Has anyone done meditation to help with MD?

Since my last blog post to stop MDing I've been rediscovering myself--I've had some fun, done new things, and met new people--which sounds great. However, the problem is that I still MD (though, it's because I haven't made a strong effort to stop.  I have my set MD time before I go to bed which I thought would make it easier than going cold turkey. Plus I didn't want to avoid all my triggers.) The thing is I will still slip into MDing outside my designated time if my mind is not preocupied/entertained enough even if I'm with people or doing something.

So my plan now is that I will go cold turkey, because I feel like my schedule MD times are enabiling my other MD slips.

So I was wondering if anyone has used Meditation in place of MDing. For example, when your mind would begin to slip. Instead you would focus on meditating until your head was clear again.

Thoughts?

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Comment by taffle on October 23, 2012 at 7:34am

I've done meditation several days ago and it made me more aware of the present moment, which stopped the MD temporarily. I also did yoga which has almost the same effect.

Comment by Wakethenight on October 21, 2012 at 7:36pm

@Hunter and KwanKwan, I don't know if it would be a good idea for me to meditate with music, since music is the bigger trigger for me than scilence... but I guess I'll have to meditate a couple times first to see what happens. Good to hear it helps with focusing in a creative aspect . . . sometimes my head feels jumbled with ideas too.  I'll also go check out that book, it happens to be at the Library. I've been wanting to be more aware of my surroundings.

@Rick, I found a meditation group near me that I've just joined so I'll learn to do it properly and stick with it since they meet often. Good Luck on your retreat! You'll have to tell me your results when you get back 

Comment by Rick on October 21, 2012 at 4:45pm

I have tried meditation but it means nothing if you don't meditate for long durations of time.  I am attending a meditation retreat called a Dathun this winter.  It lasts a month and is supposed to be very regimented around straight day long meditation with very few interruptions.  I've never done it before but i hear it's exhausting and transformative in terms of alert level and calmness.  I'm hoping it will help with my MDD because if it doesn't nothing else will!

Comment by KwanKwan on October 21, 2012 at 10:42am

I agree with M Hunter. You need to meditate with music. you can even go to the dollar tree and they have $1 CDs. I bought 2, 1 is a japanese instrumental, and the other is "Soothing moments".

Buddhism, if you are open to it, can help too. That's what got me into meditating. You should read "The Heart of the Buddha's teachings" by Thich Nhat Hanh. It teaches about mindfullness and being aware of the present.

i told mi self i would meditate 3 days a week, but i keep forgetting :(  it can help make you more focus and aware BUT you have to remember to do it and focus on your recitations (or silence) when you meditate.

So no, it's not a cure-all thing that you can do once a week, and MD dissappears.

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