Clayton Micallef

Clayton has an Honour's Degree in Psychology and he is currently reading a Masters of Science in Mindfulness. He was introduced to meditation and the practices of mindfulness, compassion and insight at a very young age. Since then he has been a long time practitioner. Personally, he comments that meditation has been one of the practices that were the cause of profound insightful experience in his life.

Constructive Meditation practices: The Fascinating cognitive processes at work (Part 2) reappraisal and perspective taking

Constructive Meditation practices: The Fascinating cognitive processes at work (Part 2)

The nurturing of virtuous qualities has been a common endeavour of various philosophical and contemplative traditions (Eifring, 2015; Gethin, 1998).  Constructive meditation practices were one of the methods developed and used by these traditions to foster the cultivation of a virtuous ethic.  As with attentional meditation practices, constructive practices, need meta-awareness but they also serve …

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Meditation attentional practices and the fascinating cognitive processes at work (Part 1)

Meditation attentional practices: The Fascinating cognitive processes at work (Part 1)

Meditation and mindfulness practices have been a subject of research for both cognitive and neuroscientists.  In recent years research in such area has gained traction towards trying to understand the possible cognitive processes involved in meditation practices.  This to attempt to classify them into a basic taxonomy according to the cognitive processes in common between …

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What if I could turn back the clock of time

What If I Could Turn Back The Clock Of Time?

Have you ever gone through a situation in your life and thought what if I could turn back the clock of time?   This question of turning back the clock of time came to my mind after reading Didi’s blog post.  Didi’s article reflects on how the experiences we have and share shape us and make …

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Is “The Middle Way” Important In Meditation?

Is The Middle Way Important In Meditation?

Why is “The Middle Way” important in meditation?  In a recent blog post, we looked at the possibility that mindfulness practice follows an inverted U-shaped curve.  This means that there could be an “optimal” point of meditation practice after which, the resulting mindfulness-related processes can turn “sour”.  This could actually be seen as a reflection …

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Can Mindfulness be Too Much of a Good Thing

Can Mindfulness be Too Much of a Good Thing?

Can mindfulness be too much of a good thing?  As in recent years, we have seen a proliferation of mindfulness products and teachers, in what was called “the mindful movement”.  In this blog post we explore the question, can mindfulness be too much of a good thing?  The too-much-of-a-good-thing effect is when the practice of …

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Why do you practice mindfulness

Why Do You Practice Mindfulness?

Recently I was asked by someone why do you practice mindfulness?  Personally, I do not subscribe to the notion that I practice mindfulness.  In essence, formally I practice meditation which is conducive to the cultivation of mindfulness.  As in essence within the formal practice of meditation mindfulness is one of the faucets cultivated through such …

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Unpleasant Meditation-Related Experiences

Unpleasant Meditation-Related Experiences

Most of the research conducted on contemplative practices to date focuses on its beneficial aspects and rarely on unpleasant meditation-related experiences (Goyal, et al., 2014; Sparby, 2017).  In fact, an analysis of the literature reveals that only a few studies have ever explored if meditation practitioners ever have unpleasant experiences during their meditation practice (Goyal, …

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The Two Farmers

The Two Farmers

The tale of the two farmers reminds me of when a friend asked me what is mindfulness?  His question was so spontaneous that it caught me off guard.  That day what spontaneously came to mind was practically the analogy of the two farmers.  Ploughing the field Two farmers set out ploughing their field.  While ploughing …

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The Cultivation of Awareness

The Active Cultivation of Awareness

Do we need to engage in an active cultivation of awareness as a farmer cultivates a field?  Or more specifically what is one of the motivations behind why I practice meditation?  Today I will be looking at these questions from the standpoint of meditation being a tool for the cultivation of awareness. What is awareness …

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A matter of Heart and Mind

A Matter of Heart and Mind

Is compassion a matter of heart and mind?  When I pose such question to myself the first thought that comes to mind is how linguistically heart and mind are connected.  From an eastern prospect “citta” is often used as a literal translation for “mind”.  Although on a subtle level the word “citta” is also understood …

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