Has anyone experienced meditation after taking Ritalin (Methylphenidate)?

kaput's picture

Average: 4.9 (7 votes)

Has anyone experienced meditation after taking Ritalin (Methylphenidate)?

Please spare me the comments of not using artificial substances etc.

In the past I had severe problems sitting and meditating. It was practically impossible. I tried all sorts of tricks for vain.

Then, I started taking prescribed Ritalin a few months ago for other purposes and suddenly it enables me also to meditate for longer periods and the results are amazing.

I would be happy to hear experiences of others about this.

mula's picture

Ritalin helps in meditation,

Ritalin helps in meditation, if one can do meditation without it better so, if not he can take ritalin, nothing wrong in this the same way nothing is wrong in eating sattvic food only in periods of intensive meditations. Our body is only an instrument and so if it poses serious problems due to one's neurological system that can't be amended by some technique (and Ritalin does this for those who suffer from ADHD, something that cannot be amended by spiritual exercises) then whatever artificial aid is blessed.

I met so many frustrated seekers with various levels of ADHD who couldn't meditate and it's a pity so Ritalin is a blessing.

mula | Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:45
dora's picture

Better ritalin+meditation than no meditation

I met once a few people in Rishikesh who meditated when taking ritalin, I was then critical about it but now I'm more understanding. My criticism back then was based on the erroneous assumption that all have the basic mental starting point as I do, which is of course untrue.

As the previous commentator suggested, if it helps one (especially in the beginning) and if one really exhausted all other options and ritalin is truly the only thing that will make him meditate, then by all means, he may meditate when on the influence of ritalin.

dora | Sat, 09/06/2014 - 06:46
dan77's picture

I, years back, very potent

I, years back, very potent, still I prefer to meditate clean.

dan77 | Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:21
kalgo's picture

Pranayama can do the same effect for most people

There are several Pranayama exercises that manage to achieve the same for most people. Doing them before meditation will bring one to the same state as taking ritalin.

Only if those don't work for someone and he/she have no other aid, I would suggest to try ritalin and only for the beginning. It's best not to use substances.

The best and most simple exercise is: take long, slow and deep breathes, both the exhalation and the inhalation parts of the breath. Now together with these long, slow and deep vreathing, stop at the two ends (end of exhalation and end of inhalation) for as long as you can (but do not exhaust and force yourself, only until you feel it's time to continue, it's not a contest of who can hold his/her breath longer).

kalgo | Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:57