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.

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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What is Meditation?

What is Meditation?

Have you ever asked yourself?  What is Meditation? As a practitioner, I have been asked this question many times by persons interested in starting meditation.  I like to bounce such a question back to the person asking.  But what do you think meditation is?  Usually, the following one of two replies is most likely.  Either …

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Happiness and its causes

Happiness and Its Causes

Do you seek happiness and its causes?  In our lives, we probably all seek happiness and its causes.  Likewise, as we seek happiness, we would also like to be free from the causes of suffering.  But how?  Most prominently through the golden rule. A proposition found in all major religious and spiritual traditions, which “instructs …

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Meditation our Incessant Thoughts and Right Concentration

Sometimes during meditation, our thoughts and concentration seem to be at odds. At times no matter how hard we try to concentrate on the breath we still get plagued by streams of thought.  Not only but the harder we try to concentrate the more the thoughts increased.  Sometimes to the extent that meditation ends up …

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Notre Dame - What Should We Do?

Notre Dame – What Should We Do?

It was by no doubt terrible to see the Notre Dame turn into a blazing fire. Such monument which stood up as a symbol of gothic architecture for nearly 800 years going up in flames. In such moments we see what human resilience can do, in the firefighters who fought against the raging flames. Not …

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Fuelling Hatred and Fear for Political Gain

Fuelling Hatred and Fear for Political Gain

As modes of transport and communication advance, they inherently make the world a smaller place.  Many times, we hear news of “the American dream”, “the prosperous EU”, “a new life in Canada” or “going down under; wonderful Australia”.  We all want a better life and such ideas lead people who are living in countries with …

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compassionate leader

Is There a Need for More Compassionate Leadership

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Arden paid for the groceries of a mother who forgot her wallet at home.  Asked why she responds with a genuinely compassionate smile because she is a mother.  I ask a question do you think the world needs more leaders like her? Watch: A compassionate leader Watch the video click …

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Joining Hands: A Flow of Compassion

Joining Hands: A Flow of Compassion

Today during my daily practice of meditation, a particular person came to mind.  I felt a deep sense of openness towards this person and what they are going through. So I engaged in a compassion practice and started directing loving-kindness and compassion towards them.  Strangely when I was directing compassion towards this person, I suddenly …

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After ChristChurch What a Speech by Pat Dodson

After ChristChurch What a Speech by Pat Dodson

Pat Dodson fought back tears today as he spoke these powerful words of support in both Arabic and Māori to the victims of Christchurch. His speech sums it all up, that it is not separation or segregation that unites us but the innate compassion within each one of us and the expression of that compassion …

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Zen of You and Me

The Zen of You and Me – An excerpt from the book

In the beginning, meditation was an attempt to alleviate my suffering. In a regular dose, repeated again and again and again, it was an antidote to confusion and a troubled heart. I think it worked, but not like I expected. It didn’t take away the pain but taught me to sit quietly with it. It …

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