TBD on Ning

              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.

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Yes it is!!

"The same boiling water that softens the potato will harden the egg."
-- Russian proverb

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

"Remember, mindfulness isn't about stopping thoughts. It's about observing them with kindness and acceptance."  ~  The Mindfulness Project

"Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we come together."  ~  Everyday Mindfulness

"Facing each situation with awareness-is one of the best ways to take responsibility."
~ Tarthang Tulku

"Pay attention to where you place your attention. Our mindset and the quality of our life is heavily influenced by what we choose to focus on."

~  Rick Hanson

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"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anais Nin

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"One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt."  ~  Alan Watts




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