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Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

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Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:46 pm

Greetings,

I was wondering if anyone had access to any resources specifically addressing mindfulness and concentration in the context of ADHD.... preferably resources of a Buddhist nature (if such things exist) but I don't want to restrict the query so as to exclude secular information either.

:thanks:

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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby Aloka » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:57 pm

Hi Retro,

Earlier in the year there was an article in the Huffington post "Mindfulness and ADHD".



with kind wishes,

Aloka

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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby daverupa » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:30 pm

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.100 ... 18?LI=true

The above link offers a preview of the "Mindful Awareness and ADHD" chapter of the 2009 Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness; perhaps it is worth looking into.

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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:51 am

Greetings,

Thanks Aloka & Dave (plus anyone who PM'ed me).

:reading:

Metta,
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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby Monkey Mind » Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:42 am

Not quite what you were asking for, but check out the documentary "ADHD and Loving It".
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:29 am

Hi Retro, have you come across any good ones?

Just came accross this article if you are interested
http://www.imconsortium.org/prod/groups ... _93587.pdf


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:38 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby Monkey Mind » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:34 am

In another lifetime (or sometimes it seems that way), I was a counselor working with "emotionally disturbed" teenagers in a residential treatment facility. Every last one of them had a diagnosis of ADHD, and the program I worked for was anti-stimulant medication. I started training the youth in simple "mindfulness" exercises. We played a game called "statue", the youth would freeze like a statue and try to maintain that pose as long as they could, and I timed them. The exercise required "mindfulness of body", and I provided coaching about maintaining awareness of body movements; at first the youth could be still for 10 seconds. Then 30 seconds. Then 1 minute. When they got to 3 minutes, I would teach a basic "mindfulness of breath" exercise.

Because I was already collecting data on "on-task" behaviors in the classroom and during structured daily events, I could demonstrate a clear improvement in their ability to "remain on-task" after starting the statue game.

It's worth noting that the youth were highly motivated and they enjoyed playing the "game". In my career working with adults, many of whom are living with ADD or ADHD, the adults unequivocally dislike mindfulness exercises. I try to convince them that it is "good medicine", but few are motivated to seriously try mindfulness. I was relieved when there was a whole section in the documentary "ADHD and Loving It", where people spoke about how much they hated meditation.
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as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:12 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Seeking resources: Mindfulness, concentration & ADHD

Postby marc108 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:50 pm

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."


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