Affinity groups are very helpful. It helps when people are able to gather with others who have the same unique experiences as each other. You feel less alone, and when you are with others going through the same things as you, you are able to come up with ideas and solutions that can help with the unique experiences you share.
That is why I was really happy when InsightLA gave me the opportunity to offer InTune LA, a Neurodiverse affinity group. As an Autistic person, it was frustrating finding a meditation/dharma group for people dealing with these issues.
Being Autistic and Neurodiverse in a Neurotypical world can be quite frustrating. Many of us on the Autism Spectrum have different body language and facial expressions that are often times misinterpreted. This can lead to rejection and social isolation. Many Neurodiverse people suffer from high rates of depression, trauma, anxiety and other issues. I have found meditation and the lessons of the dharma to be one of the most effective ways to deal with these issues. InTune is a place for people who are Neurodiverse: people with Autism, ADHD, learning differences, Schizophrenia, etc. have attended. The first Monday of the month focuses on Autism, and the third Monday of the month, hosted by Lisette Palley, LMFT, focuses on all forms of Neurodiversity.
Meditation and lessons from the dharma have been very helpful. We learn to change our focus from how we are different, to paying attention to the present moment. We use the teachings to help us reflect upon our thoughts and behavior. Instead of falling back onto our old patterns, meditation rewires the brain enabling us to explore and expand our perspectives. This is very helpful when dealing with the unique issues many Neurodiverse people face, such as meltdowns, sensory overload issues, social interaction missteps, etc.
Join us as we explore meditation and the Dharma together in a safe, comfortable environment.