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.
"Enjoy your problems." ~ Shunryu Suzuki
"Do not weep. Do not wax indignant. Understand." ~ Baruch Spinoza
"Your mind judges relentlessly.
Sometimes the judgements are critical for your wellbeing. Sometimes the judgements are harmful to you or others. Most of the time, they are just noise " ~ Everyday Mindfulness
But how do you know which is which in the moment?" Maybe it comes with age. I will never be old enough.
"Placing the blame or judgement on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgements gives you the power to change them." ~ Byron Katie
I think the converse of this may be more useful. If I am stuck and feel powerless, I should examine my judgements. Just perhaps I am ducking my responsibility.
"When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he becomes a sage. When a sage attains understanding, he becomes an ordinary man." ~ Zen proverb
"Umbrella, light, landscape, sky.
There is no language of the holy.
The sacred lies in the ordinary."
"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." ~ Chinese proverb
"You are beautiful not because you are better than others, but because there is only you who can smile like that." ~ Haemin Sunim
"The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.." ~ Alan Watts