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.
"You have no control over the first thought that comes along. With work, you can improve the thoughts and actions that come after it." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"In Zen, our motivation makes a difference. Acting from fear diminishes us, acting with compassion enlarges us." ~ Seth Zuhio Segall
Our modern culture often preaches action at the expense of contemplation. "Don't just sit there. Do something!" But touching on ancient wisdom, The Tao Te Ching (Lao Tzu) frequently promotes non-action as the way to get things done. As stated by modern Buddhist, Thich Nhat Hanh, "Our quality of being determines our quality of doing." But the Buddah was known for promoting 'the middle path'. Both being and doing have their roles, neither is transcendent. We just need to learn when to do and when to just be.
Now I turn to my all time favorite Biblical passage, Ecclesiastical, chapter 3. "To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:..." Homework assignment; Look it up, read the entire chapter
"There is no expression with deeper meaning than that of the word 'just' in 'just sitting.'"
❖ Motoko Ikebe
"It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act."
❖ Dalai Lama XIV
"Zen says that we always have a choice about how we view our difficulties. If a problem can be solved, why be upset about it? If a problem can’t be fixed, why waste energy fretting? Focus on doing what you can and let go of the rest. A certain amount of irritation is a natural response to being forced to change plans, but staying upset is purely optional." ~ Seth Zuhio Segall
It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis. ~ Margaret Bonnano
"all our theories are a highly elaborate screen to persuade ourselves that we've got it figured out." ~ Stephen Batchelor
"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware." ~ Henry Miller
All good ones!