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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to love what is mortal;

to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;

and, when the time comes to let it go,

to let it go."
~ Mary Oliver

It’s so hard sometimes to let it go.

"There is no greater curse than discontent. Nothing breeds trouble like greed. Only one who is content with what is enough will be content always."
~ Tao Te Ching, 46

"You can worry about everything that might go wrong, or you can have faith that everything will be okay, because no matter what happens, you can handle it."

~ Tint Buddha

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"Abundance isn't about how much you have, but about how much you appreciate."

~ Jack Kornfield

"You’re not growing if you know everything.”

—Kamilah Majied

"We are unhappy because we can’t find peace with what is. We wish things to be different from what is happening at that moment."

~ Haemin Sunim

"While sensing incompleteness, the mind is restless and dissatisfied."

~ Haemin Sunim

“I don't know anything about consciousness.
I just try to teach my students how to hear the birds sing.”
~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

“Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman

"Part of what I think mindfulness does is help us find 'the miracle in the mundane,' as a friend once put it. To experience awe in the simple act of eating a raisin, taking a walk, or in other ordinary moments."

~ mindfulonline




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