This is from my e-mailed Daily OM* which I really love and appreciate most days. It is about the power of Yes which I want to talk about in terms of my new support group which met for the first time last evening.
"The hardest thing about saying yes to the universe is that it means accepting everything life puts in front of us. Most of us have a habit of going through our days saying no to the things we don’t like and yes to the things we do, and yet, everything we encounter is our life. We may be afraid that if we say yes to the things we don’t like, we will be stuck with them forever, but really, it is only through acknowledging the existence of what’s not working for us that we can begin the process of change. So saying yes doesn’t mean indiscriminately accepting things that don’t work for us. It means conversing with the universe, and starting the conversation with a very powerful word — yes.
When we say yes to the universe, we enter into a state of trust that whatever our situation is, we can work with it. We express confidence in ourselves, and the universe, and we also express a willingness to learn from whatever comes our way, rather than running and hiding when we don’t like what we see. The question we might ask ourselves is what it will take for us to get to the point of saying yes. For some of us, it takes coming up against something we can’t ignore, escape, or deny, and so we are left no choice but to say yes. For others, it just seems a natural progression of events that leads us to making the decision to say yes to life.
The first step to saying yes is realizing that in the end it is so much easier than the alternative. Once we understand this, we can begin examining the moments when we resist what is happening, and experiment with occasionally saying yes instead. It might be scary at first, and even painful at times, but if we continue to say yes to every moment through the process, we will discover the joy of being in a positive conversation with a force much bigger than ourselves."
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They also offer about 40 spiritual growth, self-improvement, alternative health and personal growth online courses that come weekly as web pages most with accompanying audio tapes. These courses are nearly all for a voluntary donation of $1-$25. Take a look at their offerings and you're bound to find something. I sign up for so many I forget to keep up, but it's okay because they keep them posted for a long time and you can go back. Most or maybe all courses have online discussion and e-mail forum sessions as well. I recommend them highly. Go take a look if you're like me and have to know this minute, but you have to promise (please) to come back and read about the first meeting of the support group I started for adult attention deficit disorder.
Yeah, so the main reason I have been such such a slacker blogge on here is because I have been spending so much time trying to start a support group in my area for people with adult attention deficit disorder (ADD or AD//HD). It has taken me months, but I did it by the grace of God and it is all open to anyone who thinks they may have the disease for free. All those kids with ADD/ADHD don't outgrow it. They grow up and instead of having problems with learning disabilities, behavior, school rules, acting out inappropriately, etc. they have problems telling bosses what they can do with their jobs and their rules (lots of unemployment). Instead of being distracted by a passing garbage truck during math class and having the teacher yell at them, now they are distracted by passing sports cars while their date or spouse is sharing something very important to them. (They have more than their share of dating problems, relationship problems, divorces, etc.). They are still impulsive only now they don't go play hookey from school with some kid they met while waiting for the bus. Now they decide to soften the blow of having been fired again so they stop on the way home and buy a in-home theater complete with all the speakers and techno toys any movie lover would lust after for thousands of dollars on the credit card.
There are approximately 15 million Americans today with this neurobiological imbalance. It seems to be genetic but even the exact causes aren't fully known yet. Since I have had ADD all my life and been treated for it the past ten years I wanted to get involved more in my own recovery and in helping others to recover.
Well let me tell you I was thrilled that eight warm, encouraging, open and enthusiastic people showed up and said that not only do they intend to keep coming every week, they want to pass out fliers and let more people know about it. I feel like all the work and time was worth it.
If you want to learn more about our group because you're wondering if you have ADD, check out our website and Twitter account, SteadyRecovery. The group is: Journey To Joyful Wholeness: Recovery From AD/HD. The website is at: http://journeytojoyfulwholeness.blogspot.com/.
There's a lot more information there that I won't bore you with here.
I know I lost lots of readers when I stopped blogging regularly, but I just couldn't do it all and I knew this was important too. Now I can let other people take over some of the responsibilities, and go back to my regular life. Thanks to any readers who hung with me.
How are those contest entries coming? If you don't like to write, send me a note by e-mail and I'll make arrangements so you can send me a tape, CD, drawing, collage, action figure, avatar, clay model, fingerpainting, or wherever inspiration leads you to create.