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Ayurvedic and Mental Attention
mental health is essential to our overall physical health. When the
mind is clear, alert, and focused, we process information more efficiently.
We can learn more quickly and easily and improve our memory. This, in
turn, increases confidence and promotes a positive attitude. And, of
course, a healthy, positive attitude encourages a healthy lifestyle
and a healthy body!
are required to focus and concentrate at many times in our lives. One
of these times is when we are in school. We've all experienced that
falling-asleep-in-class phenomenon. A boring lecture acts as a sedative
that lulls us into a state of unconsciousness, but we pay the price
during final exams!
face this challenge everyday in the classroom. No matter how intriguing
the teacher's lesson may be, a child's active imagination often wins
the battle for his or her attention.
the business world, we need to keep our minds on our jobs in order to
perform well. We've got to block out distractions, either internal or
external, and focus on the task at hand.
home, we've got to juggle several situations at a time and give each
the attention it deserves. We make lists, keep appointment books, organize,
schedule, and delegate. We have to keep track of who is going where
with whom and when. There are phone calls to make, groceries to buy,
dry cleaning to pick up, laundry to do, meals to make, homework to turn
in, and pets to feed. Good mental function allows us to handle our busy
lives with a minimum of stress.
has trouble focusing now and then, but when the lack of ability to concentrate
is an ongoing problem in several situations, you may suspect an attention
disorder. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (now officially
referred to as AD/HD) or ADD, is a neurobiological disorder that affects
approximately 3 to 5 percent of the school-age population. ADD is not
a condition that is "outgrown." About two-thirds of those
children identified with ADD continue to show symptoms into adulthood.
studies performed at the National Institute of Mental Health advanced
brain imaging techniques have shown that the frontal lobe of an ADD
brain is chemically different from that of a non-ADD brain. The frontal
lobe is important for attention, handwriting, motor control, and inhibition
is a medical condition that is usually genetic. Typically, people with
ADD are easily distracted, impulsive and restless. The symptoms of ADD
appear in early childhood, are ongoing, and are not caused by physical,
emotional, or mental stress. If left undiagnosed or untreated, a child
with ADD is at risk of having poor self-esteem, an impaired learning
ability, social problems, and family conflicts.
are some the other characteristics a person with ADD may exhibit:
Fidgeting with hands or feet
· Difficulty remaining seated
· Difficulty following through on instructions
· Shifting from one uncompleted task to another
· Difficulty playing or working quietly
· "Daydreaming" at inappropriate times
· Participating in dangerous activities
· Mood swings
· Disorganized work space, living area
· Insatiability, a feeling of never being satisfied
with ADD usually are bright, creative, and have a sparkling sense of
humor. But because of their behavior, they are often misunderstood and
can have trouble making and keeping friends. People with ADD need to
learn to cope with their disability and to channel their remarkable
energy in a positive direction to succeed. Albert Einstein is just one
of the famous people said to have had ADD who has made a wonderful contribution
to the world.
"multimodal" approach is recommended for treating ADD. This
may involve parent participation in behavior modification techniques,
an individualized educational program, individual and family counseling,
and medication when required.
you think that you or your child may have an attention deficit, it is
important to consult a specialist (a psychologist or psychiatrist who
understands ADD and how to treat it) to get a clear diagnosis. Many
other problems may accompany the disorder, so how the ADD is treated
often depends on what other conditions may be present.
you need more information about Attention Deficit Disorders, you can
call or write to CH.A.D.D (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit
Disorders). This national, non-profit organization is dedicated to helping
children and adults with ADD succeed. To find a chapter in your area,
you have an attention disorder or not, the following natural methods
have been used very successfully in improving concentration levels.
to the Ayurvedic system of health, good mental function is composed
of three attributes: the acquisition, the retention, and the recollection
you cannot concentrate because you feel tired, this may be a Kapha imbalance,
and some Kapha tea may prove stimulating. If you feel you cannot concentrate
because you are under stress, some Vata tea may be calming. If you are
feeling frustrated with your work, the cooling effects of Pitta tea
may help. College students may want to keep all three teas on hand,
particularly during final exams!
Power" is an herb combination that helps to diminish mental
stress. It is recommended for working adults as it works on improving
memory and increasing creativity. It comes in liquid form only.
Power" increases general concentration. It is a combination
of herbs known for their positive effect on one's ability to concentrate.
It strengthens all three attributes of mental function but works particularly
well on the power of acquisition, as students are in school to acquire
knowlege. Study Power comes in tablet form. Adults should take 1 tablet
twice a day; children ages 5 to 10 should take 1/2 tablet twice a day.
Mind" another herb combination, is used when you are mentally
fatigued. It allows you to focus and relax at the same time. Take these
tablets as directed on the bottle.
encourages meditation on a daily basis to help with mental clarity and
overall health. Depending on your specific mind/body type, certain kinds
of meditation practices may prove more beneficial to you.
Vata types derive the most benefits from chanting or from the use of mantras
in their meditation.
Pitta types are visually oriented and will enjoy visualization techniques
or color meditation.
Kapha types have a strong sense of taste and smell and enjoy using incense
or flowers as a part of their meditation.