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.
"Nothing in life is fixed or guaranteed forever, & yet we often take for granted the very aspects of our lives that most deserve our gratitude. Check yourself. How often do you pause to appreciate your health, your family, your home or other seemingly stable fixtures in your life?" ~ Marc & Angel Chernoff
"Attention is like a combination spotlight and vacuum cleaner: it illuminates what it rests upon while pulling it into the brain." ~ Rick Hanson
"I love when I realize I'm handling a situation better than my old self would have." ~Dahlia Dlell
"Most of us like being in control, yet the only thing we actually CAN control is the one thing we don't: our composure. Imagine responding to emotions and events with grace instead of reacting with rage." ~ Timber Hawkeye
"You are not lazy, unmotivated, or stuck. After years of living in survival mode, you are exhausted. There’s a difference." ~Nakeia Homer
"If you worry too much about what might be, or what might have been, you will ignore and overlook what is. Remember this. Worrying is a misuse of your incredible creative energy. So do your best to focus mindfully on what's in front of you today." ~ Marc & Angel Chernoff
"There will always be things in life that we simply can't control. Sometimes just accepting this can make those things a little less heavy." ~ The Mindfullness Projevt
"What is happening now is happening now. You cannot change what is already happening. Are you able to work with it instead of fighting against it?" ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"Is a desire for things to be different making you tight or tense? Experiment with allowing things to be. See how it changes the moment." ~ The Minfukness Project
“A sunset, an eclipse, a butterfly escaping a mist of rain; the ending of a day, a walk with the footprints still emblazoned on the path, the sounds from the last song sang under a haunted breath.
We come alive in so many different ways—make room for it all.” ~ Joel Leon