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.
"You take care of the past and future in one place: the present moment." ~ Jack Kornfield
"If we argue, I say ‘Thank you,’ because owing to the courtesy of your taking a different point of view, I understand what I mean." ~ Alan Watts
"You can focus on what's wrong in your life, or you can focus on what's right." ~ Marianne Williamson
"To make an ideal of pursuing the good is like trying to get rid of the left by turning constantly to the right. One is therefore compelled to go round in circles." ~ Alan Watts
"We’ve been infected with the idea that love is an emotion only felt between two people. But love is universal. An energy. A contagious force. A gift. To offer money to a homeless person is to love. To save a worm from the sun is love. To smile at a stranger is love..." ~ Tiny Buddha
I have to admit, I've done that worm thing.
“Life is short & you don’t have a lot of time to be with your loved ones. Someday all those people will no longer be around you, and you can’t possibly know when. Cherish them while you can." ~ Little Buddha
"Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else. ~ Ivern Ball
"Can't clean up the whole room? Clean a corner of it. Can't do all the dishes? Do a dish. Can't get in the shower? Wash your face. Always look for the thing you CAN do, with the energy and focus you DO have. Little wins pave the way for bigger wins. 1% beats 0%." ~Dr. Glenn Doyle
"When your feelings depend on other peoples opinions, you are allowing them to control your life." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment. ~ Ajahn Chah
"People are willing to go to war and even to give up their lives for a cause, but they cannot give up the causes of their suffering. It is mysterious how certain psychological fixations dominate us so strongly that we cannot give them up" ~ Tarthang Tulku