7 Quotes by Sadhguru That Will Change How You Think About Life

If you resist change, you resist life.

Sinem Günel
Jan 13 · 7 min read
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If used correctly, powerful quotes can have a lasting effect on your life.

They can guide you through challenging times, be your greatest motivators, or a little spark of hope when life seems to be falling apart.

I love working with quotes and powerful affirmations. I write them in my journal, read them each morning, and even have an app on my phone that sends notifications with citations throughout the day.

And some of my favorite quotes belong to Sadhguru.

Sadhguru (real name: Jaggi Vasudev) is an Indian yogi and author.

He started teaching yoga in 1982 and founded the Isha Foundation in 1992. Sadhguru is mainly known for his teachings on various topics ranging from spirituality to education.

His book Inner Engineering: A Yogu’s Guide to Joy made it to The New York Times Best Seller List, and he has spoken at various global conferences across the globe. For instance, at the United Nation’s Millennium World Peace Summit or the annual World Economic Forum.

“If you resist change, you resist life.”

This is one of the most powerful and popular quotes by Sadhguru.

You can try to play it safe in life, do all the things your friends, family, and society expects, be a good person, have a solid plan, and still fall flat on your face when change hits you.

And the less flexible you are, the harder it’ll be to embrace those changes.

As Mandy Hale writes:

“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.”

With a global pandemic and lots of other difficulties, 2020 taught many of us that change really is inevitable in life.

How to apply it:

No matter how hard you’re trying to resist, life can force you to make tremendous changes because of unexpected situations.

During these situations, it’s up to you to decide whether you embrace or refuse those changes.

The bad news, however, is that change will happen, no matter if you like it or not. And the sooner you start embracing the uncertainty of life, the better you’ll be able to deal with unexpected situations.

Stop refusing changes and start enjoying them by accepting that they are a vital part of life.

“Sunlight comes into your house not because you want it. It happens because you open the windows.”

This is one of my favorite citations — so short, yet so powerful.

Too often, we try to get something without being ready or able to receive it.

We don’t have mental or physical space, yet we aspire to have and be more.

Sometimes, all you need to do is opening the windows instead of making plans, creating strategies, and working your ass off.

By being stressed and overwhelmed, you’re blocking the flow of abundance in your life.

If you don’t feel ready for new things, experiences, and emotions, you’re literally keeping your windows shut.

How to apply it:

Each day, stop for a while and take a few deep breaths. This might be easy when you don’t have much to do, but it’s even more important to take that time when you’re feeling busy and overwhelmed.

Ask yourself whether you’re open to receiving and perceiving the beauty of life.

If your answer is no, take a few minutes to calm down, relax your body, and set your mind free from all the burden you’ve been carrying with you.

Sometimes, a short, conscious break is all we need to be in tune with the universe and experience little miracles.

“When pain, misery, or anger happen, it is time to look within you, not around you.”

Too often, we allow external situations to control our emotions.

The reality, however, is that only you can annoy or upset yourself. Whenever you feel disappointed, sad, or angry because of someone else, it’s because you allow them to influence you negatively.

How to apply it:

Each time you feel sad, angry, or frustrated is a reminder to look inward.

Why is something influencing you negatively? Are you in pain because of something somebody said, or is it because you doubt yourself deep within? Why do you lack the courage and power to trust yourself?

Self-reflection is the most powerful tool to fuel your personal growth, but it’s not an easy one.

Being honest when you’re all alone can be painful. However, this pain often leads to the most beautiful insights and helps you better appreciate yourself.

“The most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it.”

So many people are wasting their lives running after something without ever asking themselves why.

They think that having something — a bigger house, a faster car, a higher income, more followers, a partner — will finally make their lives better. Yet, the truth is that happiness isn’t really tied to what you have.

The happiest people appreciate what they have and focus on the present moment instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

How to apply it:

Stop waiting for something to happen for you to be happy.

Instead, express gratitude for all the things you already have and embrace the little magical everyday situations you experience. Be more mindful when walking on the street, spending time with your loved ones, or sipping your coffee.

Allow the little moments to be full of joy and love and appreciate them without distracting yourself through your phone, worries, or insecurities.

“People try to create an outwardly perfect life, but the quality of life is based on the inward.”

Social media and external expectations often make it hard to focus on our inward and instead force us to create a compelling outward.

The reality, however, is that you’ll struggle to find true contentment and happiness if you’re always trying to please others' expectations.

Instead, you should focus on having a clear mind and creating deep satisfaction, regardless of the things you own or other people's comments.

Quite often, aiming for materialistic rewards is a way to cover our insecurities instead of facing them.

How to apply it:

Take a few minutes to ask yourself how much of your daily time you dedicate to creating a good appearance of your life vs. nourishing your soul and mind.

If you realize that you spend more time seeking external validation than looking inward and taking care of yourself, you know there needs to be a shift away from the outer world towards your inner world.

One of the simplest yet most powerful ways to explore your inward and learn more about yourself is journaling.

Just grab a piece of paper or a notebook, open a blank page, and start writing down anything that comes to your mind. Journaling doesn’t need to follow any rule, it just needs to feel good and allow yourself to let go of negative thoughts and emotions. If you don’t know what to write, you can also choose a few journaling prompts and answer specific questions.

“Every moment there are a million miracles happening around you: a flower blossoming, a bird tweeting, a bee humming, a raindrop falling, a snowflake wafting along the clear evening air. There is magic everywhere. If you learn how to live it, life is nothing short of a daily miracle.”

How often do you take time to appreciate and cherish the beauty of our world in your daily life?

For most people, the answer is not often.

Most of the time, we’re so busy working on our to-do lists and goals that we forget about appreciating the present moment.

The reality, however, is that life is not about achieving something but about enjoying the journey of becoming who you’re meant to be.

How to apply it:

You can be so focused on your goals, to-dos, and responsibilities that you ignore anything else, or you can do it all while enjoying the beautiful little moments in life.

The former might increase your speed, but the latter will make your life more worthwhile.

“A human is not a being; he is a becoming. He is an ongoing process — a possibility.”

I genuinely believe keeping this in mind could help so many people live happier, more fulfilled lives.

Too often, we strive to become somebody or achieve something, but we only have the end-result in mind.

We think of the rewards and of all the things that will change once we achieve that result.

We think that being loved will be easier once we lose weight.

That life will be easier once we make more money.

Or that our relationship could be so much better if our partner just behaved better.

The reality, however, is that none of these is true. Life itself is a long marathon with lots of ups and downs but no real finish line.

While this might first sound a little scary, it’s actually what’s so beautiful about being alive: Each day is a new opportunity to grow into a better version of ourselves and explore the world a little more.

How to apply it:

Stop trying to be someone or something.

You’re not here to be or do; you’re here to allow yourself to unfold and live your fullest potential.

And guess what? You won’t reach your full potential by putting pressure on yourself.

You’ll reach it by allowing yourself to be. Be present, be courageous, be kind, be curious, and be a work in progress.

Final Thoughts

A glimmer of inspiration and taking action aren’t the same. Yet, sometimes, change can happen through a tiny piece of inspiration.

Whenever you see a nice quote, you have two opportunities: You can allow it to be a short moment of inspiration, or you can ask yourself how to use that piece of wisdom in your daily life.

In moments when you feel stuck, remind yourself of some of your favorite citations and be aware that you are the creator of your daily reality.

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Sinem Günel

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Entrepreneur, Coach & Dreamer. I write about Personal Growth & Business. 🇦🇹 🇹🇷 Grab your Personal Growth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/pgtk0320 I IG: sinem.guenel

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Sinem Günel

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Entrepreneur, Coach & Dreamer. I write about Personal Growth & Business. 🇦🇹 🇹🇷 Grab your Personal Growth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/pgtk0320 I IG: sinem.guenel

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