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Old 10-26-15, 04:26 AM
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Re: Can you 'quiet your mind'?

No, yes, yes, yes.

And I am even better with those things when I am medicated.

Because all things are possible with amphetamines.

OK, seriously now...yes, I can quiet my mind. But in those times I am not
quieting it, it runs free with a mix of word salad, music, and static. Very
not quiet, I must say.

Meds help with that...the word salad and static go away, and I am left with music.

Thatís quite OK with me.


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Re: Can you 'quiet your mind'?

The simple point is that "quieting the mind" ain't that hard.
A thought comes up- and you go back to noticing the feeling on the back of the right middle finger.
You don't give the thought the acknowledgement that it is worth attending to-- and the thought realises is is unimportant, and it goes away.
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Re: Can you 'quiet your mind'?

I can just for a few minutes. It's not so easy as it seems)
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Re: Can you 'quiet your mind'?

Frankly this is a very interesting topic.
I know for a fact that a lot of the noise in my head is due to issues davefs described. I just cant shake the idea that i have trouble processing these issies because of constant internal distractions, no matter how much i try to focus on them. Maybe its a habit of lifelong emotional supression or its just an adhd mind.

I wonder what happened to davefs though, if he managed to stay off meds and relatively adhd symptom free.
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Re: Can you 'quiet your mind'?

I think mindfulness and meditation definitely helps me in that it helps me stay in the present moment, really see what's going on around me, and avoid drifting away into constant commentary and conversation in my head. It helps me pay more attention to what people are saying to me, and also to being with who I am with in the present moment and really experiencing it.

I definitely self-medicate with meditation sometimes lol.

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Re: Can you 'quiet your mind'?

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Meditation has exponentially helped me with quieting my mind, even if just for a little while. It took a while for me to really grasp since I'm so used to the incessantly scattered thoughts bouncing off the walls of my mind.

Embarrassingly enough, it took a lot of practice before even getting to the point of momentary inner silence. But once I experienced it, it was so profoundly liberating that I've been dedicated to daily meditation every day since then. From the moment I wake up I'm bombarded with a million random thoughts all begging for my attention at once so it's extremely euphoric to be able to escape from the utter madness every once in a while.

I think meditation and other forms of turning off the mind can be immensely beneficial for ADDers. Personally, however, I've found that it unfortunately doesn't help to alleviate any of the symptoms of ADD when I'm not meditating. It has had other unrelated benefits which I'm grateful for, but when it comes to ADD I sort of compare it to medication: it works while being used, but does nothing to help when not being used. In other words, it doesn't have any long-term benefits for me. But to at least have those 30 minutes of total silence twice a day is something to be happy about.

I also love lucid dreaming (and dreaming in general), since the parts of the brain that facilitate ADD are turned off so to speak. That's also very liberating. My most creative sparks happen during both meditation and dreaming.

So even though it's a pain in the *** for ADDers to actually learn, quieting the mind is tremendously powerful. Especially for people with ADD. The tranquility that I experience is incomparable and its rarity makes it that much more treasured.

I highly suggest that everyone with ADD really make a commitment to learn some form of quieting the mind. Yes, I know, actually following through with a commitment (yikes) is an extremely difficult process but I promise it will be well worth it.
I agree that meditation is nice when you're doing it - however, the lessons of mindfully paying attention at all times can be applied to whatever you're doing. Check out the "10% happier" app - it's got amazing guided meditations for all situations - driving, eating, walking, sleeping, etc. etc.!! It's awesome. Lots of free content, but I finally upgraded for about $100 and totally worth it. And no, I don't work for them! But it's a great product so I'm happy promoting it to whoever will listen. My ADHD daughter uses it to sleep.
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