I am starting a new thread here mainly for purposes of my own catharsis. It is my intention, at least at this point, to make regular contributions. Of course, if anyone else has anything to add, they are more than welcome. If you have any input, please contribute.
Over a year ago I decided to deal head-on with my self-diagnosed adult attention disorder, (ADD). The inability to stay focused was becoming too stressful. I found myself sitting around watching the clock tick, yet I couldn’t keep “on task” with any project I started. Nothing was getting done and just starting something was becoming depressing.
The smart thing to do was probably to get professional help, so instead I decided to try to heal myself, at least as a first try. Cognitive therapy and pharmaceuticals (UGH) might be the approved way to go but I decided to try meditation first.
18 months and countless self-help books later, I still can’t bring myself to a regular, formal meditation program. But, along the way, I discovered informal mindfulness. Yes, I know it is the “Fad” right now. It is hard to navigate modern social trends without “tripping over” somebody extolling the benefits of mindfulness.
Let me add my voice to the chorus.
"The most powerful weapon against worry and stress is a healthy mind’s ability to choose one thought over another. Train your mind to see the good in this day." ~ Marc & Angel Chernoff
"You're afraid of surrender because you don't want to lose control. But you never had control.All you had was anxiety." ~Elizabeth Gilbert
"Life will continue to direct you, correct you, and perfect you over time. Embrace this evolution. You are not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or even a week ago. You’re always growing." ~ Marc & Angel Chernoff
Fear is the static that prevents me from hearing myself. ~ Samuel Butler
"The mind creates the abyss and the heart crosses it." ~ Sri Nisargadatta
"What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is a breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is as the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." ~ Chief Crowfoot
Love this one.
Me too. Three breathtaking metaphors wrapped up into one brief snippet. I wish my vocabulary was that picturesque.
“If a person sweeps streets for a living, he should sweep them as Michelangelo painted, as Beethoven composed, as Shakespear wrote.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive it isn't. ~ Richard Bach
“I know people who are so immersed in road maps that they never see the countryside they pass through, and others who, having traced a route, are held to it as through held by flanged wheels to rails.”
"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." ~ Khalil Gibran