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litlebananalitlebanana on November 27th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Nice articles. I've been trying to do a little meditation but it's SO hard.
Tapatitapati on November 28th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
There are lots of different types so perhaps try another one. A lot of people get discouraged because they think they are failing at it. Especially achievement oriented people who are used to success at the things they do. It is natural and normal for the mind to wander. Just observe and pull it back as often as needed. That is the practice and it does get better but no one expects to perfect it right away or in a few months etc.
litlebananalitlebanana on November 28th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
The last time I tried it, I got discouraged because I was having trouble and just felt like it was pointless. Like, what's the big deal about thinking about things? But this article gives me a different perspective.

Of course, my other issue is not having time to do it.
Tapatitapati on November 28th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, as a mom I found it difficult to do my mantra meditation. I had a certain amount of time that was required per day when I was still a Hare Krishna.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 27th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
i'm on medication for the ADD now but i still can't meditate. see that one thing and let it go? rriigghhtt!
Tapatitapati on November 28th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Just observe your mind wandering, draw it back, rinse and repeat. That is all it is. Note that you are the one who observes. Note that the wandering thoughts are not you. No one stays focused right away--that's why it's a lifetime practice. Even if it feels like you're not succeeding, it has so many benefits, lowering blood pressure etc.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 28th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
i've had people tell me the same things you just did - for twenty years. sometimes i think my mind is just bent or something.
Tapatitapati on November 28th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
People spend longer than that and don't perfect it. Look at it not as a thing with a linear progression to a goal, but rather a regular practice session where you don't ever expect to master it. The practice IS the goal. It does good things for you even when you don't feel like you can focus well enough. You don't know how you would be if you hadn't tried it. :)
Christinekisekileia on November 28th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
I think that if someone with ADHD is capable of meditating, their ADHD probably wasn't that bad in the first place.
Tapatitapati on November 29th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
That's only if you believe that people who meditate are completely focused. That's not the case. Your mind constantly wanders--and you bring it back. It wanders again, and you bring it back. Over and over again. That's just normal for everyone.