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.
"Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there."
"It’s only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis." ~ Margaret Bonnano
"Do your best to use disappointment and frustration to motivate you rather than annoy you today. Be mindful. You are in control of the way you respond to life." ~ Marc & Angel Chernoff
"Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world." ~ Wayne Dyer
"Now, every time I witness a strong person, I want to know: What darkness did you conquer in your story? Mountains do not rise without earthquakes." ~Katherine MacKenett
"Do your best not to invest more energy than you have, tripping over something behind you or something that only exists inside your head. Remember, life is change. Practice accepting the fact that things may never go back to how they were, & that this ending is really a beginning." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff
We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm. Some have yachts, some have canoes, and some are drowning. Just be kind and help whoever you can." ~ Adapted by Tiny Buddha from a quote by Damian Barr
"From warm drinks and woolly socks, to the simple joy of having a bed to sleep in at night – there are countless things to be grateful for over the winter months." ~ the Mindfulness Project
"The more I practice and connect with inner peace, the more I take back my power, instead of depending on external things, people, or factors to provide this for me." ~ Mindful Online
"Being with the mind is not enough; we must work with it as well. The mind is grounded in the brain, which is a physical system that doesn’t change for the better on its own. Weeds don’t get pulled and flowers don’t get planted simply by watching the garden." ~ Rick Hanson
"With experience you will take the fluctuations of your mind less and less seriously—not because you are trying to control or deny them, but because an inner silence has become your new orientation and nucleus of attention."