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 only difference between meditation and ordinary social interaction is that the friend you're gradually coming to know is yourself." ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
"We habitually create a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who's right and who's wrong." ~ Pema Chodron
"Placing the blame or judgement on somebody else leaves you powerless to change your experience." ~ Byron Katie
"So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone else to bring you flowers." ~ Jorge Luis Borges
"When you recognize that there is a a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking." ~ Eckhart Tolle
"The real thief is "worrying." It takes away from your time in enjoying life." ~ Ajahn Brahn
"To let go doesn't mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be." ~ Jack Kornfield
He probably means my emotional baggage, not all that crap I've stored in the basement. I really do need to let that go.
"Whatever you are doing, this moment, tune into your breath & pay attention to the little pleasures of daily life." ~ Danny Penman
"There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen." ~ Rumi
"It is usually a mistake to believe that any person or situation is objectively good or bad, since everything depends on the perspective of the viewer." ~ Lama Suri Das