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.
"Being an introvert isn't the problem. The problem is when we get caught up in our heads, overthinking social situations, judging ourselves for not being extroverted." ~ Tiny Buddha
"For all the world it seems like the root of your suffering is the thing that is happening on the outside. But it’s not. The root of your suffering comes from your own thoughts, feelings and the way that you process the world."
~ Everyday Mindfulness
“If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
"Some people could be given a field of roses & only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed & only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude & gratitude a key component to joy." ~Amy Weatherly
"We cause ourselves a lot of unnecessary pain by judging, worrying, rehashing & getting caught up in our incessant negative thoughts. We can't stop thoughts from popping into our head but we can choose not to give in to them." ~ Tiny Buddha
"You. rarely have all the information required to justifiably condemn another person."
~ Everyday Mindfulness
"We may not have a ⏪ or ⏩ button, but pause is always there for us." -- THE MINDFULNESS PROJECT
"Beneath every behavior there is a feeling. And beneath each feeling is a need. And when we meet that need, rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause, not the symptom." ~Ashleigh Warner
"Be willing to stare down the ugliness and the sadness. Life is absurdly hard and pretending it isn't is exhausting."~ Kate Bowler
"What we produce as thoughts, as speech, as action, continues to influence the world,... Our actions carry us into the future. We are like stars whose light energy continues to radiate across the cosmos millions of years after they become extinct."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
"If I could offer a single piece of advice for anyone in their career, it's to start helping others more. With no agenda, no masterplan, just because. Be supportive, kind & encouraging to others - it makes the world a better place." ~ Angelica Malin
"Remember that moment when you felt present, whole, and peaceful? It hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s just waiting for you to tune back into it." ~ Cory Allen