Do you happen to have ADHD or Dyslexia? Reading and writing can be an absolute headache with both of these learning disabilities. Dyslexia makes reading and writing so much harder while ADHD makes it really hard to concentrate. Luckily I have found that mindfulness meditation may be able to help you or someone you know with one of these learning disabilities.
In case, you are not familiar with mindfulness meditation it is the act of being fully and attentively in the moment. Normally you will follow the breath as an object of awareness and allow the breath to naturally flow without controlling it. Over the years meditation has been becoming increasingly popular because scientists have been putting a lot of research into it and finding many benefits.
Proven Benefits to Meditation:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers the level of blood lactate
- Decreases tension pain
- Increases Serotonin production
- Boosts immunity
- Increases energy level
- Decreases anxiety and depression
- Emotional stability
- Peace of mind
- Develops Intuition
- Issues become smaller
- Mind Sharpens
Recently I came across a great study , supported by the Israel Science Foundation, Lieselotte Adler Laboratory for Research on Child Development band by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders. The study was written by Ricardo Tarrasch, Zohar Berman and Naama Friedmann about the effects of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention (MBSR) on reading, attention, and psychological well-being among people with developmental dyslexia and attention deficits.
To answer the question, “Which types of errors and dyslexia’s are affected by MBSR” they tested, using an extensive battery of reading tests, whether each participant had dyslexia and which error types he or she makes and compared the rate of each error before and after the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention. From this they could find out which errors were being improved after the MBSR.
A similar approach was used to evaluate attention disorders: An evaluation was done on the participants sustained, selective, executive and orienting of attention to assess whether they had attention disorders and if so, which functions were impaired. They then evaluated the effect of MBSR on each of the attention functions. Psychological measures including mindfulness, stress, reflection and rumination, life satisfaction, depression, anxiety and sleep-disturbances were also evaluated.
The results showed that letter-migrations within and between words and vowel letter errors did not decrease. However, fewer participants made errors with a significant reduction of 19% of their original errors. Therefore, mindfulness does help with reading. The study states that: the improvement in reading is probably from improved sustained attention.
On top of the participants increase in reading skills they experienced a significant improvement in perceived stress, rumination, depression, state-anxiety and sleep-disturbances.
In conclusion, this is one of many studies showcasing the amazing benefits of mediating and how it can help improve or even fix many areas in your life. It’s real simple to start practicing meditation. All you need to do is set a routine for practicing. Many people will argue that they don’t have enough time to meditate but what they are missing is that you don’t have to meditate an hour a day. It could be as little as five minutes in the morning. I guarantee, you will experience the benefits however little time you may dedicate to the practice.
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