1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
There has been a lot of discussion on how mindfulness can help the ADHD mind focus and concentrate. The very definition of mindfulness being a mental state achieved by one’s ability to focus on ONLY the present moment, is the direct opposite of the ADHD state of mind. The ADHD mind is defined as an on-going pattern of inattention.
So if being in the now is so important, how can you get there?
There are several strategies and apps to assist you with this. One simple strategy recommend by Practicing Mindfulness is a called a Mental Focus Exercise. “Stare at any object and try to remain focused on just that object for as long as possible. Keep a mental watch on when your mind starts to wander, then just bring it back to the object. The longer you can remain focused, the more your mindfulness will increase.”
Additude Magazine has compiled a resource of books and apps to help: https://www.additudemag.com/mindfulness-exercises-resources/
Play Attention is founded in mindfulness. Its special BodyWave attention monitor passively sits on your arm and allows you to control our Executive Function/cognitive games by being mindful and paying attention. If your mind starts to wander you are immediately alerted by the feedback provided to you in our cognitive games. When you are provided with immediate feedback regarding your attentive state, you are able to develop better self regulation. You learn how to recognize when you are in the now and when your mind starts to drift or daydream. More importantly you develop the ability to regain your mindful attention at will.
Mindfulness is considered a “practice”. Play Attention provides with advanced technology to assist you in this practice. We know that you will learn best and develop new patterns when you receive constant and immediate feedback regarding your performance. We can do that. We guide you to a state where you can then apply these new found skills in every area of your life – the classroom, workplace, and home.
Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says “It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.”
Attend Play Attention’s free webinar this week and learn how Play Attention can help you start on your path to a clearer, more productive mind. We will customize your Play Attention program to meet your particular needs and help you achieve the positive changes you seek.