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.
"These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb." ~ Najwa Zebian
"Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the differences between what's happening and the stories we tell ourselves...that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self." ~ Sharon Salzberg
I think I posted that on once before, but I needed to revisit it today. I need to weed out all the harmful stories that have snuck into my mental garden.
"How beautiful the world was when one looked at it without searching, just looked, simply and innocently. ~ Hermann Hesse
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the experts mind there are few." ~ Shunryu Suzuki
"There's a huge difference between being childlike and childish. When we embrace joy and look at the world with fresh eyes we are being childlike. When we demand instant gratification and a guarantee that everything will be Ok, we're only being childish." ~ Seth Godin
"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." ~ Oscar Wilde
"If you want a certain thing, first be a certain person. Then obtaining that certain thing will no longer be a concern. " ~ Zen proverb
"Ships don't sink because of the water around them, Ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don't let what is happening around you get inside you and weigh you down." ~ anonymous
"When we protect ourselves so we won't feel the pain, that protection becomes like armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of the heart." ~ Pema Chodron
Easier said than done, but it seems that the quickest way to get past a painful situation is to become vulnerable to it and learn the lesson it affords. I'll work on that and let you know how it turns out.