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Driver in a Mitsubishi Galant using a hand held mobile phone violating New York State law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can you sit still, not moving a muscle, while your mind is a pleasant blank?  Did you ever think that that was possible? Can you drive a car without using your mobile phone, texting, using the computer in your car or listening to your radio or music player?  Does your mind require that you have a conversation if not with someone else, then at least with yourself.  Can you just be in the moment focusing only on what is necessary to drive safely?  Can you go to church or attend a lecture and not get antsy and have your mind wander?  Sitting in stillness.  Sitting in silence.  Not requiring that something entertain you.

I didn’t plan to do this.  I didn’t even notice at first that I did this.  I do now.  I have since concluded that this was the result my practice of meditation.  Could this be called, “peace of mind?”  I can just “be”.  Mind clutter ceases to exist.  If I don’t have to think about something, I don’t.  My attention is very selective.  I can and do use this time to do things that I don’t ordinarily have time to do or forget about doing when I am busy with other things.  I focus on visualizing things as they intuitively occur to me rather than on what I think I should visualize.  I use my mind as a blank screen and focus on nothing rather than on depressing or negative thoughts.  This includes avoiding judging other people or other things as they appear to me and even having positive thoughts about people or things I would envy.   Yes, you can “change” your mind, one thought at a time.  You can avoid thinking the things that keep you from having an attitude adjustment and a more positive future.
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Difficulties with Paying Attention

Excuse me, when I wrote about a three step process for learning to control feelings and impulsive behaviors in my earlier post, Supersonic Feelings, I did not discuss how difficult this was to do without the help of a therapist doing this work.  Also self-control which can be assumed to be very useful in doing this is not fully developed until early adulthood in most people and never developed or only partially developed in others, a number of which could be diagnosed as having AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

Adolescents’ brains are not fully mature until late adolescence or young adulthood and as one result, they have difficulty delaying gratification and often impulsively seek immediate rewards rather than controlling themselves in favor of a long-term goal with future greater rewards and  thus avoiding some life changing consequences.  Possibly because of this, setting ages as young as 16, 18, and even 21 as the ages at which a teenager or young adult can handle certain responsibilities might not be a good idea.  Also if teens as young as this are making these sometimes life changing decisions, they should be better educated as to what these decisions entail and the long-term consequences.

Adults as well as children with AD/HD are often easily distracted and have problems focusing their attention on things or activities more than other people.  Disorganization and restlessness are two other common symptoms of this disorder.  Impulsivity can also be a problem for people like this. Medication and psychotherapy are recommended  forms of treatment.


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