Instructor’s Message about Mindful Life Optimization for Adult ADHD
Mindful Life Optimization class was created to reassure you that as an ADHD adult, you are brilliant, which you know, but also you definitely are responsible, able to be present, and attentive.
There are perfectly good reasons that you ignore tasks, leave them unfinished, don’t put things back where they belong, act impulsively, lose interest, become bored, anxious, hyper-sensitive to blame, have no sense of time, forget important things, and go from one thing to another and can’t stick with things to the finish line.
It is NOT because you are lazy, crazy, or don’t care, nor because you have a disorder.
Through years of work with thousands of clients, Dr. William Dodson, a psychiatrist, tells us the ADHD brain simply functions differently than the 80% – 90% of the rest of society who are “Neurotypicals.” For example, you become motivated, engaged, focused, and on top of things in 4-5 completely unique ways than others do. This can cause you to be hyper-focused or not engaged. There are several other differences.
Most doctors and mental health professionals are not educated about these differences and treat them according to old DSM paradigms. Unfortunately, most tips, including regular Mindfulness aimed to fix these issues fail, leaving the ADHD adult feeling hopeless and stuck.
The good news is you can Mindfully Optimize your life.
Ways this Introduction to Mindful Life Optimization for Adult ADHD Can Transform Your ADHD World.
Are you tired of tardiness, procrastination, and endless unfinished tasks?
Learn why to do lists and prioritization don’t work consistently and how to improve the odds of finishing projects.
Are you constantly facing mistakes, forgetting important things, and disappointing others at work and at home?
Learn the proper path to staying motivated and attentive to what is meaningful in your life and create a lasting trust.
Do you feel constantly criticized by family, and friends? Even by Yourself?
Learn how the “Neurotypical” ways of life and expectations hinder/dampen the strengths and brilliance of your unique nervous system and how to get them to support you rather than hinder you.
Do you suffer from being scattered, depressed, and anxious?
Not all Mindfulness meditations or practices work for the ADHD brain. Learn practices that calm your nervous system, bring focus to your mind and enhance your sense of joy and well-being.
Manijeh’s teachings have helped increase accountability with myself, improve in habits/actions regarding our planet and increasingly become a better clinician. Her Life Optimization Method and approach exceed the training and education we’ve received to become therapists. It incorporates more depth into treatment regardless of diagnosis. It helps achieve a healthy happy lifestyle rather than just coping strategies/tools
~ Mary Aroyan, Psychotherapist
For the first time, I feel so comfortable with having an ADHD brain, It’s like coming out. I feel hopeful for my children and so happy I can understand them so much better. Thank you.
~ Rose P., Mother
Studying Life Optimization with Manijeh, I’ve become a better leader and manager by integrating qualities of empathy, loving kindness, self-compassion, and equanimity into the workplace. My insomnia, stress, anxieties, and self-doubts have greatly diminished. I feel far more patient, aware and comfortable with myself.
~ Meryl Lander, VP of Operations, Global Tech Company
Introduction to Mindfulness for Adult ADHD
The Brilliance of ADHD
An Interest-Based Nervous System
Misconceptions about ADHD
Why traditional therapy and general tips don’t work
A proper understanding of this brain and it’s strengths
Mindfulness for Development
Improvement and Beyond
How Mindfulness works for ADHD
Various practices that engage
How you are naturally present
Emotional Reactivity Decoded & Recoded
Painful Sensitivity to Rejection and Criticism
Why we get stuck in emotional and reactive behaviors
Profound understanding, compassion, and resolution
Conventions of Time & Locus of Control
Building Appropriate Relationship with Conventions
Why keeping time is so difficult
Taking control of time consistently
Improving self-awareness, self-appraisal, and impact on others
Next Steps to Optimizing Life
Self, Others, and the Environment
Developing True Self-Love
Continuing to develop attention, focus, presence, and goodwill
Calming the mind by adapting eco-friendly lifestyle
Understanding my mental patterns and expectations has expanded my horizon, from hopelessness to hopefulness. Watching the real me emerge, I am encouraged to expand out of my comfort zone, blossoming into living life fully.
~ Bonnie Janofsky, Composer
I am forever in debt to Manijeh. Her teachings have empowered me to push the boundaries of my comfort zone. My life has been immensely enriched. The practice of cultivating wisdom and wholesome qualities has brought me peace and happiness. Manijeh’s wide range of topics have increased my awareness and love for all living beings and our environment.