Click 3: Meditation for the busy mind – Gelong Thubten

If you have ADHD traits (like me), you probably already know how hard it can be to focus and not zone out at times. One of the things I found helpful in the past few years was mindfulness meditation. Practising it helped me slow down my insanely busy mind and be more present in my body.

I tried various types of mediation in the past 6 or 7 years, but I struggled to hold onto any of them for more than one month. I felt frustrated at one point, and I decided to give up because I thought that maybe meditation was not for me. I was familiar with mindfulness from my Counselling training a few years ago, but for some reason, I struggled to hold on to the practice again.

Then about two years ago, when Covid started, I did an online mindfulness meditation course. The teacher was lovely, and she helped me discover a Buddhist monk called Gelong Thubten. I remember feeling relieved when I heard him speak. Until then, I thought something was wrong with me because I couldn’t get to that Zen state when my mind was blank. That’s what I thought meditation was about, but it turns out that I had many misconceptions about it, and that stopped me from exploring it properly.

I think Gelong Thubten is an authentic teacher. I find the way he explains things quite helpful and easy to follow. I believe he’s a good storyteller with a gentle voice, which helped me stay engaged with his teachings. So, if you’ve never heard of him before, and are a little curious about meditation, check out the video below; he shows you how to meditate there with a few easy steps. I recommended him to my clients and still do when someone mentions that they struggle with a busy mind or staying present.

I can’t tell you that I meditate a lot sitting down now because I don’t. But, I introduced mindfulness in my day-to-day life, and I think I’m more aware of myself than before. I believe it also helped me become kinder and more patient with myself and to acknowledge my humanness.

My mind sometimes still races at 150 miles per hour, but now, I can take a pit stop once in a while for a few minutes. And that has made a big difference in my life.

Hope you enjoy the video and his teachings 🙂