Do you meditate? Do you reflect on your learning? Do you keep a journal either digital or a traditional paper? I carry a bound, blank, book, with me to all meetings and gatherings so that I can create a resource that allows me to reflect on these often complicated and poignant life moments. Most are informal anecdotes. After watching the recent documentary on the Life of country singer Glen Campbell entitled "Ill Be Me", I was saddened and touched by his ability to continue to play and remember music despite his diminishing ability to remember. My wife's mother is experiencing some of the same frustrations, confusion, and inability to remember life events that were shown in the Campbell documentary and in the 2015 Oscar-winning performance by Julianne Moore in the movie "Still Alice". Here's a link to some strategies offered by Adult Education Dr. J on his website that I find to be useful in promoting "Mindfulness". And finally, here's some quotes on the "Mind" for your consideration.
- “You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” ― Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes
- “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
- “I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.” ― G.K. Chesterton
- “Because fear kills everything," Mo had once told her. "Your mind, your heart, your imagination.” ― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart
- “You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.” ― Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
- “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones