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I’ve been practicing meditation for at least 20 years now. And when I say “practicing”, I mean that quite literally. Sitting down to meditate may sound easy enough, it’s just sitting and breathing after all. As with many things in life though, appearances can be deceiving. Most of us do those activities very regularly (especially the last one) but we almost never do them with intent. Meditation is actually quite difficult to do effectively. And for people on the autism spectrum, it can prove even more of a challenge. Below I will explain why and give you some of my tips for sitting with autism.

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Some people have a talent for asking the obvious. You probably know the type. You have an appointment to meet them and when you get there, they greet you with “Did you find it?” Well obviously I’m there, aren’t I? Or you come in soaking wet and they ask you if it’s raining. No, I just like to go outside, throw a bucket of water over myself and come back in. That’s just my thing. These are entirely superfluous questions that seem to serve no function and they puzzle me. How am I supposed to respond when some is asking the obvious?

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Certain things about human relationships baffle me. One of those things is the fine art of making friends. I never seem to have gotten the hang of it. Sure, there were some people throughout my childhood and as a teen who I considered to be friends and I am sure they saw me as their friend too. Since reaching adulthood, it’s gone downhill though. Perhaps it’s because of my autism?

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I’ve heard it suggested before: autism isn’t actually a disease. I’ve heard it suggested that it might be a new stage of evolution, maybe. While I am undecided on that, I think the severe forms of autism should definitely be treated like a disorder. High-functioning autism though, that may indeed be a different beast…

It’s a natural neurological difference, and most autistic adults reject the idea of a cure. Steve Silberman explains.

Source: We’ve called autism a disease for decades. We were wrong.