PROGRESSIVE COUNTING & the OMEGA BREATHING MEDITATION SYSTEM
Do YOu have an overactive brain…
I do, and I actually love it!
Most of the time…
Even though I have been meditating for 20 years, I am also a creative artist, writer, red head with high adrenal function, and suffer from what is typically called ADHD.
When I get into a creative zone, it can be quite hard for me to slow down and shut off my brain.
It used to be, anyway.
Do you know that feeling? Do you lie awake at night thinking, unable to let go? It might also be true for you because of responsibilities, stress, or any number of other reasons.
On top of normal life, the current world of computers, cell phones, and connected gadgets is rewiring our brains for more multitasking, faster paced, and higher dimensional thinking.
CAN’t stop the mental Momentum?
At their most basic level, anxiety, ADHD symptoms, stress, overthinking, over excitement, and fast paced thoughts are all just excessive mental energy.
You can think of this as having too much mental momentum.
This is why exercise is such a great way to deal with stress and so vital for our mental health.
Unfortunately, we can’t always hit the gym when we’re overexcited, soother’s still a question of how to expel your excess mental energy, slow the momentum of racing thoughts, and interrupt circular thinking.
Contrary to what normal brains will tell you, the answer is NOT simply to sit, observe your thoughts and gently focus.
Think about mental momentum like this:
If you’re driving a 100 miles an hour, if you take your foot off the gas pedal you will to slow down. As long as you’re not racing towards a cliff, you will stop gradually and come to stillness.
But you could slow down and stop a lot fast if you just used your brakes or downshift gears, right?
What if there was a way to apply the brakes and downshift to slow down your brain to the appropriate speed in just a couple seconds?
Wouldn’t that be rad?
Like, lifesaving crazy amazing smart about freaking time type helpful???
Well, I figured out the math and it’s actually so simple it’s dumbfounding.
Despite what those monks who idyllically grew up a monasteries will tell you, for people with ADHD, sitting calmly and quietly is the both goal and the problem, not the solution.
WILD BULL BRAIN
The practical answer is learning to ride the wild bull, not tame it. This is done with pranayama breathing. Your mind will “tame” itself by learning to be ridden. Normal people tame it by enslaving it, putting it in a cage, putting a ring thru the bull’s nose, and slowly training it to walk in circles.
This is how I describe using repetitive, memorized pranayama techniques.
This does not charge the nature of the bull, it simply subdues it.
If you want to condition yourself to move slower and be more peaceful, I won’t stand in your way. It is a wonderful goal and worthy of pursuit. I plan to keep riding tho.
If your brain is supercharged like a wild bull, you face a very different problem than “not wanting to sit with your thoughts or emotions”, which is the normal hurdle to overcome. You have to do that as well, but first you need to learn to just sit still without composing an operetta in your head.
Because ADHD is linked to adrenals, it’s safe to say that when a person with ADHD has to sit still and gets that caged feeling, their brain is kicking into higher gear. In so many way, it is much more of a challenge for a person with ADHD to meditate than people without it.
THE HIGHS & Lows
The inspiration and creativity that goes along with ADHD is not something most of us who have it want to give up. The views from these heights are too beautiful to leave behind forever. We simply need to a way to get down from the top of the mountain quickly when blizzards arrive.
In other words, before we get out of a plane, it first needs to land.
Before dealing with difficult emotions, we first need to be able to focus on one thought for more than a millisecond.
Having ADHD is like trying look out the window of a plane and stare at a single house. You’re moving too fast and it’s impossible not to perceive the entire landscape. To a mind in ADHD, one house or thought is just a tiny speck in a grand tapestry.
My brain moves at light speed and generally processes a lot more information than most people, often resulting in really interesting conclusions and perspectives. That’s why I think it’s a superpower, and why I don’t want to give it up.
ADHD & COUNTING SHEEp
ADHD is like trying to corral 1000 wild sheep in a lightening storm vs 100 normal sheep on a clear day. It’d be a easier to have less sheep, but life would be less rich. The same can be said for a brain moving at light speeds vs a normal brain that can live in monotony.
When I sit to meditate, I need an active plan, not simply a gate and a sheep dog. I need a whistle and couple hounds from Hell to get my brain’s full attention.
To clarify – the sheep are your thoughts, the gate is your attention and your working memory is the dog of your technique.
THE SECRET OF WORKING MEMORY
What I discovered is that controlling your working memory – also know as short term memory – is the missing key to slowing down your brain. The gate is wide open in people with ADHD.
That is where meditative work takes place, especially for people with ADHD, and that is how Progressive Counting is highly effective at corralling thoughts.
This is not a memorized, repetitive breath counting technique. It is active and focuses on your short term memory in contrast to most techniques that focus on long term memory.
What does that mean? It means that once you memorize a technique, and the longer you practice it, the less it is able to engage your short term memory.
After memorizing a technique, you will be able to practice it and still have thoughts arise because your long and short memories engage different parts of the brain!
As most people with ADHD can attest, your brain is operating on multiple levels at once. My argument is that most people with ADHD are actually capable of operating multiple levels at once, while people with calmer brains generally operate under the illusion that their stream of thought is wholly unified and singular.
Progressive Counting is a dynamic system that synchronizes brainwaves via honoring your brain’s speed and working with it via entrainment. It teaches you how to open and close the gate of awareness and short term memory by using active recall. Furthermore, by respecting the fast speed of your thoughts, it doesn’t feel like being put in a straight jacket, like a counting patterns that is too slow. Nor does aim to crush creativity or your brain’s awesome superpowers.
It simply teaches you to control it better and learn how to interrupt your thoughts so that you can relax.
USES for progressive counting
To interrupt circular thoughts and fall asleep fast.
To help you fall back asleep when you wake up during the night.
To help you stay alert and pay attention during meetings.
To stay calm in traffic and help prevent road rage.
To get obnoxious songs unstuck from your brain, and out of your head.
To calm down when angry or overwhelmed.
How can one technique help you focus and fall asleep? Well, I cracked the counting meditation code to create a whole new way of approaching it. It uses 3 distinguishing features from any other meditation.
I figured this out after getting my MA in Comparative and Contemplative Religion, during which I studied 100s of different techniques and a lot of neurobiology to distill this new meditation.
World’s 1st NON-Repetitive Counting Meditation with a simple pattern
Uses higher number counting to tame more mental energy
Uses lower numbers to maintain lower mental energy and encourage relaxation
Much faster than traditional meditation or pranayama techniques
Easy to learn and use
Designed for easily distracted non-meditators
Helpful for experienced meditators who need something fresh
Interrupts thoughts by engaging short term memory instead of long term