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.
"The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions."
-- Anthony Jay
"When we hear or read something new, we usually just compare it to what we already believe. If it's the same, we accept it as true, but if it's not, we claim it is wrong. In either case, we learn nothing new." —Thich Nhat Hanh
You can't keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, and move on. ~ Homer Simpson
"Worry does not change the future, It saps the strength from the present."
"If we absorb other people's emotions, we might constantly feel overwhelmed and on edge. We can't change that we're sensitive to the energy around us, but we can change how we respond to it." ~ Tiny Buddah
"The road to anywhere always goes through here." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou
"Your anger? It’s telling you where you feel powerless. Your anxiety? It’s telling you that something in your life is off balance. Your fear? It’s telling you what you care about." ~Brianna Wiest
"You know who could use some support right now? Literally everyone. Be kind to yourself and others." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
"To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness." -- Bertrand Russell
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit & resign yourself to the influences of each. ~ Thoreau
"View young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit."
-- Robert H. Shaffer