Many people with ADHD have an unconscious reflexive “doesn’t work for me” response to the idea of mediation. This reflex is due to the common misconception that mediation requires the ability to completely clear the mind and stay in a “blank mind” state. A blank mind status is difficult for any of us. For those with ADHD who have trouble clearing out mind clutter and focusing on just one thing, the concept of a completely blank slate sounds unachievable.
However, meditation is a fantastic tool for keeping down the mind clutter and moving forward with your goals. As coaches, we are all about incorporating such tools into daily life that set you up for success and support you in being the best version of yourself. We also challenge the default assumption that meditation requires a “blank mind”. Certainly, we would not advocate anything that is unrealistic or does not set up you for success so suspend that thought for a moment and keep reading.
Mindful Meditation is a great way to get the benefits of meditation and become more consciously aware of how you are living moment to moment. The more aware you are of what your current reality “IS” the more you are able to affect changes in your life.
Psychology Today defines Mindfulness “as a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
The part we love most about that definition is “without judging them good or bad”. People with ADHD are their worst internal critics and commonly battle overwhelm and depression that block them from moving forward.
Dr Mark Bertin has joined with JST to offering Mindful Mediation for those with ADHD or those who love and work with people impacted with ADHD. The course is instructor-led but recordings are available for those who choose to go at their own pace.