Meditation can be very difficult to settle into. This can especially be so for those on the spectrum. However, what can help calm an overstimulated and overly analytical autistic brain? Personally I’ve found that as ADD as I am I need to satisfy all five of my senses.
What do I mean by that? Firstly I use essential oils and a mini oil mist machine with lavender and/or eucalyptus oil. It helps you to unwind your mind without having to focus on it which could cancel itself out given how over analytical a mind on the spectrum may be. I for one am also a sucker for a bean bag pillow.
For whatever reason I’ve just always felt blissfully relaxed when laying against a bean bag pillow. I presume it’s due to sensory reasons. So that takes care of two major senses that need to be dressed. Another recommendation I’d make would be to drink Sleepytime herbal tea as it definitely helps my mind to relax and unwind.
It should be noted though it can definitely be difficult to tell if Sleepytime will relax you enough to meditate or make you sleep in general. As for sound I’ve found that listening to Tibetan Bells on YouTube really helps. That’s because the video I’ve found at least has two sounds. The importance of the two sounds for me is that the second can keep me from getting too drawn/analytical towards the other and vice versa.
This keeps me relaxed while not bored which is vital for me. Finally, for whatever reason covering my eyes with a shirt is really comforting for me. I don’t know if anyone else has this, but I’m uncomfortable with eye masks when I sleep. I find them too small and spend too much time overthinking them coming off.
Just using a shirt covering my face with the top of the shirt covering my eyes and bottom up too gives me the best amount of cover that my eyes need. I hope that this article has been helpful to you and understanding a potentially more immersive meditative session on the spectrum.