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 spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness."
― Thomas S. Monson
Notice that there is no stipulation that you must go to a store and buy something.
"Aspirations inspire us, while expectations simply lead us into cycles of hope and fear: hope that what we want will happen; fear that it won't." ~ Joseph Goldstein
Rest In Peace, Desmond Tutu
"The things going on in your body can drastically effect your outlook and the way that you process life. It is good to know what is going on in your body." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
Modern research has discovered that is not productive to isolate mental health as a phenomena separate from the activities of the rest of the body. There are too many interconnections with feedback mechanisms.
"Avoidance doesn’t work. How long do tasks you’re avoiding leave your consciousness?" ~ Everyday Mindfulness
A personal reminder to set a critically needed intention. Hopefully it won't get lost in the rest of the short-lived New Year's resolutions. Maybe I can program Alexa to nag me about it.
"When life feels like an emotional roller coaster, steady yourself with simple rituals. Make the bed. Water the plants. Rinse off your own bowl and spoon. Simplicity attracts calmness and wisdom." ~ Marc & Angel Chernoff
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.”―Mary Anne Radmacher