22 Poems About Mindfulness To Help You Be More Present

Poems about mindfulness are so powerful when you really want to dial in to what’s important in life.

Mindfulness poems will bring you back to the present moment, and can inspire you to have a more positive, light-hearted outlook on life.

If your inner thoughts feel heavy or just a little bit dark at this time, the mindfulness poems below will absolutely bring you some peace.

 

This post is all about 22 poems about mindfulness to help you be more present.

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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply being acutely aware of the present moment.

The dictionary definition of mindfulness is the process of “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.”

Mindfulness is being present and accepting of your thoughts.

 

How can I practice being mindful?

You don’t need to have a formal mindfulness practice in order for mindfulness to be beneficial.

You also don’t need to practice being mindful for a long time each time – it can be as short as a few seconds.

It can be as simple as stopping yourself in the middle of the day to truly focus on where you are, how you are feeling, what you see, smell, or even taste.

Get very aware of your current state, and suddenly, you will be absolutely present.

When you are present, you are not fixating on the past or worried about the future.

The past and the future dissolve, and you simply are. That’s why mindfulness is such a powerful tool.

It can make you feel a lot better, almost immediately.

The very act of reading mindful poetry in your daily life is another great way to practice being mindful.

As you read these poems, the words within them will act as the best tools for getting you to be as present as possible.

 

Why is practicing mindfulness important?

Mindfulness is a meditation practice and there are so many benefits of meditation.

We all lead such busy, even chaotic, lives at times and we’re constantly focused on what we need to do next to get to where we want to go.

But by being mindful, you are forced to slow down and appreciate and accept the present moment instead of focusing on the past or future.

Mindfulness meditation is a powerful way to practice slowing down our daily lives and getting clear on what is in front of us and what is most important in your own life.

Not practicing mindfulness may just be a great mistake.

Life goes by much faster than we’d all like to admit, but you can slow it down just a bit by making sure that you are getting present as often as you can in your own body.

 

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22 Mindful Poems To Help You Be More Present

Have yourself a mindful moment by reading the mindfulness poetry collection below.

As you read these meditative poems, you will find yourself becoming more calm and mindful, and maybe even full of hope.

 

1. “Leisure”

 

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

 

– W. H. Davies

 

2. “Being Present”

 

I like petals in the sunshine

that sleep beneath the roses

and I like the sound a bird makes

when its beak opens and closes.

I like the way the grass bends

in the passing of a breeze

and I like the way that vines look

as they climb and wind up trees.

I like the way the world looks

as I sit here on the ground

and I love the way my mind feels

when I notice what’s around.

 

Jessy Humann

 

3. “Today is a Present”

 

Tomorrow is the future

Yesterday is the past

Today is a present

A gift that may not last

If today were the last day you could ever hold a thought

Would you sit and dwell on the misery of all your hads and nots?

Would you cry up in your pillow

And wallow in your bed

Would you let the day transpire

with all your words unsaid?

Would you tiptoe around the thoughts of love

you never thought you’d show?

And walk on eggshells through the dross

of all the strife you’ve come to know?

Or would you tip your hat to the future

that everybody wants to meet?

Flippin birds to the hurdles

of the past that came to be

As you sit back and enjoy the present

The only gift you really have

And indulge in every moment

And drown out all the bad

 

– Maria Prosecutor

 

4. “Each Moment Is Precious”

 

Live in the moment,

Just take it all in.

Pay attention to everything,

Right there and right then.

Don’t let your mind wander

To what’s coming next.

Cherish this moment

And give it your best.

Don’t let tomorrow

Make you rush through today,

Or too many great moments

Will just go to waste.

And the person you’re with,

In that moment you share,

Give them all of your focus;

Be totally there.

Laugh till it hurts,

Let the tears drop.

Fill up each moment

With all that you’ve got.

Don’t miss the details;

The lesson is there.

Don’t get complacent;

Stay sharp and aware.

It can take but a moment

To change your life’s path.

And once it ticks by,

There is no going back.

In just 60 seconds,

You may make a new friend.

Find your true love,

Or see a life start or end.

You become who you are

In those moments you live.

And the growth’s not in taking

But in how much you give.

Life is just moments,

So precious and few.

Whether valued or squandered,

It’s all up to you!

 

Patricia A Fleming

 

5. “This is enough”

 

Me and this morning,

The waking sun,

The sleeping world—

I begin to wonder

How I ever believed that this was not

Enough.

Sitting here,

Just the earth and all its glory

And the sun shining on me.

I am content here,

Soaking up the warm earthy energy.

There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.

 

Jennifer Williamson

 

6. “Being Present on an Early Spring Morning”

 

when you hear birds sing

in springtime morning sunshine

your soul rejoices

and dances in holy celebration

give in, celebrate, be filled

with laughter, happiness, peace

close your eyes, sit without expectation

receive what is freely given

now, pass it on

give to someone you meet

this unexpected gift of peace

in so doing, you are filled once again

 

Don Iannone

 

7. “Mindfulness”

 

The bells chime and I close my eyes

My beginner’s-mind is swirling like the twisted roots of an old tree

I practice and practice

Still no relief from the constant chatter within

Awareness hits me like a crashing wave

I start to trust the process

I begin to have patience; I can calm the mind

I am open to acceptance

Like the warm sun peeking out from behind the clouds

A mindful walk, I stop and feel the gentle breeze as it carries away the guilty thoughts… letting go, letting be

A seed is planted in my soul

Excited to watch it grow and bloom

I am grateful for the teachings of this mindful practice

The bells chime and I open my eyes

My kind, non-judging spirit has awakened.

 

Leslie Boyce

 

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8. “A Mindful Journey Home”

 

I am so thankful for this mindful practice

I am home

A home I sometimes leave but always come back to

A home that opens my heart and soul

A home that awakens a place deep inside of me

A home that I am grateful to have found

A beautiful surprise

A gentle reminder to accept myself just as I am.

 

– Leslie Boyce

 

9. “The Sun”

 

Shines so brightly

Close your eyes

Inhale its energy and let it melt into your soul

Feel the healing force as it seeps into every part of your being

Nourishing, loving, peaceful

Listen to it, speak to it, cherish it, be kind to it and

It will always shine brightly within you.

 

– Leslie Boyce

 

10. “The Guest House”

 

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

 

– Rumi

 

11. “Changing the Past by Donna”

 

The past is the past for a reason.

That is where it is supposed to stay,

But some cannot let it go.

In their heads it eats away

Until all their focus becomes

The person they used to be,

The mistakes they made in their life.

Oh, if only they could see

That you cannot change what happened,

No matter how hard you try,

No matter how much you think about it,

No matter how much you cry.

What happens in your lifetime

Happens for reasons unknown,

So you have to let the cards unfold.

Let your story be shown.

Don’t get wrapped up in the negative.

Be happy with what you have been given.

Live for today not tomorrow.

Get up, get out, and start living,

Because the past is the past for a reason.

It’s been, and now it is gone,

So stop trying to think of ways to fix it.

It’s done, it’s unchangeable; move on.

 

– Donna

 

12. “A Simple Plan”

 

Simple Sam was a simple man.

He lived each day by a simple plan.

Enjoy your life and live while you can.

Make each day count and take a stand.

Stand on the left or stand on the right,

Whichever one you think is right.

Live each day as if your last.

Life’s too short and gone too fast.

 

Irwin Mercer

 

13. “Every Day’s a Little Year”

 

Every day’s a little year,

Keep it new and full of cheer,

Keep it glad in any weather,

So, by adding days together—

All the whole big year is true—

Full of cheer and shining new!

 

Annette Wynne

 

14. “Wild Geese”

 

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

 

– Mary Oliver

 

Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda

 

15. “The Peace of Wild Things”

 

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 

– Wendell Berry

 

16. “The Gift of the Present Moment”

 

When the past comes back to haunt you

And the future lurks to taunt you

Remember the gift of the Now

with its timelessness preciousness

The sweet surrender to what is

to what was and what will be

Knowing that despite past regrets and future fears

there is a peace and trust in letting go

No need to dwell on the past

or control the outcome of the future

There is freedom and release in the present

and the gift it’s presence brings

 

– Christi Ortiz

 

17. “Being Present”

 

Being present means I’m not mentally labeling

Creating inner space and stillness, a being’s haven

Being present means I’m not feeling emotionally drained

Creating inner space and stillness, more and more gained

Being present means I’m not waiting to react

Creating inner space and stillness, a being’s habitat

Being present means I’m not clinging to the past

Creating inner space and stillness, it is so vast

Being present means I’m not worrying about the future

Creating inner space and stillness, and this I will nurture

Being present means I’m not compulsive thinking

Creating inner space and stillness, to God I am linking

Being present means I’m not judging what others think, say or do

Creating inner space and stillness, a being’s point of view

Being present means I’m not resisting what is

Creating inner space and stillness, a native of this

Being present means I’m not attached to any kind of form

Creating inner space and stillness, a being’s norm

Being present means I’m alert and alive

Creating inner space and stillness, a being’s high five

Being present means I have the time for you

Creating inner space and stillness, and wholeness too

Being present means I enjoy what I do

Creating inner space and stillness, consciously too

Being present means I am consciously speaking, doing and acting

Creating inner space and stillness, of which there is no lacking

Being present means I am aligned to my purpose

Creating inner space and stillness, alive and alertness

Being present means I am at peace

Creating inner space and stillness, and flowing with ease

Being present means I accept its isness

Creating inner space and stillness, that is growing within us

Being present means I know there is no more important moment

Creating inner space and stillness, and feeling atonement

Being present means I’m connecting to a depth within

Creating inner space and stillness, for all to live in

Being present means there’s nowhere else I’d rather be

Creating inner space and stillness, and the power To Be

Plant your flower ……..

Being present means

I know there’s no more

Important moment

Than NOW

 

– Delores Wiltse

 

18. “Life”

 

Life is wonderful,

Life is unpredictable.

Life throws things at us every day.

It throws obstacles and opportunities;

It gives choices.

We cannot rehearse life;

We have to deal with things

As they present themselves.

The naked truth,

Regardless of rank or race,

Is that we have a deep,

Passionate love affair with life.

We protect, nurture and enjoy life.

Whether it’s a moment of joy

Or a moment of strife,

We do love life.

 

Diana Stewart-Walker

 

19. “This is a daily reminder”

 

This is a daily reminder

To relax,

To not get angry over small things,

To stay calm.

This is a daily reminder

To be yourself,

To not care what people think,

To know you can be anything.

This is a daily reminder

To love yourself,

To not hurt yourself,

To not work yourself up.

This is a daily reminder

That you are beautiful,

That you are amazing,

That you will succeed.

This is a daily reminder

To always have hope,

To have faith,

To know everything will be okay.

This is a daily reminder

That you have made it so far already,

That you haven’t given up,

That whatever you’re doing is right,

And that you are going to be amazing.

Don’t give up.

Keep holding on and believing.

 

– Nicole

 

20. “Dance”

 

Open your heart to happiness.

Let every pore absorb light.

Swim in the joy of the here and now,

And cast off the darkness of night.

Walk in the summer of sunshine.

Fly in the blueness of sky.

Know possibilities are boundless.

Understand that nothing can die.

Step from the shadows of torment.

Sing ’til your throat gets too sore.

Smile for as long as the day is,

And laugh just a little bit more.

Breathe slowly and deeply and listen.

Give all your ideas a chance.

Let the sun beat down on your goodness,

And kick off your shoes and dance.

 

Paul Hayward

 

21. Love After Love

 

The time will come

when, with elation

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror

and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

 

– Derek Walcott

 

22. “Let Go”

 

Let go of the ways you thought life
would unfold; the holding of plans
or dreams or expectations – Let it
all go. Save your strength to swim
with the tide.

The choice to fight what is here before
you now will only result in struggle,
fear, and desperate attempts to flee
from the very energy you long for.

Let go. Let it all go and flow with the
grace that washes through your days
whether you receive it gently or
with all your quills raised to defend
against invaders.

Take this on faith: the mind may never
find the explanations that it seeks, but
you will move forward nonetheless.

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry
you to unknown shores, beyond your
wildest dreams or destinations. Let it
all go and find the place of rest and
peace, and certain transformation.

 

– Danna Faulds

 

This post was all about 22 poems about mindfulness to help you be more present.

 

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