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.
"Renunciation is not giving up the things of this world, but accepting that they go away." ~ Shunryu Suzuki
"Our minds tend to fixate on failures, problems, and trying to find solutions. Just being aware of this reduces the impact that it has on us." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
I love the gold fix, above. If only our human flaws could be fixed with a golden repair medium like that.
It is precisely because we resist the darkness in ourselves that we miss the depths of the loveliness, beauty, brilliance, creativity, and joy that lies at our core." ~ Thomas Moore
Awareness of the reality of the moment means seeing it all, the good, the bad and the ugly. Look away and you miss it all.
"Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it." ~ Eckhart Tolle
"Learn how to read the love letters sent by the wind and rain, the snow and the moon." ~ Ikkyu
"If you can't see some part of yourself in every single person you encounter, then you're not looking close enough at the person or at yourself." ~ Scott Stabile
"It's difficult to admit but most of our problems are simply a matter of perspective. We create more suffering in our heads than we ever actually experience." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life." ~ Dalai Lama XIV
"As much as we try, we do not control how we feel and what we think. Efforts to do so are uniformly frustrating as we struggle against unwanted thoughts and emotions that only exacerbate them." ~ Gordon Livingston