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.
"Take the attitude of a student. Never be too big to ask questions. Never know too much to learn something new." ~ Og Mandino
Lessons learned from the wisdom of a three year old granddaughter: Focus on what matters and let go of what doesn't.
(Only try to give everything at least 5 minutes attention before moving to the next.)
"You never know what seeds are being planted - you really never know. But I think we can trust the earth to bloom when it blooms." ~ Beth Ann Mulligan
“Pain makes you stronger. Tears make you braver. Heartbreak makes you wiser. So thank the past for a better future.” ~ Unknown
"Our happiness depends on the way that our minds work, not on the things that happen to us." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
“Self love is not egoism. You're not saying, "I'm the best!" but, "I accept me." And then it's easier to accept others as they are, too.” ~ dailyzen
"The best way to appreciate something is to imagine your life without it." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"Beware of destination addiction, a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are." ~ Robert Holden
"Don't wait for your feelings to change to take the action. Take the action and your feelings will change." ~ Barbara Baron