One of the greatest revelations I had this last year was when I was diagnosed with probable adult Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Although the doctors still have me in a trial phase, it’s become more and more apparent to me that this is my reality as I’ve discussed it with friends and family – letting them observe me,  and make note of behaviours when I am both medicated and not medicated.

I often realize now that I am forgetful, I often lack focus, I have a frenetic energy that makes me feel like, and seem like I am often buzzing with energy. My supervisor at work asked me once…”how does your body ever rest?”

This is a great question, one that I’ve never considered before because I’ve always struggled with rest. I remember I would sit in spiritual direction sessions back in my university days at Canadian Mennonite University – agonizing during our silent meditation times that I couldn’t calm my mind down. I would focus on the candle…focus on the candle…stare at the flame...suddenly my spiritual director's voice is fading out and I’m thinking about  the social event I’m supposed to be at later that night, or a conversation I had with someone earlier that day.The Energizer Bunny

There are a few observations about my spirituality that I would like to make in terms of how my ADHD is a gift, and also reflect on what changes I would like to see in myself as I continue on this journey. However, I won’t do that all in one blog entry…I want to keep things interesting and have enough content to span over a few weeks.

I will say this though – the one thing I need to pay attention to is my time. I can’t simply medicate myself to slow down and discipline my time, but I also need to do it intentionally.  I am extremely guilty of over commitment. I often feel like I am invincible with the incredible amount of energy I have – often feeling like the energy bunny…I just keep going, and going and going! Only to end up with a blood pressure of 146 over 89 like I did this time last November (this year I was 118 over 78). Most of my time is consumed by volunteerism and work, and now I’m starting to realize that I need to discipline my time and surrender it to simply resting. I need to start caring for myself, taking some time to chill, and start working in that space to create prayer and meditation.

Stay tuned for my next entry on meditation and prayer with a hyperactive mind…it gets interesting sometimes.

 

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