ADHD and Meditation – The Devil and the Angel are in the details

Suspended. Supporter. Calm gentle currents. The only sound is the intake and release of your breath. You feel a brush against your leg and turn to see a small, bright yellow fish swim by. He is joined by friends as he heads into an intricate maze of coral.

Now open your eyes and you are ready to face the meeting with your boss, that mid-term exam, the pile of laundry.

Many of my clients with ADHD have never imagined that meditation would work for them. Details are often a challenge when dealing with mundane tasks. However, when we connect with one of their stress busting passions, such as scuba diving, it opens up a whole new vista.

Questions to ask while creating your own meditation:

  • What is your favorite thing to do when you have time to relax?
  • What feeling do you get while you are doing it?
  • What equipment do you use? A ball, club, pole?
  • How does it feel in your hand? Is it textured? Rough? Smooth and slick? Soft?
  • What color is it?
  • What is your favorite moment? A moment of impact? Pushing through and getting your second wind?
  • Where are you? Outside feeling the warmth of the sun? Cool water? A brisk breeze?

Go through those questions to try and calm your mind before sleep or any time during the day when you need to re-focus. After a little practice, you will be able to flip the switch and your own personal calm space. 60 seconds is all that you need to take stress down a notch and move it out of your way.

Guest Blogger: Kimber Nelson