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Deconstructive meditation practices and the fascinating cognitive processes at work (Part 3 - self inquiry, insight)

Deconstructive Meditation Practices: The Fascinating Cognitive Processes at Work (Part 3)

In the first and second article of this three-part series, we looked at what might be the cognitive processes at work in attentional and constructive meditation practices.  We saw that attentional meditation practices help us cultivate a degree of emotional regulation.  With constructive meditation practices using the cultivated emotional regulation to build onto and change …

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When God Delays to Answer (Paulo Coelho, Ronald Rolheiser) - CHAOS vs ORDER

When God Delays to Answer: CHAOS vs ORDER (Part 3)

In our second blog on our search for the one called God, we finished with the prospect that we can find God within us, in the good around us and others.  In the process of preparing for the third blog of this 3-part series, I revisited some of my own earlier works (see John, 2010).  …

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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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One Sublime God So What or Where is God (search Part 2)

One Sublime God: So What or Where is God? (Part 2)

In our first blog on our search for the one called god, we finished with the question.  What, or where is the God that Christians believe in? And last month I came across a short reflective paragraph online by a Maltese priest friend of mine which gave me some moments of thought: “We have insisted …

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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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In Search Of The One Called “God”

In Search Of The One Called “God” (Part 1)

In the Search Of The One Called “God”.  If you were simply to Google “Spirituality” you will quickly realise the wide world out there that looks at spirituality in so many different ways. But, briefly, they all indicate an attempt to contact or to union with Something Else – call it a god, G-d or …

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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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Do The Experiences We Have And Share Make Us Who We Are?

Do The Experiences We Have And Share Make Us Who We Are?

I put forth the question on social-media do the experiences we have and share make us who we are?  Such a question spontaneously emanated as a consequence of my personal life experiences.  After receiving many positive comments, I felt it worthy of contemplation.  “It is what we do with those experiences that mostly shape us.”  …

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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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