A Buddhist Practice, Borrowed for ADHD
My wife went to a Buddhist retreat. It was very good for her. She brought home a practice to share.
At this temple, one practice is at the sound of any bell, stop whatever you are doing and take three deep breaths. I have been doing it and find it very helpful.
It takes me out of the pressure mode, relaxes me, and unhooks me from the “urgency” of my current task or activity. It feels like a connection to God. It is a pause and, I think, a form of meditation.
They have bells at the temple. We fortunately live close to the Cathedral, where the bell sounds the quarter hours. So the bell is an anchor for the practice, but you could use any other recurrent thing – going to the bathroom, eating or drinking anything, noticing a thought of food, etc. The anchor then directs you to the practice, the three deep breaths.
Meditation is good for ADHD
I’ve been trying to meditate for years, but rarely can get past 5 minutes. I have a new STRATEGY. I set my alarm for 20 minutes. Now I can stop thinking about the time. I know it will not take over 20 minutes and the iPhone will let me know when it’s over.
This seems successful and I believe the meditation is helping me. Now we will see if I keep it up.
Your practices or suggestions?
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