Dr. Alarik Arenander, of the Brain Research Institute in Iowa, said the practice of transcendental meditation has worked wonders for some children. Children who practice it twice a day, he said, have shown marked improvement almost immediately.
Arenander, who spoke recently at Bastyr University, described the treatment as empowering. Children do not have to rely on a pill, or on a counselor, to improve their behavior, he said. They can improve their own behavior whenever and wherever they choose — on the bus, in the classroom or at home.
"It gives back control to these kids," said Arenander. "They realize they now have a tool that makes them who they want to be."
Whatever challenges we may have in life, the meditative principles will help. And they can help on the spot. No matter where we are or what we are doing we can apply the principles of mindfulness. They are both calming and focusing.