Report on My Retreat —ADHD Tip O the Day 904

I finished my five day spiritual retreat, a success.  I got off track some on day five, next time I’ll do four days.  It wasn’t as difficult as I’d expected. I had a little struggle about how to use my iphone, if at all.  Decided to check messages, emails and phone calls and not use it for anything else.

I got some good insights, some of which I’ll share with you:

  1. I’ve been constantly doing and almost no being. Need to balance.  One strategy is to spread out my to do list.  I’ll keep my basic structure of the things I need to do on a regular basis, usually just one a day, like the gym for example, and try to add only one task to each day.


  1. The importance of the practices of:  sitting, not thinking, breathing tool, awareness, getting out of doors (in addition to my daily quiet time with prayer, meditation, reading, and journaling.)


  1. A lot of things really don’t matter very much.


  1. “You fill up my senses,” song by John Denver, came to me. I’ve been filling up my senses with tasks, reading, music, and even prayer.  All these are good, but I was leaving no space for anything else, such as feelings, certain ideas, insights, etc.  Space and silence are important.


Personal Notes O the Day:

  1. It’s been six days now and it’s working well so far.  A big change for me.
  1. I read excellent books which were very helpful:

Make me an instrument of your peace  – kent nerburn

Hallelujah anyway: rediscovering mercy – Anne Lamott

The name of God is mercy – Pope Francis

The naked now – Richard Rohr

Present over perfect – shauna niequist

I chose these books simply because they were available.  By interesting “coincidence,” they were highly synchronistic.  Whether you are of a spiritual bent or not, I highly recommend the Niequist.

3. With ADHD, we need structure and schedule and strategies to get things done, but we need to make time to be.  And I think just being, and the practices that help, are especially hard with ADHD.  But maybe especially important.



Being – my sister suggested this before.  I’m only now getting it.

Super Comments

Not Thinking – I don’t understand this; need to read it again, slowly.

Not Thinking- This is more clear

#ADHD, @addstrategies, @adhdstrategies, @dougmkpdp




About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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