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.
"Once you become the observer of your thoughts rather than getting entangled in them, life gets easier." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"Negative thinking has a tendency to spiral. Improving our #mindfulness gives us the ability to see it earlier and sometimes stop that spiral before it starts." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"We could easily spend our whole lives chasing things we think we need to be happy only to one day realize we missed out on happiness in the process." ~ Tiny Buddha"
"The world doesn’t need our airbrushed stories or curated, scripted, boring, conforming selves. It needs our truths, messiness, weirdness, creative energy, and resistance.” ~Kristen Lee
“Feel it. The thing you don’t want to feel.
Feel it. And be free.” ~ Unknown
"Just keep reminding yourself that everyone you meet is a human being who dreams of something, fears something, loves someone, and has lost someone.
And... just keep being kind." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff
"If you become aware of your anger, you are no longer lost in it."~ Everyday Mindfulness
"Mindfulness is not about feeling good. It is about feeling whatever it is that you are feeling." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"If you want the future to be different, the only leverage you have is to inhabit the present moment fully, and that means mindfully and heartfully." ~ Mindful Online
"...to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You are not lazy, unmotivated, or stuck. After years of living in survival mode, you are exhausted. There's a difference." ~Nakeia Homer⠀
Trying to make our children understand how it is that after 70+ years life's struggles have taken a toll on our internal resources. Even when we win (Josi and I), even as we gain experience, it seems there is an attrition of our capacity.