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.
"When we do not have a toothache, we do not enjoy the non-toothache. We think having a non-toothache is a neutral feeling. Having the toothache helps us see that not having a toothache is a very pleasant feeling."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"Always do whatever's next." ~ George Carlin
"Every exit is an entrance somewhere else." ~ Tom Stoppard
"Thoughts are not facts. If thoughts don't serve you, can you let them go?"
~ The Mindfulness Project
"It wouldn’t be a meditation if your mind didn’t get pulled around all over the place, and you had to bring it back." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline. But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what's happening now.”
~ Alan Watts Daily
"Character is not a gift. It is a conquest and its kingdom lives upstream. You never get there by drifting." ~ Dale Turner
"Teach your child to be a good friend because some people don't go home to love." ~ Tiny Buddha
"Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma response and a fear-based distraction from what you'd be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down." ~Dr. Sarah Sarkis
OK, that one's 100% directed at ME today. I have become terrified at what I am not getting done every time I become too exhausted to keep on driving forward.
“The path isn't about getting over our suffering, but taking the time to understand it—it's more about self-acceptance than “self-help.” ~ Jason Garner
"I release myself from versions of me I created to survive." ~ Tiny Buddha