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.
We understand the miracle of life when we allow the unexpected to change us. ~ Paulo Coelho
"We are always expecting that in the future there will be something greater, higher, deeper, or more fulfilling. So we may never be particularly happy or satisfied, because our whole lives consist of endless preparations..." ~ Tarthang Tulku
"Mindfulness is so powerful because it acts as an interrupter to potentially damaging trains of thought that regularly start up." ~ Everyday Mindfulness
We must learn to see life's difficulties as blessings that help us become more complete human beings. ~ Dr. Bernie Siegel
“Thinking is the brain talking. Meditation is the brain listening.” ~ Joseph Emet
"Everything we say at funerals should be said at birthday parties instead. We leave so much love unspoken." ~ Tiny Buddha
"Try to notice which feelings make you feel the most uncomfortable, and what actions you take to try and avoid those feelings" ~ The Mindfulness Project
"It’s far too easy to get bogged down in the minutia of day-to-day life and forget what a miracle it is just to be here. We must remind ourselves. Regularly." Everyday Mindfulness
This statement totally encapsulates the purpose of this entire column. The sacred is to be found in the mundane. We just need to pay attention. Deactivate the autopilot.
"Take a moment to give thanks for something you normally don't think about... teeth, warm clothes, buses, the invention of sandwiches." ~ The Mindfulness Project
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