Facilitator: Alexandra Fodor, Scott Baird
Session day and frequency: Weekly, on Saturdays
Session Time: 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT
Session length: 90 minutes
Dates: 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/11, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8,/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
We know how hard it is for ADHDers to meditate. We’ve been there. It’s boring, it’s frustrating, it’s mind-boggling. And yet, research shows that it is really good for us. Getting things done is easier with a friend, even meditating.
Mindfulness helps to control and train our attention, increase self-awareness, regulate emotions, and lower anxiety and impulsivity.
Recent studies have shown that people with higher levels of awareness have higher levels of well-being and positive emotions.
This support group is for anyone who would like to learn more about the many benefits of mindfulness meditation. Additionally, we will provide support for establishing this life-changing habit.
For the meditation practice, we will be using the Waking Up App created by neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris. https://wakingup.com/
While the sessions build on each other, we encourage you to join in at any time in this series.
Mindfulness is a very simple practice of focusing on our breath, and bringing our attention back to it whenever our mind wanders. I call it “bicep-curls for the brain.” Sam Harris does an excellent job at providing guidance, and this app has worked wonders for me. There is additional high-quality content in the app that I regularly enjoy listening to. That said, there are many great meditation apps in the marketplace. I would encourage you to check them out, and use what works best for you.
If you would like to try the Waking Up App, here is a link for a free one-month subscription.
The yearly subscription costs $100 in the U.S. (other regions the price may differ). If you would like to use the app but truly cannot afford it, please request a free account. While Waking Up App operates a business, they believe that money should never be the reason why someone can’t gain access to Waking Up.
Join us on Saturdays. Find your flow with a little help from your tribe.
Group Leader Information
Alexandra Fodor – BIO
My name is Alexandra. I was diagnosed with ADHD at age 41, which seemed way too late in life to justify desperation. Therapy was eye-opening, and taught me a thing or two. But it wasn’t until I started a serious meditation practice that I was able to work on my debilitating ADHD symptoms.
I started my meditation practice exactly two years ago. Let me tell you, it was frustrating in the beginning. I remember trying to focus on my breath. The ticking of the clock was like tiny stabs into my brain. And in a fraction of a second, my mind wandered to a faraway land. If it wasn’t for the voice of the guide bringing my attention back, I would wander in that land of thoughts forever.
Novice meditators call it the “monkey-brain.” Monkey-brain, I had. I tried to remember to meditate daily, but I’d forget to practice for an entire week. Starting again after a week was torture. Then I had a genius idea: I set a daily alarm to remind me to practice. But when I heard the alarm, I would snooze it until I got sick of it and turned it off.
Yet, I continued the grind, meditating whenever I could bring myself to do it. After about 25 days of practicing only 10 minutes at a time, the magic began to happen. I noticed my focus sharpened. I was able to tune out distractions while focusing on a task.
I remember trying to add a long list of items on a calculator while a person talked to me. I had never been able to tune out such distractions before. But this time, it was different. It was a success. That magical moment pushed my motivation to the next level.
Then, I had another genius idea: I asked a friend to be my accountability partner. This proved the final blow to the stubborn forgetfulness of my ADHD mind. Finally, my practice became more regular. I no longer snooze the alarm. Outside accountability cemented my daily habit.
That’s my motivation behind creating a group of fellow ADDA members who want to meditate. I want to create a support group where anyone can discover the practice of mindfulness meditation. It’s a chance to learn about the benefits of mindfulness meditation. But more, it’s a chance to use outside accountability to help establish this difficult, but life-changing habit.
I know how hard it is for ADHDers to meditate. I’ve been there. It’s boring. It’s frustrating. It’s mind-boggling. And yet, research shows it is good for us. Mindfulness helps to control and train our attention. It increases self-awareness. It helps us regulate emotions. It can even lower anxiety and impulsivity.
Meditation can be a bad word for some. They think it’s spiritual nonsense. I used to think that too. Now, I see it as “bicep curls for the brain.” Some people swear they can’t meditate. They can’t sit down and stay still. And they’re right! This is all very normal when you start. We all know it is impossible to sit in front of a piano, and just start playing! We practice for years before we become good at it. The same is true for meditation.
Today, after two years of tough grind, my mind is in a completely different state. It’s a magical quiet and peaceful place. It’s a place I had never known. It’s far from perfect, but I can turn off my constant stream of thoughts. I can focus on my breath for longer stretches at a time. I am less impulsive, and I can curb the constant urge to talk. I am calmer, more patient, and I can regulate my emotions better. I no longer frantically look for my phone, keys, or purse – I remember where I put them! Seems superhuman, doesn’t it?
All the things I thought I couldn’t do are now possible. And the only difference between my mind yesterday and my mind today is simply this: PRACTICE.