Did you know that meditating is really good for ADD minds? It is.
I know that meditation might seem contradictory to an ADD brain. After all, we have trouble focusing and concentrating and turning our brains off once in a while. How in the world can we possibly clear our minds to meditate?
With a little work and perseverance and a little less expectations of perfection, you can learn to meditate. The very act of meditating teaches your brain to learn to calm and to focus. Wouldn’t that be useful?
Meditation gives your brain a chance to rest and take a breather. Imagine all the activity going on in your head all day. Wouldn’t you need a rest if you were that busy? Meditation can give it to you.
Meditation also has health benefits like lowering your blood pressure and easing stress levels.
It’s been scientifically proven to benefit ADD brains and has been successfully taught to groups of elementary aged children as part of a research project.
Have I sold you yet?
Now maybe you’ve tried meditating on your own and haven’t had much luck. That’s not surprising. There are a lot of ways to meditate and ways to learn it. Just like lots of other things, the one you tried may not be the best fit for you.
I’ve gotten recordings from people who are supposed to be great teachers of meditation and I couldn’t use them because I couldn’t stand the sound of their voice. And some – well, my mind just wanders.
So the first thing to do is to look around for a meditation that you are comfortable with. Chanting annoys me, but I love guided meditations as long as the person doing it has the right kind of delivery. Visual meditations are great for those of us with ADHD because we are visual people.
Once you find one you like, give it a try. Don’t be surprised if your mind starts to wander. That’s OK. It’s called a meditation practice for a reason. Keep at it and you’ll get better.
Be sure to get comfortable before you begin, although I wouldn’t advise laying down. Nor would I advise doing it first thing in the morning or last thing before bed. That puts me right to sleep, but if it works for you, go ahead.
Here are some places you might want to check out for meditations:
Learning Meditation – I have recommended this site for a long time. They have redone it, and it is beautiful. Lots of helpful advice plus samples of meditations including visual meditation. Downloads are also affordable.
Zen Habits Useful tips for learning to meditate.
The Guided Meditation Site Lots of guided meditations, including free ones. My only complaint is that you can’t listen online; you have to download them.
You Tube There are tons of guided meditations on You Tube. The link to this one features a guy with an Australian accent, but you can search for others.
Audio Dharma has a good selection of audio meditations available to listen online or download for free. They also vary in length, from a few minutes to over 30 minutes and feature a number of speakers.
If you have an iPod, check out iTunes for meditations or wherever you buy music.