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How does meditation affect down syndrome individuls?

Let me be frank with you.I believe that they are treasurable souls and enjoy sharing my meditation and yoga experties with them. Here, I'd like to find out more about how meditation affect individuals with down syndrome and what enlightenment means in regards to special needs populations.

Taking into account of the fact that most research funds tend to go somewhere profitable, I don't expect a lot data and findings. Hopefully there is at least some offical or unoffical writing and talking that you know can answer my question.

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    Oct 23 2011: Frank and Andrew, thank you for sharing~
  • Oct 22 2011: Can someone write me a powerful way to meditate so i get the most of the experience. I have always been curious about mediatation but I dont know how.
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    Oct 21 2011: I teach yoga and meditation to military veterans with disabilities. Everything from amputations to TBI and PTSD. I believe that meditation in this special needs community gives back control. Control of their bodies, control of their thoughts (including control over debilitating memories of war). It centers them and grounds them in a way that helps organize their minds the way they are comfortable with. In this center they slowly begin to sort out the past, present and future. They see the problems of the mind and filter out the memories and thoughts that are really shackling them to traumatic events in their lives. Once these events are filtered out and identified, they can come to understanding them and placing them in a different priority of their past, present and future. One of the biggest things I'm told is that they finally "Accept Themselves"...or understand maitri. That is their enlightenment.
    I know that our special needs groups are different but the goals are the same. Calming the mind, cultivating mindfulness, loving kindness, compassion in any person is the goal. I think any mind can understand that.
  • Oct 20 2011: Yes! Great question.

    Within our bodies, our various rhythmic systems never fight each other—they always fall into synchronized rhythms—and a lack of synchronization, like in the case of a bad heart valve that is not quite timed to the flow of blood, leads to sickness. It also seems to be the case that our body systems entrain, become synchronized, to the environment, to its oscillating features. There is overwhelming evidence that circadian rhythms keep us entrained to the rhythms of the earth relative to the sun, and that various systems within our bodies entrain to repetitive stimulation.

    If large-scale synchrony is the basis for normal brain functioning, then synchrony disruption should cause functional abnormalities. In epilepsy, the local intrinsic frequencies become enslaved to a pacemaker and give rise to slow, uniform oscillations that arise over minutes. In Parkinson’s disease, tremor has been proposed to arise from the spread of abnormal coupling patterns between the representations of the limb muscles in basal ganglia. It has also been proposed that a disruption of synchrony is related to the fragmented cognitive experience of patients with schizophrenia. A main aspect I am putting forth about meditation and the effect that it has on your brain is that it seems to help synchronize many areas at once. This is echoed by the success that sonic therapy has already had treating a variety of disorders. The studies that I have conducted and reviewed support the idea that phase synchrony is essential for large-scale integration [of various brain areas]. The evidence is well grounded in single-cell recordings and [implanted electrode] studies in animals, and also in evidence from humans using more global measurements such as EEG and MEG.