Career Development and ADD, What Helps?

I recently read an email from someone who has trouble with ADD. I thought I would share this conversation with you in case it may be of help!

Here’s the email…

“I had some serious academic problems last year because my attention span went down the tubes as the year progressed. I am looking for some attention-span techniques that can help me. Any ideas?”


Here’s the response…

Some people may think I have a little ADD myself, and I’m no expert on these things, but I find meditation helps me to take control of my racing mind so I can make good use of it. There are many meditation techniques as well as other methods that can help; here are a few that may be helpful to you.

Some people can mediate for hours, others usually just get by on 15-30 minutes. If you are just starting out or have ADD, a shorter time is recommended. A beginner can start at 2-5 minutes. Some meditation teachers in fact recommend that beginners not try to meditate for any longer than this. You have to learn to walk before you can run. Better to meditate a little every day, than a lot never. Even this short time of a few minutes can be of help if practiced every day.

#1. Observe Your Awareness.
Just sit back and watch your thoughts without getting too involved in
them, like watching a movie. If you forget that you are watching a
movie, and find yourself getting involved again, no problem. Just switch back to witness consciousness again, remembering that you’re sitting in a dark theater watching something that isn’t really happening. It actually takes practice before you get good at this observing awareness thing. Even a short time spent every day can help relax the mind.

#2. Try Writing Your Thoughts.
Another outlet for calming the mind is to write out on paper all the thoughts that are flowing through your mind. As you write your mind begins to slow down and focus on what you are doing. This exercise also helps you to release some of the scattered thinking we all have from time to time and helps a person to clear and focus.

#3 Just Let Your Mind Run Wild – On Purpose.
Spend some time every day, just sitting and not doing anything. No TV, radio, computer, telephone, etc. Play relaxing music only if you need it. Let your mind just run around wild during that time, until you are ready to go back to the routine of work, email, mass media, etc. It may not seem like it, but just being disciplined enough to sit still with
intention every day for a few minutes can help you concentrate better. The mind is like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.

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