Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I've found allot of info on how meditation works for many mental conditions by calming the mind and helping a person gain more control. I was wondering if anyone had tried it for MD specifically. What results did you have? what technique did you use?
I have tried meditating during my yoga classes, but it didn't work out. Never managed to calm my mind enough to let go of the distracting MD.
I am a huge fan of meditation and believe it is a powerful tool to treat what folks call MD. I don't call myself a MDer and was able to overcome maladaptive daydreaming in a couple of months. I don't say it was due to meditation alone.
I don't think folks should expect meditation alone to eliminate their maladaptive daydreaming. I believe changing a pattern of brain function and thought requires a multifaceted effort and lifestyle change. For many folks, they would also have to change how they view MD.
My favorite meditation is a variation of Tibetan meditation. I began mindful meditation a few weeks ago and have done a few other methods. I view meditation as exercise for the brain. I don't do the same exercises everyday and I don't limit myself to just one type of meditation.
There are a lot of ridiculous views and opinions about meditation that I don't buy into. It is not magic. It is not opening your mind up to allow demons in. A person does not have to stick rigidly to the ancient method of one type to benefit. A person does not have to follow the dogma of any religions to benefit from meditation.
I recommend folks begin with a guided instructor, in person. Do some research, find a teacher and method that is right for you and invest the time. A person will benefit from daily meditation of 10 to 20 minutes each time.
I most often meditate for 30 minutes a day. Mindful meditation can be done in much less time.
Don't expect to be cured overnight.
Well, it has helped me :)