August 9, 2007

New Goal (Daily Goal #4): Set aside time for my spiritual life

Posted in ADHD, Goal Setting, Posts by Renee, Self-Therapy, Spirituality at 2:56 am by bloggingawayadhd

I consider myself to be a fairly spiritual person (though not as calm and peaceful as I’d like to be) and I have strong Christian beliefs. My desire to be peaceful is one of the driving forces in my quest to manage my ADD.

So, I’ve decided to add another daily goal: to read at least one chapter from the New Testament of the Bible daily, and to meditate/pray every day for at least 5 minutes. To a “non-ADD” person, meditating may come easily, but for me it’s a struggle to clear my mind and sit still at all, so 5 minutes is my initial goal. Hopefully, that time can increase in the near future.

It’s sad to me that I have to write this on a list to remember to do it, since I want to put God first in my life, but my mind wandering all around makes that difficult. I’m hoping that by “forcing” myself to do it for a while, that I’ll get used to it being a daily thing, and the benefits of calming myself regularly and having a better relationship with God will become apparent.

I’ve thought about adding meditation to my daily routine for a while, but it was actually this article about kids with ADD and Tai Chi that helped me finally decide to do it: http://www.massagemag.com/Magazine/2003/issue101/research101.3.php

And here is a related article with additional “Stress-Busters”: http://add.about.com/od/adultadd/a/stress.htm

If you use any meditation or spiritual methods for dealing with your ADD, please comment!

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6 Comments »

  1. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Well, I went to post on the Adults Add livejournal to ask if anyone over there had any advice, and someone had just made a similar post! You may want to check out other people’s responses in the comments here:

    http://community.livejournal.com/adults_add/650661.html?view=6338213

  2. sambissell said,

    I found a source to make meditation a lot easier last Feb/March. And, yes, meditation was previously quite difficult, since my mind wouldn’t shut off most of the time.
    The ambient music of Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, who embeds brain waves in an underlying track that you can only hear subliminally to the music. I have approximately 22 hours of his music on my iPod and also a few discs; each disc is 1 hour with 2-30 min pieces on it, that are interconnected for the purpose each one strives for.
    I’ve found that it helps me de-stress very quickly…as well as get to sleep more quickly (I have a cd-clock radio). For a more complete description of how his brain wave music works, see this explanation and short biography of him @ http://www.inner-net.com/bmr/bmrpg2f.html . He also runs an Institute in Encintas, CA, see http://www.neuroacoustic.com/index.html for more information.
    While they recommend that the music only be listened to in a relatively “closed” environment (and better yet, with headphones so no external sounds interfere), I listen to it a lot in my truck, as it helps me to not be so bothered by traffic. In fact, it also helps me concentrate BETTER on the roads. Still, it IS most effective in the more sedate environment.

    Most of his works are available through your local library…and if they aren’t, order them through the library and save yourself some money. That’s where I have gotten all of the works I have by him. Check out the website for the titles that interest you, then check with your local library.

    Let me know if you want a list of the better titles…I’d be more than happy to supply them.

    All my best-
    Sam

  3. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Cool, thanks!

  4. Kacey said,

    I love your blog, I can relate to so much of what you have to say, including the inability to focus oin prayer. The Lord is a huge part of my life and yet, when I close my eyes, my brain goes a million places at once. I have been diagnosed “officially” with ADHD as an adult, and cried my eyes out when I watched a video by Dr. AMEN about how different it is to have ADHD as a female. Anyway, what I have come to is this:

    1. When I am medicated for ADHD, I can pray for hours. Sad, but true.
    2. The Lord knows my frailty and that I am weak.
    3. One of the fruits of the spirit is self control. I have seen that He is working in my life to change many of the things that are so frustrating to me about ADHD.
    4. Although He can give me self control, He has also made me the way I am for a reason. I can’t compare myself to others or how they function or cope, and I may always have late bills and a messy house, but I have other unique gifts that outweigh this.
    5. My ADHD reminds me daily that I need the Lord and that apart from Him, I can do nothing.

    Oh, and try holding something like a rock in your hand and rolling it around while you pray or meditate on scripture. Something about that physical activity allows the brain to focus more. Remember, biblical meditation isn’t emptying your mind, it’s allowing the Lord to fill it as you think on his word. Even though our thoughts might be scattered, the Lord is big enough to speak amidst the chaos.

    Phl 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
    Phl 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
    Gal 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
    Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

  5. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Wow, great comments. I really needed this today – thanks, Kacey!

    I will try the rock idea, I think that’s a good tactic. I definitely need to focus on the Lord more in my life, and hopefully this idea will help me be able to enter into deeper prayer.

    Again, thanks!

  6. bloggingawayadhd said,

    James 1 19&26
    My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires…. If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

    Actually the whole book of James is one I read often and try to take advice from. Controlling myself and not speaking out of turn or saying things without thinking is probably my top ADD problem!


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