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.
"To be quite sure, to be set, fixed, and firm is to miss the point of life. For living and being is a perpetual abandonment of the known and fixed situation." ~ Alan Watts Daily
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. ~ James Oppenheim
"Our idea of happiness may be the very obstacle standing in the way of our happiness." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
"You are here to live. Not to earn, not to stress, not to prove, not even to please. Just to live." ~Natasha Helwig
Actually, according to Darwinism, you are here to aid and abet the preservation of your DNA into the future. But that can be the fun part.
Practice letting go. You simply don't need to attend every argument you're invited to." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff
"Others will always show you exactly where you are stuck...Without others provoking you, you remain ignorant of your painful habits and cannot train in transforming them..." ~ Pema Chodron
"When life feels like an emotional roller coaster, spinning out of control, slow down and steady yourself with simple rituals. Make the bed. Water the plants. Rinse off your own bowl and spoon. Simplicity attracts calmness and wisdom." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff
My house plants keep drowning.
"There is never the perfect moment, there is only this moment." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"Amidst life’s ups and downs, we can have an inner okayness. That’s one of the great lessons of meditation. I can’t make life peaceful, but, with practice, I can learn to be at peace with life." ~ Jason Garner