I have a feeling many of y’all have been told to “just try meditating” to help with ADHD. Meditation isn’t a cure for ADHD, but it can help quiet the mind. It’s not just beneficial for those with ADHD. Most people could probably benefit from some form of mindful meditation. I feel like there is a joke in there somewhere about our minds being full so we’re already being mindful.
Meditation doesn’t have to be the stereotypical sitting criss-cross on a pillow, eyes closed, thumb touching index finger randomly making an “owwwmm” noise. If that floats your boat though, go for it. No judgement here. That system may not work for everyone. I think people can get too bogged down or intimidated by the idea of mindful meditation. It’s just a way to relax, calm our mind, be aware of our thoughts, unwind, and find peace. Easier said than done, I know.
I think we all may be doing some form of meditation without even realizing it. Here are some other ways people may meditate without realizing it.
Going on a walk
Being in nature
Laying down and staring at a wall
Going to the gym
Do you have an activity you partake in to unwind? A place you feel at peace? Where or what is that?
If we are aware of our intentions before doing the action, or going to that place, we can foster the potential for more mindfulness, and maybe actively try to partake in some form of meditation.
Also, meditation isn’t something you necessarily can just “do” for thirty minutes or an hour. It may take time to build up your stamina. It’s okay if you can only have a calm, quiet mind for a few seconds before your mind starts to wander. Notice when your mind wanders and try to let it subside for more quiet meditation. Eventually you may make it to a few minutes, thirty minutes, or even an hour, but like all things this will take time and that’s okay. Be patient with yourself. You know what you need, and what will work for you. The best way to practice mindful mediation is to find a method you actually like doing and will do.