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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"...we learn to identify ourselves with our idea of ourselves. Hence the subjective feeling of a “self” which “has” a mind,...our precious “self” is just an idea, useful and legitimate enough if seen for what it is, but disastrous if identified with our real nature."
~ Alan Watts

"All the elements for your happiness are already here. There's no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just be."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

This is a classic "Catch-22". You can't find happiness while you are searching for happiness. You even need to give up the hope for happiness because this is an element of the striving that blocks you from finding it. But if you have so thoroughly abandoned all anticipation of happiness, how would you even recognize it if you fell into it?

My wife says I think too much.

Apparently if happiness is a real phenomena, as Thich Nhat Hanh indicates, it is something of a different nature than what we can even hope for.

And this leads to the insight that we may just need to adjust our expectations.

In the words of Lin-chi, “If a man seeks the Buddha, that man loses the Buddha.”

"Mindfulness isn't difficult. What's difficult is to remember to be mindful."

~ John Teasdale

"Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind." ~ Gerald Jampolsky

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Don’t assume that you’re the default. Make space for there to be other ways of being.”
~ Lauren Fleshman

"There is nothing stronger than someone who continues to stay soft in a world that hasn't always been kind to them."

~Bianca Sparacino

"Whereas pain is
A physical experience
Suffering is a mental one.
It is the sense that
Things should be
Other than they are.
Its antidote is Acceptance."
~ Wu Hsin

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller

"Fun Mindfulness: Pick up an object and observe it as if you were an alien. How does it look, feel, sound and maybe even taste? Using our beginnersmind can help us to see the world through a different lens."

The Mindfulness Project




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