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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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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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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 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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