Author Archives: Stephen

About Stephen

PhD candidate in critical mindfulness. Trained neuropsychologist and cognitive psychologist, also researching how compassion and explicitly nondual meditation methods influence our physical and mental health. Stephen has decades of personal practice in spiritual and secular forms of meditation. Alongside the teaching and research of nondual methods, Stephen trains his own brain every day with Dzogchen based mind training.

Can mindfulness research be improved?

Growing challenges to the science of mindfulness is forcing a rethink in how we measure and understand the benefits of meditation. Continue reading

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Mindfulness study retracted: Problems with MBSR/MBCT paper

Earlier this year Plos One took the step of retracting a well known and widely cited mindfulness related study. Continue reading

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Does meditation change our emotions?

New research suggests that compassion and empathy
meditation and mindfulness may be able to increase prosocial emotions and behaviour. Continue reading

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How far can we trust meditation research?

Strategic reviews are challenging the popular perception of the beneficial effects of mindfulness Continue reading

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Meditation Podcast; Everything you need to know

The first episode of NDA offers an introduction into duality and non duality. It’s nice, easy to follow and uses everyday examples that makes the subject very approachable.

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Choose happiness! Is mind wandering unwelcome?

Choose happiness!
Does mind wandering inevitably lead to unhappiness?
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Compassionate meditation creates a positive outlook

Train in compassion to create a more positive outlook. Continue reading

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Who you really are; the default mode network

The default mode network has a crucial but poorly understood role in how meditation influences brain structure and function. This paper sets out some of the current thinking regarding self-generated thought. Continue reading

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Meditation and neurodegeneration; what do we know?

Can meditation stop or reverse neurodegeneration? The answer is yes but the method can’t resolve any problems by itself. Continue reading

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Brain health in middle age; the science of meditation and mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness may help to keep your brain young Continue reading

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