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.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” ~ Frederick Douglass
"The ability to ignore the thoughts that come into your head is perhaps your greatest power." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
A power that seems to abandon me at 4 AM.
Sometimes I just can’t do it.
If there were no beauty in the observer then he would not find beauty outside. The mere fact that beauty is seen proves that there is beauty already present in the state of being the observer." -- Shantanand Saraswati
"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
-- Eden Philpots
"The adept in Zen is one who manages to be human with the same artless grace and absence of inner conflict with which a tree is a tree...This is what Zen means by being detached—not being without emotion or feeling, but being one in whom feeling is not sticky or blocked." ~ Alan Watts daily
"With the insight of no-self you see that your suffering, your fear, is a collective suffering. With the insight of no-self, you see that happiness is a collective happiness. We are not separated."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Another way of saying peace of mind is to say understanding of mind. Instead of being perpetually lost in the web of thoughts, believing them all to be true, and mindlessly acting on them, we begin to recognize “this is a thought, it is not me. And I can choose to act or not.” ~ Jaso Garner
"The end of all our exploring... Will be to arrive where we started... And know the place for the first time." -- T.S. ELIOT
“You don’t suffer because you have thoughts. You suffer because you judge them, resist them, believe them, wallow in them, or identify with them.” ~Unknown