Monthly Archives: June 2013

A couple of responses sent to other blogs – re: Mindfulness and distractions. Something we all must manage daily.

Mindfulness is an important consideration in the management of stress/distress/anxiety/adhd/depression. It’s about attending to the moment, and without sounding mystical on this, mindfulness is – for me – about managing the distractions, not always being in what has been referred to as “continuous partial attention” – not a state easy to live with, if one wants to concentrate on a particular goal or activity.

When I mention mindfulness, I am also commenting on the idea of accepting a bit more of yourself – as you are – and as your post suggests you are doing since the diagnosis helped offer ‘relief’ to you. Prior to the incredibly distracting times we live in – internet, Google feeds, tv, relationships, psychiatric diagnoses, inter alia, many people struggled or grappled with the strength or pull of distractions, including Montaigne (1500s), Lord Chesterfield (1700s, I think), Virginia Woolf…When I say ‘acceptance’ or mindfulness, I’m speaking of learning to manage these feelings, these ‘states of being’ within oneself “in the best way one can.” Conversations help considerably.



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‘the love of your fate’

Interesting reprint of post…

“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.
 “Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”

From “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living”



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