Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Roxanne's son, Bradley Elkus.
As a person with ADHD, amongst other disorders, I seek a calm center any way I can. One of the most effective things that I have found to work for me has been meditation. I have found that just taking five or ten minutes to align myself leaves me calm and attentive for the rest of the day.
It is hard for most people to align themselves in this day and age of constant stimuli. Phones ringing and vibrating, cars honking, and the constant hum of technology rings in everyone's ears, pulling us all from our connection with the rhythm of the earth. This problem is magnified by ADHD. In most cases, our ease of meandering thought can create the opposite effect we are trying to achieve through meditation.
Meditation has many forms, ranging from ‘journeys’ (which are an actual journey, usually lead by a spirit guide, to a far off place or magical land) to ‘crystal bowl meditation’ that will help you fall into a healing sleep. Many of these meditative styles reflect where they came from geographically, ranging from Native Americans in North America to India and even to Japan. Each style of meditation focuses on a different part of the human (sub)consciousness so understanding what you need to heal is very important, though all meditation can be beneficial.
I like all forms of meditation, but my favorite are the short meditation styles focused on finding a calm even center. After 15 minutes of concentrated thought and deep breathing techniques, I feel like I don't even have ADHD. Focusing on work is suddenly simple. I feel energized, but not manic. I am alert to my surroundings, but not overcome by them. Even other people notice a difference in my behavior and attention when I meditate.
Focus is a common theme in meditation. Focus can mean the difference between finding your center and wasting 15 minutes of your day on heavy breathing. Focus has applications in every part of life, no matter what disability you have. Feeling focused can help to boost your confidence in your skills and help you feel determined to complete your everyday tasks at work and at home.
ADHD focused classes are few and far between, however, it is growing in popularity. Finding the right class for you is very important. Group meditation is a ton of fun to experience so experimenting with different classes, styles and, seminars is a good way to find a technique that fits you best.