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.
"Encouraging people to avoid their difficult emotions in the pursuit of always being happy is not only unrealistic, but it can also be damaging. When we allow space for processing and sitting with heaviness, we are able to tap into our full humanity." ~ Mindfulness Online
"Ordinarily we do not discover the wisdom of our feelings because we do not let them complete their work. We try to suppress them or discharge them in premature action, not realizing that they are a process of creation which, like birth, begins as a pain and turns into a child." ~ Alan Watts
"All emotions have an intelligence. When we acknowledge our fear and how it lives in our body, we can begin to uncover the vulnerability that’s underneath." ~ Tara Brach
“There is no such thing as a bad emotion. There are only bad reactions to emotions.” ~ Mark Manson
"Stress can make you believe that everything has to happen right now, but there's often much to be gained by letting things play out in their own time."
~ Everyday Mindfulness
"When we avoid or deny difficult feelings, we risk sending the message to both ourselves and others that these feelings aren't legitimate or even real. Naming and validating suffering opens the door to healing, growth, and understanding." ~ Mindfulness Online
Today, after 3 weeks, we will finally be getting to our daughter's house in California. Of course, our new residence still won't be ready, so it will be 2 more months living out of our suitcases.
"You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather." -- PEMA CHÖDRÖN
"There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable."
-- Jeffery Goldberg (editor-in-chief of The Atlantic)
"It's okay to not know, and say that you do not know." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"You’re always growing and evolving. Experiences don’t stop. That’s life. Embrace it, and it will continue to direct you, correct you, and perfect you over time." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff
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