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How To Meditate With ADHD


According to Kelly (1998), “We believe that meditation is critical for ADDers.”  Kelly (1998) continues with her argument stating people with ADHD are hyperactive and run on adrenaline.  The question remains how can someone with ADHD practice meditation in a calm, effective manner if they are constantly hyperactive and running on adrenaline.  This article will answer that exact question.  In particular, it will explore ways for someone with ADHD to meditate in a calm, effective manner without feeling hyperactive and running on adrenaline.  They include getting comfortable and realizing that there is no right or wrong way to meditate.

Getting Comfortable

According to Kelly (1998), “Many meditation books and teachers warn you to avoid getting too comfortable, because you might fall alseep.  Our thought is that if you fall asleep, you probably need to sleep.  If you got relaxed enough to fall asleep… terrific!  If you are concerned that you will sleep the day away and miss work, set an alarm.”  Hence, do not worry about falling alseep.  Kelly (1998) argues meditating in a calm, effective manner for someone with ADHD involves getting comfortable.  If you are hyperactive and restless and constantly moving around, you will not be comfortable.  Hence, you will not be able to experience the calm, relaxing benefits of meditation.  Therefore, being comfortable is key for someone with ADHD to meditate in a calm, effective manner.

You Must Realize There Is No Right Or Wrong Way To Meditate

According to Kelly (1998), “You are the best judge of what works for you.  No meditator needs the additional distraction of physical discomfort.”  Therefore, Kelly (1998) indicates there is no right or wrong way to meditate.  Kelly (1998) insists you are the best judge of how to meditate.  You have to follow you own instinct.  If you need to stand up while meditating, stand up.  If you need to sit while meditating, sit.  On an even further note, if you need to lie down while meditating, lie down.  You are in control.  Always remember that.


People who struggle with ADHD constantly are thinking about something.  Their minds are wired like a motor.  Meditation is perfect for someone with ADHD.  It is a form of detoxification that cleanses the mind of negative thoughts.  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Try meditation.  But before you begin to meditate, remember to get comfortable and realize that there is no right or wrong way to meditate. Namaste!

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How To Meditate With ADHD

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). How To Meditate With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 10, 2020, from


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