This is last week of a Mindfulness Meditation program (MBSR) that I started 8 weeks ago. Having been introduced to many forms of mindfulness meditation during the course, my biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed the practice of just sitting quietly focusing on the breath. Not only do I enjoy the silent meditations, I found that I was able to sit comfortably in that quiet for up to 40 minutes.
I didn’t start at 40 minute intervals. This was something that I had worked up to over several years. I had started with taking a single breath, then 10 minutes and then 20 minute guided meditations. What surprised me this time around, is that I am able to sit without a guide and that I look forward to this designated quiet time.
We often think about meditation as going into a non-thinking state, however, mindfulness meditation is not about clearing our minds. This particular form of meditation is about focusing on something in the present moment, like your breath, and when your mind wanders off bringing it back. Like a muscle, increasing it’s ability to lift heavier weights, mindfulness trains our brains to come back to our intended focus more easily. Focusing awareness and bringing it back, that is the practice.
Research has shown the benefits of mindfulness for all brains including those with ADHD. In my experience, the practice of mindfulness helps with impulsiveness, emotional regulation and my ability to settle down and get things going. As always, everyone has a different experience.
While the regular MBSR program isn’t for everyone, there is a mindfulness program outlined by Lidia Zylowska in her book The ADHD Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD.
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