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.
"The truth is revealed by removing things that stand in its light, an art not unlike sculpture, in which the artist creates, not by building, but by hacking away."
~ Alan Watts
"Joy is who we are if we're not preoccupied with something else." ~ Charlotte Joko Beck
"Instead of trying to ‘fix’ the road that you are travelling on, instead channel your energy into preparing yourself for what will undoubtedly be a bumpy road." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
“Difficulties can be opportunities. Instead of pushing them away, explore the sensations in the body, allow them to play out and fade.” ~ Everyday Mindfulness
Struggling with this one today. I have to turn it around backwards. The statement has two parts: 1.) Difficulties can be opportunities. - Ignore that part. It may be true intellectually but I'm just not feeling it today. 2.) Explore the sensations in the body. It may seem counter-intuitive, but you don't have to understand it for it to help. My body is trying to tell me something today. I will just listen without intellectualizing it into oblivion.
"Some situations need space to breathe. Emotions need time to simmer down. Our minds need track to race on until, exhausted, we drop into our hearts." ~ Jason Garner
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
"In order to safely grow we need to allow ourselves and each other room to make mistakes and still be included in the circle of love." ~ Jason Garner
"Like words, memories never really succeed in “catching” reality. Memories are somewhat abstract, being a knowledge about things rather than of things."
~ Alan Watts
"Gentle doesn't mean weak. ...It’s an act of courage to live without hardening your heart." ~ Jason Garner
"You will not see the sky if you have covered the glass with blue paint." ~ Alan Watts
"If we are open only to discoveries which will accord with what we know already, we may as well stay shut." ~~ Alan Watts
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