Back to school means much more than school supply shopping for parents with children struggling with AD/HD. Now is the time you’re likely to be brainstorming solutions for you and your child for the upcoming school year.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a disorder that impacts many children and adults today. People struggling with AD/HD can struggle to pay attention or may find it difficult to control their behavior. While medication, counseling and lifestyle changes are often first lines of treatment for AD/HD, studies show that Sahaja meditation techniques are also hugely helpful for both children struggling with the disorder and their parents.
Sahaja helps specifically with sharper attention and focus, increased self-awareness, improved social skills, and higher self-esteem.
Sharper Attention and Focus
Long time Sahaja meditation practitioners will attest to the fact that attention is a skill, not just something all of us are born with. We can train and grow our ability to focus, particularly through regular meditation. Sahaja meditation can literally help train the brain to foster better concentration, hold a longer attention span, and store more information.
Sahaja meditation enables the practitioner to think more introspectively, turning their attention inwards. For parents, this means you’ll be coming from a more peaceful place and will be better able to consistently model self-awareness, compassion for others, and true empathy. For kids, by turning their attention inside, Sahaja can help them learn to better manage frustration, control their impulses, and delay gratification.
Improved Social Skills
Through increased self-awareness, Sahaja meditation can also help children and their families improve their social skills and communication. Sahaja meditation improves our ability to perceive emotions in ourselves and others. For kids struggling with AD/HD, Sahaja meditation can lead them to better understand facial expressions and other subtle social cues. With regular practice, meditation naturally leads all of us to slow down and take the time to assess a situation before reacting, which undoubtedly improves our relationships.
Kids struggling with AD/HD also commonly struggle with their perception of themselves, feeling labeled, less-than, and limited. Sahaja meditation can help children and their families rebuild self-esteem by empowering the child to let their guard down, share their feelings more openly, and accept both their strengths and weaknesses.
If your child is struggling with symptoms of AD/HD, we invite you to explore more about what Sahaja can do for you and your family. You can read our comprehensive section on Meditation and AD/HD.
You’ll also be interested to know that Sahaja meditation is an official partner of HealthCorps and we’ve conducted several programs in schools across the US for them over the years while seeing some amazing positive results in children.