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.
“Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn
"Change your awareness and you live in a different world, experience a different reality." ~ Anagarika Govinda
"People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is 'you're safe with me' — that's intimacy." ~Taylor Jenkins Reid
"Keep your karma in good working order: many dragons lie in wait."
~ Wang Wei (701–761)
Take delight in all the ordinary things that are to be done instead of trying to get them out of the way so that you could do something else, which is supposed to be better or more rewarding. You’ll see the reward is everywhere because there’s no hurry.." ~ alanwattsdaily
"It’s only when we face the reality that these lives are temporary that we can truly awaken and live from our heart." ~ Tara Brach
It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters. ~ Aesop
"We tend to think of life as a long journey, but life is a succession of small moments. If we notice them, the 'doing' of life can become less of an automatic chore and more of a conscious engagement with our hearts and the world around us." ~ The Mindfulness Project
"Self-distraction is at epidemic proportions - and it's not the iPhone, it's the thought of, 'I wonder if anybody texted me'." -- Jon Kabat-Zinn
"The single greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff