A growing body of neuroscience research is attracting attention to the profound effects of meditation.
There is evidence for the neurological benefits of meditation in several studies, which showed that three or more months of meditation training improved the ability to detect a brief visual signal that most people cannot detect. In other words, meditation improves attention, and therefore can be a treatment for ADHD.￼
In my practice, I teach children as young as six years old to meditate, and was also able to do so for Maryland public schools￼ last summer.￼
Psychologists, traditionally, have sometimes considered capacity to pay attention as relatively fixed, but attention can be trained, and in a way that is not fundamentally that different than how physical exercise changes the body.
The attention circuits in the frontal lobe of the brain affected by meditation are actively involved in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is a prevalent psychiatric diagnosis among children. This mental practice can be likened to physical exercise. Brain functioning like attention and concentration can be trained and improved through systematic practice.
I start with five minutes with child clients, and they get to ring my singing bowl at the end of the session. Meditation, good for both mental and physical health.￼