balance.  Reflecting upon our lives, we soon discover what serves us well–nurturing calmness, ease, and simplicity.  We also discover what it is that leads to entanglement, confusion, distress, and anxiety.  Wisdom is being able to discern the difference, then knowing what we need to nurture and what we need to learn to let go.  Christina Feldman
  • BalanceHarmony

Practice calmness by halting the constant busyness

  • Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates
  • Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions. Timothy Ferriss
  • It is possible to be busy – very busy – without being very effective. Stephen Covey
  • Think of our cultural obsession with frenetic doingness. Overwhelmed, rushed, and cluttered is the norm. In fact, we often wear these vestiges of busyness like a badge of courage. Brad Swift
  • The Chinese word for “busy” is composed of two characters: “heart” and “killing.” When we make ourselves so busy that we are always rushing around trying to get this or that “done” or “over with,” we kill something vital in ourselves, and we smother the quiet wisdom in our heart. When we invest our work with judgment and impatience, always striving for speed and efficiency, we lose the capacity to appreciate the six million quiet moments that may bring us peace, beauty, or joy. As we seek salvation through our frantic productivity and accomplishments, we squander the teachings that may be present in this very moment, in the richness of this particular breath. Brother Steindhl- Rast
  • We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about. Joseph Campbell
  • The really idle man gets nowhere. The perpetually busy man does not get much farther. Sir Heneage Ogilvie
  • The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time, it is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else – we are the busiest people in the world. Eric Hoffer
  • Action is part of the world of form. Don’t lose yourself in it.  Eckhart Tolle
  • I study what ordinary people do to find happiness, what they struggle for, rushing about apparently unable to stop. Chuang
  • Today we live in a world that judges its achievements by speed and busyness. … We are so busy making things happen that we have little time left to think about the value of what is happening. We urgently need people who concentrate on the meaning of life rather than simply the speed. Joan Chittister
  • Time is always wanting to me, and I cannot meet with a single day when I am not hurried along, driven to by wits’- end by urgent work, business to attent do or some service to render. George Sand
  • Busyness

Practice calmness by not sweating the small stuff

  • The most important skill in staying calm is not to lose sleep over small issues. The second most important skill is to be able to view all issues as small issues. Paul Wilson
  • When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in five years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go. Catherine Pulsifer
  • If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. Joseph Cossman
  • Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff. Robert Eliot
  • Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “Life is too short to be little.” Dale Carnegie
  • Few things matter much; most things do not matter at all. Bishop Leadbeater
  • The greatest cause of ulcers is mountain-climbing over molehills. Maxwell Maltz
  • If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire- then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Robert Fulghum
  • Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Take short moments to find calmness throughout the day. Do not allow worry to take over your mind. J. Goldwag

Practice calmness by listening to calming music

  • Music can calm the heartbeat and soothe the soul. So, when the going gets rough, take a musical stress detour by aligning your heartbeat with the slow tempo of a relaxing song. And you might want to make that a classical tune. Research shows that listening to 30 minutes of classical music may produce calming effects equivalent to taking 10 mg of Valium. Jenny Stamos Kovacs
  • Music

Practice calmness by doing exercise

  • Regular exercise has proven benefits of releasing endorphins, which have a calming effect on the brain and in your body. Richard Carlson
  • Exercise

Practice calmness by spending time in nature

  • My spirit was lifted and my soul nourished by my time in the garden. It gave me a calm connection with all of life, and an awareness that remains with me now, long after leaving the garden. Nancy Ross
  • There’s nothing like a walk in the forest to clear my mind and get my spirit to calm down and slow down. Any time I get away from the mass of people and find a quiet, solitary spot in nature, be it in the middle of the desert, in the forest, on a beach, or even along a lonely country road, I feel myself being refreshed, revived, renewed.  It’s a wonderful feeling that I don’t search out nearly enough.  Tom Walsh
  • If you feel overwhelmed, confused, or stuck, go outdoors and clear your head. Go into nature and surround yourself in colors of green and blue, which have a calming effect. Find a panoramic view and look out into the distance. Walk. Take deep breaths. Empty your mind. Come back with a fresh perspective. Preston In
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Practice calmness by not letting your “to do” list destroy your calm

  • Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone. Susan Mitchell
  • Remind yourself that when you die, your “in basket” won’t be empty. Richard Carlson
  • If you’re obsessed with getting everything done, you’ll never have a sense of well-being! In reality, almost everything can wait.   Richard Carlson
  • If you remind yourself that the purpose of life isn’t to get it all done but to enjoy each step along the way and live a life filled with love, it’s far easier to control your obsession with completing your list of things to do.  Richard Carlson

Practice calmness by spending time with calm people

  • As harsh as it sounds, mixing with highly stressed people will make you feel stressed. On the other hand, mixing with calm people – even for the briefest period – will leave you feeling calm.  Paul Wilson
  • A man of calm is like a shady tree. People who need shelter come to it. Toba Beta
  • Surround yourself with positive people

Practice calmness by creating calm habits

  • Start every journey ten minutes early. Not only will you avoid the stress of haste, but if all goes well you’ll have ten minutes to relax before your next engagement. Paul Wilson
  • Habit

Practice calmness by clearing clutter

  • Clear some clutter. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm – and clearing clutter seems to have a disproportionately positive effect. Bringing order to your physical environment will help calm you. Gretchen Rubin
  • Clutter

Practice calmness by finding flow

  • Whenever your mind is totally absorbed in whatever activities you are performing, your mind will remain calm and content. Chin- Ning Chu
  • Go with the flow

Spiritual practices for calmness


Spiritual progress is about calmness

  • The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquillity. Swami Sivananda

Become calm by practicing non-attachment

  • There will be calmness, tranquillity, when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed. Bruce Lee
  • All belief that does not make us more happy, more free, more loving, more active, more calm, is, I fear, a mistaken and superstitious belief. John K. Lavater
  • Non-attachment

Become calm by practicing gratitude

  • There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. Ralph H. Blum
  • Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for. Barry Neil Kaufman
  • Gratitude

Become calm by practicing equanimity

  • Equanimity: Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.  Oxford Dictionary
  • A modern definition of equanimity: cool. This refers to one whose mind remains stable and calm in all situations. Allan Lokos
  • In fighting and in everyday life you should be determined through calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. . . . An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit. Miyamoto Musashi
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Become calm by practicing acceptance and surrender

  • In the state of surrender, I see clearly what needs to be done. I take action, focusing on one thing at a time. Calmly and in the now. Eckhart Tolle
  • On the still calm waters of surrender the reflections of clarity appear. Bryant McGill
  • To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned, and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be – in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • True peace is found in this moment. Acceptance is the first step to inner calm. Elkhart Tolle
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Become calm by practicing finding time to be still

  • Quiet is peace. Tranquillity. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. Khaled Hosseini
  • The poor long for riches and the rich for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquillity. Swami Rama
  • Concentrate on the silence. When it comes, dwell on what it sounds like.  Then strive to carry that quiet with you wherever you go.  Paul Wilson
  • You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind. Remez Sasson
  • We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for—sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm… As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sounds of them all—and to me it is a sound—is utter, complete silence. André Kostelanetz
  • When you reach a calm and quiet meditative state, that is when you can hear the sound of silence. Stephen Richards
  • Stillness

Become calm by practicing meditation

  • Meditation gives you an opportunity to come to know your invisible self. It allows you to empty yourself of the endless hyperactivity of your mind, and to attain calmness. It teaches you to be peaceful, to remove stress, to receive answers where confusion previously reigned. Wayne Dyer
  • The mind is like the Pacific Ocean. It waves, depending on the atmospheric conditions.  But even when it’s at its most tumultuous, if you learn to drop down twenty or thirty feet under the water there is just gentle calmness and stillness.  And it’s always present. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Before embarking on important undertakings, sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts, and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Calm the winds of your thoughts, and there will be no waves on the ocean of your mind. Remez Sasson
  • Imagine that your mind is like a calm, clear lake or a vast empty sky: Ripples appear on the surface of the lake and clouds pass across the sky, but they soon disappear without altering the natural stillness. Kathleen McDonald
  • Nothing outside yourself can cause any trouble. You yourself make the waves in your mind. If you leave your mind as it is, it will become calm. This mind is called big mind. Shunryu Suzuki
  • Pour some water into a tub and stir it up. Now try as hard as you can to calm the water with your hands; you will succeed in agitating it further.  Let it stand undisturbed a while, and it will calm down by itself.  The human brain works much the same way.  Koichi Tohei
  • To achieve that state of lasting happiness and absolute peace, we must first know how to calm the mind, to concentrate and go beyond the mind. By turning the mind’s concentration inward, upon the self, we can deepen that experience of perfect concentration. This is the state of Meditation. Swami Sivananda
  • A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self- awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Meditation

Become calm by practicing mindfulness

  • Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. 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
  • 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
  • Mindfulness: a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind-body process through calm and focused awareness without judgment. Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD
  • Mindfulness

Become calm by practicing watching the breath

  • Most of the time, we think too much, and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed, and peaceful. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. Etty Hillesum
  • …breathing deeply and regularly is not only the key to remaining calm, but also instantly connects us to a higher vibration. When we’re stressed or fearful, we tend to hold our breath, which cuts us off from our Higher Self and our intuitive vibes. Sonia Choquette
  • Abdominal breathing—breathing from the belly, rather than only into the chest— can be very calming. Place your hand on your belly and feel whether it expands as you inhale and contracts as you exhale. Bob Stahl
  • Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment!  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • By breathing deeply from the diaphragm, you can reverse anxiety symptoms and calm yourself down. Robert Segal
  • When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life.  Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.  Svatmarama
  • Anxiety and fear dissipate quickly when countered with conscious breathing because concentrating on the breath enables you to refocus your attention inward. You can ground yourself and regain your usual calm by taking a series of deep belly breaths as you visualize your feet growing roots that stretch miles down into the earth. Madisyn Taylor
  • Find a place where you are alone. Train yourself in the following way: When you breathe in, experience breathing in. When you breathe out, be fully conscious that you are breathing out. If you cherish and practice this, it will bear great fruit. Whatever you are doing and wherever you are, you will find steadiness, calm, and concentration if you become conscious of your breathing. Majjhima Nikaya
  • Breathing

Become calm by practicing patience

  • Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its own unhurried pace. Brian L. Weiss
  • Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Patience is that calm and unruffled temper with which a good man bears the evils of life. John Robinson
  • Patience

Become calm by practicing relaxation

  • People who routinely relax have improved expression of genes that calm down stress reactions, making them more resilient. Rick Hanson
  • Briefly stated, the relaxation response is defined as the response that is the opposite of the “fight- or- flight” or stress response. It is characterized by the following: decreased metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing; a decrease or “calming” in brain activity; an increase in attention and decision-making functions of the brain; and changes in gene activity that are the opposite of those associated with stress. Herbert Benson
  • Relaxation

Become calm through practicing faith

  • He who has faith has… an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.   C. Forbes
  • Faith is an invisible and invincible magnet, and attracts to itself whatever it fervently desires and calmly and persistently expects. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned, and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be – in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • Studies show that compared with those who profess no faith, religious and spiritual people are calmer and healthier. Michael Castleman
  • Faith

Final thoughts

  • Rushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them. Forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe. Therefore, the Master takes action by letting things take their course. He remains as calm at the end as at the beginning. He has nothing, thus has nothing to lose. What he desires is non-desire; what he learns is to unlearn. He simply reminds people of who they have always been. He cares about nothing but the Tao. Thus he can care for all things. ―  Lao Tzu

On a lighter note

  • If you can stay calm while all around you is chaos, then you probably haven’t completely understood the situation.
  • Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting. John Russell
  • If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Keep calm.
  • If you ever feel like you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown just follow these simple rules: first calm down; second come over and wash my car; third shine all my shoes; there isn’t that better? Jack Handey
  • One day I shall burst my bud of calm and blossom into hysteria. Christopher Fry
  • When life hands you lemons, calmly cut one in half, turn around and squirt juice in life’s eye.
  • I love lying back, relaxing in the bath. Sometimes I even put water in it.
  • Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
  • I know exactly what I want. Everything. Calm, peace, tranquility, freedom, fun, happiness. If I could make all that one word, I would – a many-syllabled word. Johnny Depp