Did you know that October is ADHD Awareness month?  Though I have not been diagnosed with ADHD, I realize that I have many of the typical symptoms when I’m tired or experiencing an unusually large amount of stress.   (As do many of my clients!)

I’m guessing you might also!

I know that when I can “take care of myself” I’m able to focus better.

I can eliminate distractions.

I can stick with one task until completion.

I can string together coherent action steps.

I’m guessing you can also!

Many, many, many (many, many, many, many!) times meditation has been suggested as a way to relax and rejuvenate.

And, I’ve tried – really I have!

But come on people, if I can’t focus on one task until completion . . . how can I possibly sit still, clear my mind, and breathe?

So, when the opportunity came to participate in a 40 minute guided meditation – I was (believably!!) skeptical!  Let’s be realistic, on my own I was only able to “last” 5 minutes – how in the world would I ever be able to sit still for 40 minutes . . . and with other people in the room?

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Well – believe it or not – I was able to let go enough to participate in the 40 minute guided meditation – AND I felt relaxed for 3 days after.

Now, I’m not going to try to fool you – I most certainly did NOT reach another plane of consciousness.  It wasn’t a religious (or near religious) experience for me.  In fact, I didn’t even keep my eyes closed the entire 40 minutes!  (I opened them about every 10 minutes to see “how much longer was left”!)

[Tweet “And still, I was relaxed for 3 day!”]

Why was this different?

  1. I didn’t do it on my own!  Debbi Mayo of the Mandala Center for the Healing Arts was the facilitator.  Just being in  her presence lowered my stress.
  2. I had something to do!  Debbi (the smart woman that she is) gave me something to do!  Each time a “thought popped into my head” she told me to focus on my breathing.  This allowed me to push the thoughts away.
  3. I could do as little or as much as I needed, at my own pace.  No judgement.  I was surrounded by people that had never meditated before, and people that were masters at the art.

Can you only imagine how relaxed I will be when I’m able to unplug my mind for an even longer period of time?

Your turn!  How do you “quiet your mind” so you can focus consistently?!

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