|We need dancers in our world—dancers of the mind, of the spirit, dancers willing to move to the passion of being alive and to the patience of finding one’s own rhythms, and those rhythms and content that are needed by the rest of us.
A dancing mind sometimes belongs to a person with a “softer” version of ADHD, though it may also come in a person who is—by nature or nurture—living in his or her own creativity and passion. This is a person whose thoughts are not always linear or obviously logical, and whose intuitions are not always scientifically known or proven. This is a person whose thinking travels in a dance and with a rhythm of their own; in so doing, s/he often weaves in and about the same territory over and again so as to realize that everything is connected.
ADancingMind.com is a “waking up” site. It is a place for figuratively waking up to the diverse ways of thinking and being, and to the real and beautiful advantages of some of those ways (like ADHD) for individuals and those with whom they can share.
Welcome to a site devoted to waking up to diversity—not only of ethnic, economic, or religious group, but of thinking and feeling, even within one individual.
This is a waking up site in a second way: it offers a rather urgent invitation to wake up to and from the distractions that keep us from discovering all the parts of ourselves, and that numb us to real connections to ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors with whom we share the planet. This part is about the imposed definitions by family, peers, culture, and media that distract us from the power of thought, individual direction, and passion. It is about a national epidemic that keeps us from acting and thinking in ways that empower our humanity and reflect our individuality.
||Carol's new book: In The Midst of Parenting: A Look At the Real Dramas and Dilemmas
Becoming a True Parent... A challenge to one-size-fits-all child-rearing techniques, In the Midst of Parenting delves wholeheartedly into rarely explored yet universally experienced feelings and quandaries. Drawing on development theory and rich with real-life anecdotes, it offers practical, lucid suggestions for moving through the loneliness, chaos, and power struggles that characterize family life today. From empowering yourself prenatally to attuning to your teenager and healing strained relations with your parents, you will learn how -and why- to let your "true self" be your guide. With the real you in charge, it is never too late to deepen your connections with your child.
In essence, this is a political site in the sense that it affirms the centrality of noticing our lapses in judgment, caring, and in significant social actions that might make a difference. Questions about the twisted and confusing nature of our individual role in politics are welcome here; in fact, they are encouraged.
This is a place to ponder the ways that we use the information we already have, and to find ways to come out of the stupor which renders us impervious to critically thinking and acting based on a proactive seeking of reliable information. It is also a place where you are asked to tilt your head a bit so that your senses can take in the world from a slightly new angle.
As part of its essence and definition, this site will be a dancing one, without the usual precise division of categories. As a site that comes from and through my own dancing mind, it will find expression for diverse ways of seeing things. And so let it be a dancing site, in the organic search for connections between the dots of subjects, styles, and people.
Just because something is known, doesn’t mean it is true. And just because something isn’t known, doesn’t mean it’s not true.
Think outside the box—don’t limit yourself to only that which is known thus far.
Without laughter, it would all be unbearable. Humor is the oxygen that gives life to joy without the need to block the cells of sadness—so remember to breathe and to stretch both mind and body.