It doesn’t surprise me in the least. So why did it take an “expert opinion” for me to recognize that ADD women (aka ADDivas) are intensely spiritual?
Yes, Ned Hallowell, M.D. wrote about spirituality and ADD and ADHD in his 2005 book about adult ADD, Delivered from Distraction. It clarified something I had suspected for a long time: our sensitivity allows us to be closer to the energies of life.
Tonight I watched a documentary created by a young man of 24 who was searching for “happiness.” He knocked on the doors of many of today’s “living luminaries,” as he called them; priests, rabbis, professors, popular authors (Marianne Williamson, Eckhard Tolle) to find out about happiness.
The answer, of course, lies is within each of us. Not that we each have a different recipe for happiness, but rather that happiness is not an end. Instead, it is an accidental byproduct of living in the moment, aware and awaken to the possibilities.
I believe that ADDivas – far from being simply caricatures of themselves – are in touch with the deepest pulse of life. We are open to the wisdom of the universe if we allow ourselves to listen intently to ourselves.
One of my clients is midway through a multi-week class on Mindfulness, a bringing of awareness to the present. She appreciates how the 30 minutes of meditation allows her to be more calm, be more within herself. It’s a good reminder for all of us.
Allow yourself to be fully present. Ignore the blinking messages on the machine, the hundreds of emails and errands. Instead, remember Who You REALLY Are: an integral and crucial part of this amazing matrix of Life. How your brain jumps from subject to subject or whether you’re taking medication or not isn’t really important in the Big Picture.
You are enough, just as you are. You are PERFECT just as you are. ADD is just a functional, physical pebble in our pond that wiggles to and fro as the water washes over it. You are NOT your ADD. You are your deepest, most wonderful self and you have a purpose in this world, during this lifetime.
I’ll paraphrase the wise quote: “Don’t die with your music still inside you.” Let yourself sing, dance, create, LIVE…. full out!