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Meditating with ADHD...
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:49:42 pm »
Hi, I've suffered from ADHD my whole life...and during meditation there are brief periods when I think I have it...and I'm really in depth with my mind being calm and filling with light..and attempting to feel the Buddha Presence..

But I have a problem..most of the time trying to meditate on an object like my breath for example...so I spend most of a 20 minute meditation session..just day dreaming or thinking about random things..

Does anyone have any advice for a qualm like this?
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Re: Meditating with ADHD...
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 03:00:52 am »
Hi BlackLooter,

I’m going to sidestep the ADHD for a moment, and will concentrate on your problem with meditation.  Distractions like daydreaming and random thoughts are common when people start to meditate.

The best way to overcome these types problems is go along to your local Buddhist centre, join a meditation class and learn from the instructors. They will probably start you off by counting the in and out breaths, which help overcome distractions like you mentioned.

If you don’t have a Buddhist centre close by, then there are on-line resources.  For example, Mindfulness of Breathing.

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Re: Meditating with ADHD...
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2017, 09:11:16 am »
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BlackLooter:Does anyone have any advice for a qualm like this?

Having married a woman with ADHKD, having a daughter, a son, and a grandaughter with HDHKD, my suggestion would be to so something physical like  running or cycling, working out with the weights, or whatever else you enjoy before meditation.  If you are taking prescribed metabolic accelerants, such Ritalin, or Dexadrine, then take those as prescribed before sitting in meditation at first, because you will want to see how you do as you learn how your mind works under their influence, and then as time and experience with meditation  goes on, you can then see how your mind works without them. 

The main thing is to practice meditation and mindfulness every chance you get, when and where it is safe to do so.

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Re: Meditating with ADHD...
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2017, 04:22:10 pm »
I work specifically with students who have various challenges to educational success and, almost with out exception, they struggle with ADHD to some extent.  One of my coworkers is a Zen Buddhist who often shares the fact that he personally felt that his own ADHD would prevent his success in life and it was mediation that helped him to manage it.

This same man leads mediation session for interested students, focusing on counting breaths.  He explains that everyone struggles with the "monkey mind" and that you catch yourself and you start over.  In time you get better and that's it.  There's no reason to feel frustrated or incompetent and you should rest assured that you're doing something good for yourself regardless of how successful you may feel during or after any given session.

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Re: Meditating with ADHD...
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 01:02:56 am »
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Does anyone have any advice for a qualm like this?


Your best option is to go to a Buddhist meditation class at a nearby centre or monastery.

In the meantime, this little meditation book "Finding the Missing Peace" by Ajahn Amaro might be helpful:

http://cdn.amaravati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Finding_the_Missing_Peace_-_Ajahn_Amaro.pdf


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Re: Meditating with ADHD...
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 11:00:36 am »
I'm also labeled as reaching the diagnostics criteria for ADHD to be presented and recognized as part of my human identity. Not sure which causes or conditioning brought this ailment into perpetuated life experience.

Fundamentalist joking aside, I find it much easier to meditate when I'm listening to a mantra, that I've researched, memorized and understood. So that I can meditate on the meaning of the syllables and comprehend it as a whole. This assigns instructions for routines and structures for my mind to follow during the meditation session, which is scientifically proven to be of value to an individual suffering from ADHD. Makes sense too since the mind of a person with ADHD experience the monkey-mind often as having Tourette's with chronic mania.

Here are some mantras that I have studied and meditated on:

Om Tare Tu Tare Ture So Ha:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt9MuRLdypY

OM represents Tara’s sacred and enlightened body, speech and mind.
TARE means liberating from all discontent.
TUTTARE means liberating from the eight fears, the external dangers and also from the internal dangers such as ignorance and delusions.
TURE means liberating from duality; it shows the true cessation of confusion.
SOHA means “may the meaning of the mantra take root in my mind.”

More research material:
https://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan-buddhism/green-tara-mantra.html
http://gayatriclab.com/2011/10/the-power-of-tara-mantra-%E2%80%9Com-tare-tuttare-ture-swaha%E2%80%9D-for-daily-protection/

Om Mani Padme Hum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbgHZWwyhcQ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_mani_padme_hum

Manjushri Mantra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKcCsi7Lhis

OM Mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra

A leads to the insight that the essence of all things is unproduced.

RA leads to the insight that all things are pure and free of defilements.

PA leads to the insight that all dharmas have been “expounded in the ultimate sense.”

CA leads to the insight that the arising and ceasing of things cannot be apprehended because in reality there is no arising or ceasing.

NA leads to the insight that although the names for things change the nature of things behind their names cannot be gained or lost.

DHIH Reflection , meditation , devotion , prayer; understanding , intelligence , wisdom



Hope this helps. Have a nice day.

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Re: Meditating with ADHD...
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2017, 02:49:00 am »
So i've come up with what amounts to a simple explanation of the way to cure your adhd..or otherwise meditate within a certain peaceful bounds..

So I begin meditating like normal..but I don't try to have any attachment at all to the breath..just watch as it comes and goes...and monitor the monkey mind which is ever creative in origin and deployment...but not try to get away from it as it stands...but just watch..and meditate precisely on the times I think of the breath...and then relinquish the reigns so to speak..and then go with any other thoughts..

So this means i'm not actively attaching to the breath in and out

but when I think of it..I am sort of procuring it..or otherwise going through what normal meditation is..but releasing it when other thoughts come..

So the monkey mind is kind of like a television..that I try not to ignore..but just go with the flow of the information received by all types of thoughts..
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Re: Meditating with ADHD...
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2017, 12:15:26 pm »
I have pretty bad ADHD. What really helps me is music or going to a temple and listening to a group of people chant. When I went to Thailand, I learned to start doing this. The fellowship and atmosphere are very helpful too. If I want to get the most out of my experience, this is what I do. Other things you can do is get a bell and dorje set. Helps my mind to stay on topic and the sound of the bell purifies and occupies my mind. If your mind wanders and gets hooked on a subject, sometimes you will intuitively know its something you need to work through. Call on the deity/deities you work with at any time. Sometimes even a teacher. If they have ESP be mindful of this. They may become an active part of your meditation! Unless you want that. Its also good to open up a chant with a dedication to who its associated with and look at their likeness on your altar or picture in your mind. Meditating on their qualities and the meaning of the mantra. Good luck!

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Re: Meditating with ADHD...
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2017, 03:01:25 am »
people are exploring different types of awareness..in this coming time period..which is like the rapture..but people move rapidly trying to explain their own existence in a way that's different from others...

I think in the buddhist sense...that is kind of like what AdHD is..
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