Spiritual Awakening Quotes

It is only human to become attached to people, possessions, jobs… almost anything! But sometimes it is time to move on, to let go. These spiritual awakening quotes from some of the great spiritual leaders in world history as well as some more modern spiritual figures show us, or hint to us, just how we can let go.


In the remembrance of allah do hearts find tranquillityThis quote moves us forward from our pain into the divine in the form of Allah. If we truly connect with Allah/the divine then we are at peace and tranquil. Experience of the divine, whether it is Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, etcetera often gives a different perspective of our woes and gives relief from our concern with our small selves.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth. ~ Buddha


If you’ve been sick and you feel well again it is easy to agree with “Health is the greatest gift.” With health — both mental and physical — we are strong and ready to do what need to be done for our benefit and others benefit. Part of mental health is contentment. When we are happy with what we have we are, well… happy! This quote on moving forward points out that while we may not be getting what we want and so be forced to move forward, if we have our health and are otherwise contented we can be grateful.

Do-not-let-your-hearts-be-troubled-Trust-in-God-trust-also-in-meThis means, to me, that everything is part of a spiritual path. If misfortune befalls you trust in the divine: trust in God and Jesus Christ. With regard to moving on this means that the misfortune is not all that significant in the grand scheme of things if you trust in the divine, and so moving forward becomes easier.

The happiness of one's own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one's own happiness, the happiness of others.  Paramahansa YoganandaLike many quotes that involve spirituality this one points out to us the benefit of looking beyond concern for just ourselves. Paradoxically if we are truly concerned about the welfare of others our own difficulties become less significant. To the degree that we are concerned with other that much are we relieved of our own unhappiness.

I-have-found-the-paradox-that-if-you-love-until-it-hurts-there-can-be-no-more-hurt-only-more-loveLike the previous quote this one helps move us forward by letting us know that there’s more out there than just our own problems to be concerned about. Love. There is more than one type of love and I think that mother Teresa is not talking about romantic love but something like the love of a mother for her child. Imagine seeing all people with love and compassion. Imagine seeing all beings (yes, animals too) through the lens of love and compassion not just those close to us. How would that affect the way you see the situation or person or thing you are trying to move on from?

If-you-cling-to-your-life-you-will-lose-it-and-if-you-let-your-life-go-you-will-save-itThis quote reminds me a lot of some Taoist words of wisdom: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Lao Tzu, from the Tao Te Ching. Though not exactly the same, both are moving forward quotes. They both show us that letting go of yourself (what you think your life should be like, what you should have, and what you want) is actually the key to finding what will truly satisfy you: what you truly need. It is so hard to trust that by complete letting go you completely get what will make you happy on a deep level.

Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. ~Ram Dass While it is tough to truly accept and even rejoice in suffering – at least without being called a masochist – this quote points out that indeed if we are inquisitive about it and don’t just see it as merely bad that it can teach us, and we can become wiser. Part of wisdom is happiness — or at least true wisdom leads to true happiness — so suffering is not necessarily bad in the long run, but with the proviso that we truly try to learn from it.

Spiritual awakening quotes like these can help in transcending the issues that keep us hanging on when it is no longer healthy to do so.