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Old 03-22-18, 04:30 PM
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No effect from meditation and relaxation (hundred hours of practice)

Hello, I would like to know if I am the only one for who meditation and relaxation don't work at all ? (For those who have practiced seriously)

Are you in this situation, or have you been there ? Any advices ?

Even in ADHD situations I don't see anybody on the net who seems to be in that situation..

In fact for me it has worked only a few times while I have practice all the kind of meditation which exist and all the kind of relaxation techniques, each one I have give it a try of many hours. Also I have been in a meditation retreat of 8 days without noticing any effect..
Techniques that I have practiced on my own and with CBT therapists. In fact I am the only one patient that they know for who this techniques doesn't work.
At the beginning I have been treated for social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder but now it is sure that I have inattentive symptoms and maybe ADD, even if one of my therapist think that all this inattentive symptoms maybe come from my anxiety disorders, I don't know..So now I am treated by a doctor specialist in ADHD, I will see.
In meditation and relaxation I think it is my focus that cause the lack of result : in fact I have no selective attention, during meditation for example, when I focuse on an object, at the same time I am distracted, it takes less than a second every time, I lose my focus every half second, when I focus it is like I observe the breath (or other) and during all this time the thoughts NEVER stop, even a few seconds, because my selective attention has zero intensity, I can't even concentrate my focus on an object, my attention go back and forth at very hight speed.

I have practice a lot and read a lot on this subject (meditation and relaxation) so please don't speak about "it takes time" "it is normal", and don't give me meditation advice.. I have a lot of knowledges on this subjects and psycho, neuroscience, etc. So I know for sure that at the moment it doesn't work.

! No relaxation from relaxation techniques, no boost in attention and mindfulness from meditation.. !

It is very frustrating to know what can effectively reduce/cure my anxiety disorders and inattentive symptoms, when in the practice I don't get benefit..Moreover I am very passionate about this subject and a very spiritual person, so it is a very important aspect that I want to add to my life with effectiveness..So for medical reasons and spiritual reasons..

Thanks in advance for your responses, I am very desperate of this situation..
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Re: No effect from meditation and relaxation (hundred hours of practice)

How long have you been meditating?
What posture do you use?
Where do you get your instruction from- direct supervision, books, audio instruction?

Also- what is the object you are focussing on-- the sensation of your breath, or thoughts about the sensation of the breath (focussing on a verbal description of the sensations rather than the sensations seems to be an issue for many.

It took me many years to be able to get any success with it- but the instruction I had initially was not good (either too non specific or not in good English).

Also I had a back problem that made it very hard for me to be able to make good progress. It seems that it was causing some impingement on the blood supply to my brainstem- which clearly did not help.
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Re: No effect from meditation and relaxation (hundred hours of practice)

Have you tried guided meditations/selfhypnosis? With headphones? There are some very good ones on youtube, especially the ones with very soothing voice (p.e Michael Sealey or Lina Grace) and deep inspiring spiritual content that bring attention away from anxiety, into the higher self (p.e. Mooji). When i listen to those it's a lot easier to focus my thoughts than when i do it on my own, it's like they take me by the hand and with the headphones i'm less distracted. Also being in nature while doing that helps a lot with feeling more calm in the now. At home and in my car, i find it very helpful to have meditation music with healing frequencies playing in the background. All the above are very good tools to me, i hope you'll experience the same!
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