I admit I was skeptical. In fact, though I first heard Dr. Lidia Zylowska interviewed about mindfulness and ADHD two years ago, I resisted buying her book, The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD because I assumed she was simply going to recommend that ADHD adults meditate.
This is ADHD we’re talking about. Somehow, sitting still with a quiet mind for endless minutes isn’t a strength of ours.
Yet, mindfulness is the new frontier of ADHD treatment. We need to pay attention to it.
I’m happy to say I was wrong. The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD is a wonderful book. One I highly suggest you get. In fact, it’s become my new, favorite ADHD book.
I’ve been on a journey to learn to quiet my brain and meditate for a long time. I’ve bought CDs, and read books. I practice distracted yoga three times a week.
I even took a meditation class from an aspiring Buddhist monk. (If it had been a graded class I would have failed due to fidgeting.)
Meditating with ADHD is HARD. First, we have to remember to do it, and when we finally do manage to sit still to meditate, our minds wander all over the map.
Dr. Zylowska gets this.
In fact, her book’s focus isn’t meditating. Dr. Z’s goal is to have us increase awareness.
Bingo! I’ve been yammering on about how awareness is a key to living successfully with ADHD for years
Dr. Z’s ADHD mindfulness 8-step program is designed to help us gradually build the skills to increase our awareness so we can learn to pay attention and manage our emotions so we can achieve our goals.
Warning! The first 42 pages of the The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD are pretty dry. Lots of background and research about how mindfulness helps the ADHD brain focus and handle stress, emotions, and relationships.
You have my permission to skim this part. Don’t get bored and bogged down. Around page 43 you get to the life changing bits. The 8-Step ADHD Mindfulness Program.
Dr Zylowska wants you to sit with each step and use it for a week or two before going on to the next step. Please, follow her advice. The awareness I gained about my noisy ADHD brain from the first step alone was incredible.
Don’t procrastinate. Mindfulness and ADHD isn’t something to ignore. Buy this book now. Here’s a link to Amazon so you can order your copy today: The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals.
Dana Rayburn is an ADHD Coach in Oregon, but don’t worry… She works by telephone helping ADHD adults all over the world live more effortlessly and successfully with ADHD.