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.
Just be careful to put thought into your choice of affirmations. Make them worthy of you.
"There is always a need for experience and knowledge rooted in traditions, but it is not a spiritual given that these are places where peace, union, and spiritual awareness are found." ~ bell hooks
"Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom." ~ Michael de Montaigne
Ingrattitude produces pride while gratitude produces humility." ~ Orrin Woodward
"Religion is the belief in someone else's experience. Spirituality is having your own experience." ~ Deepak Chopra
As much as I dislike giving any credit to Chopra, I think this one is on point.
"Everything in this universe is evanescent. Because it is evanescent, it is also precious. Spend this precious moment wisely and beautifully." ~ Haemin Sunim
"Kindness has no religion. Religions are like narrow tracks but kindness is like an open sky." ~ Amit Ray
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." ~ Dalai Lama XIV
"There are lots of complex questions in our world - questions of policy, philosophy, and institutions. And then there's the simple question of "How will I behave today?" How will I treat this person in front of me right now? Kindness is something we can do here and now." ~ Jason Garner
"There is a time to live and a time to die but never a time to reject the moment." ~ Taoist proverb