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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“Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, “Is this necessary?”

~ Marcus Aurelius

"hen things feel difficult we can try to notice small things that might support us and help to build resilience over time. Perhaps the smell of coffee, sound of a piano, sun on our face or a cozy bed."

~  The Mindfulness Project

"While we are striving to 'live our best life,' we run the real risk of completely missing the one we are already living." ~Suzie Headley

"The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind you are no longer trapped in it." - Eckhart Tolle

"May I remember that the tools I created for coping when I was young are often not correct today.

May I let go of what no longer serves me.

May I be gentle with myself as I go."

~  Jason Garner

"Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Do not claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent."
~ Rumi

"Creativity requires the space to make mistakes and adapt; perfectionism restricts and confines us to a narrow view of how things should be."  ~  The  Mindfulness Project

"Love, you know, seeks to make happy rather than to be happy." ~ Ralph Connor

:"Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do." ~ David Wilkerson


I just struggled through an apology for missing yesterday's entry and lost it due to an improper keystroke. In short, I have misplaced my glasses and struggle too much with this device's keyboard. I will be back when I can see detail again.

"Peace isn’t about eliminating anxiety, anger, fear, etc; it’s about accepting them. As we learn to look inside and be okay with what we find—even love it—there’s no need for violent self-judgement. When we aren’t fearing the contents of our own hearts and minds, that’s peace."  ~  Jason Garner




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