I know a lot of things Pagans do involve concentration and the ability to focus on something without getting distracted
---------You can go a long way on your path before you have to deal with this
. I knew from the get-go that this would be a huge problem for me
-------It's a huge problem for every one not blessed with the talent for it
I don't think I ever have a blank, clear, empty mind - there's always something in the background, whether it's fandom or bodily awareness or having a song stuck in my head. I can't keep my attention on any one thing for a long time, and I usually have to have more than one thing going on at a time in order to function.
-------A lot of people aren't introspective enough to even pick up on their own background noise. You may have it a bit worse than normal but what you are describing is common
I've also been told by my mental health people that going on meds for my anxiety/depression issues might help boost my ability to concentrate.
-----They are making an assumption that my own experience with haldoperidol does not at all agree. They told me it would help me concentrate. I have since refused to deal with their kind for my entire adult life
Should I start taking my ADHD meds again in order to help me focus on things like meditation, visualization, etc.? Or should I try to learn how without my meds, and only start using them to help me focus if it turns out that after giving myself awhile to learn, I just can't?
---------Ideally you should start without drugs to figure out how you react to meditating normally. Only when you are really clear on that would you take these drugs to see what difference they may actually make. Don't rely on preconcieved notions
Would the medicine hinder my spiritual development at all? And if I start taking the medicine to focus on meditation, visualization, etc., would I run the risk of becoming dependent on the extra boost from the medicine in order to do those things?
-------If, and only if, the medicine does give you a boost then you are going to have to relearn how to do it with out the medicine. It might not be a total waste of time to do things this way because the process of relearning will be quicker if you have a better idea of what you are actually trying to do
And in conclusion I feel you should be working on your meditation to help yourself learn how to concentrate and focus before you start going after any spiritual type goals just to set yourself up with more modest and achievable objectives to begin with. I recommend making a habit of trying to still your mind very briefly, for periods of 1 to a few seconds, on a very frequent basis. This will help develop the mental "muscle" for the periods of set aside quietude.
Don't surprised or discouraged if the process takes years, I found it worth the time and effort
Last edited by Garm; May 15th, 2012 at 03:12 AM.
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