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Meditate To Keep The Mind Active?

January 4, 2010 by  

Meditate and maybe better focus your mind.Many people have very busy lifestyles and, as a result, may suffer from stress. Some people use alternative therapies like meditation to relax, and new research indicates that there may be other benefits to meditation besides just stress relief.

A team from the University of Wisconsin recently learned that meditation may help some individuals to focus their minds and attention. This may be helpful for treating individuals who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), believes study leader Antoine Lutz.

"For example, attention training is worth examining for disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder," Lutz explains.

Participants studied the Vipassana meditation practice for three months. Afterwards they were better able to complete a focusing exercise. Individuals heard tones in one ear or the other and were asked to indicate in which ear the sound was recognized. Other notes were played at the same time to try and distract the listeners.

The Vipassana meditation allowed the participants to ignore the distracting tones, indicating to researchers that it may help individuls learn to better focus their attention.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19487293-ADNFCR

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  • Rob

    It is good to see meditation getting press for all the physical and mental benefits it brings – science and medicine are finally starting to recognize what it can do. If you are interested in learning an easy method, Google meditationshift.

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    Different strokes for different folks! I choose the “Hebrew” Deity YAHWEH (WHAT THE BIBLE is suppose to be based upon) to serve and obey and currently look to his only “begotten” son “YAHSHUA,” who is coming in the “FATHER’S NAME” to claim the “RIGHTFUL RULERSHIP” OF THE WORLD! Look at it this way, if you believe in one, you must believe in the other! If there is a DEITY of GOOD, there MUST ALSO BE A DEITY OF EVIL! Another coming in his own NAME (LUCIFER, THE FIRST MESSIAH), he YOU WILL BELIEVE, but I come in my father’s NAME (“YAH”, and you DO NOT BELIEVE! REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS!

  • http://fromnowtozen.com don

    It has bee proven that daily meditation will keep the alpha waves moving and stimulate the right brain activity, thus keeping the mind from “growing old”.

    don
    fromnowtozen.com

  • john glennon

    The drawback to meditation for ADHD kids is that they don’t really know what attention feels like. As a former principal, I would watch kids in class who were obviously daydreaming. I would stop at their desk and say, “You need to focus on the teacher.” Their answer would inevitably be, “I am focused. I’m looking at her.” They had no feeling of attention and a weak ability to direct it.

    We used a program called Play Attention (www.playattention.com). It allowed them to see their attention in real-time on the computer screen. It had a helmet with sensors that allowed the kids to move screen characters with the power of their mind. Play Attention’s games also taught skills like finishing homework on time, filtering out distractions, memory, etc. We were VERY successful with this program. It was like meditation, but made it much easier.

  • J. Tansil

    One must be careful when adapting pieces of religions for one’s own use. You may find that there is a spiritual agenda behind it that you won’t like.
    Example: an Indian, now Christian, told us of his concern that yoga is so popular in the US now, because every posture is indeed worship to a Hindu god. From my own experience in China, Qui Gong and probably Tai chi also have a dark spiritual reality as well.
    Look deeply into what these beliefs have done in their cultures.

  • Big D.Sonder

    Well, I hate to say it, but the general feel of these comments show that blind belief and ignorance are alive and well. As a practicioner of Tibetan Dzogchen Buddhist meditation for over 35 years, and practicioner of Qigong and Tai Chi, I have realized a thing or two about the mind and body. meditation is not “spiritual” or “religious” in any way shape or form. And neither are martial arts. I have spent the better part of my life studying Comparative religion and the creation myths and belief systems of all cultures. I have read all of the great spiritual tomes and philosophical treatsies of every religion/philosophy/way of life. They are all more alike than they are different. “look deeply into what these beliefs have done for their cultures”…Yes, you really should. The practice of these very structured and scientific body and mind arts result in much healthier people who function very well into their 90′s and beyond while their european and american counterparts are obese, diesase ridden, miserable and well, lets face it, just plain stupid. Go back to your Wii/xbox/tv/web/text/email/twit/tweet/op ed news channels, useless info overload, fast food, drug taking and blissful ignorance and watch as your world crumbles around you. Hopefully a few of you will wake up and get a bit curious about the world you inhabit and actually open up your minds enough to accept the possibility that your experiental knowledgebase needs some attention.

  • http://8086716399 Robert Abe

    I’ve meditated for over 40 years AND WHAT little I realize is that its not cignative thinking reason,logic or even of conjured sence impressions. Its total involved in the ever present moment. Its not projection nor imagination but alertness of the NOW ness. (read Eckert Kolle’s ‘The Power Of Now’. Its the best explanation of Zen.

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